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Hi everyone. I'm in a rut here. I started an associate degree in Library and Information Science program at a community college in Trinidad and Tobago (2016-2018) in hopes to go on to do the bachelors in the same program (3 additional years part time). Today i found out that there isn't enough students enrolling (many from my group are satisfied with the Associate because that's all you need to work in libraries, even as a 'librarian' here and the college has seen overall drop in enrollment) and therefore the program won't run.

Some backstory; Im 27 and I currently work in a primary school libraries where i also teach reading and comprehension skills. Therefore, i want get a degree related to something with literacy. My current options are; go the of the regions largest university (the associate degree really helped me here) to do a Literature and Linguistics with Education degree (5 years part time) or wait for them to run the degree at my current institution. My original plan once i figured out what i wanted to do was to do literature to teach but i choose a Bsc in LIS at the community college because i couldn't get into a major university here in the caribbean because i didnt have A levels. Any advice on this situation?

TLDR: After completing an associate degree my plan of returning for the bachelors may be impossible as the course isn't being offered. Should i pursue my original dream degree even though it will take me a 2 years longer)

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I've been doing IT for almost ten years and at my current job, I've written (short) user manuals for all kinds of things, plus training materials and stuff for new hire orientations. I'm tired of the chaos of help desk/sysadmin type work and I think I've got enough writing experience to give technical writing a try full-time. I just need some advice on whether I'm wasting my time and should stick to what I'm currently doing, how to present my skills to employers, etc., since this would technically be a career change. I'm a bit worried that no one is going to consider someone who's never done this kind of work full-time. It would also be nice to hear from someone in a similar situation who transitioned and actually made it work. Any advice in this thread would be great, though if we can take it to PM and go back and forth for a bit, that would be awesome. Thanks!

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I'm a 24 year old male who currently works in food retail, and I have done since I was 19, it's been almost 6 years now.

Some background on my current job and workplace...

I started working in my job in 2013 as a general customer service assistant. By the end of 2013 just before Christmas I had been promoted to Supervisor.

During 2014 our store had a refit, in which behind the Butchery counter, the assistant manager was leaving and I saw it an opportunity for progression, at least in job title and responsibilities so I had applied for it and was accepted internally.

So then I was promoted to Assistant Bucthery Manager.

Towards the end of 2015 after a year and a half or so as Assistant Butchery Manager, and due to the nature of business progression, Butchery manager was never going to happen. Butchery's were being closed and there was only 4 Butchery departments in the business as a whole and the Managers were slowly being made redundant.

I decided to then step down from Assistant Butchery manager and go back to being shop floor supervisor as this offers more opportunities, which fortunately I was allowed to.

In January 2016 a Job opportunity as Store Duty Manager had been posted on the company job site, and this was at a different store 15 miles away. I applied for it and in March was offered the job...

Again, the business had their own plans and Duty Managers or 2nd in command managers were no longer a thing. They had all been made redundant or been offered a Team Leader role ( Supervisor's new title name ).

So at this point i'm back to Supervisor ( Team Leader ) and I'm starting to question my future in retail. I always said to myself when I got a job i'd pursue and progress as best I could. If not for being better, gaining experience and learning, at least to make my CV look better...

Fast forward 2 years to 2018 and I've stepped down, back to my original entry position into the business as Customer service Assistant. The last 2 years had drained me, I began really detesting retail in general and was no longer enjoying it. The job became a tedious chore and very monotonous, repetitive and the stimulation for me just isn't there at all. It's teribly boring and still is today.

So that's the background information on my job/career as of current.

As it stands, i'm just so lost as in what I want to do. I've given up on retail, it just isn't something I can see myself doing until retirement. The job has me drained, almost indefinitely.

I'm also tied down with a bit of finance, so I can't afford to just leave my job. I still have the luxury of living with parents though.

Things I enjoy outside of work are quite different to my working environment, I enjoy self sufficiency, survivalism, camping, I enjoyed being a butcher. I've started to make my own wines, I grow my own foods. that sorta' stuff. I keep animals etc.

All the jobs near me are either line working in factories, carer jobs for elderly homes, HGV lorry driving or a few receptionist/admin jobs. Jobs I'm just not interested in...

It's really hard to know what I want to do. I've no idea at all and i'm struggling for it..

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I deleted all my social media accounts due to a crazy ex and now I'm worried it's the reason I'm not getting any offers.

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I currently work part-time as a guide in a museum and I’m very interested in pursuing a job related to fashion or art. I would enjoy working in program planning, presenting, or advertising for a museum or working as a stylist, marketer, or writer in the fashion industry. Are fashion merchandising and/or art history degrees really helpful to have in these career areas though? Or are there other degrees that are more suited to what I would like to do? Is having work experience in these areas considered more valuable than having a degree? Are there any positions in the art or fashion worlds that would offer flexibility for someone with a chronic illness?

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Hello! I have been working in the service industry for just over twenty years. I’m currently bartending at a restaurant in Minneapolis. Financially, my gig is about as good as it gets in my city in this industry.

I have a wife who is a stay at home mother and two young boys. Our older son is autistic. We’ve been coming to the realization that what we’re doing simply is not allowing us to eat our boys’ future up as properly as we’d like, so things must change.

I do not have a college degree. I have spent the last couple months pursuing Amazon’s AWS certifications to transition my career path in to cloud-based technology. I am looking at achieving my initial certificate trio early in 2019 (AWS associate solutions architect, sysops admin and developer certs). At this point I’d like to begin my job application process.

I currently net about $65K per year so I don’t expect to be able to replace my income right out of the gate with no relevant professional experience. I’m going to set up a transitioning out of bartending scenario in which I gradually cut down my shifts until my family is in a comfortable position.

All that being said, my questions are as follows:

What can I do outside of my current studying and getting myself certified to make myself as appealing as possible to prospective employers?

How can I minimize the fact that I have no professional experience and no degree and not make these things focal points, if at all possible?

What other preparations would you take given my situation?

Thank you!

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26M. Graduated in early 2015. Been self-employed since. Want to get into work force. I admit the main reason I haven't gotten a job yet is due to anxiety issues (plan to get medication soon). I have gotten interviews as recently as 1 year ago. But has too much time passed since then? Am I screwed? How should I approach this now?

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Hey all. For the past few months I’ve been considering a change of field. I’m not sure if it’s just a pipe dream, or even a good idea.

I am ISFJ, the defender personality, & I’m well-suited for Health Care. I studied for 3 years, & worked it for 3 years. But the past few 10 months, I just haven’t been enjoying it. I’m sad, or I’ve convinced myself I’m sad. I’ve also had 2 public outbursts.

I’m considering going to web development or coding. I’m learning some coding from online courses, & maybe a Bootcamp or apprenticeship. Definitely a challenge, but higher pay. Downside is ISFJ doesn’t really mesh with coding as well as health care.

How do I know which path is best?

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Hi all,

I will start with a little background. I recently graduated with a dual degree (bachelors+masters) in Aerospace Engg. Although I liked studying Aerospace, I always had a penchant for computers. So I started writing scientific codes during my undergrad. I also developed a passion for technology during that time. All this lead me to joining a masters program in scientific computing in a really good US university (top 20). I am really interested in the upcoming technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, renewable energy etc. The thing is I am really confused about which industry to chose and how to go about doing that because scientific computing is a generalist course as it involves computers, maths and applications. Recently, I did a survey on the kind of jobs I can look into after graduation and there seems to be a plethora of software and data science roles. But to me joining any of these seems a bit random without any context of future applications. In addition, it seems like working for giant corporations doesn't necessarily add value to the world. I am really confused and frustrated even thinking about it. Can some share their experiences or give me any advice? More specifically what can I do with my background in Aerospace along with what I am learning now to lead into the tech sector.

Thanks.

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Hi all,

I'm starting a new job this upcoming week and I was wondering what's the best way to convince the employer to reimburse you for transportation? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

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Hey! So I work for a small retail store. I have a year of assistant manager experience in the hospitality industry with a glowing reference. In fact, when I left that job my GM advised me to look into a GM position because he felt I had a lot of natural talent in management and a ton of potential to be very successful. I took a retail associate position just for some extra income while I went back to school, which unfortunately fell thru due to some financial aid issues. Now that I have 100% of my time to dedicate to the position, I interviewed for an open GM position within the company at another store. I was told that the interview was great and I was very knowledgeable. Come promotion time, the company decided to hire from the outside for the GM position. It made sense though, because this person had a lot more experience that I currently do. What grinds my gears though, is that come promotion time within my store, I was promoted to a shift lead position while a 19 year old kid with no management experience was given the assistant manager position. What’s worse is this person has consistently been causing problems at the store that has often been left to the GM and myself to fix. So my question is, what gives? What could have led upper management to promote someone without the maturity level or work ethic to handle the position? (This is not just me being bitter, the current GM agrees and raised the concern when informing this person of their promotion) Does this mean my experience and the word of my previous GM mean nothing to upper management at my company? I feel a little insulted honestly, and I need to not only rant a little bit but also get some advice on what my next move should be to get a real chance at a GM position within this company next time it becomes available.

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Im looking at jobs and the job thats always featured there is recruitment consultant and its always some insane salary. Obviously too good to be true so whats the scam here exactly?

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Hey guys, I hope this is the right sub for this question. I am 23 and just graduated university in May with a degree in Economics. Currently, I just interned at a state agency for the summer and am taking some time off. I thought this time off would help, as I have experienced burnout these past few years (held a part time job since I was 17) and wanted to de-stress a little. Unfortunately, I am not enjoying it all, and find myself wishing to be volunteering, finding jobs, or doing anything to keep myself busy really.

The thing is that I have a couple of minor health concerns and I need to go to the doctors constantly for the next couple months. I would like to start my job search and get a decent full time, but I cannot if the pretense is that I will have to miss days for doctors appointments. I have heard from countless sources that I will become less marketable if I stay home or keep my mall job and do not immediately find a full time job, as the financial services industry is very competitive. On the other side, if I do not deal with these dreadful appointments, I may not have a chance to later and regret it. What is the right thing to do here? I worked very hard for my degree, as has everyone else, and do not want to pass up any good chances. I would really appreciate some advice!

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I worked for a boss a few months ago who was a little off. This person and two other of their colleagues... let’s just say we had different views of appropriate boundaries. A couple times, one of the colleagues would start an email chain along the lines of “Royal hasn’t picked up her phone any of the 700 times we’ve called her in the last hour. Her behavior is very strange and I’m concerned. Should we send the police to her house to see if she’s ok?”

The job wasn’t working out for me for many reasons, and I quickly found a better one and left. They weren’t happy and were having some difficulty finding a replacement that met their standards. My notice period was quite unpleasant.

Fast forward a couple months and they and a handful of their direct reports are viewing my LinkedIn a few times a day. One texted me to ask how the new job was going. On my profile I indicated end of my employment but haven’t added new company. (I usually don’t until about 6 months in for personal reasons). So it just looks like I’m unemployed.

I’m trying not to be creeped out by the constant profile-checking. Can someone come up with any other reasonable explanation that doesn’t involve these folks being vindictive?

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Hey. I just dropped out of college a couple of months ago and I'm looking into a new career path.

I'm interested in psychology and would love to research autism. I'm also interested in school psychology and cognitive psychology - how do we learn most effectively and how do we translate that on to the school environment. I'm not so much into the psychotherapy part and wouldn't like to work as a conselour/therapist who only does talktherapy. Working with clients, I'm more interested in the diagnostic process and trying to find answers to what causes their condition.

My other option is lawyer. However law is not something I have an innate interest in. I've never studied law before, not even in high school and I've never read much theory about it, like I read about psychology. However, I like the fact that it's much more theoretical than psychology, and its a lot of problem solving involved. And also the salaries are probably high and you don't risk depression or emotionally overload like you do as a psychologist.

I don't really know what to choose. Psychology is an interesting subject but would I like to work as one is the question. Law isn't the most interesting subject but it pays good money and has a lot of problem solving.

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After a contract position ended over the summer, I accepted a role in a related but different field than what I’ve been in to give it a shot. I’ve been in the role for 4 weeks now and knew very early on that it was just not a good fit for a variety of reasons. I’ve now accepted a role that will break me into my dream field and am so excited and happy for this new opportunity to have come about! My concern now is finding the appropriate way to leave the existing position. I have exactly two weeks effective Monday which I realize is standard, but the boss at current company is actually the CEO and not a pleasant or understanding individual in my experience thus far.

What would be the best suggestion for approaching departure with this company? As I said, it’s a small company and outside of my actual industry so I’m not wholly opposed to burning a bridge in this one instance.

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I graduated with a degree in physics, which I absolutely hated. Then I went on to grad school for nuclear engineering, and passed all my classes, but not the oral exam, so no degree yet. Can I even apply for jobs in engineering? Should I be looking elsewhere? I don't even know what I truly want anymore, and feel pretty down and beaten. Thanks for your words.

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Hi,

I'm interested in working for an electronic gaming casino (brick & mortar, slot machine, roulette, blackjack) as a marketing staff or back office finance staff, but don't know much about this field.

Is there a forum about casino that I could ask questions and learn from the more experienced people? Are there any good books on casino operation?

Many thanks in advance.

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I was thinking psychology but im not really sure

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I'm always, always an ENFP on Briggs-Meyers no matter how many times I take it or what mood I'm in when I take it. I have a good bit of old college credits but no degree. I've been working as a medical transcriptionist for 13.5 years, working at home for 11 years. I'm also a licensed real estate agent and have sold eight houses in the nearly two years I've been licensed.

Neither of these careers feels like a perfect fit for me. I type 160 correct words per minute and excel in medical language, grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. I also love service-oriented things like volunteer opportunities, working events, being part of something busy and fun. I find it quite lonely working at home alone, which is why I got my real estate license. Real estate makes me feel like I don't know what I'm doing a lot of the time, which is my nightmare when it comes to a job. I HAVE to be excellent at what I do. Flexibility is also an absolute must; I have four school-age kids, and my husband lives away from home for work about 60% of the time.

I've thought about getting an English degree online so I can do book editing or maybe social media management, but part of my problem is I make such great money doing what I already do ($35ish an hour with transcription plus roughly $4-6k on each house I sell) that I find the idea of going back to school to possibly make the same or less money pretty silly. Also, I have a child starting college in 2020 and three more graduating high school in 2024, 2025, and 2030, all of whom will likely attend college.

I've also thought about doing voice acting, but I have no idea how to break into that field or what the pay is like.

I should add that my one real dream in life was to be a writer/journalist, but that went by the wayside a long time ago. I seem to have permanent writer's block.

Does anyone have ANY suggestions for a career that wouldn't necessarily require me going back to school but would be flexible and allow me to use my talents? Thanks for any help!

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For example, I have read that some executives negotiate clauses into their contract such as guaranteed employment period, notification of firing months before the actual firing date, or contractual guarantees to revise one's title after a certain amount of years worked.

As someone recently starting out in a company, my contract definitely doesn't have anything close to this.

What point in your career are you able to start putting these clauses into your employment contracts? Are there any resources an employee can read so he is better informed about his rights as an employee? Or is this only available to upper-level execs like VP's and Directors?

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Before my second round interview, they said pay was $65,000. I did not argue it because I had no bargaining power.

Now that I am after the third round, I have more leverage especially since they gave me a verbal offer. I talked to the director again about pay over the phone briefly and he suggested there was wiggle room, but not much.

In my industry, the average pay for this role is $66-74k according to Glassdoor. I want $70k. I am leaving another company that paid very handsomely and with a $65k salary I am taking roughly a 25% pay cut.

The thing is I'm a bit under-qualified for the job as they required 5 years of full time employment and I only have 2.5 years. What do you think is the best way of positioning myself to come out of salary negotiations with $70,000 per year?

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I’m stuck. Graduated May 2018 from an Ivy League with a degree in visual arts.

I’ve worked at foundations and nonprofits all my life and feel comfortable doing grant research, development, and event planning. It’s not the most glorious job, but I’m good at it. It doesn’t make me 100% happy, but it’s necessary work.

The first option would be a position that I got a second interview for at an arts foundation on the east coast. It’d be good and I think the salary range is around $40-$55K a year which I’m okay with. I’d be a little tight with student loans, taxes, commuting but it’d make sense for my career background.

The second option would be to stay with my parents in the midwest, get a $35K job out here and save for my savings. I’d learn real estate with my parents and make some money. But of course, that comes at the cost of living at home again and sacrificing certain things. There’s potential to build up my savings exponentially and have a year off from whatever and pick up again afterwards.

I’m not sure which one to do? Should I go with the foundation job that I’m good at or deal with the family and build my savings?

Could I do both? Work and still learn real estate?

Ultimately I want to be happy and feel financially secure.

Am I missing anything? What else should I be considering?

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The job market is so competitive right now and I can’t seem to hear back from any company for paid internships. Would it be worth doing an unpaid marketing internship? Or should I get an entry level job at a company like Verizon selling phones? What would stand out more? I already have one internship completed which was paid. How many internships are necessary today?

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Turning 47 I decided to learn something new every day and after a couple of weeks I got the idea to starting studying Economics.

I'm currently using Khan Academy app that is really good. So good that I'm starting to look for online University to learn but also get a degree.

In Italy I can access to 3 or 4 Universities with online programs but there is no reason to look only at my own country.

Do you have any recommendations? Thank you in advance.

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