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Planning to quit my job vs. giving up on my dream

I would like to devote myself to full time freelance illustration. I currently have an ok job, but my husband and I are tentatively planning on me quitting in the future so I can follow my dream. I realize not everyone gets to follow their dream though, and I worry it may be a Bad Decision. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Feb 20, 2015 - 12 answers

What, Me Worry?

I tend to obsessively brood about things -- usually frustrations or conflicts at work -- and I want to know how to leave that alone so I am not stressed out all the time thinking through situations I can do nothing to solve. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2015 - 13 answers

Being disciplined vs. not forcing it?

These days all the literature on creativity/productivity emphasizes routines and unromantic workmanlike discipline. Forget inspiration and "just do it!" But more often than not, when I put my butt in the chair to get down to business… Nothing. Happens. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Should I cancel this job interview?

I am looking for a job, desperately, as I'm going to be laid off and I just booked an interview, which would be cool except I'm not positive I can physically handle the work. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Feb 17, 2015 - 17 answers

Could you not take my job?

My boss had me write my own job description. I wrote a wicked awesome one. Now everyone wants it. But it's mine...How do I politely tell people to step off? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Feb 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Ground control to Major Tom...

Work remote, live alone: how to mitigate the isolation? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Feb 15, 2015 - 19 answers

How far do I chase this pay increase?

Was told by no less than 3 manager types, when I started my new job 4 months ago, that after a month of training and orientation, I should expect a bump in pay. Turns out, they meant other people are to expect the pay increase, not me. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Feb 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Afraid of missing an opportunity - should I stay or should I go?

I was in a long distance relationship UK-Canada and lived with my ex in Canada for just over 6 months on a 1 year working holiday visa. Before I left (and broke up) I applied and was approved for a 2nd working holiday year (the limit is 2 years) which I haven't yet used. The expiry date is coming up very soon, I have to be in Canada for March 1st to use it. The visa can't be cancelled. I have to make a decision as soon as possible. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Feb 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me balance my crazy schedule !

Between work and school, my schedule is insane right now and I need to be awake at all hours of the day at different times in the week. I'm starting to gain weight and let Important Things slip. I'm normally suspicious of "life hacks" but I'm wondering - those of you who have had similarly insane schedules - were there any habits that made things much easier? Any things that made it harder? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Feb 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Take a deep breath and count to five...

WorkFilter: Is it ever appropriate to ask to be moved to another team at work because of management style? [more inside]
posted by McSockerson The Great on Feb 13, 2015 - 12 answers

Is it possible to ask out a customer?

I've been having a lot of casual conversations with a regular customer and I get a vibe that he may be interested, but I do not want to make things awkward in any way in case I'm wrong. [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel on Feb 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Job Brainstorm Ideas needed with TV and Video Editor background

Asking for a friend who's having a hard time finding a job in Seattle (Eastside) - she has a technical school degree in television production and had worked in the East coast for 2 reputable news stations for 15 years wearing multiple hats: Production coordinator, video editor and distributor and web producer. [more inside]
posted by 7life on Feb 12, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I get an entry-level job as a Data Analyst in NYC, ASAP?

How can I get into data analysis with little-to-no data or programming experience? [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Feb 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Should I try to recruit a former classmate?

I was looking up old school acquaintances online recently, and found the LinkedIn profile of a classmate from grad school. She's got just the resume my team desperately needs (MVC web development, natural language processing) and I know she's very smart. But I never knew her that well in school, and mostly remember her because of the secret crush I had on her back then. Would it be okay to email her about the open position at my company? [more inside]
posted by serathen on Feb 11, 2015 - 17 answers

How do I avoid burnout in my new position at a non-profit

I am a detail oriented, personable woman in my late twenties that really likes what I do. I work for a small non-profit that is highly respected in the mid-size town that I live in. Before I had this job I worked in DC on Capitol Hill for several years in a demanding job. Last fall I was promoted to Associate Director. We also got a new Executive Director at that time (he's the one that promoted me). He is a good guy, and I enjoy the environment that I work in. That said... in the past two weeks I have started to feel a little burnout. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2015 - 14 answers

Dress Code & Travel Tips for Business Trip to Apple

I will be taking a business trip to Apple very soon and neither my wardrobe nor my travel skills are ready. Are you familiar with Apple's dress code and/or Cupertino travel tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2015 - 16 answers

Double checking math for the gaslit

A math problem followed by an issue with the boss. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Miserable Coworkers

I need advice and coping strategies to deal with coworkers who are rude to clients. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Feb 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Expand my thinking! Or, just give me a tiny bit of hope.

I am unemployed with no college degree, and an employment history in retail management/horticulture. I'm trying desperately to do something - anything - that will: 1) hire me and 2) pay me a living wage. I am depressed and defeated. Please help me think of things I haven't realized are possible, when I haven't even had a temp agency sign me up. [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Feb 5, 2015 - 28 answers

Fun baby-shower me

I am looking for ideas for a (fun!) baby shower game for my boss who is expecting. The shower is happening in a restaurant with a small group of co-workers so it can't be too involved or outlandish. There's also that whole I-work-with-you atmosphere that makes things that I would normally think of for friends seem strange. Would be thrilled to see if anyone has suggestions. Thanks in advance.
posted by mooselini on Feb 4, 2015 - 14 answers

Extended probation at work. Can I come back from this?

Started a new job that I was super excited about a few months ago. It's been overwhelming. I've worked long, long days, and tried really hard, but I dropped some (big, visible) balls because I misprioritized. Worse, I didn't ask for help figuring out what was important. Now I'm on extended probation. I'm so worried that I won't be able to change their opinions of me. [more inside]
posted by my puppet has socks on Feb 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Flailing in a job that's a poor fit

How do you maintain consistent performance when you're simultaneously bored and overwhelmed? [more inside]
posted by delight on Feb 3, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me figure out what to do?

So I have a job, and I work freelance design on the side. Due to several circumstances in the past month, I have less than half of this month's rent and the direct withdrawal of the rent is scheduled for tomorrow morning. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Feb 1, 2015 - 18 answers

How to explain on cover letter I've just started a year off?

I started a year off a month ago to take some courses I've been interested in and do some travelling too. A PT position in my old industry has come up in the city I'll be studying in. This city is also the city I've always wanted to live in, which is why I'm making an exception to apply for this. How do I explain this year off on my cover letter? [more inside]
posted by glache on Jan 30, 2015 - 10 answers

How do I email my job references

My academic and professional references have asked me to keep them informed of what jobs I'm applying to, both so that they have a heads-up, and so that they can let me know if they've been called. I haven't been very good at doing this consistently because I don't know how to phrase that email. [more inside]
posted by wrabbit on Jan 30, 2015 - 7 answers

I want to be productive, but not too productive...

So once you've slayed (or at least knocked out) the procrastination beast, how do you keep your balance and not burn yourself out? [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Jan 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Remaining impartial between to ideologically opposing workplace factions?

How do I remain impartial between two warring factions? A few years ago I joined my workplace union. As I have worked my way into HQ, I have discovered two distinct factions. I have made many good friends on either side but it’s getting difficult to enjoy myself and feel included. I get upset and feel like I want to quit... HELP :/ [more inside]
posted by krisb1701d on Jan 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Stuck at work

I'm so far behind on a project that I feel like I'm lying to my employer and I'm deeply pissed at myself. How can I move forward? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Jan 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Place to work in downtown Chicago?

I'm in downtown Chicago for a conference. Where can I sneak away to work for a few hours every day? I would like to walk somewhere close to the Intercontinental Hotel downtown with my laptop and index cards and just write. [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Jan 27, 2015 - 11 answers

What can I do (or not do) for a friend with headaches?

Sufferers of headaches - what do you like/dislike when you're in the thick of it? A friend of mine has recurring headaches of unknown cause. They are on medication so the pain is manageable, but they live alone and often have to go to work (9-5 office job) in the middle of an episode. They live far away so I can't offer to pick up groceries for them or anything like that, but I can and do IM them words of comfort. What else am I missing?
posted by fix on Jan 26, 2015 - 17 answers

Best cardigans evah?

I love cardigans, but I'm tired of my cotton cardigans pilling / wearing out. What are your favorite cardigan brands that are super durable? [more inside]
posted by ellerhodes on Jan 25, 2015 - 22 answers

Is it unfair to tell my colleague I'm in love with her?

I'm in love with my female colleague. We went on a date in 2014 and left it as friends. Now I'm thinking of finding a new job - should I tell her why or is this unfairly burdening someone else with my problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2015 - 53 answers

No, you really do need to tone it down

I read this recent question which had a lot of stories about women being told they are too "strident", "mean", "demanding", etc. at work. I have gotten feedback like this in the past too so I am wondering, is there some way to tell if it's just sexist bullshit or if you personally really do need to take it down a notch? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jan 23, 2015 - 21 answers

What's a good way to say "I don't know" in a constructive way?

In my role at work, I'm often approached on a day to day basis with very specific ad hoc questions. Often times, I have no background on the question / issue, and am not sure how to answer. [more inside]
posted by watrlily on Jan 21, 2015 - 36 answers

How can I be less sensitive?

There is no question about it – I am an extremely sensitive person. What I want to know is how can I be less sensitive, or, maybe, if I should be less sensitive? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jan 20, 2015 - 16 answers

Escaping from clockwatching office hell

I'm bored. So bored that I think I'm going to have to jump ship on my IT/office administration job. There's just nothing to do. I'm loath to quit with nothing to go to - but I'm looking for other options, other types of work so I don't have to jump straight into another job like this one. What kind of work is there that I can do, that's more hands-on, less computery, has more to do each day and has more tangible and material results? [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jan 19, 2015 - 11 answers

How can I make business travel suck less?

My work has me traveling regularly for the first time-- 2-3 day trips every few weeks. I travel with a small team, including the company president. We operate as a pack, and so I'm sort of at the mercy of the president/team in terms of mealtimes, etc. I really dislike the lack of control over food, sleep, exercise, and general life while I'm on the road. . What can I do to make the trips less onerous for me? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Jan 17, 2015 - 32 answers

The Ultimate Work Catch-22: No work assigned & boss wants status reports

How does one generate an action items/issues log on a moments notice when they have literally had no work to do for MONTHS? Email from boss is sent 13 minutes before the day is over and she wants to start meeting to discuss projects and statuses and asks that the log is compiled and ready for tomorrow. What the hell am I supposed to give a status report on??? [more inside]
posted by gangsterscience on Jan 15, 2015 - 12 answers

I don't know if I am reading signs or reading into signs

I have a female friend at work who I would very much like to be into me and am not sure if due to that I am reading into things - I probably am. For example, "what does that sudden hug mean?" or "Is this a dinner date or just dinner?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2015 - 26 answers

Where can I find thoughtfully written success stories about quitting?

I would like to read helpful, well-written, thoughtful, realistic personal stories about quitting a job, preferably ones about situations where another gig hadn't been lined up yet. Prefer stories about career positions, though I'm more than happy to read about walking out of service jobs. Please point me to web sites and forums, books, podcasts, and other media I am not thinking of at the moment.
posted by ziggly on Jan 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Job is being eliminated, where to go from here?

Likely to be losing my job in the coming weeks, and thinking about returning to school, either for a diploma or some other vocational training. Can the hive help me figure out a path to take or explore, given the generalities of what kind of work I would like to consider pursuing? I am interested in jobs relating to natural resource management and/or something relating to the environment. [more inside]
posted by wats on Jan 13, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me understand work habits. How much time is spent ...not working?

At work, no one has ever monitored my time or even told me what hours I should be working, so I'm not sure what is appropriate. I'm a good performer, but am still on edge and worried I could be seen as inappropriate. I understand no one can give 100% all the time, but lately I spend more time browsing or chatting with coworkers. I don't want to get a surprise reprimand or be viewed as a slacker. Please help me determine what is and isn't acceptable in the workplace. [more inside]
posted by WCF on Jan 10, 2015 - 24 answers

How best to manage this work problem

For several years Small Company has been undergoing large turnover in employees, to the point that there are now a number of critical vacancies. I am a Widget Controller at SC. Because of the vacancies, I was told to also become a Cog Controller. They're not similar jobs even though they have a similar title and the career path is different. I am not paid extra for the additional role (I haven't asked). There is no overtime. Is a position change like this normal? Is it possible to escalate to HR as this isn't the job I was hired to do? I don't like being a Cog Controller.
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Coping with the new job panic

I am two months into a new job in a large corporate in a completely different industry to my professional background and am having the 'new job struggle'. Having accepted that it could take at least six months to start feeling settled in (e.g. see answers to similar question suggesting this as a timeframe), how do I actually cope it with it on a day to day basis? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Jan 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Best non-silent places to study in NYC

I'm house-sitting for friends in New York City next week, which is great. I have to spend the whole week writing papers for school, which is not so great. Can you suggest some excellent places to study so I don't feel like I've totally wasted the trip? [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine on Jan 6, 2015 - 17 answers

Relating to a colleague who has come out as Transgender to me

A woman at work came out to me earlier this week as Transgender (she is, I am fairly certain, a woman who was assigned male at birth). I'm not sure I handled it well and based on the generally sensible, kind, and intelligent way that Trans* issues are discussed on Metafilter (especially when compared to other places on the web) I am hoping for some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2015 - 23 answers

What we have here is...

I have a yearly performance review coming up. I need help addressing worsening communication issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2015 - 24 answers

OMFG did you effing seriously just say that.

One of my coworkers said something that feels BEYOND inappropriate, and I don't know what to do about it. Difficulty level: racism. In the office. With lots of Southern cultural baggage. Also, WTF. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2015 - 42 answers

What’s the deal with the lack of diversity? (workplace edition)

I work for a large corporation in a typical business office setting. Our workforce is very diverse at the associate and Jr. Manager level. Above that, not so much. I am meeting with some senior leaders (mostly mid aged straight white guys) over the next couple of weeks to discuss career progression possibilities for myself and team, and am looking for a way to broach this subject without sounding accusatory or confrontational. I thought the hive mind might have some insight. This could also just be an un-discussable. You tell me. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine on Dec 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Everyday jobs that you've found fun and enjoyable... part 2.

4 years ago mtphoto posted a great question. I really liked some of the answers you gave him then, but I also have a few more questions to add. [more inside]
posted by divina_y_humilde on Dec 27, 2014 - 10 answers

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