I am thinking of returning to school to gain another Bachelors degree then a Masters degree in order to work for the government.
Can anyone tell me what it's really like working for a government agency?
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I'm sorry, but how are people supposed to find a job where there are this many applicants????
This is an example of a job that I recently applied for.
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I filed an EEOC complaint on April last year.
It is for racial discrimination, age discrimination and retaliation and harassment. The big corporation has not fired me as of today even though I have not worked since 12-29-23. I am under care of psychiatrist and therapist and primary doctor for now having to be on blood pressure medication due to severe stress. I have over 100 pages of documentation submitted to EEOC. Should I get an Attorney now or wait until EEOC finishes their investigation? I was not offered mediation but offered remedies of reporting to a different manager, moving to another restaurant and back pay because my hours were cut from 20 part time hours to 10 hours per week after I filed HR Complaint against Manager on 03-03-23.
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How to get better at asking for help at work:
Hi ladies! I could really use some advice on how to tackle my biggest professional weakness. I can't seem to bring myself to ask for help at work, even when I really need it. Normally this isn't a huge issue, but a ran into a brick wall on Monday in this respect. There was a lot happening on the production floor and in the middle of it all there was a problem with one of our lines and the other three lines needed attention all at the same time. Instead of radioing for one of the other techs, I tried to juggle everything at one and the problem line issues blew up in my face and I had a surprise meeting with my boss and my director about this and they pointed out that this has been an issue in the past. The director said that I am not expected to do it all and to use my resources. Basically, a professional way of saying get over yourself and ask for help when you need it. I need to get over my fear of asking for help at work, so I figured this is a good place to start. What tips do you ladies have for asking for help even when it's hard? I try to do it all and it clearly isn't doing me any favors, so what do you all think? Thanks!
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7 interviews for 4 positions in the same company; no offers.
This has been over just the past three months. I'd like to think that they are looking for a place to put me. But I feel more like I'm continually failing or just not good enough to be employed in this market.
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Should I ask for more (and how)?
I had an initial interview and they said they were budgeting $X-XX (10k span). I said we are probably not a good fit because the lowest I would take is 10k above their highest number. Realistically, I would be happy 20-30k higher (to be consistent with my current role). She said she'd take it to the hiring manager to see what they say. She came back and said they'd still like to interview me.
I'm further into the process now and understand the department was created in the last year and is growing. That makes me think they might be more flexible on the salary.
If I were to be offered the position, can I only really ask for that 10k I said I would consider or should I ask for more? It's tricky because the salary for the position title they have is appropriate but not for what they actually want (the scope is much greater than the title).
Do I ask? What do I say?
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Women who switched careers to Product Management, can you guide me towards getting my foot in the door/any advice?
Apologies for the detailed post but I'm in the "someone please help me" stage of this search and want to provide all the info that can help guide me towards to right audience/mentor:
Fairygodboss ladies, I'm in need of your advice/ the advice of anyone you know who has made a career switch into tech (PM) roles!
I've been trying for over a year to break in and it's insanely tough. I've spoken to people who switched to PM (non CS/Engineering) roles from things like project management, consulting, and creative marketing, but their advice was more akin to "It was luck/ I knew someone who would give me a chance."
These were people (mainly men) who worked for places like META, Microsoft, and other tech software firms and came from non STEM backgrounds with 0 CS skills.
I've exhausted my personal network search and applied to so so many APM, PM roles, including super entry level. And nothing. I'm hoping someone here might have a better approach/have connections who would be willing to give me a chance.
My academic background is in Econ & International Relations (BA), and a recent MS in Negotiations & Change Management practices, with a focus on behavioral neurobiology + courses in biomedical engineering principles (neurotech/BCI/VR) and med tech/device commercialization. I've also taken courses on PM strategy and UX/UI design.
I worked in the international project management/consulting + creative strategy space for some time before grad school, led a few projects and teams from the ground-up (contract consultant for consulting firm's project with US Dep. of State), and most recently have been competing (and winning) product innovation competitions and hackathons.
I recently designed an innovative med device product prototype (hardware+software), pitched my detailed deck to VCs+ entrepreneur judges, and was given advice to patent the idea!
Currently, I work as a product researcher (ed tech/behavioral change) space, giving suggestions for UX improvements, doing market research, and creating business plans and go-to-market strategies for our current products, in addition to researching the science behind what we sell.
I also consult startups in the neurotech/VR space on the side on their business planning and product strategy+ launch.
I'm not picky as to what products I'd manage and have proven to be quite innovative and adaptable in my career. But I'd love to work with products in the wearables (AR/VR) hardware/software space, software for med devices, or health tech apps.
If anyone with advice/contacts who might be willing to point me towards opportunities to get my foot in the door can help me, I'd be forever grateful!
Thank you so much for reading this (long) post!
TLDR version: I need that Fairygodboss women-supporting-women magic to help me get my foot in the door for product management jobs :)