What is a good career for someone who doesn't want one?
August 12, 2012 1:07 AM Subscribe
I don't care about having a career. Now what?
posted by Gorilla456 to work & money (34 answers total) 70 users marked this as a favorite
I am a 24-year-old male and I have no career ambition. I never have. I just can't see myself doing any particular career because I am a laid-back person and only care about the things I do in my free time. The other thing that bothers me about picking a career is that they seem like they all take up too much time. Two weeks of vacation is just kind of insulting - it's my life; I don't see why I should have to be some kind of slave to a society and economy that basically just wants me to be a cog somewhere. Unfortunately, I still need to find some way of making money. I'd like to find something that I find tolerable and gives me the freedom to do what I want to do.
I graduated college in 2010 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Basically, I picked it because there weren't too many stringent requirements for the major so I could take a wide variety of classes that interested me. I took classes on American history, film studies, Roman history, women's studies, Asian religions, New Testament studies, politics, science fiction, African studies, creative writing, American Indian studies, ancient Greece, Middle East history, sociology, human sexuality, and geography. Basically, anything that looked remotely interesting. I didn't care about picking a direction then and I don't care now. I'm a little bit interested in everything but not very interested in any one thing.
After I graduated I went to South Korea to teach English. Everything about it was great (living abroad, exploring the country, hiking the mountains, seeing the Buddhist temples, etc.) except for one thing - I can't stand teaching English. I find it incredibly boring, because I have no intrinsic interest in actually teaching English and I found out I also don't really like being around kids all that much. After I finished my first year, I got a job in another school that seemed better than the first, but it just ended up being just as boring and I couldn't stand it. So I quit that job and since then I have been exploring Korea, including going to Jeju Island which was great. I am currently jobless and don't know what to do next.
So...what should I do? Every option I can think of sounds terrible to me. I just can't stand giving up my time. I feel like my youth is being wasted while I'm at work. All I care about doing are the following:
-hanging out with friends
-following current events
Nobody's going to pay me to do any of those things. So what is the solution? I just want some kind of job that is laid-back and has lots of vacation. I am pretty frugal and own minimal possessions. Saving instead of spending is half the battle, but I still need some kind of income. I've thought about starting some kind of online blog/business, which would allow me to work from anywhere, but I can't think of anything that hasn't been done already.