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Ideas for a 2week inspirational break excluding sitting on a mountaintop

I'd like to take two weeks off of work and come back with a new sense of direction in life. I have been in the same job for almost four years and find little fulfillment there, yet also haven't found the motivation or made the time to move on. Maybe some semi-structured time off work to think, mark next steps, and break patterns will help? How and where should I spend my time? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Oct 3, 2013 - 9 answers

To Grad School or to Not to Grad School?

I can't afford to go to graduate school. I also can't afford not to go to graduate school. tl;dr galore inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2013 - 20 answers

How do I stop being so negative and pessimistic at work?

Management told us that we need to be positive and upbeat at work. I can be fairly pessimistic and jaded. How do I reconcile these two things? Lots of snowflakiness inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2013 - 27 answers

When it rains....

I am not looking for a new job but I got a call from a recruiter. It would be the perfect opportunity if I didn't already have an almost perfect job. [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Sep 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Thanks for the horse, now show me the teeth.

I'm a law student who has received an offer to clerk for a reasonably well ranked local firm. At what point can I ask how much they pay their associates? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2013 - 5 answers

I Need a New Job

I need a new job, and I have no idea what job I might be good at and enjoy. Please give me ideas for some jobs that I haven't thought of. I'm in my late 20s and working as a research analyst for a large firm, and I can't take the feeling that I'm not doing anything worthwhile (or even enjoyable) with my life. I'm not sure what to do. Do you know of any unconventional careers that might be a good fit? Please give me an idea of where to get started. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2013 - 13 answers

How would I get a job as clinical research physical therapist?

So I'm a physical therapist that's looking to move into clinical research. How do I find a job doing that? Is it true I need a DPT/PhD? (I have a Master's.) Are there clinical research positions that are NOT faculty positions? I don't have enough experience to teach. Nor do I particularly want to but I'd be willing to try. Basically I'd love to further the field of physical therapy and patient care in general by doing clinical research but I'm at a loss as to how to get started. Thanks!
posted by ticketmaster10 on Sep 25, 2013 - 1 answer

Communes are looking increasingly appealing

I am a college grad with a fairly useless degree, I've been in an industry that I just sort of fell into for two years now, I am pretty certain I would like to NOT be in this industry in the future, and I have no idea what to do now. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Sep 25, 2013 - 20 answers

Career Crisis- How to get hired after only 2 months at current job?

Hello, Metafilter! Long time lurker (10 years), first time poster. To sum it up- after a failed stint as an AmeriCorps VISTA (6 months) following graduation from the University of South Carolina with a degree in International Studies and a minor in Economics- I have spent a year unemployed, a year as a bank teller, another year unemployed, and over a year as a server and a tax season as a tax pro at H&R block. I went back to school during the time as a server to get enough credits to sit for the CPA (one computer apps class away from obtaining accounting certificate at a local community college). Moved back to SC and spent from 07/12-06/13 as an Assistant Service Manager at a car dealership (hated it because A, I have asthma and missed a ton of work due to complications from working outside, B, I knew nothing about cars, and C, I am not a fan of Customer Service/commission pay). [more inside]
posted by nicolemariecherie on Sep 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Problem with providing proof of a past employment for a new job

In order to accept a job offer I have to provide documentation as proof of a past employment. Problem: I don't think there is any. What should I tell the company who have offered me the new job? Can documentation for an old job be acquired 6 months post-leaving? [more inside]
posted by Lubo on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Can Two Jobs Lead To None?

I got an amazing job offer. I don't really want it. Is it wise to leverage it against my current employer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2013 - 32 answers

How do I ask for a raise in this tricky situation?

How do I negotiate a raise given an increased cost of living, lower-than-median pay, but also a list of great accomplishments and accolades? Do I present it all, just parts of the situation, or something else? I know that traditionally you just make a case for your value to the company and leave it at that, but I feel more is at play here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Use headhunter as well as the boss-approved method to get an interview?

I was contacted about a job with a company by a HR recruiter (not from that company) on LinkedIn. I was aware of this job from the company’s website and also I have a friend who is working at that company in a peer position. That friend said he spoke to his boss, and his boss said I should apply for the job via the company's website, so I did. Would there be any benefit following up with the HR recruiter from LinkedIn anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Division of labor

I support a division in a large corporation. My supervisor seems to have a long-standing issue with someone in management. How to proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I, as a reporter, tell the story of a student being bullied?

The question came up in a thread on the blue linked within and it was suggested that I come here. How do I tell the story of a disabled student's fight against bullying? How do I not make her a victim while still making an impact? [more inside]
posted by none of these will bring disaster on Sep 13, 2013 - 24 answers

So this is research?

How can I stay focused when starting a new job and not get too despairing/frustrated? Research assistant edition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2013 - 3 answers

My boyfriend calls off work a lot.

I am partly worried about my boyfriend's job, partly frustrated with his priorities, and on the way to getting very angry. [more inside]
posted by Rach3l on Sep 12, 2013 - 47 answers

Me--planning to quit job. Work--planning grant funded projects for me.

[For folks that work in the non-profit sector] I feel at a loss for what to do. I work for a non-profit that I have been planning to leave for some time. I am taking the GRE this month, applying to schools and even applying for school-compatible part time jobs. At the same time, my non-profit is trying to pull itself out of a budget hole by applying for a multitude of grants. Most of the deliverables are things that I am supposed to deliver and the only other person left to deliver would be my immediate supervisor. I like my supervisor and don't know how she would even get all the work done if I left. My work would not be easily transferred to a new hire. I feel overcome with guilt as each new grant proposal goes out the door because I'm not planning on being around to do this work. I know it would be really dumb to say that before I have an offer in hand for school or a new job. What is the right thing to do? Should I let them build their plans around me when I'm not sure I'll be around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me get a job I know I'm good at!

Why do I keep failing entry level job assessments, when I know I can do the job? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Sep 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Job Interview: Do I tell them why I want a new job?

I have a job interview this Friday. It is in a city 90 minutes from where I currently live, and 30 minutes from where my wife currently lives. Looking at my resume, it's obvious I'm having a good career at my current place of work, steadily getting promotions and increased responsibility. If I was an interviewer, it would be in the back of my mind, "Why's this guy looking for a new job? Problems where he is now?" I know they can't ask about my personal life and reasons for relocating, but does anyone think it would be weird to tell them I'm applying for this job because I want to live in the same city as my wife? Of course, I'd also tell them I'm applying for the job because of the skills and value I can bring to the organization, my prior experience gives a unique perspective from both sides of the desk, etc. etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2013 - 22 answers

New Teacher's Aide Feeling Overwhelmed -- Is this normal???

Hi Everyone, I recently took a job as a teacher's aide in a public elementary school. It's my second week, and I like it, but I'm feeling overwhelmed. I think I may want to become a teacher, but I'm having some setbacks that are making me wonder if I am cut out for this field. I feel like I am one step beheind everything and/or totally ineffective at communicating with the kids. Here are some examples (They are long-winded . . . my apologies) [more inside]
posted by neanderloid on Sep 8, 2013 - 36 answers

How to deal with false allegations in employment background check?

Just got extended a dream job offer, but I'm afraid a background check will turn up a skeleton in my closet (that I didn't put there) that I don't know how to deal with. How do I prepare to refute it clearly, professionally, and without weaving an unnecessarily epic tale of drama? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Discretion in job applications

I would like to send out job applications to companies that are close to my own company. For example one company is located in the same building as my current employer and everyone eats lunch in the same canteen. I would also like to apply to companies that are working on joint projects with my company -- where I am one of the representatives of my current company in the project/collaboration. Two questions: should I explicitly ask for discretion? Or is that a given and/or kind of shady sounding? Also, is it bad form to apply to the companies that are working with us where I am a team-member?
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Work meeting

Help me navigate an awkward meeting at work. [more inside]
posted by young sister beacon on Sep 6, 2013 - 14 answers

How to work in mental health industry?

I'm interested in working in the mental health industry. How can I start dipping my toe in the water? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Sep 4, 2013 - 3 answers

At a job 2.5 years: should I stay or should I go?

What questions did you think on when considering moving on from a job that you don’t hate but could use a fresh start? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Starting working for the NHS, except they're completely unresponsive...

I'm meant to start working on the graduate entry scheme for the NHS around now. I've quit my old job, moved to a new city where I don't know anyone, and started renting a flat. I was given the 2nd of September as a provisional start date, and have just been told today it will be at least two weeks, probably a month before I begin. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by Ned G on Sep 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Legal Career Advice

I am looking for some career advice regarding search techniques and information about non-traditional legal jobs that I may be overlooking. I am interested in international law, environmental law, administrative law, and trade and investment law. I have work experience in international law and have also lived and studied abroad. Prior to law school I worked in finance for four years (my undergraduate degree is in international finance), I am located in the Northeast, and I am awaiting results from the bar exam which I took this past July. [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered on Sep 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Probably I would make a fantastic goat herder

I'm seeking input on ways to make a living. Difficulty: I am dreamy, quiet, intuitive, and non-process-oriented. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Sep 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Time off needed before accepting a job

I interviewed for a job a few weeks ago. Today they called to offer me the position and sent me the offer letter via email. I sent a follow-up email to confirm receipt of the offer letter, and also sent a list of three upcoming dates (the soonest being a month away) that I would not be available to work. The response from HR was basically that they'd have to see what the staffing situation would be before confirming I'd receive those days off. [more inside]
posted by altopower on Aug 28, 2013 - 11 answers

I finally have a good idea of what I want to do! Now what?

I have been very slow when it comes to getting my career off of the ground. I've decided that I need to focus on what I can do right away to begin working in the field that I love. I want to help teenagers or adults with low literacy learn how to read. [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Aug 26, 2013 - 4 answers

how to cope with starting a new job that I don't want?

I love my part-time job, but it doesn't pay the bills. In order for it to become a full-time job that pays the bills, I have to go back to school and get a master's (library science - yay for very little career opportunities!). In order to go back to school, I need to get a full time job and earn some money to pay for school. I just accepted a full time office assistant position in a law firm. I'm not excited at all. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2013 - 16 answers

How to get time off new job for mental health reasons

I recently started a new job that has a very strict attendance policy and I have no vacation or sick time accrued. My doctor has recommended to me that I attend a 2 week inpatient program for the mental issues I've been dealing with. I'm still thinking about it, but if I did decide to do it, who at my company do I need to speak to and what should I say so that I don't end up losing my job for taking that time off. This is my first job so your answers can assume I know absolutely nothing about how these things work.
posted by theshire on Aug 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Good temporary agencies in NYC?

I am looking for recent, first-hand recommendations for good temporary agencies in NYC (beyond the three mentioned in this thread). I have a background in nonprofits, but I cannot limit myself to niche agencies. I would also (secondarily) welcome current insight into the temp world. Thank you! At least I know Excel this time around
posted by skbw on Aug 25, 2013 - 6 answers

How to write a cover letter to overseas employer?

How should mention my nationality when writing a cover letter to employer overseas? I have read that I am not supposed to say anything about my marital status, religion, etc... But since I am a foreigner so I don't want the recruiter to find it out in my last paragraph kindda. I feel that I should at least tell them why I am relocating and such. However, it's also weird to bring it up in the first paragraph either (and get thrown to trash right away...). In fact, I am a US citizen writing to Canadian employer so it is basically very similar to letters to my local companies. Unfortunately, it is harder than I thought due to the citizenship and job market, I guess. I have searched and couldn't find any sample letter for employer overseas... Do you guys have any idea or experience how I should put it better?
posted by lanhan on Aug 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Should I take this job?

After interviewing for a full-time position, I was offered the job as a contract-to-hire. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Aug 23, 2013 - 29 answers

Help me get through tomorrow!

I have my first shift tomorrow at a job that requires me to be socially switched on (be friendly, enthusiastic, make small talk) while learning a lot of stuff I'll be new to. The shift is super long and I don't know if I'm going to be able to last that long mentally. What's an introvert to do? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Aug 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Escaping a sick system

It's clear to me that my job is a sick system, and I don't know how to get out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Should I tell my boss our new employee is still looking for other jobs?

I work in an extremely understaffed department of a financial institution, and our newest employee (a woman I recommended) told me yesterday that she's continuing to "pursue other opportunities." Do I tell my boss? [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Aug 15, 2013 - 34 answers

Help me figure out a career/educational path

I'm current at my first job out of school and have been here almost two years now. It hasn't been what I expected, and sadly, not in a positive way. It's a very niche field with limited cross-applications and, frankly, I have no interest in delving deeper into it. It's definitely time for a job, if not career, change. My dissatisfaction with my current circumstances, however, still leaves me with a myriad of other options that I'm having trouble narrowing down and I'd appreciate it if people could weigh in a bit and maybe resolve this analysis paralysis I'm having. [more inside]
posted by ndr on Aug 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Hello Mr. Blue Collar, You've Hit a Milestone!

I'm looking for ideas for anniversary gifts for 1, 3, 5, 10, and 20 year marks for employees my company. I work in a very blue collar maintenance field. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Aug 14, 2013 - 28 answers

A good job for my wife to supplement my income

A good job for my wife to supplement my income? Actually she is not my wife yet but soon when we move in together she will want to take some sort of job. Mainly this is for the money, but also we will be living somewhere different so for her it will be a way of meeting new people and hopefully making some new friends. [more inside]
posted by locussst on Aug 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Teaching positions around the U.S.?

Are there any websites that show reliable listings of middle/junior/senior high teaching positions throughout the U.S.? Public or private. Specifically in my case, positions in Secondary English/Language Arts.
posted by zardoz on Aug 10, 2013 - 9 answers

Allied Health for a less-than-perfect specimen

So I'm a 23 year old recent college grad with a psychology degree and a long face. Why? No job, a shitty, inconsistent transcript to show for the last six years of my life ( barely eeking out a 3.0 because of significant and unrelenting problems with fatigue and depression, now somewhat under control), no work experience... oh, and I have cerebral palsy. All this helped build a brick wall almost impossible to see over, much less climb. This morning though, I managed to get bright-eyed and bushy tailed for all of five seconds after reading a Business Insider article that listed medical sonography as one of the best jobs available to those without a college degree. ( I've come to consider my degree a throwaway ( it's from a state school, it's in psychology, which makes me a decidedly un-special snowflake, and, like I said, the grades aren't frame worthy). Everything about medical sonography- the pay, the type of work, job growth and time-to-completion of the program is attractive. Trouble is, I leave much to be desired in terms of the physicality needed ( lifting, transporting patients, etc). What else can I do that offers all or many of these same benefits and is cripple friendly? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 10, 2013 - 10 answers

What degree/trade is worth the student loans?

I've got a little money I'm thinking about turning into some classes/training for a serious career change. With education at such a high price, I would need to pick a career/trade that can pay off the loans I would need to complete. I'm looking at trades, skilled craftwork, 2-year degrees, and 4-year degrees. Got any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Aug 9, 2013 - 26 answers

Benefits, my ass.

Is there ANY way I can cash in my "commuter benefits" debit card? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Aug 9, 2013 - 35 answers

How do I start taking my job seriously again?

The job that I used to love has become dreadfully slow and boring because many of our projects have been cancelled or postponed due to the economy. I'm losing interest fast and starting to perform badly and not feel guilty about it. How can I change my attitude? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2013 - 9 answers

How did you know when to go?

When and how did you decide to stay at or leave a job you kinda liked and an employer you'd been at for a long time? Is it good to stay or have I been here too long? That's the situation I am in. I feel like I'm stuck, but I also feel like I'd be giving up a good thing. What can I do to help decide? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Aug 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Salary discrimination. Looking for advice to help a coworker negotiate.

The new hire is making more than someone who has been there for years and is still doing most of the work. What should I tell my coworker so that she can negotiate a fair salary? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Aug 3, 2013 - 26 answers

I'll "hit that"... with my car!

Lately (very suddenly!) I've been experiencing what I can only describe as sexual harassment in my day-to-day life. The most recent incident has left me feeling very unsettled and I'm not sure how to handle these kinds of situations in the future. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Aug 3, 2013 - 71 answers

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