So I been talking to a therapist about turning myself into a more happy and useful human being and stuff and I'm considering career options. Collecting opinions from people so I figured "Why not AJOT?" "They are probably people.".
On my list of options I'm looking into ---
Art Therapy: I like art, I'm good at art, and IRL I'm a patient and chill person. This is not a high paying job though and it sounds new agey as hell even though it appears pretty legit.
Civil Engineering(Forestry or Renewables): These are both big in my area, and potentially you get to work outdoors. Working in a nice environment is a big plus. I also was good at math and design related stuff before I became all gloomy and stopped doing school work.
Architecture: Sounds intimidating, but I'm very interested in it and it's apparently a high paying job which is nice. I understand that early on it'll probably involve less creative and interesting stuff than I'd like but that it involves some creativity is still a plus.
IDK, AJOT, what do you think I should do?
First of all, it is ok if you are not extremely passionate about your job, just don't be disgusted by it. Make sure you get some time for yourself and it should be fine.
I would recommend Civil Engineering / Forestry / Renewables because it looks like the safest bet for me. Since this is a job with demand in your area you will get a steady salary and probably you will have some time for yourself. This job is not a NYSE job after all so I assume it will not be as demanding as an investment banking / corporate law occupation.
Remember that you are investing your time+effort into the job so you have to calculate your payoffs. Even though Architecture looks like the one with the highest payoff it is not, because it will take away a lot of your time, require you to be dedicated, and you will be required to perform well all the time. These will be your costs, in addition to your sunk costs (living expenses etc). So at the end, you really have to look at your final payoff when accepting a job.
On the other hand, Civil Engineering/Forestry/Renewables looks like a much more steady job, where you can invest in yourself + knowledge and have a long term career. In addition, I am assuming you will be able to work in governmental projects as well, which will help you make more connections in your field.
I am not dismissing Art Therapy, I just don't want to comment on it because I don't know the details about the occupation.
I wish you all the best, hopefully you will not forget the one most important thing: make the best out of your life.