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February 13

Forecast says...

What's an easy, legal, and reliable way to predict trends for currency exchange rates? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 2:08 PM - 7 answers

Should I continue repaying my charged off debt?

Im trying to figure out the best way to deal with a private student loan that got charged off. I've been slowly repaying the debt collection agency, planning to repay it in full, but now wondering if that's actually the best strategy as far as my credit score is concerned. [more inside]
posted by Argyle_Sock_Puppet at 11:52 AM - 3 answers

Interpreting (translation) in the UK

I've been a freelance Spanish interpreter & translator for a few years now in the U.S., and I've managed to create a sort-of stable lifestyle out of it, alongside another part-time job. I will be moving to the U.K. in a few months with my partner, however, and I need to start looking into the prospects across the pond. [more inside]
posted by parkbench at 4:55 AM - 5 answers

Lads, Everywhere!

I started a new job a month ago and i'm the only woman on a team of geek-lads in their 20s. How can I include myself in 'the team'? [more inside]
posted by ihaveyourfoot at 2:34 AM - 17 answers

Career Change Filter: From Scholarly Publishing to ?

Publishing is in its death throes, and I REALLY need a new industry to work in. But which? Details inside . . . [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:57 AM - 9 answers

February 12

What causes a closed end bond ETF to drop in net asset value over time?

Looking at closed end high yield bond ETFs, some of them maintain their NAV (net asset value) and some have been continually dropping in net asset value (not market price although that usually happens too) over 1-2 years. What causes this and how can one anticipate a long term drop in NAV? [more inside]
posted by Tazmaniac at 4:16 PM - 17 answers

Have a job offer, waiting for another - how to balance?

I am basically trying to juggle a job offer in hand and waiting for another that I really want, more than the one in hand. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by whatdoyouthink? at 3:55 PM - 7 answers

Two strikes on this project, one last chance... Ugh.

Coming to the tail end of a project and am stressed/depressed. Clients are highly critical and my boss isn't providing sufficient support to satisfy their high expectations in a timely fashion. How to deal with the dread of continuing, and grow a thicker skin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:40 PM - 6 answers

Learn to code or...what?

I'm a liberal-arts-ish woman who has some experience with computer programming (HTML, CSS and PHP) and a ton of graphics/design experience. I hear about code bootcamps and lots of people changing careers to CS, and I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to try and develop my programming skills. But I'm worried I'm not geeky enough to hack it. [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace at 11:20 AM - 17 answers

Should I attend a coding bootcamp?

Apparently there are people who enter coding bootcamps with no programming experience and waltz into software jobs 6 months later. Meanwhile, 30 years with a CS degree and I'm working in retail. I'm thinking of going to bootcamp to modernize my skills, but I fear that at the end of it, no one will want to hire a 50-something has-been/never-was over some young whippersnapper. [more inside]
posted by mpark at 9:59 AM - 6 answers

What is a meaningful "years of service" award for a programmer?

I'm in a big company that just sends me PDFs to print and give to people when they get to various years of service. I want to give them something a bit more fun. They are web developers and QA. Some sort of geeky trophy maybe? I'd be paying out of my own pocket so the focus is on meaningfulness, not cash value.
posted by freecellwizard at 9:47 AM - 11 answers

February 11

Activism/scholarship work for American abroad? Theme: history/politics

My dear friend is seeking a job abroad (at least 1 yr) and looking for solutions beyond the typical teach English/WOOFing/what have you. 26 y.o. and has completed 1.5 years of college (but no degree) & several years of activist experience (Occupy + radical queer politics by way of the conservative South). Kind of uncannily brilliant to the point where he's been asked to teach grad-level classes. Looking for something stimulating and interesting and stuck in that spot of not-enough-experience but so-so-much-brights. [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit at 5:14 PM - 1 answers

Should I become (or not become) a permanent US resident?

The article - Why expat Americans are giving up their passports got me thinking whether my decision to pursue my permanent residence in the US is the right one. Please help me think through this. [more inside]
posted by rippersid at 12:48 PM - 12 answers

February 10

Americorps HELP

Recent college grad, not at all moving forward with my life, and I'm interested in Americorps. I need a change. I want a big change, something challenging and very unlike what I'm used to. I'm overwhelmed and don't know how to begin going about this. HELP. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 at 6:10 PM - 11 answers

Acing a non-interactive job interview

Some time ago, I had a specific type of job interview which was new to me and I did not get offered a position. Now, I have this same type of interview again. How can I ace it this time? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 4:55 PM - 11 answers

Tell me about technical writing

Are you a technical writer? How did you get your job? What do you do on a day-to-day basis? What are the pros/cons of your job? What's the salary like? [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising at 11:50 AM - 12 answers

Getting off the gravy train

I want to quit my stable and perfectly good job to do: nothing. Am I an idiot? [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 11:39 AM - 44 answers

The Clock Is Ticking

The clock is ticking...ten days ago, our landlord warned us the house we're renting will become a pile of rubble after March 31st, so we better be out by then. Good news: we already had a (small) down payment on a house saved up, got pre-approved for a mortgage from our bank, and we accepted a seller's counteroffer and signed a purchase agreement on a house well within our budget. What can we do to keep things in our timeline? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 5:22 AM - 18 answers

February 9

"Should I take this job" filter- replete with ethics & other snowflakes

After almost a year of unemployment, during which I have been living with my parents (and going crazy in the process) I am about to get a job offer from a company whose ethics don't quite align with mine. The job would pay me extremely well, and would allow me to be independent and save money to work toward my future career goals. Help me decide if it's worth the cost. Bonus: help me negotiate my salary. More inside... [more inside]
posted by sparringnarwhal at 3:27 PM - 27 answers

can I cancel the credit card I left at a bar?

I had a friend in town this weekend, and we stopped for a drink at a bar before dinner on Saturday night. Sure enough, I walked out of there without closing out my tab. I know that the bar still has my card, and the charge for the two drinks has gone through. Does this mean that I can just call my bank and cancel the card with no repercussions? [more inside]
posted by cakelite at 9:41 AM - 11 answers

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