If you were forced to make a career change and your success was guaranteed, what would you do?
Hell if I know, I’m one of those people who still doesn’t know what they want to be when they grow up. I have a job, and I’ve built a successful career out of it but it’s not something I would have chosen to do. I actually ended in this profession by chance (I’m a Software Quality Assurance Engineer).
During my senior year of high school, I was given a few weeks to do a mock internship in order to help me pick a career path for college. Since I always liked cars and racing my first thought was Mechanical Engineering so I could learn how to make kickass engines. After I found out all the physics and thermodynamics involved, I quickly dropped the idea. I was always good at math, physics, and chemistry but not because I enjoyed it. I just wanted to get it out of the way.
I know a lot of things I don’t want to do, but I haven’t figured out what I want. Most people in my family (who went to college) have law degrees, I have seen that world and I know I don’t like it. Any professional sport is out, I’m creative but not an artist, I sing but I can’t sing, I dance but only to have fun with girls not make a living out of it (if you want to ask Colombian girls out you need to know how to dance).
I ended up with a degree in Electrical Engineering, you could say it was the safest choice. Halfway through my college education, I was fed up with the politics of running the program which killed my morale. I didn’t like the direction the program had as I felt I could get so much more out of it, so from then on I just coasted until graduation. I didn’t get bad grades, but I had zero motivation to excel as others did. I have never worked as an Electrical Engineer, and I have no intention to start. Ever.
I’ve had many jobs throughout my life: usher at a bullfight stadium, bouncer (at the same bullfight stadium), busboy, barista, server, bartender, sales, valet (parking cars), loading trucks for UPS, substitute teacher, car tuner, translator, delivery driver, shift lead at Blockbuster, tech support, “tire guy” for a race team for a weekend, and Software Quality Assurance.
Things that I’ve done that haven’t been profitable but have provided some kind of benefit or fulfillment: volunteer for Make A Wish, SOLO chairman for NEOHIO, HPDE and Street Survival instructor.
Since I can’t make up my mind about an actual career, I think answering a different question might help: What would you do with your life if money wasn’t a concern?
Travel the world (very original, I know)
I really enjoy traveling. I like learning about different cultures, trying new food and visiting exotic places. Museums are optional, but I find some historical places interesting. I don’t really like traveling alone, but finding good travel buddies is hard. I’m currently doing research for a trip I’ve wanted to take for some time, hopefully I can make it happen by the end of the year.
I would also make it a point to visit tracks around the world, rent a nice car and just drive. So many opportunities to learn!
I would get a big ass truck and a big ass trailer to haul my car and all my crap around. There are several things I’d like to do with the BRZ, but wheel to wheel racing is not one of them. I just want to go around the country to different tracks and have fun. I don’t like being limited to certain modifications due to class rules, I want to build the car I want and just drive it. I’ve made some good friends while doing HPDE, it would be nice to visit them from time to time.
It’s also a good way to visit new places. I wouldn’t like to live on the road, just have the freedom to take my gear with me for a week or two and then go back home to chill.
Could I find a new career in one of those areas? Maybe, it’s hasn’t been easy to find a master list of careers I can go through and read details about. The biggest issue is that it needs to pay well because all this traveling and HPDE isn’t cheap. I live a fairly simple life, but the car and related activities consume most of my resources.