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Job application anxiety and disappointment

At the beginning of this year I finished my courses and exams to become an emergency medical technician. I finally have the certification I that allows me to work in the field, but I’m fighting against paralyzing anxiety that’s making it hard to apply for jobs. This is something that I've struggled with the past, but the stakes feel a lot higher this time and I’m looking for advice on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by arcolz on Jan 22, 2014 - 11 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

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

PhD dropout

I'm dropping out of a PhD program in a social science with only a masters degree. I need a real job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Oh the Humanities!

What qualifications do I need to teach humanities, beyond the normal education teachery qualifications? Victoria, Australia, to be specific. I am a Spanish/English methods teacher, but would love some more advice on applying for all those English/Humanities jobs out there. [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek on Oct 4, 2012 - 4 answers

How does one become a High School Russian teacher

How do I go about getting hired for a position that doesn't exist: a High School Russian teacher? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Sep 28, 2012 - 20 answers

Is this an offer I'd be a fool to refuse?

I am a senior undergraduate biology student who wants to become a conservation biologist and a professor. I work part-time in a lab at my university, and my principal investigator recently made me an offer that on the face of it seems pretty great. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 24, 2012 - 28 answers

Is my life FUBAR?

I've done absolutely nothing since graduating college in May 2011 due to social anxiety and other issues. The months seem to go by quicker and quicker. What should I do? I apologize in advance that my question is not that well organized. [more inside]
posted by theshire on Sep 4, 2012 - 18 answers

Make me less of an academic island!

I'm a PhD student, and I'd like to do more academic networking over email. How does this work, and what should the emails sound like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 14 answers

How do people quit grad school?

How do tell my advisor that I am dropping out of grad school and finding a job? [more inside]
posted by rjbiscuit on Feb 7, 2012 - 17 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

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

Go to school or stay employed?

Quit my job and go to school, or stay in the same spot and not really get anywhere? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Jan 10, 2012 - 25 answers

Late Entry Into the Workforce?

How can someone enter the workforce later in life - with absolutely no experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 - 18 answers

What's the best thing to say during teacher associate interview?

Hi, I will be going to a teacher associate job interview next week. This is where I will be sort of like a teacher's aide. Do any of you have great comments or responses that will impress the interviewer? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jul 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Am I crazy to quit my job?

Am I crazy to quit a government job in this economy to go to grad school full time? [more inside]
posted by Amistad on Jun 10, 2011 - 16 answers

Abandon my job for future prospects?

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

Can't stand spending my springtime here...

Do I have to tell my future employer that I quit my current job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 - 12 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

Changing fields and schooling? Which comes first?

I want to pursue microbiology but I'm not a science major. I'm 25 now and I just took my GRE in Nov. I'm working on my personal statement for grad school. I've had very little experience in labs...would it make more sense to get working experience first before school? [more inside]
posted by apfel on Dec 1, 2010 - 24 answers

Two Years to a Less Stressed You!

Let's say someone wanted to go a community college and take a 2-year/certificate program of some sort with the end goal being to get a very stable, well-paying job... what would be their best bet? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Nov 16, 2010 - 32 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

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

Brooklyn vs. DC

Benefits of living in Washington, DC vs. Brooklyn, NYC? Work-related caveat involved. [more inside]
posted by brynna on May 19, 2010 - 19 answers

StressFilter

Straight to the next leg of the librarian rat race? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Apr 6, 2010 - 16 answers

Any court reporters out there?

I am thinking about going back to school to be a court reporter. If there is anyone that is a court reporter on here, can you tell me what to expect? [more inside]
posted by iabide79 on Feb 25, 2010 - 10 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

Best use of my americorps award?

2 parter...1) I have an americorps education award thats around $4200. Should I use it to take some courses, or pay back student loans? I'm jobless, back at home, deciding between working and saving money, or taking prereqs for grad schools. 2) Going crazy and want OUT of home asap...job or school? [more inside]
posted by shinyshiny on Jul 21, 2009 - 7 answers

How to cope with day job / school stress

Help me deal emotionally with a bad case of academic jealousy. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on May 13, 2009 - 16 answers

To whom it may concern:

I'd like to see examples of great cover letters, please. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Mar 8, 2009 - 20 answers

job prospects for public defenders or civil/real estate lawyers

I'm currently a sophomore in college. Will there be jobs for public defenders or civil/real estate lawyers by the time I would graduate law school, if I were to go to law school? [more inside]
posted by goodbyebluemonday on Jan 26, 2009 - 23 answers

I want to be the superteacher.

Bad Economy Filter: In college now, will graduate in 2012 and aim to teach art. The caveat is that it will have taken me 6 years to graduate my undergraduate program because of transferring schools and all the confusion that new majors comes along with. So, here's my question... how do I give myself a leg up? Perhaps superfluous details inside. [more inside]
posted by big open mouth on Jan 21, 2009 - 6 answers

MLS = Man, Life Sucks

Should I/how do I propose the idea of getting a masters degree to my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Why doesn't math make sense anymore?

I've got math anxiety but not the traditional kind. I'm graduating with a math degree but I feel very insecure pursuing higher math. How did something this beautiful turn into a bugbear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2008 - 20 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

Go back for more school or take a *meh* first job?

Recent Graduate: Work towards 2nd Bachelors, Masters, or take a lower paying position I hope will lead to the job I want? [more inside]
posted by sleazy_e on Jul 21, 2008 - 12 answers

What should I do with my life?

20-something INTP, bored to death in his corporate gig, asks: What should I do with my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2008 - 28 answers

Is a job in Education sheltered from the market?

I have just been offered a staff position at a large University of California campus. Given that my current job is with a small (employees<15) consulting company in the technology field, and given the current national (and global) economic situation; is a UC job more likely to be stable in the next 5 years when compared to one in a small tech company? Also, what's it like to work at a UC? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2008 - 16 answers

Covert Mental health cover-up operation gone wrong. Help!

I was a part time student with a part time job. After a nervous breakdown, a brief stint in a mental hospital, and a cover-up to keep everything secret...I am in deep trouble with my job. Please help me unravel the mess. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2007 - 21 answers

Stuck in a bog of Graduate Decisions

Help me decide what venue of higher education to pursuit. [more inside]
posted by stratastar on Dec 3, 2007 - 21 answers

Library GroupMetaMindThing

I have a Masters in Library Science. I received it a year and a bit back. In that time, I have been applying for a job in the public library sector as a reference librarian. I am not getting anywhere though I am following professional protocol in regards to a sound cover letter and solid resume. I got a 3.6 GPA in the program which is decent but not perfect. Decent, though. I have recently been broadening my search to places outside of my home state of Indiana (and Indianapolis). If you have any recommendations for the best job site areas to review on a regular basis, I am interested. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon on Oct 24, 2007 - 19 answers

JobFilter

Should I accept this job? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Oct 20, 2007 - 9 answers

What's worse, being at a job for too long or not long enough?

What's worse, being at a job for too long or not long enough? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar on Oct 9, 2007 - 9 answers

A sure MIIS.

What can you tell me about the Monterey Institute of International Studies? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Oct 3, 2007 - 4 answers

Help me get my career in order!

I'm 3 years out of college, and unemployed again. I feel like I should go back to school, but what for??! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Aug 23, 2007 - 3 answers

How much money does a technology coordinator make?

What kind of salary can I expect as a computer lab technology coordinator at a fancy private school in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by bonheur on Jun 5, 2007 - 4 answers

Help me juggle school and work before I wither away!

Help me reduce the stress before I melt! [more inside]
posted by Phire on Dec 2, 2006 - 11 answers

Where in South Carolina can I learn how to be a good Graphic Designer?

Are there any good graphics design schools in South Carolina? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Nov 12, 2006 - 4 answers

I know I'm leaving, but when should they know?

I have no problems with my job. In fact, I'm happy with it. But a few months ago I realized I don't want to be doing it forever. So after saving up some money, I've decided to quit, move back home with my parents and go back to school in a field unrelated to my job in January. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2006 - 12 answers

Landing a Job While Taking Day Classes

Landing a job while going to classes during the day? [more inside]
posted by empath on Aug 17, 2006 - 4 answers

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