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February 21

what do you call a mint worker?

Carpenter, plumber, teacher, doctor, lawyer. Mint Worker? Is there a special name for amint worker? [more inside]
posted by freethefeet at 4:17 PM - 9 answers

Career advancement resources wanted for 33 year old professional.

A client of mine is 33 years old, working in the medical supply field (specifically, selling orthopedic braces to hospitals in the US). He is looking to move his career forward in that field or a related area. My client's company does not offer solid career advancement opportunities/resources. I'm hoping this esteemed group would be able to point us to resources that might assist him. These resources might look like support groups, online forums/groups, online/irl educational opportunities, books, etc. (all ideas welcome). Thanks in advance!
posted by HuronBob at 7:24 AM - 0 answers

February 20

Gift idea for hardworking mail carrier

My mail carrier has been out in all weather this winter, totally reliable and always pleasant. I know I can't give cash or gift cards. So what could I give them that they would actually appreciate? [more inside]
posted by Emmy Rae at 8:01 PM - 14 answers

Is it possible to "trade" in a recently purchased new car?

How difficult is it, if at all, to trade in a recently purchased new car and get something used? Is this even a good idea? [more inside]
posted by nurgle at 7:23 PM - 13 answers

Competitive Intelligence - Digital tools

Can you recommend digital/online tools to use to conduct competitive intelligence? For example, Crayon is one company that lets you compare products and website changes. Are there other companies that offer similar tools? If you were to learn from your competitors, what tools would you use?
posted by quiverandquill at 1:03 PM - 2 answers

What if I wanted to design my own dishware?

Is the process feasable for someone like me? [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 6:42 AM - 9 answers

February 19

Quit job with nothing lined up or tough it out? (design, tech, career)

I saw some similar questions on MetaFilter but wanted perspective on my particular situation - I currently work at a small tech company and the general environment feels a pretty toxic. I have about 4 years of experience ((3 at this company) in my field (design work). Should I quit and take a break to recover? Or tough it out? [more inside]
posted by bellalia at 11:30 PM - 14 answers

Social Science-ish PhD Pivoting to Industry (Data Science?)

I'm a first-year PhD student studying social variation in acoustic and articulatory phonetics. I'm thinking of pivoting from a career plan centered around getting an academic job into positioning myself for working in industry. I'm wondering what my options are, what material I should be focusing on, and what job prospects are like. [more inside]
posted by lilies.lilies at 9:48 AM - 7 answers

Help with Freelance Rate

How much should a social-science PhD student (ABD) charge for freelance work? [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 8:23 AM - 13 answers

February 18

Should I take on a second job?

I was recently offered a second, part-time retail job. I'm having cold feet symptoms. [more inside]
posted by thoughtful_analyst at 2:47 PM - 24 answers

February 17

Seriously though, what do you expect from a junior data scientist/dev?

I'm a PhD student pivoting out of academia, I have a bit of personal programming experience, and I have about 6 weeks left of a data science bootcamp. I've learned a lot, I've been Pythoning my butt off, and I'm starting to think about job interviews and how to prepare for them. The problem: the internet is rife with conflicting advice. If you've hired a junior or have been hired as one, HELP ME PLEASE!! (Note: While I'm primarily focused on data science, I'd be happy to do junior dev work too). [more inside]
posted by thebots at 6:57 PM - 5 answers

Books on more innovative and insightful thinking?

I’m looking for books or resources which discuss the origins of innovative thinking. [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 6:21 AM - 6 answers

February 16

seeking advice regarding investing - currently have a fee-based account

I inherited what was to me a lot of money at the age of 16. The money was invested on my behalf in a mix of stocks and bonds in PlanMember Securities, a fee-based system wherein I was paired with a (shitty) advisor.Is there someone I can pay for a consultation that wouldn't have anything to do with my money? Figuring out fund-allocation stuff on my own seems pretty daunting, with a heightened possibility of making some kind of mistake. Juicy financial details inside. [more inside]
posted by lilies.lilies at 6:10 PM - 14 answers

Credit Cards 101, Australia Edition

Teach me about responsible use of credit cards, as they apply to Australia! [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:38 PM - 6 answers

Can a bank refuse ACH payments?

Someone has claimed that their business bank account does not allow ACH transactions for "fraud prevention." I am not familiar with any banking institution in the U.S. that prevents usage of this basic feature. Am I missing something?
posted by ticktickatick at 12:21 PM - 5 answers

Let's go hunting!

How do I work with a headhunter? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 9:18 AM - 5 answers

Can I be racist for a minute?

I heard my coworker say this and then follow up with a comment. I’m uncomfortable. But should I say anything? [more inside]
posted by socky bottoms at 7:12 AM - 25 answers

February 15

Should I take the job? The "both jobs are awesome, though" edition.

I have the opportunity to take on a new and exciting role, but my current gig is pretty ok. How can I weigh the pros and cons of each to make the right choice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:38 PM - 5 answers

Will having political bumper stickers on my vehicle jeopardize my job?

Now that I have my OWN vehicle - not a 'family' car I share with my wife - I was thinking of making it my own with bumper stickers, but I am concerned that they might jeopardize my job. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend at 3:44 PM - 16 answers

What's good about the bad bits?

I will be compromising on career and commuting options in order to lead a potentially saner life away from the big city. I thought I was ok with this until sh*t got real. How do I frame these changes in a way that helps rather than hinders the transition? [more inside]
posted by socksister at 7:44 AM - 19 answers

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