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So, I've made it to the final round of interviews and expect the new company to call references/previous supervisors soon after. My boss has been very supportive of me and I would like to make sure that she hears the news from me, not via a phone call from a new company. Do I tell her before I go on my next interview? After? Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Long story short, I'm 27 and for the last 7-8 years was all consumed with self-hatred, depression, and a healthy dose of self-sabotage.

The pressure I felt to not be poor led me to major in biology, a subject i had no interest in, do poorly, and then take four years of random admin/receptionist type jobs which made me even more depressed (I hated them). During that time, I also took some design/art classes because I was always good at them as a kid. Tried to be a designer, and a lawyer, but failed at both school admissions exams. I also love business/money/numbers but can't get into a top MBA.

After some serious self-reflection, I realize I inadvertently have become the person I dreaded becoming. My background makes me seem indecisive and all over the place. While I would work constantly, more than anyone else, I still failed at everything I did. I realized it was for two reasons: 1. I truly believed I wasn't enough as I was, so I was trying to compensate via career, but because I secretly didn't like myself, I was sabotaging. 2. There was also some comfort/survival mechanism at play about failing constantly, and I think feeling successful made me feel undeserved and brought back memories from past successful people who were "bad" to me, whereas I equivocated the two.

Anyway, here I am, back at square one. I have no job (quit my last job) and can't get into school. I've been crying everyday because this was my worst fear and it came true. I've had all these opportunities and I've squandered them; I am now terrified for the future.

All I want is to take steps to have a successful career and live comfortably. No one will give me a chance because of my background. What do I do?

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So I'm entering my final year of university and will finish with a bachelors degree in English. I entered this program with the mindset that I need to study English if I wanna live my dream of becoming a writer. But as I matured I realized that I don't need this degree in order to publish books and that I will be better off and safer if I got a stable job and focussed on paying off my debts and investing in myself. It just so happens that I have recently got into web developing and web design and I seem to be pretty decent at coding.

This is a question for all of you that work in a similar field. Can a 23-year-old with a university English degree from a prestigious university who knows how to code in all the required programs, but has no degree or diploma in this related field and also no work experience in this field get a job as a web developer and web designer?

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June makes it 12 full months that I have been looking for work without success (financial analyst of some type in central CT region). I'm looking for advice on what else I can be doing.

I graduated college in Dec'15 with an Actuarial Science degree, and was offered a job 2 states away in Aug'16 as a financial analyst in an accounting department at a large company. Since student loan payments were kicking in, I was taking anything I could get. So I took it with the intention of riding it out for a year, learning what I could, getting it on my resume, and then looking for a chance to return home. So after 12 months, (Jun/Jul'16 I started browsing around and applying for jobs. Some actuarial programs, some financial analyst positions, some entry level data analyst/scientist positions. 12 months and 140 job applications later, I've had 5-10 prescreening calls with HR staff, and only 2 in-person interviews, both of which didn't work out. I'm starting to get pressure within my current company to shift to a new role, since I've learned most of all I can in my current spot, but have been pushing it off because they are all in the same location. I don't want to hop positions and then leave the company potentially a couple weeks later.

I'm high level in excel (incl VBA), great with numbers (2 actuarial exams to back that up), and have done a lot of budgeting/forecasting and such in my current position. I feel like I should be a better candidate for most entry level positions than my job hunting experience would indicate. I'm not super eager to jump back into actuarial exams, so am more looking for financial analyst-like roles. Budgeting, forecasting, modeling, analytics of some type. What else can I do aside from trying to go back to school and grab some kind of finance/accounting degree? (I don't want to do this until I am settled in somewhere for the long haul). I am pretty desperate to return to friends & family at this point, and am miserable living in the middle of nowhere. I don't know what to do aside from continually spamming my resume everywhere I can find in the location I'm searching (central CT).

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I (28 f) have been working some form of customer service or sales my entire career but the problem is that I have severe social anxiety, and it makes working with customers extremely difficult, and emotionally draining. I started working retail while in college as a means to pay rent, but I never planned on making it my lifelong career. I have a bachelor's degree in biology, experience in management, and with training new employees. I am great at detail oriented tasks and repetitive work, and have never been unemployed since I started working about 10 years ago. I'm looking to make about $15 an hour which is about what I'm making at my current job. Any suggestions for jobs that would fit me would be greatly appreciated

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My department was moved several states away. I was offered my position with the move and declined. Currently unemployed and trying to land a position at a specific company I would love to work for. How do I get past the online application and recruiters and talk to an actual hiring manager? I am qualified for the positions I am applying for.

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I'm hoping somebody can give us some helpful ideas of where to start looking.

Our situation is this - my wife currently stays at home caring for our one year old child. Her long term plan was never to be a stay at home mom and she wants to seek education and employment sooner than later. The problem for us is that childcare expenses are likely to offset anything she can make as her earning potential is not very high.

We live in Southern California and my wife is an immigrant with degrees in her home country that apparently do not do her much good here. She is looking to get some education that would qualify her to work a decent job bringing in some income within a couple of years. She is a native Spanish speaker and her English is good but not great. I currently make about 90k annually but do not expect to keep this job and might be moving to a job that results in a pay cut in the next year (not by choice).

Her degrees from her country are in teaching but she isn't interested in working with children anymore, and she doesn't know what she really wants to do. So I'm asking for any ideas or recommendations on a career track that won't require a 4 year degree for her, and the plausibility of affording childcare with both of us working. Anybody out there with any experience in this situation? We really appreciate any advice.

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This is for a regional property manager job in Los Angeles area. Potential employer called for an interview and I asked about the salary range. She asked she’s not sure but asked me what my salary range I’m looking for. Told her $65k and up like an idiot. Current job as a property manager pays about $60k. Now I’m thinking I should have said around $75k and up. She said she would let the supervisor know about my range for the interview tomorrow.

How can I salvage this and ask for around $75k tomorrow? Realistically I’ll take $70k. I think that’s the going rate but not entirely sure. I feel like I already screwed up my salary range by telling them a low offer. Should I just ask for $75k tomorrow and see what their response is? I was thinking maybe tomorrow I’ll tell them that I misspoke and that after my research my expectation is $75k as this job is higher up the ladder and more work / responsibility? Also I was going to tell them to offer me a salary where I won’t end up regretting once I start working? If anyone has any advice I would appreciate it

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I’m going back to school, but I am sort of lost in what I want to do, my parents are pushing me to get into a trade but I don’t know what to do. My uncle is an electrician who runs his own company (successfully) and I could easily get a job through him, but my aunt also told me it’s a dangerous job. She is always worried about him injuring himself.

I’m tired of working dead end jobs or quitting after a few months because I hate it. I just want to have a normal career like everyone else..

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Hello. Hopefully this is the right place to post this.

I applied for a position at my dream company couple days ago, and received an invitation to fill in a 40 minute assessment test the next day (yesterday). It consisted of questions pertaining to my behaviour, personality, how I perceive others' opinion on me, my last employer's perception of me, a few questions on reading graphs/charts/statements, and hypothetical situations - ranking from strongly agree, agree, neither, disagree, and strong disagree, or several times, one time, never, etc. My guess is I failed it considering I received a rejection letter this morning.

What are employers looking for in those assessment tests? One of my friends told me going for one extreme is the best way to go but I'm not sure. Do they really want the best of the best or more modest answers? I don't really know how to go about it and I'm super bummed because I felt I met or exceeded all the other qualifications for the position; and now I feel that my cover letter/resume was probably just scanned for keywords automatically - which prompted the assessment test invitation, and the assessment test was marked by the system, and overall my application wasn't even considered or looked over by a real person. Is my guess correct?

Any advice moving forward on how to approach these online assessment tests would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

EDIT: If it gives some perspective, it was for their marketing/PR department at a luxury hotel.

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I'm soon finishing my masters in Conservation Biology, but I can hardly find any job in my field. I've considered taking a teaching degree (1 year) so that I can at least have a job. I've also considered design and communication, but now someone recently suggested to me engineering as they think it would suit me.

Are there ways to combine green biology and engineering? Do I need to do a three-year degree in engineering or are there 1-year majors I can take considering I already have 5 years of university education? How is it to work as an engineer in the environmental sector? What kind of things do you do?

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I have been wanting to write a book for a long time. I don't have a college degree or a job where I make a lot of money for me to make this a happen. It would involve travel, journaling, and photography. I want to make this dream a reality and start a career. How could I do this which would allow me too? What would I have to do to make this happen for myself? Any insight or ideas would be greatly appreciated?

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I know this sounds stupid, but I am sometimes useless when it comes to writing emails. I overthink things.

If I got a message from a future supervisor saying “Welcome! We are glad to have you!” is it appropriate to say “Thank you! I look forward to working with you!”

If not, what works better? I’ve already expressed my appreciation and excitement for joining the team already.

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Hi everyone!

I'm currently an undergraduate student set to graduate from my BSc in Psychology program in a couple of months. I go a major Canadian university and I have been accepted to a Master program in the UK, but due to the timing of when my degree finishes it seems like I'm going to have to defer for a year because I won't be able to get my visa in time.

I'd like to find a job for the year that I am here to gain some experience. I'd ideally like it to be related to psychology but I'm alright with something else. I'm looking for suggestions regarding any kind of professional job I could apply to or fields I should look into. I appreciate any advice or guidance!

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Hello!

I started with the company I currently work for as the Marketing Assistant doing basic administrative work with my job description including a couple extra duties that aren't administrative, but I was aware that I would be doing them.

Soon after I started, the person who is currently my boss was hired (the position was previously held by the person who had interviewed me, but found another position more closely related to her goals elsewhere. Unnecessary information, I'm sure.) . She has the same background that I do and because of that she trusted me with other jobs over time. Now I am doing jobs that would be their own positions in themselves.

I definitely don't mind this and it hasn't increased my workload to be more than I can handle. The jobs she has given me to do are positions I would like in the future.

The side jobs she has me doing are nothing like jobs I was hired to do. The marketing department I work in is only made up of eight people, and everyone wears a variety of hats since we are a small group. I plan to meet with my boss this fall to discuss my title and appropriate pay for the work that I do, but I'm unsure what I should ask for or where to begin with a new title.

Marketing Assistant is a blanket term and they could easily just adjust my official job description to match what I'm doing now, but I work for a very fair company and my boss is incredibly encouraging, so I'm expecting that she'll be open changing my title. I would suggest Copywriter, but trying to look at it from the point of view of someone looking at my resume in the future, I'm wondering if that is too simple of a title for everything I do and I'm wondering if there is a more appropriate title out there that I don't know about?

A list of things I do: Plan, post, and monitor all content for all social media platforms, organize samples (products and marketing materials), organize and send product for random giveaways and brand ambassadors, facilitate proof management, gather information for emails and updates, schedule department meetings, file things that need to be filed. (All items on my current job description).

List of things I do that are not on my job description: Copywriting product descriptions, naming items, writing company emails, ghostwriting for various people in the company, and other random writing jobs. I also edit every single marketing piece that I don't write, myself. Nothing is approved until my eyes are on it.

I know this post is long and I really appreciate anyone who reads it and has any advice. As someone at the beginning of their career, I don't want to be taken advantage of and miss opportunities in the future when doors could be opened for me with something as simple as a title change.

Thank you!

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Trying to keep this short...

I went through an interview at the end of 2016 for a director level position at a company that I would absolutely love to work for. They had approached me out of the blue (word of mouth) and I got a verbal offer to move forward with the hiring process. I was cautioned that the background check was bizarre and unlike any in my industry and to roll with the punches. I submitted the background investigation paperwork and then there was radio silence. I checked in every few weeks with the person who kicked this off and he hadn't gotten any word back. After about three months (with nothing that I could see being done on my background - no one called, credit not checked, etc.) I wrote a direct letter to him saying that I felt that the process had stalled out and that I was looking for any feedback or guidance. He responded with an apology and said that the higher management at the company decided to go in a different direction with the role. No hard feelings and I get it - I was underqualified on paper and it would have been a large step up. This company can be quite picky about their hires so I didn't take it personally.

So here I am a year later and I'm reading about some large shake ups going on at this place. The head of this large division stepped down and there's a lot of people switching roles and moving around. I'd like to reach out to my contact that 'hired me' and give a friendly 'hello and I'm interested in what you may have' sort of letter. I've been promoted at my current position to a director equivalent role so I'm a better looking candidate on paper. I have a very short list of places I'd like to work at and this one is on the top of that list (and has been there for years).

So, I'm posting here to look for advice on how to write this note and to get feedback if this course of action is too forward. Any ideas and feedback is very much appreciated.

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I recently got a job as a Quality Control Technician. I am a contracted employee through a job agency, my job would most likely hire me by the end of 6 months.

My problem is that I'm tired of doing lab work that is repetitive and doesn't pay me enough. I want to make more money because I want to do more. I also feel stressed since I'm new and I'll have to run the lab myself for a shift eventually.

If I am going to be stressed out I'd rather get paid better for it. I also found out that being an official QC lab tech here is only about $2 more/hour. That's not enough.

I quit my last job because it was also contract but I had to wait till someone left their position at this lab. No one was leaving and I was there for close to a year. It was also less pay and i got tired of the repetitive lab work.

I want to do something more hands on and that pays better. Any suggestions? I don't like to sweat though preferably. I sweat a lot so an indoor job would be best.

I have a BSc in Biology.

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I am gonna go university next year but i don't know what to do.Ordinary jobs are not suitable for me.These jobs are not interested.The only thing i'm good at writing novel and creating imaginery worlds.So i don't really know what to do about my business life.Please help me.

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Saw this post on /r/findapath. The idea that almost anyone can get a telecommuting job and work from home in a low cost of living area sounds like something that would be too good to be true. I thought these jobs that were based online and paid enough to live independently were only available to a select few who are well connected and highly qualified.

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/findapath/comments/8ronti/a_career_path_for_young_ambitious_people_seeking/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=usertext&utm_name=careerguidance&utm_content=t3_8s1t5h

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I currently work as an apprentice maintenance technician for a nationwide UK Food to Go manufacturer. As of the last year, I, along with all of my colleagues, have become increasingly frustrated and bored at work. The company has many fundamental issues and therefore my training has moved further from everyone's priority list.

I recently received and accepted a job offer from a company roughly a tenth of the size. All of the machines here are brand new and bespoke, because of this I have been assured that my training will be out first as everyone is on the same learning curve.

My current company has made a counter offer of basically anything I like because of my value. This offer includes the chance to experience management for up to a year, providing me with crucial learning I might not get at the new company.

What do I do?

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Hi,

A recruiter approached me about a job at their company basically doing exactly what I do now. So to me all that really matters is salary in that case. We’re having an initial call this week and I want to know if it’s in bad taste to ask for a salary range during the initial call.

Thanks in advance.

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As the title says, I need to log what I'm doing somehow for appraisals but to prepare for future employment so I can talk about what I do.

How do people generally log this stuff?

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So here I’m at 25 no job no view for the future and I’m really don’t know what to do. I was mediocre high school student and after high school I studied 2 year software programming diploma that no one counts. After that I was working in the army as IT networking technician (mainly worked with Cisco equipment) did some Cisco cert. Then I decided to quit the army and go outside to the industry but it seems that there is not good opportunities at this industry and I have found my self at 25 jobless. I have thoughts on going towards computer science degree full time (3 years) or doing it part time (it will take longer like 5-6 years) But I also have concerns that going back to school at 25 with no income is not right because I know it will not bring me money and if I do with while working full time job at something it will take too long. Also I’m looking for long term career and I have heard rumors that at 45 years you will be outdated in the tech industry. So if I will end up with a degree at 30-32 with no experience and I will have only 10 years of work why I should go in to this in the first place. Maybe I should going different path but I don’t know what other things I thought: industrial engineering, civil eng, electrical eng , not getting a degree at all. That’s it I just wanted to throw all my minds in here and getting some advice.

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Are there any specialized jobs out there or companies that will invest in their employees? Kind of like an all in one deal- it could be a specialized job with paid training learning one specific or specialised thing that pays well or enough to live comfortably, even if its in a remote area or requires relocation? We are willing to go anywhere and start anew. We tried in my husband's industry but it's hard to find other places that don't see him as just a replaceable laborer. No college degree but has numerous certifications and has his Journeyman ticket.

I'm thinking there has got to be some jobs that need someone willing to move, learn, or sign a contract to guarantee both employer and employee stick around and do what is required because of the investment in training/relocating. We tried military and we have to wait over a year for that. We tried police but the competition is too steep. He has applied for Peace officer every other week but because he has no experience he is turned down. The layoff we experienced forced us into bankruptcy so we can't do RCMP either because of that. He is a tall ex pro hockey player/ jiu jitsu blue belt so he always wanted to work security/military and we tried to switch and it's always something. Thanks and any ideas or information will be greatly appreciated.

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I'm 17, broke, graduated high school with pretty bad grades and can't afford Uni. What are some decent careers I can get into that don't cost much or even at all to learn by myself to potentially bring myself to a decent standard of living? I'm not looking to be a billionaire or even a millionaire. I just want some ideas on the options I have to get a decent career so that I can comfortably live without money problems. I'm from Saudi Arabia.

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