Quarter life crisis (work or study or travel?)
August 26, 2014 2:14 AM Subscribe
I've been having what I suspect is a quarterlife crisis for several months and luckily I've pretty narrowed it down to three options/priorities. However, that's the snag. I can't decide between the three (work, study, travel and a bit of play). Any thoughts much appreciated.
posted by glache to Work & Money (18 answers total)
- Study in the city of my dreams (one year program) then travel afterwards in the European winter (I'm Aussie, so this is a big deal). This study is purely for interest, not to retrain, so it's not like I'm trying to escape a career I'm not interested in. And that's the problem. My industry's so saturated a 12 month gap would almost certainly kill off my career, and it is plausible I would want to return to it.
- Work in the city of my dreams in current industry, and hope I get time off to travel in late 2015 or early 2016 (all the jobs advertised at the moment are permanent fulltime).
- Work in a much smaller city on a 12month contract which would really add to my resume (same industry as current job). So the 12 months means I would still be guaranteed to travel (albeit in the European winter). However, the difference here is the city has a reputation for being boring and cliquey. But I've successfully found ways around both issues in the current (country) town I'm in, which is a tenth the size of this smaller city. So though I'm put off by the reputation of this city, I know I could probably find ways around them. The only issue that might be hard to find a way around is ethnic dining--it is one of the more white cities in the country, and that would be my issue--where I am at the moment, it's a 2hr train or drive to the city of my dreams which has ethnic food galore, while this smaller city, it's a bit more effort to jump on a plane. I know it shouldn't bother me, but it does.
- Study what I've always wanted, in a city I've always liked, then go travel (bearing the European winter) and hope a 12month gap on resume is not career suicide
- Work in a city I've always liked, but unsure if able to get time off to travel (I would be looking at 2-3 months' travel, so squishing my 4 weeks of annual leave won't cut it)
- Work in a city that is known to be cliquey and boring, but would really prop up my resume, then go travel (bearing the European winter).
If any of you are thinking, why don't you just stay in your current job and leave for Europe early next year--the answer is I could, but I would rather not wait 6 months to access opportunities that only a city (even the smaller one) can provide--I'm interested in taking night classes in random subjects and in obscure sports (badminton, fencing) that the country town I'm in doesn't offer, and by country town I mean it's about 100k population so the next option really is a city.
Thanks for any thoughts you might have (even if it means pointing out that it's best for me to stay where I am).