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When your career has failed to launch

I'm in my early 30s and graduated in 2008. As a result, I feel like I've never had a career and am starting to panic about the future. Can I ever pull it all together? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2016 - 16 answers

Too late for a quarter life crisis.

Right now things are going fairly well for me. So why do I feel dissatisfied? This question is probably going to seem really whiny and first world problems. I’m sorry for that. [more inside]
posted by stockpuppet on Oct 13, 2015 - 24 answers

Have I ruined my chances at a career?

Stuck in a rut for several years post-college, unsure about what I'm interested in. All that fun stuff. [more inside]
posted by robin89 on Aug 25, 2015 - 6 answers

How can I survive a miserable and unfulfilling job?

I am stuck in a terrible job, with patronizing and rude coworkers and bosses, challenging responsibilities, and low compensation. It's making me sick, turning me into an alcoholic and an insomniac, but I'm afraid to leave because of financial burdens. What can I do? Where can I draw the line between financial responsibility and my own well-being? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Feb 25, 2015 - 13 answers

Quarter life crisis (work or study or travel?)

I've been having what I suspect is a quarterlife crisis for several months and luckily I've pretty narrowed it down to three options/priorities. However, that's the snag. I can't decide between the three (work, study, travel and a bit of play). Any thoughts much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by glache on Aug 26, 2014 - 18 answers

Dark dance music that says quarter life crisis

I am looking for modern, dark, forward thinking, dance music which preferably somehow reflects on the theme of a quarter life crisis. Overly exacting specifications inside. [more inside]
posted by Erberus on Mar 21, 2014 - 14 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

Spend all the money on the car or use it to vacate Dodge?

A longish just post quarter life crisis question for my 30 year old daughter. Short version: jobless; car died; cost of repairs = every single penny coming from her 401K - her only income. Worth it to repair or should she b) leave town or c) get a cheaper beater car or d) got a Plan D? She could use a d. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Nov 24, 2013 - 23 answers

How do I believe in myself again and make a choice I can truly own?

After years of parental pressure and self-conflict, I no longer know: do I want to be a doctor or not? I am paralyzed with self-doubt and indecision and have repeatedly shot myself in the foot. How can I stop spinning my wheels, climb out of the deep rut I dug myself, make a choice and act on it with conviction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2013 - 24 answers

Help, I’m in My Twenties and I Can't Get Out

After graduating into the recession in 2009 with a B.A. in neuroscience and English I spent the first couple of years of my post-college life just trying to get by rather than focusing on “What I Want To Do With My Life” or pursuing grad school or a career. Now that I’ve had a few years of job stability and the economic freedom to do something different, what should I start doing with my life? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Jul 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Alone in a quarter-life crisis

How to deal with being (emotionally) alone during this transitional phase of my life? [more inside]
posted by 2X2LcallingCQ on May 27, 2013 - 18 answers

Leaving it all behind

Have you left your career and your home country to do something completely different? If so, I want your advice. [more inside]
posted by karakumy on May 19, 2013 - 20 answers

Jobless, rudderless and miserable post-graduation.

I am utterly, terrifyingly directionless after I left grad school early for financial reasons--I'm jobless and clueless. How can I redirect myself and get back on track? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on May 6, 2013 - 14 answers

When you got everything, you got everything to lose.

I'm 23, and I've had an objectively great programming job for six months. Part of me wants to quit and become a barista or something. Am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2013 - 57 answers

Quitting the office to become a bartender - am I crazy?

I'm a mid-20s secretary and I want to quit and become a waitress or bartender, a field in which I have no experience. Am I crazy? How can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2012 - 21 answers

How to emerge out of a deep, dark hole

How did you summon the strength to bounce back and/or change your life? [more inside]
posted by twentyfoursummers on Sep 1, 2012 - 19 answers

20-something seeks reassurance about lack of headway in life

I am in my mid twenties having some kind of ridiculous quarter life crisis. How can I constructively think about a Timeline For My Life? What are the things I should actually be putting my energy toward worrying about at this point in my life? [more inside]
posted by sockypuppeteer on Aug 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Can I start over in my own town?

New leaf, same old city? Seeking advice—both practical and symbolic—on attempting a "fresh start" in a city I've lived in for 10 years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 9 answers

What would you do with a million dollars? "Nothing."

Is Ambition required for Success? Is it possible to be too well adjusted? What if you don't like what you're good at? I have been struggling with the concepts of ambition and achievement in regard to self-esteem and a sense of self-worth (warning: long, vague) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Should you ever turn down a promotion?

I think my boss is about to offer me a promotion. What should I say if I'm not sure I actually want it? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Apr 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Leaving the Ivory Tower

I'm halfway through a PhD program in the humanities, but I'm almost positive I want to quit academia after I get my degree. What are my best options? [more inside]
posted by derrinyet on Feb 12, 2012 - 18 answers

Keeping Calm and Carryin' On in a bout of Long Unemployment ?

How do I stay confident and not feel overwhelmed in my unemployment, 2.5 years after graduating ? [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Dec 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Giving up on research. What next?

Recent bioscience graduate is unsure what to do with his life. Science writing a possibility. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 - 4 answers

What's the action plan for pure angst?

I've got angst - the honest-to-goodness, existential, "why are we here?" kind. Two years of trying to shake it haven't worked - and have sometimes made me wonder if it's worth fixing at all. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Sep 16, 2011 - 48 answers

But on May 13th 1994 you PINKY SWORE you wouldn't ever....

How do I forgive her for the betrayal of growing up and changing? [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies on Mar 21, 2011 - 51 answers

What do I do with my life?

Please help me figure out what to do with my life [more inside]
posted by LarrenD on Feb 28, 2011 - 23 answers

Quarter Life Crisis, Redux

When I'm not in school, I feel like my life has totally dead-ended. I'm starting to think that stress and anxiety are the only things that motivate me. How do I stop delaying (and being terrified of) reality and finally become a real (adult) person? The details inside are super long, and I apologize for them in advance. [more inside]
posted by timory on Dec 29, 2010 - 17 answers

Quarter-Life Crisis Ahoy!

What should I be when I grow up? I'm 30 years old. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Nov 9, 2010 - 35 answers

My life is in shambles. How do I reclaim it?

I nearly failed out of college a few years ago. I took a break, came back and finished my degree in 2009, but now I am unemployable because my GPA is a mess. Should I redo undergrad? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists on Aug 30, 2010 - 39 answers

Dreams vs Responsibility: How can I balance my life?

How can I become a responsible adult without getting my dreams lost in the process? Can they be one and the same? [more inside]
posted by vienaragis on Aug 19, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me go on a drug-fuelled vision quest... legally

Help me go on a drug-fuelled vision quest... legally. [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse on Aug 1, 2010 - 26 answers

Miserable high school student, plus one life stage.

I'm a sophomore in college who was totally sure as a high school senior that I wanted to go to an out of state liberal arts college. I succeeded, and now I'm pretty sure I made the wrong choice. Did this happen to you? How did you deal with it going forward into Real Life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2010 - 40 answers

Should I stay in school?

Halfway through my BA and not terribly happy. Is it worth it to stay in school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 41 answers

Help me find wonderful movies about coming into your own

Looking for a certain type of movie: about a woman, 20s/30s/40s, who is finding herself, not historical, not sappy and Hollywood, and not about finding meaning in a man/babies... [more inside]
posted by metametababe on Feb 24, 2010 - 64 answers

How can I start to work in archives without my MLS?

Aspiring archivist about to graduate from college, and needing some time off before grad school. How can I be productive and gain meaningful experience before getting my MLIS? [more inside]
posted by alphasunhat on Feb 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Why is being single suddenly the worst thing in the world?

After years of being perfectly happy when I'm single, I'm suddenly frantically desperately lonely. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2010 - 16 answers

Books and film depicting the quarter-life crisis ?

Going through what some mefis describe as the quarter-life crisis, I'd like to read about or watch others going through it as well. Any suggestions ? [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Feb 1, 2010 - 27 answers

What's a good career move for me, prefer travel?

What's a good career move for me? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Dec 16, 2009 - 8 answers

At least I don't want to major in Sculpture.

Quarter life crisis. Help me decide what I can do with unmarketable interests? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Nov 6, 2009 - 39 answers

More debt please!

I don't want to pursue a career in the field for which I received my degree. Help guide my search for a grad school field. [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists on Jun 17, 2009 - 11 answers

All my friends are in relationships... and I'm not

How do I deal with being the only single one amongst my group of friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2009 - 27 answers

I want to make money this year (and learn the guitar)

I want to spend a year or so making money and practicing guitar...separately that is. How should I do it? [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Apr 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Soul dying, needs 100cc awesome, stat!

Let's talk about interesting, adventurous, exciting, or otherwise awesome jobs that are actually attainable in today's economy. [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Feb 26, 2009 - 19 answers

How can I make time slow down?

How can I make time slow down? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Aug 18, 2008 - 40 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

If I were a lawyer, I would do...what, exactly?

What exactly would one do as a lawyer with a background in international law (specifically human rights, refugees issues, things of that nature)? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Jan 21, 2008 - 8 answers

What next?

CareerFilter: Help me decide my next step. (warning: long!) [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou on Sep 21, 2007 - 8 answers

What's a 6month adventure that will pay for itself?

I would like to quit my job and go on a self-sustaining adventure. By self-sustaining, I mean that it would mostly pay for itself, cost very little, or both. I have money saved, but I will need it as a buffer when I return to the real world and look for a job again. For argument's sake, let's say I can put $1500 toward this adventure. My time frame is 2 months to a year. I'm open to anything from being a frieght train hobo to volunteering in a far-away country to flying to Sweden and finding a job washing dishes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2007 - 25 answers

Help Me Be Irresponsible

(Yet-Another)What-Should-I-Do-With-My-Life-Filter: I'm almost positive I want to go to law school, but that's 18 months away. Tell me, what should I do till then. Clearly [more inside]
posted by zazerr on Feb 19, 2007 - 15 answers

No boys allowed.

Help me turn my bedroom into a sweet fort. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Feb 8, 2007 - 56 answers

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