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August 9

Do I butt in on this work incident? (academia, dysfunctional)

I am a technical staff member in a research lab office. Another newer staff member did something that made a newest staff member uncomfortable. I think the victim is getting screwed and it all is being handled in a very upsetting way, but I heard this secondhand and can’t decide whether to butt in and try to sway the outcome although I think I have to do it in soon if so. [more inside]
posted by crime online at 6:47 PM - 19 answers

Where should we park our money?

My husband and I have had an online savings account with DiscoverBank for many years, but now have to change to a different bank. I've been looking at Bankrate and the like, and have simply gotten confused. Can you help navigate us to an online bank which will meet our needs and pay a (relatively) great rate of interest on either a savings account or a money market account? (For comparison purposes, DiscoverBank is currently paying 1.5%.) [more inside]
posted by DrGail at 3:10 PM - 9 answers

How can I feel less negatively towards my upcoming job interview?

I suppose, before I applied for this position I really didn't realize how bad my self-esteem was with regards to jobs and interviewing. How can I develop a better attitude in the next 48 hours? [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain at 10:06 AM - 12 answers

What makes a great employer?

What are some employer practices and policies that you've experienced or know about that are most appreciated and/or sought after by employees? [more inside]
posted by sockless at 6:10 AM - 49 answers

Help me stay off my phone during work

I’ve been noticing that after I leave video calls at work, I almost immediately reach for my phone - mostly to get a hit of dopamine. How do I stop doing this? [more inside]
posted by cruel summer at 4:10 AM - 15 answers

August 8

How do I seriously answer "tell me about yourself?

I'm having an enormously difficult time figuring out how to answer this question for an upcoming interview, in light of my previous job. I just feel like a loser. I don't know where to begin. What am I supposed to say? [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain at 8:55 PM - 20 answers

August 7

Treasury Dept wants public comments on Crypto regulation - what to say?

The Treasury Dept has requested public comments on crypto regulation with tomorrow August 8th as the final date for any input. As someone who is strongly anti-crypto due to its rampant environmental impact, funding of black market & illegal drug trade, and unfettered proliferation of scams, I'm discouraged to see all the pro-crypto messages posted. I feel like I'm back in high school with an assignment due, and not enough time to do it right. What are some good rational anti-crypto arguments to post by tomorrow??
posted by hampanda at 9:32 PM - 5 answers

Youtube video of Cisco Engineer riding stock options up then down dotcom

My Google-fu is weak. There was a great video I remember seeing on the Youtube years ago about an engineer, (pretty sure working for Cisco,) who rode his stock options from not really even paying attention to generational wealth back to zero. I cannot find it. I thought it was a really good example of how hard it can be to do the rational thing when it comes to finance. Anyone know what I am talking about? I have searched and searched by I cannot find it.
posted by Pembquist at 8:04 PM - 4 answers

Remote jobs that don’t require a degree?

I’m trying to help my sister find a full- or part-time remote job that doesn’t require a degree, has health insurance benefits, and isn’t too stressful. So many listings online seem scammy. Where can we find legit remote job listings for people without degrees these days? Links to specific jobs also welcome. [more inside]
posted by woodvine at 1:47 PM - 13 answers

Help me help my daughter who's just graduated with a BS in Biology.

The title is pretty much the question. My daughter is 26 (this month), just graduated with a BS in Biology. What now? Looking for suggestions on what fields might want the degree and also things like making a decent resume with not much to put on it and generally anything that might help someone just getting started in adult life. [more inside]
posted by Awfki at 9:19 AM - 33 answers

The gift of compounding interest — for babies

My niece is turning one, hurrah. As such, I want to get her a gift(s) or investment that I can keep contributing to — or something that will hold its value over time. I am 0% interested in purchasing an extravagant toy or something that will be discarded in two months — that's what her grandmas are for! Does anyone know of a saving vehicle I can use in her name/my name for the long term, either in the UK or NZ? Gold stash? Pokemon cards? I'm a bit stumped by this. [more inside]
posted by socky_puppy at 2:35 AM - 12 answers

Best cell phone plan with limited use?

I've found myself not using my cell phone very much, but when I do it is critical such as job related. I might not use my phone for a month or so (but use iMessage), then suddenly I might have a flurry of calls. Same with data, if I am out to dinner or getting an Uber I'd need it, but beyond that I rarely have the need for hotspots. Would be nice to pay $10 or whatever it is if I end up being stuck somewhere and need a hotspot for a day. What plan is best for me? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 1:24 AM - 20 answers

August 5

Between an old rock and a hard place

I quit my previous job a year ago due to burnout/lower pay/dead end and switched to a very different area of my field. I don't know if this is a good fit, so I interviewed for my old position. Not sure what choice to make here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 AM - 11 answers

Giving money to panhandler

I like to give a few bucks here and there to a panhandler I see every day. Should I stop? Should I give him more money? [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle at 3:30 AM - 40 answers

August 4

What my autistic teenager didn't do over her summer vacation.

I'm feeling like a terrible parent, because I wasn't able to help my (mildly) autistic 16-year-old daughter find something to do over the summer. She failed to get a job, and I couldn't find any summer programs for her age that didn't cost multiple thousands of dollars. So my question is twofold: is it just harder for high school kids to find jobs than in my (late Gen X) day? And what can we find for her next summer to avoid a repeat? More inside. [more inside]
posted by missrachael at 11:56 AM - 44 answers

Help me prepare for an upcoming job interview without losing my mind!

I have a job interview (my first one since leaving my previous job) in exactly a week from now! I'm obviously excited and pleased, but I've been having a difficult time sitting down and preparing for it. To be honest, I've spent the last few days actively avoiding preparing for my job interview... then feeling bad about avoiding preparing for my interview. I haven't had a job interview in over a year and I'm a pretty nervous interviewee on a good day. What would be a good "routine"/"schedule" for me to follow during the next 7 days to ensure I'm solidly prepared for this interview? [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain at 9:46 AM - 11 answers

August 2

Checklist to help older couple in CA with financial decisions?

I am looking for a checklist or guide to help an older couple (relatives of mine) make basic but crucial financial decisions. [more inside]
posted by BespokePuppet at 1:47 PM - 9 answers

Talking to My New Manager About Burnout

After 2 years of high stress, long hours, perpetual oncall, no backup and no ability to take time off, I was finally helped at work. They gave me a new manager, assigned me onto a team of peers and gave me a huge raise along with a large tranche of RSUs. I finally took a few weeks of vacation, returned and am so burned out. How do I approach my new manager about this? [more inside]
posted by JaneTheGood at 11:33 AM - 12 answers

deleting PayPal account

I need to delete my PayPal account and start fresh. There are some complications due to recurring subscriptions tied to this account. Can someone help walk me through how to do this step by step so I don't mess up my subscriptions? [more inside]
posted by nayantara at 7:32 AM - 5 answers

August 1

What to do with money from a will

My grandfather left me $60k US. What should I do with this windfall if I'm based in the state of Georgia in the USA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:25 PM - 17 answers

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