In my current major, I’m set to transfer next year but I don’t really know exactly if I want to go this path. I’ve been looking up and researching a lot of different majors and programs at my school but I want to try different things before choosing a major to pursue at a four year college. Is it worth it to just pay for community college classes and explore until I find what I want to do? Would it look strange on future college applications to see that I was set to transfer but chose to continue school at a community college? Or should I add in classes from other majors and delay getting my associates for transfer until I’m ready?
High school graduate, currently doing some college prep classes online, but not really going anywhere specific with them.
I am currently working retail in a large department store, have worked there for 5 years now. First and only job. I started as a cashier, working my way up to a supervisor, then an hourly manager, before stepping down into another role due to dissatisfaction with my managers, and am now currently in an inventory associate role.
Basically I've held 7 jobs with this company, all at the same store, in the last 5 years. None of them for more than a year-ish. I'm definitely a jack of all trades; I've handled supervisory roles, literally every department in the store, and am comfortable working literally any role in the store as needed. I can comfortably run and assist customers at any service counter in the store, such as deli, jewelry, sporting, paint, electronics, fabric, photo, financial services, and the returns desk. I can merchandise and assist customers in pretty much every department. I can do the basic oil changes and tire work out in the automotive department. I can do many managerial tasks such as scheduling, planning, merchandising, training, coaching, and can be manager on duty and/or keyholder as needed.
But I'm a master of none of these trades, and I feel that the fact that this has been my only job + many short stints at said job just looks bad on a resume, and that's why nobody else will hire me for anything. I probably can't even get any more retail supervisory or management roles due to the fact that I stepped out of my role internally.
The other issue is that I make decent enough money at this job without a degree ($14-ish/hour) and I get a solid, consistent 40 hours per week.
Ideally I'd love to have a job working with technology, as I am very proficient with Windows and computers in general. Heavy lifting, constant movement, and extreme temperatures don't bother me in moderation, but I really don't want to have to deal with them consistently.
Is there really anything my hodgepodge of experience can get me that's any better than what I currently have? I don't *loathe* my job or anything, but I would like to buy a house someday, so something that pays better would be wonderful.
Unless I'm missing something, it just seems that I'm stuck with entry level, and I don't feel that any other entry level jobs can match my payrate and hours. My only other idea is to ride out what I currently have and keep grinding away at college until I can get out.
I’m starting a new job in a couple of weeks and my upcoming boss keeps looking at my LinkedIn everyday (or every other day). It’s happened about 6 times now. Is this a bit weird? I’m thinking maybe he’s showing other people who’s joining the team but he sure is viewing my profile a lot!
I’m not sure if I’m in the right subreddit for this but I’m in need of, well, guidance.
For the last 4 months, I’ve been interviewing with the state for a position in IT. The search so far has lead to multiple interviews but not much else. Last night I received a call from a hiring manager of a department I’ve not contacted or applied with. I was asked if I’d like to come in for an interview for their available IT 5 position- for which I’m totally unqualified, so of course I instantly said yes without asking any questions. They scheduled me for tomorrow afternoon giving me less than two days notice.
I was nervously excited until I received the email detailing that I need to provide a cover letter. And then I realized I have no clue what this job entails - is it help desk, on-site support, or, god help me, network administration? I’ve never written a cover letter before but I’ve read that it should include how/why you applied (I didn’t), how you are qualified (I’m not), and give details about the job (whatever that is). Has anyone dealt with this? How should I proceed?
19 years old, did a semester of college but dropped out to take time to think about why I really want to get an education. I am currently looking for a college that has a degree that would help me find a job in the career of Designing public housing. I am specifically interested in helping people that are living in Hong Kong coffin homes but I know that I may not start off doing such a big thing. I am someone who really wants to help people and has a Fascination for designing buildings and hope to find a job where I can help people by giving them better and more affordable places to live. I was thinking something along the lines of architecture, Urban Design, civil engineering, or sustainable design. Any advice or help would be amazing, thank you so much!
I’m a 26F Event and Communications Coordinator for a business improvement District in a medium-small city. I started a year ago at 55k with a promised bump to the real salary - 60k after 3 months. I got that and then a 5% raise after 6 months for busting my butt, so I’m currently at 63k. After taxes, I make $3500/month which is fine because I have roommates, but I’m growing out of that lifestyle fast and want to get my own apartment which will be $1500/month minimum, a little too high for my comfort zone and what I want to save monthly.
I will be at this job for a year in May, but was told I wouldn’t get a raise until the new fiscal year. Once July hits, should I be expecting another 5% raise? If I’m offered that should I ask for more?
My job is very...intense. I work long hours, am never disconnected AKA I can never truly relax, I always have to generate social media content, be on call answering emails that can’t wait and I work some weekend events. I deal with difficult people and situations multiple times daily. Criticisms, people who don’t like my organization, personal comments, petty drama. In the summer I basically don’t have weekends and can’t take off because of my event schedule. I’m often planning the logistics of 4-5 events at a time.
I’m pretty introverted too, so having to deal with all of the constant interactions is very draining. I feel like I am given or am automatically expected to take on tasks while all others in my office heavily assert their “personal time” by keeping strict hours, leaving early daily, just not showing up 7+ days out of the month, refusing to help out a coworker if it doesn’t suit their schedule, forgetting about projects which requires me to hassle them or do their work for them, etc.
My office is small, so myself and one other employee often take on anything that comes up that needs to get done that leadership won’t do, including office maintenance work like ordering supplies, organizing the office, cleaning the office when people leave documents allover after meetings, emptying the dishwasher, fixing broken WIFI, fixing the copier when it breaks every week. This is a huge time suck on top of my already-heavy schedule.
My salary is admittedly comfortable and I don’t want to be greedy, but my job is a large portion of my life because it has to be, not because I want it to be. I have little experience in office environments where things like consistent raises or bonuses are expected, so I’m wondering if I’m appropriately compensated for my work or how I stack up against similar jobs and environments? Does it sound like I should ask for more than 5% or does that sound like a fair bump up from where I’m at?
I'm having a terrible time right now and I feel like I'm failing. I am failing.
I've been in my current job less than a year which is partly why I feel so unsure about myself, can I just not handle the pace or is there just too much disorganization?
I have 4 years experience in my field and I am fully aware deadlines are stressful etc. I left my last job after a little over a year because I was promoted to a managerial position that was not in my field. I didn't enjoy managing people and crunching numbers.
When I was first employed at my current company, my team consisted of 6 people.
Marketing Manager > Project Manager > Senior Designer (PT) > Social Media Specialist and Events Planner > Digital Marketing Specialist > Marketing Specialist and Graphic Designer (me).
It seemed like a healthy company. My only semi red flag was being interviewed by the Senior Designer who was still in university and so only worked part time.
Three weeks in my direct manager (Marketing Manager) and the Content Specialist and Events Planner were both dismissed. The Project Manager got moved to a contract position.
The company announced they were not replacing either role but a manager of another team (unrelated) would take on a dual role and manage both departments.
Since then my day to day work has differed from my job description. Instead of "assisting" with certain projects, I now manage and execute them solo. My "goals" are made up of my own position and that of the dismissed but not replaced Content Specialist.
It is also clear to me that the new manager favours the other team: they have their own office space with brand new equipment. My deadlines get moved to suit their timelines. They always get their vacation time approved. They asked for an assistant and they got one.
After my 3 month review I requested for part time assistance to make up for the short staffed team. The request was accepted then denied and pushed back to Jan 2019. In Feb 2019 it was pushed back to Fall 2019.
In the mean time, my workload is getting to be a lot. Several times I requested assistance so I could focus my attention on the major project. Each time I was given a non helpful response. I figured I was being challenged and was still finding my feet so I didn't want to complain after my requests for help were denied. I met all of my deadlines until this month.
This month alone there has been three major sticking points for me.
The first incident that didn't sit well with me was that I was asked to work around 40 hours of overtime which would be unpaid but I would be able to claim the time back during a "quiet period" at the managers discretion. I worked the 40 hours and a few weeks later got an email saying that the maximum overtime payback time would be 3 days and this would include sick days - no matter how much overtime you worked in a year.
The second incident was that my manager allowed 2 members of staff to take a 15 business day and 20 business day vacation during a blackout. I was supposed to work with 1 of those people directly on the current big project. They are due to return 3 days before the deadline.
Because of this vacation happening, I had to do extra work to ensure the deadlines are met. The manager has requested I do these tasks but in the same week told me I needed to say no to anything not related to the big project. In the same meeting they asked me to do 3 non related tasks. I replied that my schedule wouldn't allow me and they responded with: it needs done.
The next day I asked my manager to reconsider allocating these tasks to me. They did not. I completed them over 2 days. The end of the week they asked to see how the big project was coming along and then was annoyed that it wasn't complete despite my deadline being 3 weeks away. Then it became apparent there was a reason for this annoyance: I was asked for it to be complete in a business week. I told them this would be extreme pressure. They agreed but wanted it to be finished because they're going on vacation.
With this in mind they finally did reallocate some of the other non related tasks but told me it was disappointing as these were technically my job role which made me feel like shit.
The big project was due in one week: I was given a laptop that's at least 15 years old to do it at home.
The big project is due in 3 days. The manager decided to change the contents around. This has set me back so much. But there was no changing their mind.
My team member is still not back to fulfill their part of the project. I feel like I have been set up for failure.
The third incident was that during all of this, the manager moved my deadline closer for the project after the big project so it's due the same week. I was not part of the meeting where this was decided and my objections were ignored.
I'm not sure if I'm being dramatic but I can't take any more of this.
Before all of this I was feeling a bit undervalued and overworked. I'm on an entry level salary (47k) despite the role being advertised initially at 55k - I was told after a year that they would reconsider me for the 55k.
I was going to ask for the 55k after I completed the big project. Now I feel like it's impossible for me to complete the big project and I'll likely end up being dismissed instead.
I don't know what kind of advice I'm looking for but anything at this point would help.
I feel like I've completely lost my confidence in myself. I haven't missed a deadline since my internship 6 years ago. :(
Hello, this is my first time posting, so I am sorry for any mistakes.
I am in a little of a bind, I am a Computer Engineering graduate looking for software development positions. I have been on the hunt for my first full-time position for about 4 months and no luck, until recently.
My friend works at a place that needs somebody to do some Data Entry job part-time, and he referred me for this position. I just interviewed with them today and I think they will offer me the job tomorrow. I figured that while I am working there, I can continue applying to Software development jobs and working on side projects while making some money that can tie me over. The bind is that I actually just had a technical phone screen yesterday for the perfect job and I passed! And I am having an on-site interview on Monday.
Should I take the part-time job tomorrow if they offer it to me, and leave a week later if the perfect job is offered to me?
I don't feel super comfortable with that since I feel like I would be burning my friend. My GF says to do it.