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February 14

Is My Career a Dead End?

I've been in IT for over twenty years. I've been either a full time developer or a developer/manager hybrid for about fifteen. I don't want to write code, but I'm finding it impossible to get real interest from recruiters and hiring managers for roles that are leadership only without hands-on involvement, and the coding experience I have isn't shiny or trendy enough to be considered for current hybrid roles. What do I do now? Snowflake class instances within. [more inside]
posted by fedward at 11:39 AM - 13 answers

Condo conundrum

Our Brooklyn apartment building is becoming condos, and I can't tell if this is a lucky chance to buy or just time to look for a new apartment. [more inside]
posted by postcommunism at 5:20 AM - 8 answers

February 13

How can I Help Fill Low-skill job openings?

My mom runs what is essentially a fast-food/cafeteria service concept on the campus of a large tech company. She's been struggling to fill low-skill, part-time service positions. I want to help, but am not sure how? [more inside]
posted by Alensin at 4:55 PM - 27 answers

Meeting closing exercises, any advice, examples?

Greetings, I joined a new workstream at work focused on child health. The team leader asked me to create and lead a closing reflection exercise. The meetings are on a conference line with a small group, and we know each other well. It would be nice to have a spiritual element. [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS at 10:11 AM - 7 answers

Finance Qs, MIL edition

An offer to help get my MIL's finances into this century revealed that she is living above her means. She does not live extravagantly and does not have any kind of addiction issue - just simply does not make enough money. Help me help her. [more inside]
posted by kmr at 8:45 AM - 33 answers

Not Getting Tenure, Not Getting Answers, and I'm Angry

This was me. The principal marked my card that I would not be offered professional status at the school because "it's not a good fit." I really want someone to tell me why, but all I'm getting are bogus non-answers. [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 2:54 AM - 9 answers

February 12

How soon is it OK to follow up on status after a job interview?

Hi. I had my second job interview with "Company X" on Tuesday the 6th. Although I'm not optimistic by nature, I had a good feeling afterwards regarding the impression I made and my prospects of getting the job. I sent a thank you e-mail the following day (I'm now second-guessing myself, i.e. was it too soon?), and thought I would have heard back from them by now, but I haven't, and it's been nearly a week. [more inside]
posted by DavidfromBA at 1:20 PM - 9 answers

Bored of the nitty gritty in technology. What next?

I'm fed up and bored of the low-level details involved with code and hardware and all the other things that come with computing. Management seems like the same thing, just one layer up. Any alternative ideas? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 8:52 AM - 7 answers

February 11

State tax return headache

My company headquarters is in New York. I live in California and work in the California office. To which state do I owe taxes, and for which state(s) do I have to file a tax return? It appears the company withheld taxes from my paycheck for New York but not California, which...doesn't seem right. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country at 6:14 PM - 6 answers

Organizational behaviors of IT's boom and bust?

I'm looking for citations/quotes that might help frame the landscape of 1996-2002ish US tech-industry organizational behavior tendencies. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 9:57 AM - 7 answers

How do I learn how to delegate, against all my instincts?

I'm terrible at delegating work, but I need to start doing it more. How can I overcome my hesitation and fears and learn to delegate in a professional and effective way? I'm looking for helpful books or maybe a class I could take in NYC. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 9:50 AM - 15 answers

On the radio

As a young adult (high school/ college/ recent grad) did you or your kid ever have a steady job or unpaid internship with a college, community or other alternative-focused radio station, especially one where you were allowed to experience some air time? [more inside]
posted by flourpot at 7:47 AM - 26 answers

February 10

Reasonably Expecting Knifepoint Robbery, What To Do?

I work alone in a small shop. There have been a number of knife/hammer/machete-point robberies in the area. My place of work has experienced three such robberies in six months, none of which my employer has reported to police and I am now shifted on the one evening of the week that these three have all taken place. I can't afford to just quit. Beyond looking urgently for other employment, articulating concerns to my employer, documenting everything, compliance when threatened and keeping as little money in the till as possible are there any other measures I can take for my own physical, mental and financial safety? (large sums lost may or may not be illegally docked from my wages) Jurisdiction: UK
posted by anonymous at 11:14 PM - 15 answers

Career/mid-life-crisis help!

Help me consider options and alternatives for changing careers from something financially-rewarding but not in line with my personal ethics and my desire to live a creative and professional life in music. [more inside]
posted by gorbichov at 5:04 PM - 7 answers

What's my job?

Does your employer have someone who does this kind of work? What's that position called? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM - 13 answers

Where to buy life insurance?

I'm a healthy 34 year old male Ph.D. student who wants to buy life insurance. [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 10:16 AM - 10 answers

Presentations and Slide Shows Before Powerpoint

I've been playing around with reversal film and projectors and it made me wonder: how were business presentations prepared for the ol' Carousel? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 6:53 AM - 14 answers

February 9

Trapped in the wrong career, fallen behind, and struggling/suffocating

I have fallen into a very technical niche in my industry that I am not naturally interested or talented in, and the more I've managed to advance career-wise, the deeper I go into the niche. The deeper I fall into the niche, the less I actually learn/absorb/truly understand and the less I manage to accomplish. I now find mysel fallen completely behind, trapped in a constant state of fear and anxiety. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:35 PM - 12 answers

Public Fax Options

The short version of this question is: how can my library set up a fax machine for patrons to use without costing them or us a large amount of money? Details below. [more inside]
posted by holmesian at 7:17 AM - 16 answers

Best project management resources

I have been tasked at work with taking on a more formal project management role. I have 20+ years of professional experience, and have led projects of various sizes, but have never been The Project Manager. We're also looking at developing a PMO. I have a lot of exposure to project management principles, and I have a purple belt (Lean certification), but I want to improve my skills and my cache of resources related to project management. What are some good intermediate- to advanced-level resources on project management? [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 6:06 AM - 6 answers

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