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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

How to cope with a difficult and unhappy job?

All week I have been feeling lost, unhappy, disappointed, confused, and trapped. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jan 19, 2014 - 30 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

How do I know if a job is a good fit for me?

Earlier this week I started working at a flour mill driving tractor trailers, after 2 months of training at a truck driving school to obtain a CDL, and I am having doubts about this decision. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Dec 14, 2013 - 28 answers

Help I'm Lost

My peers all have careers, spouses, houses, families ... while I'm single and thinking of moving to Germany as that's the only way I'll be able to afford a second Bachelors. (I want to study something STEM related to break out of this job rut I'm in). I can't help but think of it as an incredibly lonely endeavour - to study a new language and then attempt to go to Uni all over again with people more than a decade younger than I, in a country where I know no one at all ... and to top it off, I was never very good at making friends and I am not close to my family members at all. Are my misgivings valid or should I grit my teeth and just go ahead? I feel stuck, I can't move forwards but I can't stay where I am either. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by Cat Set Go on Nov 8, 2013 - 4 answers

How to cope with a major life change?

As someone with Asperger's Syndrome (and a few anxiety disorders), I find change, especially sudden change, difficult to cope with, but I could have a chance at a fantastic job if I am able to move across country in the next week. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Oct 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Who has second thoughts about their dream job?

I really can't figure out what I want to do in my life. And it's scaring the crap out of me. At many times I really thought I knew what I wanted and then when I started working... I didn't, at all! I tried really hard to figure out what to do. I majored in political science, been involved in campaigns, and I thought I would just go to law school. But felt uneasy about the whole thing like it was just something I was supposed to do cause I would be good at it. So I decided to work a bit in a medical field, which was followed by living aboard for a few years. Now I'm dabbling in film and thinking about architecture. All amazing experiences but no closer to a conclusion. I feel super strongly about some careers and then realize I only feel strongly about those things because I admire the people in those fields and not necessarily the field itself. Does anyone have a similar story? Any conclusions? Can anyone help?
posted by LaceyCoffee on May 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Can I quit my job?

Should I quit my job? Much more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2012 - 18 answers

Asking Questions about Money and Working Hours During A Job Interview

I have a job interview coming up on Wednesday next week. I want to ask some questions regarding working hours and money. Should I, and if so, how should I frame the questions? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Sep 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Get Busy Livin

I'm pretty sure it's not a mid-life crisis. Help me rationalize/forget about my burning desire to quit my job and change my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2012 - 31 answers

Launched myself into uncertainty, now what?

I quit my "Dream Job" after 5 months, currently face-to-face with the unknown. Advice? [more inside]
posted by twentyfoursummers on Aug 18, 2012 - 10 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

Why can't I be Sherlock, Indiana and Marie Curie all at once?

Dear Mefites: help me decide what to do with my life. I know I want adventure, travel, intellectual stimulation and to be of service to others... but what does that mean for my career? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Feb 6, 2012 - 18 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

I need to find the perfect job for me...

I'm a creative/analytical individual who thrives in an environment where I can tweak and testdrive many variables/things/ideas/etc in a creative way and put them to use for profit/critique/judgement/etc. I have all the time in the world to figure this out, but I want to get it right and I want to find a career I will love the rest of my life. [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Dec 19, 2011 - 15 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

Please help me find a purpose in life.

Please help me find a purpose in life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2011 - 15 answers

How do you find what you love doing?

How do I "do what I love" if I have no idea how to even figure out what the heck that is? Steve Jobs has thrown me into an existential crisis and I need the hive mind to set me on the right path. [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Oct 5, 2011 - 51 answers

My life just tapped me on the shoulder and told me it's time to grow up. Questions about switching a job after years of doing it and maybe being pigeonholed in it inside!

My life just tapped me on the shoulder and told me it's time to grow up. Questions about switching a job after years of doing it and maybe being pigeonholed in it inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 - 30 answers

How can I feel good about finding a job and starting a career?

How can I feel good about finding a job and starting a career? Caution: personal details inside. [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus on Mar 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Existential Angst, Party of 1

I made a turn in my life about 7 years ago and it was a wrong turn. Now I need some assistance backing out, turning around and figuring out a new path. (possible tl, dr) [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Feb 11, 2011 - 24 answers

Life in Sheffield?

What's life like in Sheffield, UK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Seeking a profession/life where it's all different EVERY DAY!

Looking for a life where the only consistency is its INconsistency... [more inside]
posted by rawredmeat on Dec 20, 2010 - 17 answers

YANMT, but I can't afford a therapist so you'll have to do.

QuarterLifeCrisisFilter: I've been thinking about my future career and considering going to grad school. I only have a vague idea of what I might like to study, but I know I want an advanced degree (preferably sooner rather than later). Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by funfetti on Jul 13, 2010 - 25 answers

Turning 30. Handling it poorly.

I'm not talented at anything useful. I'm not passionate about anything specific. And I'm getting older. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2010 - 32 answers

Where in the World is...

I need a fresh start, and want to move somewhere else. But where? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 - 64 answers

This is supposed to be a good problem to have...

JobFilter - The short version: I've got a job I mostly love, but the company is in a bit of financial danger. I got an [unsolicited] offer for something else, and I can't figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by doompuppy on Feb 8, 2010 - 10 answers

uuugh, schmoozing.

On the receiving end of lots of business 'networking' for the first time. How to deal with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2009 - 4 answers

A job for my partner...

Asking for my partner: What to DO if you live in a country where you speak the language quite well but it's not your mother tongue, but have 1:1 English literature degree, a fair bit of life experience and common sense, are interested in working with people but the idea of another crappy office job almost brings on a panic attack? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2009 - 6 answers

They left us alone. Now what?

I want to read fictional and/or true stories about people being put into positions of responsibility unexpectedly for extended periods of time and how they deal with it. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 27, 2009 - 37 answers

Re-apply to a previously declined job?

[Job Advice Filter] I applied and interviewed for an out-of-state job 8 months ago. Eventually I was offered the position, but I declined due to life circumstances that arose at the time. That same position is still open, and I'm interested. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by karizma on Oct 10, 2008 - 7 answers

Career Help

Help finding the right career. This is not looking for a job I have one of those but I want to know what careers I should be looking at. [more inside]
posted by CollegeNelson on Sep 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Flexible careers?

Do you have a career that allows a great deal of flexibility? What is it? How do you get it? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Sep 7, 2008 - 17 answers

career guidance much?

I have been working steadily and consistently for the last three years but not at jobs that show growth or project development (which everyone seems to want to know about). How do I find a new (better) job now? [more inside]
posted by project 2501 on Apr 2, 2008 - 1 answer

Can it be that it was all so simple then?

I am 28. I have a wife and an 11 year old daughter. I am going through a minor, yet stubborn crisis. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2007 - 32 answers

Is it BS to get a B.CS when all I want is a MFA?

Should I go back for a second Bachelors Degree in Computer Science when all I want to do is write stories? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Jul 31, 2007 - 18 answers

Help me work less and live.

How do I work as little and as flexibly as possible, and yet earn enough money to live? [more inside]
posted by 6am on Jun 23, 2007 - 27 answers

How do I figure out what I want in life?

I'm unhappy with my job, it's affect on my life, and where it's taking me. How do I find out what it is I really want in life and start doing it? [more inside]
posted by Waffle_King on Apr 24, 2007 - 21 answers

AAARGGGHHH!

What do you do when you've hit the wall career-wise? [more inside]
posted by philad on Mar 18, 2007 - 13 answers

How to reset your life?

Leave your job, your girlfriend, drive across the United States... done it? [more inside]
posted by bizack on Mar 12, 2007 - 25 answers

How do you motivate without being a nag?

How much will my overambition clash with my fiancé's underambition? And is his underachieving a symptom of something larger? I firmly believe that it is possible to find a job that I love to do, while my fiancé seems to be more of the mindset that he is content to work a job he doesn't really care about in order to fund his recreational activities that he does care about. I'm worried that he is aspiring towards mediocrity, and I'm worried that I will quickly tire of that. How do I motivate him to achieve more, or how do I stop stressing about that, because it is none of my business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2007 - 33 answers

life purpose frustrations

What is my life purpose? Am I currently living it but am too ungrateful to realize it? More inside... [LONG]... [more inside]
posted by workinprogress on Nov 14, 2006 - 15 answers

Moving NJ to California. Worth it?

I may have an opportunity to move out west from my native New Jersey to California. A friend of my father's may offer me a position with his company in supply chain out there where I could but my Information Science/Management degree to good use. It's a scary proposition to pick up and move out...has anyone out there done this? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Nov 3, 2006 - 24 answers

How do i get my partner to get a job?

How do i get my partner to get a job? [more inside]
posted by Nik_Doof on Oct 17, 2006 - 9 answers

Live in paradise or rent free in Beverly Hills?

Which direction in my life do I take? (plenty of info inside) [more inside]
posted by crewshell on Aug 22, 2006 - 26 answers

What should I do with the next few years of my life?

I'm a high school senior trying to plan the next few years of my life. I'll definitely take a year off before college, but everything else is still up in the air. [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Jan 14, 2006 - 30 answers

End of College coming up, what to do next?

EndofCollegeLifeFilter: I will be graduating from college in the spring of next year. I am putting off graduate school for a year or two. Summer 2006 will be spent interning in Washington D.C. but what do I do after that? More below. [more inside]
posted by nosophoros on Nov 12, 2005 - 12 answers

Best place to live

What is the best location in the USA to live? [more inside]
posted by knave on Mar 22, 2005 - 52 answers

Would you quit a job if it meant you had a better chance of pursuing life goals?

Would you quit a job if it meant you had a better chance of
pursuing life goals? Even if it was financially risky and
the economy was tough? Have you taken risks to avoid selling out? Did it work? Why or why not? [more inside]
posted by weston on Sep 1, 2004 - 10 answers

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