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Next career step?

I have a few options for my next career step. Deciding between a few options or business school. [more inside]
posted by pando11 on May 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Dealing with a micromanaging boss, grad student edition.

OK, I know this question has been asked in various permutations many times before, but of course my situation is different and special. I have a boss who is a serious micromanager and very indecisive on top of that. It's driving me crazy and I need advice on how to cope. I'm a graduate student in the biological sciences. [more inside]
posted by Grey_Area on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

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

Need help navigating my next steps with my job

I'm unhappy, and I'm planning to leave this city as soon as I can get things straightened out. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jan 16, 2014 - 13 answers

I finally made some decisions, but I'm pretty sure i was wrong. Help?

I recently switched to part time at work and moved back in with my parents so that I could attend grad school full time and I'm beginning to think that I made a horrible mistake. Would it be a terrible idea to leave school and try to figure out another direction? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by aka_anon on Oct 19, 2013 - 17 answers

Stress Savers

I'm entering what I expect to be a very busy year: busy full-time job with frequent evening and weekend work, graduate classes one night a week (plus homework), and a large writing project due next year. I find that I can get really overwhelmed and stressed when my schedule gets locked in and deadlines line up. I'm trying to find ways to simplify and ease my daily life so that I don't add additional stressors. What are your best time- and stress-saving tips for getting through intensely busy times? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 12, 2013 - 27 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

Any opinions on graduate schools of banking?

Is attending a graduate school of banking worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Jun 19, 2013 - 2 answers

How can I balance school and work?

I just started nursing school, and I also work 40+ hours a week. It's only been two weeks of school but it's already killing me - I work, sleep, school, sleep. I've already fallen asleep in class and tonight I overslept and missed my ride to work - the work is flexible enough that this isn't an issue today. But I know if it keeps happening I'll end up doing poorly on both, might lose my job, fail school or both. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Apr 22, 2013 - 12 answers

Deciding to transition away from the legal profession-- too soon?

I'm a law student in Ontario, just about done 2 years out of 3. I absolutely hate the academic aspect of it, and I'm pretty miserable. I didn't particularly enjoy the practice experiences I've had either, at 3 different legal-aid type clinics working as a student in family law, criminal law, and landlord/tenant matters. I have invested a lot of money into pursuing this law degree. Should I be giving serious thought to finding something else to do with my life as soon as I graduate, or should I stick it out and work my hardest to try to get a paying job in the legal profession, in the hopes that I will be able to pay off my student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I start giving 150% at work?

I recently started at a new job that's going very well, and there is tremendous room for growth here in the next year or two. In order to get where I want to be, I need to start working a lot more and a lot harder. Difficulty level: I'm in grad school part-time and have an active social life. [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Feb 18, 2013 - 32 answers

Putting in my two week notice after one week?

Just hired, now I have to quit. [more inside]
posted by flying_trapeze on Dec 31, 2012 - 15 answers

Please help me learn more about online adjunct teaching opportunities?

Finishing my MBA and would really like to know what adjunct or introductory online teaching opportunities are out there. What resources are out there? What would I be qualified to teach? Are there any other additional certifications that I should obtain? [more inside]
posted by Paalen on Nov 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Skeptical of my own abilities.

The time is drawing near when I have to make a name for myself, put myself out there, promote myself as a capable, dependable, charming, motivated, talented, creative, expressive, innovative, hirable grownup. But I'm having a bit more difficulty with this than I'd anticipated. I can't remember the last time I felt proud of anything I've done. [more inside]
posted by The Biggest Dreamer on Nov 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Should I apply to MSW programs now or later?

Do I have an appropriate background for admissions to an MSW program? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2012 - 10 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

How do I get through the day with two autoimmune diseases?

Within the last month, I've been diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders. I'm tired, everything hurts, and my life is pure insanity right now. What are your hacks for getting what you need when life simply isn't giving them to you? What about from the ones you love? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 1, 2012 - 27 answers

What's my next move?

At a work-life crossroads: 23 years old, college grad, getting laid off, about to get married and buy a house, struggling to find the next job, in school but thinking about going back for more degree(s). Seeking general advice on my next steps. [more inside]
posted by wansac on May 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Life/School/Work advice, please!

Struggling, College Educated 23-year-old Needs Solid Life Advice [more inside]
posted by foreversport on Mar 16, 2012 - 26 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

Graduate School or Possible Promotion?

Graduate school versus possible promotion? [more inside]
posted by Rinoia on Jan 19, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I take time off before grad school?

What advice can you give to an undergrad working for a few years before applying to grad school? This is in the hard sciences. [more inside]
posted by oracle bone on Sep 27, 2011 - 10 answers

How to cultivate your rolodex without overtilling?

What, if anything, do you do to keep in touch with old contacts when you don't really have any reason (providing or asking for a reference, answering questions, etc.) to speak with them? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Sep 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Necessarily insincere...

How do you deal with needing to live an insincere life when doing so cuts to the bone? (in work and in school) [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Aug 12, 2011 - 15 answers

What's the next step, or finding the right career path.

I'm trying to figure out the next step in my "career path," and have hit an impass. Can the hivemind point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Aug 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Well these are my options. What do you think?

Do I juggle work and school or just go to school and live off my savings and loans [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Aug 8, 2011 - 13 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

How can I better deal with stress?

How can I better deal with stress and manage my workload? I work part time, and go to school full time and I am having a hard time coping. [more inside]
posted by mister-m on Mar 2, 2011 - 14 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

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

Why is it all so hard?

Should all responsibilities feel like a heavy weight, on a day to day basis? In class and at work I am constantly checking the clock, waiting for when it will be finally over. When I get back to my room, I want to lay in bed for the rest of the day. What's with that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 - 21 answers

Burnt out. Too bad. Help me git 'er done.

Trying to do it all (or at least a lot) and failing. Help? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jul 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Not so easy as 1-2-3

My six-year old son just received his "report card". It says he is "blocked", that he can't count or write his name in cursive. I don't know what to do to help him. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on Jun 24, 2010 - 28 answers

How do I stay motivated and dedicated?

How do I break a cyclical lack of motivation and determination and actually move forward in my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2010 - 9 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

school + work = depression?

YANAD filter, version: depression 2.0. I am starting to see some of my depression symptoms return after a few years of being med-free. There are several factors involved and both my work and my school is being affected. How can I know what factors are causing what symptoms so I can fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Can a Canadian work legally in the U.S. if their spouse goes to grad school there...and how?

A Canadian friend just got accepted to an American grad school (Chicago) for a 5 year Ph.D program. He'll have funding, but how would his equally Canadian wife make a living in the U.S.? Getting the basic information is not as easy as they expected. What's the skinny? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 29, 2010 - 13 answers

How do I lie to my boss and everone that I work with?

How do I lie to my boss and everyone that I work with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2009 - 39 answers

backpack be gone ...

Help me find the get rid of my backpack! [more inside]
posted by ouchitburns on Oct 26, 2009 - 30 answers

Working/Going to School with Fibro: What works?

I have fibromyalgia. Help me figure out how to be a better student/employee. What accommodations/techniques work for you? I have doctors, so more looking for 'this worked for me/my mom/my friend' than anything medical. [more inside]
posted by eleanna on Oct 21, 2009 - 8 answers

I'd like to give my year notice, please.

My employer is impressed enough with my work that they want to promote me into a position which would ordinarily make for a great career move. I, however, am planning on leaving in a little over a year to earn a degree in a completely different field, and thus have no interest in the job (for reasons explained after the jump.) How do I diplomatically tell them no without jeopardizing my current position, and how much, if any, of my future plans do I mention to them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 - 16 answers

How to learn from the world?

Taking A Year Off. (yes, I realize it sounds like this.) [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Oct 18, 2009 - 11 answers

Being an adult sucks. Can I be 18 again?

Help me/us gain perspective about working while in school, please! [more inside]
posted by lizjohn on Sep 30, 2009 - 20 answers

Should I become an independent insurance adjuster?

A local vocational school is offering a 15-week program to train students to become independent insurance adjusters and hopefully pass the Texas All Lines Adjuster exam. I'm sure the 15-week training program is insanely expensive, but supposedly the independent insurance adjuster gig is considered pretty lucrative--especially for someone like me without a college degree. Anyone have any advice for someone stuck in dead end job and considering plunking down the money and time to become an independent insurance adjuster? Can a guy make a living as licensed independent insurance adjuster?
posted by buzzbash on Sep 17, 2009 - 5 answers

I Wish I Could Go Back to College

Would going back to school help me find a job that doesn't suck? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Aug 22, 2009 - 13 answers

There should be a 4th "R"- The Real World

Why aren't life skills taught in schools? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Apr 13, 2009 - 39 answers

Can I Break into Information Architecture at 40?

Is it realistic to become an information architect in NYC after the age of 40? I'm concerned about the bias that exists in the computer industry and the expensive cost of training for this career. [more inside]
posted by thenewyawkah on Mar 3, 2009 - 3 answers

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