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Where do I give back the fake diploma?

Unemployed un-graduate seeks life and career advice. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by DRoll on May 28, 2014 - 25 answers

How can I make my work experience relevant for a job in academia?

I am in need of some help... I've just completed an M.A. in Anthropology, I'm trying to pull together a CV for a job teaching as an adjunct professor or community college professor. I don't have professional teaching experience, even though I've got loads of experience teaching to my peers in graduate seminars. (I'm also not sure how to convey that, other than in a cover letter.) I've got some of my written work (Academia.edu), and one of my presentations on YouTube. I'm in the process of revising some other papers to put on Academia.edu... Hoping, I suppose, that displaying my work will make me a better candidate. Now, here's the question: How can I make my existing (non-teaching!) work experience relevant to applying for academic jobs? [more inside]
posted by ScarletLark on Aug 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Should I get an MSW?

A number of my peers are MSWs and I like the work. I would like to be able to advance further without moving into management. Is an MSW the right next step? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jul 31, 2013 - 7 answers

How often is too often to bug a company MD about a job?

MD said he would talk to me about a graduate position opening up this year. Haven't heard anything yet and I do not want to let this one slip through my fingers. How communicative should I be, and by what means? [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Jan 28, 2013 - 8 answers

PSR worker looking for career change

Hi There. I am currently working in Idaho state as a PSR Worker. I do skills training in the public school system and with kids in the community. I enjoy working with children tremendously. I would do PSR forever, but it pays very little and there are no benefits (I work for a private agency) and I would like to find a career path that offers better pay, health insurance and a retirement plan. It would be a plus for a broad field. I am not disagreeable to the idea of pursuing additional education. Any suggestions for occupations with similar skills and duties that pay decently? (30K/year starting is totally acceptable) Thanks for reading this post and have a great day. [more inside]
posted by neanderloid on Jan 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Yet another financial advice question

I need some advice about career plans, graduate studies and whether to rent or to own. Mostly in the financial context but also, of the bigger picture view -- am I being overly optimistic, am I too focused on career? [more inside]
posted by table on Dec 31, 2012 - 9 answers

Advice on Thank-you for meeting a Prof

I just met with a grad prof and want to send her a note to thank her. I am not sure how long it should be or how much detail to go into. I really want to impress her so that I can get an assistantship with her.
posted by TRUELOTUS on Nov 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Unsure graduate seeking advice on how to improve interview outcomes

I'm in my final year of study an have been unsuccessful at interviewing for all the graduate jobs I've applied for. I would appreciate advice from fellow New Zealanders regarding what the correct etiquette is in these situations and how I can best represent myself in interviews. [more inside]
posted by mataboy on Nov 1, 2012 - 2 answers

How to convey enthusiasm on the job hunt?

I just moved to a big city after graduating college in August. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do, and I'm not the most ambitious or confident person, to say the least. I have a somewhat untreated case of ADD, but I don't take my meds anymore; I'm finding coffee and exercise are much better. Anyways, I have gotten two different pieces of negative feedback on my phone behavior with people who had the potential to give me a job; they both basically said I sounded unenthusiastic. What is a good way to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by bluelights on Oct 19, 2012 - 28 answers

Can I handle getting my first credit card as a americorp employee?

Can I handle my first credit card with the earnings that I get from Americorp? [more inside]
posted by mind2body on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Personal statement for graduate school

Applying for graduate school (PhD) in applied maths. Questions about personal statement. Relevant details within. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Jun 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Grad school app sunk by half-time undergrad experience?

My girlfriend has been going through undergrad half-time. Adviser keeps telling her that grad schools will not look upon this favorably. True? [more inside]
posted by wires on Apr 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Should I get an IT job or travel overseas?

I graduated from college a few months ago with an IT degree, but my heart is not in it. I also just got a certification to teach English overseas. Should I work in IT or travel overseas? [more inside]
posted by deeba on Feb 2, 2012 - 18 answers

Needing a car by next Fall.

Hello MetaFilter, I am a marine sciences graduate student in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I will be moving to Morehead City next Fall for the second half of my masters program, and will need a car. I am not sure how I will be able to do this. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse on Nov 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Straight talk on Sciences Po?

Can anyone give me some straight talk on Sciences Po, otherwise known as l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris? It's quite expensive and I don't know that I could get in, but on the other hand, it could be an awesome opportunity. [more inside]
posted by peakes on Nov 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Is graduate school a good idea?

Has anyone gone to a graduate program in graphic design? What was the experience like? And were you able to get a job that would pay off the cost of going into one? [more inside]
posted by mando on Oct 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Fashion 101 for the Tall and Clueless

How can a tall 20-something female become fashionable on a budget? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 24, 2011 - 13 answers

What kind of career path should I be considering?

Starting my career path. Help me brainstorm the possibilities. [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight on Sep 24, 2011 - 5 answers

Getting into UC Berkeley

Can I get into UC Berkeley graduate school after a mediocre undergraduate career by applying myself most strenuously to my teaching credential program? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Aug 8, 2011 - 27 answers

Should I drop out?

Should I drop out? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by sideofwry on May 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Teach Me How To Juggle Admissions Letters!

Is backing out of a degree program after you’ve committed and sent the deposit in a common practice, or am I screwing someone else out of the chance for an education? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Jan 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Do any graduate programs emphasize writing while teaching English grammar, literature, and Latin?

Is there any graduate program that emphasizes writing skills (in English) while providing a rigorous education in grammar, literature, and related languages (i.e. Latin), without focusing on literary criticism, but rather on writing itself? More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Nebula on Jan 8, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me stop procrastinating, stop panicking, and get my schoolwork back on track

How do I overcome paper writing anxiety? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Nov 27, 2010 - 30 answers

Good jobs for graduating BA/psychology student seeking work-life balance?

Good jobs for graduating BA/psychology student seeking work-life balance? [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug on Nov 3, 2010 - 15 answers

How can I best position myself for grad school?

What should I be doing to position myself for grad school? I'm a freshman biology undergrad and my long-term goal is to earn a doctorate and start a career in research, either private or academic. What should I be doing now and over the next few years to open doors and set myself up for success? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 15, 2010 - 18 answers

Digging yourself out of a mental hole.

I'm in a hole, and I keep digging. I'm behind on numerous things, and I just bury my head until problems become unbearable. Help me pull some dirt into this hole (without me in it) and lay down some concrete so this doesn't happen again. [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Aug 2, 2010 - 39 answers

I Choo Choo Choose You.

To what extent is it acceptable to "shop around" for graduate programs in the basic sciences (as far as initiating contact with potential labs goes)? In particular, is it ethical to contact more than one PI at the same institution? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jul 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Phone interview for a scholarship

What should I do to prepare for a (scholarship) telephone interview? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Jun 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Advice for Finding a Job Out of State, Where to Move

Now that I'm about to graduate in 6 months,where should I move to in the Southwestern U.S. and how might I find an IT job there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Should I take student loans for the purpose of opening a Roth IRA?

I may have an opportunity to take out an educational loan that I don't need. It is a federal 6.55% unsubsidized loan. Would it be worth it to take the loan out to start a Roth IRA? [more inside]
posted by NeoLeo on Apr 9, 2010 - 15 answers

really online Ph D

Recommend an online course of study leading to a Ph D in history [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Jan 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Should we stay or should we go to The Great White North?

Are my skills employable in Canada? My wife is considering a Ph.D. program in Toronto, and I don't know if my experience as a paralegal and journalist would allow me to find employment. Help! [more inside]
posted by salsamander on Dec 1, 2009 - 11 answers

GRE Literature as Subject Test HELP!

I'm trying to find a prep course for the Literature Subject Test of the GRE (which is not the same as the general GRE) in NYC. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on May 27, 2009 - 6 answers

Ideas for a graduation gift for a psychology student

Graduation gift for a psychology student [more inside]
posted by jinatrix on Apr 29, 2009 - 14 answers

The Cell-Molec Bio-Biochem subject GRE, and the vanquishing thereof

Help me knock the biochem/cell and molecular bio GRE out of the park! [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Mar 24, 2009 - 9 answers

What do graduate students in the humanities do for summer jobs?

What do graduate students in the humanities do for summer jobs? I am a first year grad student in a philosophy program in the New York SUNY school system. I'm trying to start looking for summer jobs but I'm not really sure what I should be looking for as a grad student in the humanities. [more inside]
posted by coolguy#1 on Jan 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me recession-proof my future, post-college life.

I'm 21 years old, about to graduate college, and the recession is freaking me out. I know there's no right or wrong answer to which course my life should take, but I need help focusing on realistic skills and places to live that I should be considering. [more inside]
posted by Muffpub on Jan 7, 2009 - 20 answers

When to apply for a job?

I'm graduating from college in May and will be entering the real world. I need a job, but how early should I start applying? [more inside]
posted by firei on Dec 26, 2008 - 21 answers

Both feet? Both feet and a hand?

I always knew I'd go back to grad school to get my PhD in English, but have I shot myself in the foot by picking 2009, aka the year of financial armageddon and joblessness, to apply to top-notch programs? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Nov 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Give me a qualitative analysis of the GRE.

At the very last minute, I'm applying to grad school to get my PhD in English. Hooray! Except that I'm abysmal at math. How much will that hurt my chance at top PhD programs in English? Because I've got two weeks to A) teach myself basic algebra for the GRE, and B) stop psyching myself out to the point of panic attacks. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Oct 28, 2008 - 42 answers

Go back for more school or take a *meh* first job?

Recent Graduate: Work towards 2nd Bachelors, Masters, or take a lower paying position I hope will lead to the job I want? [more inside]
posted by sleazy_e on Jul 21, 2008 - 12 answers

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