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What should I do with my PhD?

I will soon be the proud owner of a PhD in neuroscience and pharmacology, and I still love scientific research, but I don't know where to go next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Time Enough At Last?

What are jobs that would allow for nearly unlimited downtime? How do you go about finding one? [more inside]
posted by Fuego on Sep 18, 2014 - 47 answers

Applying for multiple similar positions at a company (non-profit)

Applying for multiple similar positions at a company (non-profit). Can I re-use the same cover letter? [more inside]
posted by anansi on Sep 18, 2014 - 6 answers

"Real life" Reality Shows?

I need help with my netflix queue! I've always been a fan of "reality shows" that highlight a profession that isn't mine. Deadliest Catch and Dirty Jobs are probably the grand-daddies of this genre. Lately I've been watching "The Incredible Dr. Pol", which follows a big and small animal vet around, but I'm almost finished with that. What other shows are out there that I might like? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Sep 18, 2014 - 30 answers

BSC in Computer Science in 2 years? Sketch or legit?

I am about to graduate in a liberal arts degree. I toyed with a lot of career options and I think one of my options is going to go back to school for computer science. I found a 2 year program but I don't know if it is legitimate or if it's a joke. [more inside]
posted by cyml on Sep 17, 2014 - 11 answers

Head Hunters in NYC?

I need a new Job. Seriously. I haven't had much luck with craigslist. I'm still working full time plus a lot of overtime (i need a new job)- so I don't have unlimited time to throw at the hunt. My therapist suggested contacting a headhunter, but I don't know how to go about finding one, or if there are ones that would be appropriate for me. I feel like i am a little under-experienced. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2014 - 10 answers

How do I get a (creative) job in gaming in Las Vegas with 0 experience?

I am moving to Las Vegas before the end of the year, and I'm looking for work. I'm a cartoonist/illustrator/visual story teller. I've applied for a few casino, and mobile gaming jobs, but have had no luck so far. I suspect that one of the primary sticking points is that I don't have industry experience, which is a qualification on every posting. I have spent most of my professional life in the production side of art, and now I'm trying to move into a more creative area. There are similar aspects, but it's not a 1:1 parallel. Is there a way to get this kind of experience, or comparable experience I might already have?
posted by hanzoschmanzo on Sep 14, 2014 - 4 answers

How to succeed in business without ever flying

What categories of (or what specific) jobs and/or career paths in large corporations are least likely to require travel with turnaround and/or distance that necessitates flying? What types of industries (while otherwise thriving) seem to be paring down their travel budgets and relying more on videoconferencing and similar tech? What about government jobs? Are you a highly successful ........ and don't, or at least have never been required to, fly for work? I would love to know about your job. [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann on Sep 11, 2014 - 27 answers

Is the commute worth it?

My boss is asking me to take on a long commute for no additional compensation. Is this reasonable? Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by cosmologinaut on Sep 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Working in Crazytown has its ups and downs

I have a job with a few perks and a few biiig downsides. Should I pursue a new job or am I being a big baby? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Medical Coding: In over my head?

I've been taking the American Assoc. of Professional ( Coders' CPC-H certification course in medical coding for facilites. To be perfectly honest, I did this on a whim (I spent all of two days researching "start-from-scratch" career paths, thinking that was the only way to go for someone in my position). I liked the idea of a decent salary after taking a six-month long course and doing a year or so of internships. It seemed to be my key to validation as a productive adult. I'm a quarter of the way into the course, though, and I feel like I'm in way, way over my head. I paid over $2000 for the course and related materials/exams. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Sep 7, 2014 - 17 answers

Tips for an Industrial Engineering MS looking for a job?

My wife graduated from Northeastern University with an MS in Industrial Engineering earlier this year. She's had some difficulty finding employment relevant to her educational experience. How can I best help her in this? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Sep 4, 2014 - 2 answers

How to fix my interview anxiety?

I've lost several job opportunities due to anxiety and nerves in interview situations. I need a quick fix! [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude on Sep 4, 2014 - 13 answers

NYC-based coach to help with confidence in academic job search?

I'm a PhD student in the Humanities finishing up my dissertation and starting to apply for jobs (outside of traditional academia, but with an academic bent) and post-docs. A mentor recently suggested that I should look into improving my interview and self-presentation skills, because I tend to come across as overly reserved and unconfident. [more inside]
posted by lxs on Sep 3, 2014 - 5 answers

How do you use what you learned in school?

As a tutor of every age group from kindergarten to college, I often hear the sensible question, "When am I ever going to use this in real life?" I would like to be able to better answer this, and so I ask you, Metafilter, when do you ever use the things you learned in school? Do you use math? English? History? If so, what parts? And how? [more inside]
posted by Alex Haist on Sep 2, 2014 - 52 answers

What are your favorite temp/staffing agencies in NYC or NJ?

Hey MeFi. Had a great experience at a temp or staffing agency in NYC or NJ? Please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Sep 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Recent graduate - should I settle for an Americorps type position?

I recently obtained my Master's degree and have been in the job search for about a month now, mainly applying to NGOs. I've sent in only a total of 11 applications so far - 9 for ads appearing online and 2 unsolicited applications. One of these unsolicited applications has lead to an offer to interview for an Americorps like position (i.e. little pay, promises of training, and some horror stories - none at this particular NGO - to be found online). It would be a 7 month contract. Should I even consider it? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Blissful on Sep 1, 2014 - 9 answers

What are other career options for a puzzle-loving aerospace engineer?

I have been an aerospace engineer at a major aerospace company for 15 years, and I'm ready to try something different. I would really like to do something that involves diagnosing problems or solving puzzles. I love crosswords, cryptograms, logic puzzles, jigsaw puzzles. I hate team management/herding cats/politics. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Should I take this job?

Agonizing over my future career. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Aug 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Please hire me for X, Y, and Z positions

After a month and a half of unsuccessful job seeking, I'm running into the problem of applying to multiple jobs at the same institutions. Is this okay? Are there any problems I should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Do I mention in a cover letter that I've applied to a job before?

I'm applying to a job with a company who I interviewed with last year, but I ended up removing myself from consideration to stay with my current company. Do I address this in my cover letter? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Aug 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Manager, rebrand thyself.

I've been unemployed for about six months now and I'm looking to get back into the workforce with any position that pays a wage that I and my wife can afford to live from. [more inside]
posted by quin on Aug 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Financial crisis when I have awful credit and am too sick to work

I posted here about my financial situation of being on disability for mental health reasons. Right now my PTSD symptoms are huge and all-consuming, so I am not able to accomplish much at all. However, I'm hitting a financial crisis point and need to find some remedy. My credit is too bad to get any kind of loan and I don't know who I could ask for one personally. Do you have any suggestions?
posted by mermaidcafe on Aug 15, 2014 - 9 answers

really some sort of American Idol for jobs would be ideal

I need a career change. I just don't know what to. How does one go about finding this out? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Aug 14, 2014 - 17 answers

Automators against automation?

I am looking for research on, or organizing around, the ethics and social fallout of automation from the standpoint of the workers doing the automating (i.e., computer programmers and allied trades). [more inside]
posted by enn on Aug 14, 2014 - 7 answers

White collar worldview 101

My husband, a mechanical engineer from the rural midwest, recently moved to a position in the white-collar engineering workforce - what does he need to know to thrive? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Aug 13, 2014 - 18 answers

What part time jobs should I check out?

Help me figure out what jobs I should be looking for. I have excellent office and computer skills, including the full Office suite and quickbooks. Additionally, I am currently a webmaster and have some coding, design, HTML and CSS skills. I need to make at least $15/hour and work 20 hours a week - this is non-negotiable. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Aug 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Asking Salary Range Before Traveling Cross-Country for Job Interview?

After two hour-long telephone interviews with the hiring manager at a potential new employer, they said they want me to fly out to the west coast for a day-long interview, at their expense. However, because this would necessitate taking several days off work and the hassle of traveling cross-country, I'd like to get an idea of their salary range before accepting the offer to come interview. Is this appropriate? [more inside]
posted by Creamroller on Aug 12, 2014 - 14 answers

Now That's What I Call a Cover Letter Vol I

How does a job-seeking cover letter stand out in this day and age? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Aug 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Being unemployed like it's my job

I've quit my job because my husband's new promotion requires him to relocate. I was reaching the conclusion that the field I've been in for 17 years isn't for me anymore, anyway, so I'm not actively seeking re-employment yet. Help me be a lady of leisure with a purpose and make the most of my downtime to figure out what comes next! [more inside]
posted by Otter_Handler on Aug 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Interesting Science Jobs

Help me find interesting, unique jobs in the sciences - physics, biology, or chemistry. [more inside]
posted by theboxpenguin on Aug 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Can I get a job with a MFA in art?

I'm considering getting an MFA, but I have some questions about my job prospects after I graduate. (I am posting this for my wife.) [more inside]
posted by crapples on Aug 3, 2014 - 10 answers

24 and no idea what is best for my career... will I let my company down?

I'm a 24 year old female living in the UK. I graduated with a good Journalism & Advertising degree in 2011, and since then have had a handful of jobs. First I worked in retail, then managed to get a graduate internship for 3 months at a magazine. When that ended, I landed another temporary job with a communications company doing a (pretty mind numbing) job with their CMS systems/websites. So I moved from that job after a few months into the one I'm in now because it is permanent. [more inside]
posted by littlepeeo on Aug 1, 2014 - 12 answers

I need a job yesterday. I'm still stuck. Where do I go from here?

Many of the details in this question still apply. Logistics aren't that big of a deal anymore, and I'm chipping away ever so slowly at my social anxiety and fluency issue, but I'm still without prospects and now about $12k in debt on account of some reckless impulse spending and unpaid debt from college. Can the hivemind help get me out from under this? Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Useful Skills for Expanding My Freelance Horizons

I'm an experienced freelancer and have both work experience and no trouble getting work (knock on wood) in freelance writing, PR, marketing, and that sort of thing. So what's something I can pick up that has a lot of freelance work floating around? [more inside]
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Jul 26, 2014 - 3 answers

Timing a teaching application?

I am a high school teacher with multiple certification areas. For a couple of reasons, I'd like to get a job at another school, and there are two positions open there, one in each of my certification areas. However, I significantly prefer one position over the other. The position I do not prefer closes today, and the position I prefer closes in a week. Both would be better than where I am now. I have two questions. [more inside]
posted by marylucycraft on Jul 24, 2014 - 6 answers

How do I get my boss to take my raise request seriously?

I'm underpaid after a year in my first job after Grad school. I've done great work and my boss is happy, but she won't put me up for a raise. I am in the process of looking for a new job and have an interview, but I'd prefer to stay at this one if she would take my request seriously. What's the best course of action? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Jul 24, 2014 - 28 answers

Graceful way to contact company after applying for a job?

About a week and a half ago, I applied for a job that I would be perfect for. I'm getting antsy. Should I sent a follow-up note? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Handling Professional Jealousy

I like my job, but have a friend who always seems to end up in my ideal employment situation. How can I get over being jealous and learn to be happy with what I do have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2014 - 6 answers

How do I explain why I quit a job after 3 months?

I left a job after 3 months due to personal reasons and a contractual dispute. How can I explain this to new employers without sounding as though I was fired? [more inside]
posted by switch007 on Jul 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Have you transitioned successfully out of pink-collar admin hell? How?

I need to know how other women (or men) have crawled out of these jobs. [more inside]
posted by ziggly on Jul 11, 2014 - 12 answers

Sifting through piles of job offers

Well, not exactly, but recent unemployment has led to an unexpectedly high number of interviews and job offers. I've never been in a position to turn down a job offer before, so I'm in need of some assistance from the hive-mind! Snowflakes inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jul 7, 2014 - 14 answers

Possible cancer and upcoming job interviews?

I am a 36-year-old woman that was just diagnosed with (endometrial) atypical hyperplasia, which is a precursor to uterine cancer. (I may have cancer already, but I'm trying not to let my mind go there). I will, most likely, need a hysterectomy. The thing is, I'm scheduled to move 300 miles away, and I have several job interviews lined up in my new location - great ones, too. How should I handle this with potential employers, particularly when they ask me when I can start? Or should I forget about my job search for a while?
posted by amyshmamy on Jun 26, 2014 - 9 answers

The job interview follow-up++

What is and is not acceptable to include in job interview follow-up emails? Difficulty level: I'm literally in the middle of a project with them right now. [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Jun 25, 2014 - 5 answers

I know the job I want! Now help me come up with a name for it.

I work at a school for gifted kids that has a lot of talented staff but not much emotional support for the kids. I have been providing that and am starting to get training for it, but I need a title and to more tightly define what I want my role to look like. Help me, Ask.Mefi! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2014 - 11 answers

Job suggestions for introverted anarchists

I've been working as a library assistant for the past five years, but although I'm getting an MA in librarianship, I see no real future in it. I'm looking for jobs that can be done part time which would suit an anarcha-feminist interested in writing, art and technology. [more inside]
posted by ninjablob on Jun 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Help Building a Gameplan For a Career In Market Research Analysis

So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to land a career in market research analysis. Below are the steps I’ve laid out for myself. Could you tell me if this is a good game plan to get where I want to go? [more inside]
posted by ggp88 on Jun 12, 2014 - 5 answers

I've come this far, but even so, it could be yes, it could be no

Managing post-job-interview anxiety? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Jun 11, 2014 - 6 answers

To qualifty for a GS-13

Looking for advice on obtaining employment with the federal government. [more inside]
posted by gagoumot on Jun 6, 2014 - 17 answers

How much money should I make? Graduating with an MPH

So I grew up broke. And, I did not learn the best ways to handle and think about money. We were always living paycheck to paycheck. My parents are still that way and so am I. But, I am going to finish my master's and I want to break the cycle. Financially secure here I come! I am in Boston. $40,000 sounds like a lot but when I met with a school financial adviser she said to be looking for 60k. Where are these public health jobs that pay this much? It feels weird and greedy to think this way, but my adviser made good points.In Chicago one of my friends was a pulling 72,000 as a teacher. so what is a good start salary? i have 8 years exp in health promotion and social justice. and what titles am I looking for and what areas to look, for 60k? maybe consulting? if so, which ones in Boston and DC? Thanks [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Jun 3, 2014 - 14 answers

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