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March 2

Is software development a good job for someone with depression?

My job is most likely making my depression worse. Is software development a viable alternative, or am I going to run into the same issues there? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by anaximander at 2:41 AM - 0 answers

March 1

Aggressively Trading AAPL

I've made good money buying Apple stock on major downturns over the years. I'd like to do this more granularly, but don't have time (or day-trading skills or platform) to relentlessly buy minor downward blips and sell the recoveries. What's the easiest, most convenient, automated and newbie-friendly way to do this? Or, better: is there a way to piggyback on other's efforts (e.g. is there a fund operating according to this same thesis)? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 10:01 PM - 1 answers

What next for a biochemistry / physiology PhD?

I'm a couple years off finishing a PhD that's been about half biochemistry and half electrophysiology at a top-ranked Australian university. The academic career path is definitely open to me - I've got a decent number of publications, heaps of teaching experience, blah blah blah - but I'm unsure that it's what I want to pursue. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 5:41 PM - 1 answers

Should I quit, and if so, now or later?

I recently took a job, and I think it was a mistake. My new boss is a horrible, moody manager and mistreats me. And I feel grossly unqualified and hate the type of work. But I'm afraid I'm just a quitter and letting my emotions get the better of me. [more inside]
posted by primate moon at 4:23 PM - 10 answers

February 28

How not to get on your supervisor's bad side

I have a new job I really don't want to mess up. But I'm in an atypical situation and I lack office interpersonal skills. Already my supervisor, we're both women, is growing wary of me. Help me with your brilliant advice. Wall of hardened snowflakes requiring blowtorch inside... [more inside]
posted by kewpiesockpuppetdoll at 6:32 PM - 13 answers

Jobsearch Process

I'm looking for a new job online and, after some research, I've developed a little process to do so (high-level detail inside). I'm not getting the greatest amount of hits (~5 suitable jobs per week), so I'm just looking for some feedback on my process, just to see if there's any gaping holes, or useful tweaks I could make. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 5:49 PM - 8 answers

Recommended Books on Financial Planning?

My wife and I are looking for a good book to help us make some better financial plans. We had our first child in the past year and my wife will finish graduate school and start a job in a few months. Accordingly, we'd like to redo our financial plans, and we'd like a book to help guide us. [more inside]
posted by pombe at 1:59 PM - 3 answers

Help me mentor a budding product manager

What are good educational resources for a college undergraduate interested in a career path that involves product management in the technology sector? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 12:38 PM - 6 answers

Accountants of Metafilter, please help me not go crazy.

No, nothing to do with taxes. I am a night auditor now, and the job is seriously activating my analytical streak. I'm pretty good at figuring out how things interact in our system and why they do what they do, but there is a vale I cannot penetrate, though there be wonders beyond it: what the $#&*# is a System Suspense Account? [more inside]
posted by Because at 4:51 AM - 5 answers

Setting a budget when no longer employed and living off capital

I have the equivalent of 18 months' salary in hand and am planning to live on it as long as I can whilst pursuing my writing plans. How can I best manage my spending? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:00 AM - 18 answers

February 27

Tech friendly cities?

What are some cities / metro areas in the U.S. with a fair amount of software and tech companies besides the Bay Area, Seattle, and NYC? I'm looking more for lesser known hubs or places where there is a growing presence, cities that I may have not considered. Where are the jobs in 2015 and where will they be in ten years? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 8:45 PM - 33 answers

NY Bar Application Help

I’m looking for someone -- or some service -- to help me prepare my application to be admitted to the New York State Bar. (I’ve already passed the bar exam itself.) I don’t have blemishes, so-to-speak, that need to be explained, but my pre-law work history is complicated, and I lived in a million different places before law school but during the applicable period -- and I'm very busy right now -- so I'd like someone to help me carefully and precisely put the application together. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:03 PM - 8 answers

do work ultimatums work?

I'm not bothered by my company reading my emails, looking at my browser history (mostly), or monitoring my phone calls. I just cannot stand their slowness in implementing the CRM they promise. My job is very secure because I have a technical writing skill the group lacks and would be very expensive to replace. Do ultimatums work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM - 11 answers

How can mom pay her taxes?

My Mom. Medicaid. A Miller Trust. And taxes owed. How can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 11:23 AM - 8 answers

How do I manage inappropriate colleagues?

I work in mental health crisis on a small team in a tight space. We recently lost 2 colleagues and hired a new one. We did a team interview and he frequently called women "girls" and would laugh to himself when no one else laughed. I expressed my concerns, but he was hired regardless. He started 6 months ago and is still unable to do his job without ongoing guidance. [more inside]
posted by LinneaJC at 10:54 AM - 11 answers

The best books on providing exceptional customer / client service

Please recommend great books about exceptional customer service / client service. In my business (staffing), we must provide great service to both clients and to candidates. I have a new recruiter who is new to the industry and doing great. I want our branch focus this year to be differentiating ourselves from our competitors by being phenomenal with both groups that we work with. [more inside]
posted by glaucon at 9:55 AM - 3 answers

February 26

What else can I do with my Ph.D. besides postdoc?

I just defended my Ph.D. in a weird niche part of the natural sciences. The obvious path is to go on to do a postdoc and then a research or teaching career, and I'm taking some steps in that direction. On the other hand, if I was into doing the obvious thing I wouldn't have gotten a Ph.D. in a weird niche part of the natural sciences. What other jobs/careers/vocations should I look into? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 11:17 PM - 11 answers

How can I find local rich lists?

How can I find lists of wealthy individuals in my local area? [more inside]
posted by DJ Broken Record at 3:22 PM - 4 answers

Financial Record Digitization Services - do they exist?

I'm looking for a service like Shoeboxed or MakeSpace, where I can get several decade's worth of my parents' financial records scanned/indexed and then sent back to me to go into a regular storage unit. Extra snowflake information about sibling's information security paranoia. [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 3:12 PM - 4 answers

Public University Law School?

I'm thinking about going to law school... but there are special circumstances: public school and evening program. And federal civil service... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM - 10 answers

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