How do I re-find my calling?
October 2, 2012 9:10 AM Subscribe
Career change advice! I'm considering changing jobs over the next 2-3 years. Give me some great ideas given what I'm good at and what I know.
posted by Riton to work & money (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Currently working in finance, managing a small team an solving semi-technical problems (as a good guy, I promise...) - career is as good as it gets in this environment, but things are changing and are becoming less challenging and interesting; so I'm considering taking a 180 degree turn and doing something completely different.
Here's an abrdiged version of my CV: in my low thirties, have a (really good) masters in math/physics, some money put aside, honestly super curious about everything - all my time at and outside of work has been essentially learning as much as I can about something for a year or two then moving on.
I used to really like the more engineery things in my masters (mechanics, solid physics).
I'm not a good programmer although I used to enjoy it. I'm not good at really abstract things. I like and am good at solving concrete problems and spotting mistakes in other people's reasoning.
Some things I've been thinking about: getting a phd (or maybe only a masters) in structural engineering then building things (bud I'm scared it might be to technical), going to an architecture school then designing things (but I'm scared it might not be technical enough); I'm fascinated by the new-ish 'prototyping' tools (3d printers, arduinos etc,...); I think I like teaching things.
Sorry for the long winded post and backdoor brags; am not intending it that way but I think that you are a great community for outside the box thinking and wanted to give an accurate picture :)