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Help me find work-life balance as a recent college graduate.

I graduated college a year ago, and I'm having trouble acclimating to my new life. Plenty of special snowflake info inside, but I would love any tools or anecdotes about how your life changed after college. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Apr 25, 2014 - 46 answers

Be my career counselor?

I'm a college biology major. Everyone I know is applying to medical school, but the idea of medical school scares me. I'm not qualified for jobs in my field. Can you help me identify alternative jobs or careers? I have some experience with radio, GIS, and computer-y things like Python. [more inside]
posted by A. mellifera on Feb 12, 2014 - 19 answers

Quarter Life Crisis + Indecision Paralysis: How to deal & move forward?

I'm a 26 year old female "Commitment Phobe" seeking advice on 1) How to feel ok making a temporary/final decision about what to do with my life and 2) When to scrap, adjust, or follow through on my decisions when the going gets tough? Messy details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Age 25. Huge college debt. Can't land a better job. What should I do?

I have $40,000+ in debt, a bachelors degree in criminal justice, an EMT-B license, a basic computer tech certificate, 4 years of customer service experience as a banquet server, a bad driving history, and one misdemeanor - how can I find a better job than being a banquet server? What can I do to be competitive? Should I attend police academy or not? What are my options - what can I do to improve my life? [more inside]
posted by usersname on Nov 9, 2013 - 49 answers

I'm about to get my degree, now I need a job

I'm about to graduate this December with a BS in Computer Engineering from a smallish (~15,000 students) state school. I'm looking for work, and I want to make sure I'm pursing all the avenues I can. What should I be doing to look for work? [more inside]
posted by jcreigh on Oct 12, 2013 - 9 answers

I don't want these bridges to burn...

I just learned that I have been fired from my resident assistant position. How do I handle my final two weeks and move on? [more inside]
posted by DRoll on Apr 29, 2013 - 24 answers

What's it like being a university staff lifer?

After three and half years as a university staff member, I'm trying to figure out my next step. Tell me about your college staff career and help me decide whether the field is right for me, longterm. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Apr 11, 2013 - 10 answers

What should I do?

I've only been at this job a few weeks, but I'm worried it's going to interfere with my college work (it hasn't yet). Should I stay at it or no? How could I get out of it if I left? [more inside]
posted by jumelle on Aug 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Advice/Thoughts for a recent college grad who doesn't like his job.

I just graduated college and have been working full-time for one month. I really don't like my job because I think I ended up in the wrong industry/type of business. I'm hoping for any suggestions, advice, or thoughts about how I can go about figuring out what industry/type of business/job would be a better fit for me. I am talented, smart, and hard working, but I feel like I am wasting my life because I'm not interested in my company or the work we do. [more inside]
posted by laffytaffy9000 on Aug 12, 2012 - 24 answers

the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

How do I explain a university medical withdrawal to a prospective employer without damaging my chances of being hired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 - 17 answers

Help an ENTP narrow down their career path choices....

In the last couple months I've come to realize that I am not alone. My personality is my problem and it is what has made this post-college thing so hard on me. ENTPs are sort of visionaries who can be the best and innovate and succeed at anything we put our heart to but we get bored very easily if we aren't socially, creatively satisfied and doing some "analysis" or "innovation" or "problem solving". We also don't take well to being "told what to do". (Sort of like a cross between Steve Jobs (visionary, creative, secretly self-obsessed) Calvin (from the comic), Jack Sparrow, The Joker, and Wile E. Coyote. ) [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Jan 9, 2012 - 69 answers

what full-time jobs, other than retail, can i find?

i didn't go to college. what full-time jobs, other than retail, can i find? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Dec 21, 2011 - 38 answers

I need life advice badly......

Need some life advice, I don't really know what I'm doing, I've failed so far miserably. [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Nov 1, 2011 - 39 answers

Ethics of leaving a college teaching job near the start of the semester?

I agreed to take a teaching job at certain community college, and now, just two weeks away from the beginning of the semester, it looks like a much better job is about to come through for me. What are the ethical considerations of backing out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 - 13 answers

How to find a college major in stats

Trying to find somewhere to discover a college student with a major in statistics for some odd job work. Anyone have a recommendation on where to start posting to find someone?
posted by CWitt on Jun 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Career software for academic advisors?

What career interest inventory testing procedures and career related computer software programs would a college academic advisor use? [more inside]
posted by cute little Billy Henderson, age 4 on May 31, 2011 - 4 answers

JET vs AmeriCorps

JET (teaching English in Japan) vs AmeriCorps (cool community stuff in my city). Or, how do you decide between two paths that seem comparably engaging/difficult/unknown? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 21, 2011 - 17 answers

Abandon my job for future prospects?

Abandon my job for future prospects? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Career options for the passionless

I've been through four majors and I'm no closer to figuring out a career. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves on Feb 19, 2011 - 15 answers

You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure.

Around Thanksgiving, I was given a temporary full-time staff position at a well-known university research lab. (See this question.) Well, I've been officially offered a job as a proper member of the lab, tuition benefits and all. This is quite literally the best opportunity I've ever had. I'm extremely interested in the field of clinical psychology and eventually becoming some kind of therapist. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Feb 15, 2011 - 9 answers

How to move to the West Coast

Moving to the Bay Area… How can a recent college grad find a job on the West Coast when they live in the East Coast? [more inside]
posted by carmel on Feb 8, 2011 - 7 answers

I want to kick some cognitive memory ass!

I just got hired at a psychology research lab at a very prestigious university. I have no background in academic research and very little academic background in this field. I have an associates degree in humanities, and psychology is a field that interests me greatly. What can I do to not mess this up? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Nov 23, 2010 - 12 answers

How do I work with history?

What's the best way to find a career in historical preservation/art restoration from where I am now? [more inside]
posted by billypilgrim on Oct 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Is it worth it to drop my work in favor of school?

Should I quit my job in order to better focus on my academics? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 4, 2010 - 4 answers

what's a good job for someone who isn't great at anything?

College senior here. What's a good job for someone that really isn't that good at anything? [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl on Aug 30, 2010 - 20 answers

Help me while away my early 20s

Graduating from college in 9 months. Willing to travel anywhere, do (almost) anything. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by resiny on Jul 28, 2010 - 11 answers

What can a BSc of Physics do for a living, other than flipping burgers?

Finishing a BSc in physics. What are my job prospects? Do I need to study some more? [more inside]
posted by ye#ara on Jun 19, 2010 - 8 answers

transportation planner post-college

what jobs are out there in transportation planning for the liberal artsy type just out of college + wandering back home to Boston? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on May 28, 2010 - 4 answers

How to find job/ pay for college

What can I do to make life easier on my family and i? (were broke) [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo on Mar 17, 2010 - 23 answers

How do I help someone escape Retail management?

Trying to help a family member out. He graduated with a BS in business administration but feels stuck in retail. Help plot his next course of attack. [more inside]
posted by InvestorMD on Jan 20, 2010 - 8 answers

The 40-Year-Old Electrical Engineer

How are things looking for Electrical Engineers? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Nov 13, 2009 - 13 answers

What should I know for a UK College Lab Assistant job interview?

What should I know and what could help me in a job interview for a UK College Lab Technician? [more inside]
posted by D J Robertstein on Nov 10, 2009 - 4 answers

How to manage my debt and life as a whole

How do I get my life on track with high debt and a chronic medical condition? [more inside]
posted by thegreatcokeolympics on Sep 19, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me jump start my career across the country

I have a $9000 open-ended scholarship (AmeriCorps education award, actually) and will have several grand in savings at the end of September. How can I use this to fund relocation and a mid-Atlantic coast job search? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl on Aug 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me before I slap someone.

New faculty department chair needs help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2009 - 16 answers

Can someone attend school full-time and still get unemployment in Illinois?

Is it legal to draw unemployment benefits in Illinois while attending college as a full-time student? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish on Jul 30, 2009 - 5 answers

How should I write my adjunct faculty cover letter?

I'm applying for an adjunct teaching position at a community college, but I only have experience with teaching elementary school students. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2009 - 6 answers

Part-time summer, full-time fall

I'm graduating college next month and thinking about getting a part time job for the summer, then looking to get a full time job come September/October. Should I do this? [more inside]
posted by firei on Apr 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Potential "Career Day" Fiasco

Looking for resources for a presentation on resumes and job-seeking that I volunteered to give to college students next month. I'm realizing that I know much less about this than necessary... [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek on Mar 14, 2009 - 10 answers

Reference me that recommendation, please.

How should I approach my professors for recommendation/reference letters for a job that doesn't yet exist? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue on Feb 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Dream Job --> Dream Career

I have a really cool job: I help low-income/minority students get into college.
(It's perfect for me because I'm passionate about educational access and I get to work with young people one-on-one, but I'm not tied down to a classroom.)
Right now, my job is short-term, a la Teach for America, but I'd like to stay in the educational field and turn this job into a long-term career.

My question is two fold: How do I go about finding jobs like this and what sort of educational credentials/degrees do I need to qualify for these jobs? [more inside]
posted by chara on Dec 30, 2008 - 4 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

What (for him) to do?

ForA(Best)FriendFilter: What can a smart, idealistic kid do out of college in the DC area which relates to law & the study of the constitution? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Dec 24, 2008 - 9 answers

Online jobs for a college student

What kind of jobs can a college student do online? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 on Dec 19, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me find work for 2-3 weeks.

I really need a job for 2-3 weeks. Where should I look / how do I begin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2008 - 20 answers

Need Part-time Job advice for college student in Gainesville

Need Part-time Job advice for college student in Gainesville [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2008 - 12 answers

Tell me about your job at a college or university

Tell me about your (non-teaching) job at a US college or university! [more inside]
posted by misoramen on Aug 14, 2008 - 27 answers

Working your way through college

How were you able to work your way through college? [more inside]
posted by clearly on Aug 3, 2008 - 41 answers

Should I go for it?

I'm an undergrad (rising sophomore) interested in going to law school. Is it worth it to become an NALA Certified Paralegal? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome on Jul 23, 2008 - 11 answers

Balancing work experience and college?

I am switching from full-time college with a part-time job to part-time college with a full-time job to gain more experience. I'm in the Web software development industry. How do I keep motivated and not get discouraged? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2008 - 4 answers

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