What are some jobs that are task-oriented but will still make use of my creativity and university education?
I am considering a career change (probably not for a few years, unless something awesome comes along, but I want to start planning my path now). I have an undergraduate degree in the humanities and am now working on an M.A. with a focus on community studies and/or work, organization, and leadership (it's kind of up in the air at the moment, but I may go for a double-focus).
Once I am finished (or near finished) the master's, I want to find a career that I can settle into for the long haul. So far, I have not found that career.
In all of my working years, my favourite job was working in retail. I had a lot of freedom (I was left mostly unsupervised after proving I was a good worker), I had some creative control over how I accomplished certain tasks, and the job was very task-oriented. Plus, I never had to take my work home with me. When the day was over, I could stop thinking about work until I arrived back at the store the next day. If I could work in retail and earn as much as I do at my office job, I might still be doing it.
Of course, I am going to be a bit over-educated for a basic retail job once I finish my master's. I want to actually make use of the skills and education that I am paying to receive.
What kind of jobs/careers will allow me to be very task-oriented, hopefully not take my work home with me, and be creative and not let my university degrees be a waste of time and money? The higher the wage, the better, obviously, but since this is largely a brain-storming exercise, feel free to assume that wages/salary are not important.
I am also open to the possibility of entrepreneurship.
Other things that may be relevant:
- I am working full time while doing my master's, so I can gain some on the job experience effective immediately;
- I live in Canada;
- I am a pretty decent writer (even if my MeFi posts don't reflect that);
- I tend to get bored and distracted easily if I don't have specific tasks to accomplish;