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September 16

Um, what is programming?

BigLifeQuestionFilter: How long does it take to learn to be a decent professional programmer/developer/software engineer/whatever? And if so, do I want to? [more inside]
posted by mosst at 9:59 AM - 18 answers

UK investment account to pay for nursing home.

UK-finance filter. We will be selling my mum’s house in the UK. I’m her lasting power of attorney. I want to put proceeds it in a investment vehicle that pays out annually for nursing home costs and is otherwise hard to liquidate without notice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:53 AM - 4 answers

September 15

Resources on how to break down inherited code?

In a new job, I have inherited a large number of scripts (coded in R) which produce Excel files for various purposes. Understanding what any bit of it does is fine - it's well commented and usually isn't doing anything esoteric - but I'm finding it hard to get a "big picture" of what hundreds of lines of code are doing. Can you recommend any guides on how to break down and document something without getting overwhelmed?
posted by solarion at 9:57 PM - 5 answers

How do I explain to future employers why my past work looks like crap?

My publicly-visible past work doesn't look great for reasons largely outside of my control. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by cowcowgrasstree at 10:36 AM - 3 answers

n hrs/wk = frugal livelihood; solve for lowest possible n

Say you're choosing a career and your *only* criterion is that you want to work the fewest possible hours that will allow you to pay the bills. What options would you consider? [more inside]
posted by zeri at 8:35 AM - 23 answers

Jobfilter: somewhere with the least work hour and housing so I can write

I'm a goldfish of procrastination and OCD - I expand to the options I'm given. And right now that's killing my writing. So I'm looking for a job with housing somewhere in the world (not the US) where I can get some writing done. The less populated and less hours the better. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 1:45 AM - 8 answers

September 14

Need some input on navigating course corrections during Big Life Changes

During some interviews for jobs out of state, we found out we've got a baby on the way...I still would like to move, but it doesn't seem feasible - I could use some ideas on how to best deal with this, or at least some opinions from the neutral hive. [more inside]
posted by kilohertz at 9:41 AM - 17 answers

What did you do with your MFA in creative writing?

Prompted by the recent English major thread... if you earned an MFA in creative writing, would you mind sharing a bit about your subsequent employment or publication pattern? If you paid anything for it, do you feel you recouped the value? To the extent you expected when you entered the program?
posted by gallusgallus at 12:53 AM - 6 answers

September 13

How to find a good accountant

How does one find a “good” accountant, how do you know if they’re good, and how do in-person ones compare to companies like Bench? [more inside]
posted by Autumn Willow at 12:44 PM - 4 answers

English majors of the world, unite

Did you graduate with an English degree? Would you mind sharing your employment history and thoughts on how the degree has helped or hindered your work life? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 5:30 AM - 75 answers

Job search for non contracting jobs in a contracty area

Looking for a software engineering job in a location full of contracting work... Are there any job search sites or strategies that will let me filter these out, so that I can see just the jobs where I will actually be producing software used by the same company that is employing me? (No problems getting a clearance, I am just over it right now and want to try something else.)
posted by anaelith at 3:53 AM - 2 answers

September 12

Need help finding business consultants

I need to find someone to help me analyze data and trends in my company's growth to help me understand where it is financially, and to help me plan for the future. [more inside]
posted by Autumn Willow at 7:27 PM - 6 answers

What is the delay on this interview process?

What could cause a delay in job offer/not offer after all of your references have been contacted and praised you highly? [more inside]
posted by missrachael at 9:39 AM - 11 answers

Maybe THIS Is How I Can Stop Working

For the first time in, like, ever, I'm doing more active thinking about retirement savings. I'm ready to take a trembling step up from my current "throw some money at my IRA once a month and also do any 401ks at my jobs" habit; I have two questions inside. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:59 AM - 42 answers

September 11

How to tell boss my parent has a terminal illness. Complication inside

I've recently learned that my mother has been diagnosed with a cancer that won't be cured. Her medical team is figuring out a treatment plan that will keep things at bay to give her as much quality time as she can have. We are all devastated. I'm struggling with what/how much to tell my boss. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:13 AM - 32 answers

September 10

Can I do a couple of CRM-things without a whole CRM?

I looked through other questions with similar aims, but found most of the suggested options are now subscription-based, defunct, or too much/too little for what I'm after: [more inside]
posted by hypersloth at 6:50 PM - 5 answers

September 9

Recommend a Home inspector and real estate attorney in Western MA

Mrs. Spitbull and I have made an offer on a house in the Berkshires (Western Massachusetts). Now we need a home inspector and a lawyer for the title search and closing. We have lots of names but would love a recommendation from Berkshire mefites for particular people if you have worked with them and liked them. Memail is active if you prefer not to respond in thread. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by spitbull at 10:11 PM - 0 answers

So, I'm supposed to go to work like everything is fine?

My boss lost it and yelled at me at work today. In my opinion, it ventured into a personal attack. However, he apologized to me and, I guess... I'm supposed to accept his apology and go to work like nothing happened tomorrow? That doesn't feel right, he really hurt me. I don't know how I can pretend nothing happened. [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain at 8:36 PM - 26 answers

Documenting projects without deadlines

I'm trying to figure out how to organize my work projects at my new job and I'm having trouble finding something that meets all of my personal requirements. I need more of a journal type system I think, and I'm looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by possibilityleft at 10:16 AM - 6 answers

September 8

Remind me how to start a new job

In a month or so I will be starting a new job. It's the first time I've moved in over a decade, and can be considered "late career". (I'm in my 40s.) I would appreciate some advice on how I should approach the first weeks, both from a professional and psychological point of view. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:59 PM - 8 answers

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