I’m currently trying to decide how to gamble my time away. If any of you have been in a similar situation, perhaps you can help.
I’m a 21-year-old cook. 2 years ago, when I was finishing up my first (& last) year at Purdue, I decided that I liked culinary arts waaaaay more than computer science. Following that, I cooked for a couple of years during which I discovered the IDW. And the IDW showed me how interesting Psychology and Philosophy can be. Now, I find myself reading psychology-related books (Coddling of the American Mind, Waking Up, Thinking Fast and Slow, Consciousness Explained, etc) for fun. And I’m annotating them... for some reason. No one told me to do that.
At this point, so many options have entered my head that it’s hard to keep track. I can continue to cook while taking online psychology classes. I can switch to serving while I take online classes. I can cook, save up money, and move to Ohio where I can pay in-state tuition and take traditional classes. Or hell, I can just continue to do exactly what I’m doing: cook while learning about psychology in my spare time and just make something of that I guess. Idk. All I know is, in my opinion, Sam Harris is living the life. Writing, weekly podcasts with other influential intellectuals, and occasionally being invited onto other podcasts and tv shows. I mean... come on. That’s almost exactly what I want to do so how do I get to do that?
How do you all decide what career to take when you love two or three things at once (or go back-and-forth between loving those things)?
Most people who get a degree don't work in their academic field. Also, many people make a major career change at least once in their lives, and get out of the initial field. Given that:
Hate to be a buzz kill - and if this is what you want to do, I say go for it. Just be aware that sitting on your ass AND GETTING PAID FOR IT - is everyone's dream. Why are you any more special or insightful than anyone else, esp. on complex topics you probably have no first hand experience with (given your age)? Again, if this is what you want to do - go for it, just don't be surprised if people don't listen to your opinions - and have a plan if they don't.
Just start talking into a camera dude... your first few videos may suck (mine did) you don't need a post secondary education to do what they do, just a curious mind... yes education and experience help... but people would probably enjoy your own unique experience
Ask yourself what you want life to look like in 5,10,20 years. Do you still want to be cooking in restaurants? If so...stay your course. If not, take some on-line classes and see how it feels. If you continue to be drawn to the studies then consider focusing more on your education. You're a free man and the choices you make today can always be differant than the one you make tomorrow.
These are my own views - not career advice. I have had a series of career changes over the years. Out of high school, I was still working in the fast food industry. But I wanted to work with high power engine systems. So went to tech school and then worked for local flying club on aircraft engines. Then went into the military and worked on jet engines, The military got me interested in politics and history as I was deployed as part of Nato etc. Went into intelligence branch and got a BA and MA along the way. Left the military and then worked in a series of intelligence positions for a variety of orgs in Can, USA, Singapore etc. Loved it all.
BOTTOM LINE: I cannot advise you what to do. But I can say this. My father was a company man who worked for the same company for 46 years. He hated it, but it was a good paycheck etc etc.
I have had good years ($$$) and bad years. So, here is the thing. For me, I would say follow your interests. Better to be a bit poorer one year and be happy, then to stay in a position you do not like.
But that is just me.....