What to do for a career when you find existence remarkably fascinating

 Lyte (@jayde)5 years, 9 months ago

So the title sums it up. I’ve managed to sum up topics of existence into university courses and am completely perplexed as to which road to take: Geology, geography, psychology, evolution (anthropology), environmental sciences, health, spirituality, astronomy, cosmology, and photography (landscape). Top priority on my existential list is doing something to help our planet or helping to change peoples thought processes (waking people up). I am by no means asking for someone to tell me what to do with the rest of my life. I’m just curious if anyone else in this community has found themselves obsessing and reading about anything related to “existence” “‘life” “the Universe” and actually been able to pinpoint an area or field and found meaning and A JOB! Anyone I’ve talked to recently has warned against sciences but when you look into forestry, (fire prevention, fish and wildlife, monitoring?, etc)  there are a plenitude of jobs (maybe not positions currently, but I’m looking like 6 years down the road). I live on the edge of the mountains where forest is plentiful.

I live in Canada where we have recently elected a Liberal government (left wing) and environment will no longer be on the back burner (we’ll see..) as our previous Conservative government was hushing climatologists warning of climate change. I live in Alberta (oil country) where our new provincial government is proposing reducing carbon emissions. Clearly governments lie BUT it’s a massive step in a new direction, for which I am trying to be hopeful, though a pessimistic realist at heart lol

I am currently entertaining a BSc in Environmental Sciences with a major in Geography and Arts, which includes Archaeology, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Economics, Math, Psychology, Sociology, Physics and electives in Arts and something else (keep in mind I’m new to the world of Academia).

I’m deep in Rogans podcasts so I have an alternative view of the world and of course the difference in academic teachings vs. alternative new ways of thinking (history, anthropology, geography, etc) ie Graham Hancock et al.

Any thoughts are appreciated!

December 9, 2015 at 10:34 pm
Jordan Bates (4,684)A (@bashfulkoala) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

“What I really wanted was every kind of life, and the writer’s life seemed the most inclusive.”

― Susan Sontag

this quote came to my mind when i read your title. i’m fascinated by pretty much everything, and one of my biggest fears, i think, is pigeonholing myself into something that doesn’t allow me to explore other areas. i think that’s a big part of why i’ve gravitated toward writing. i could see myself trying to be many things in my lifetime, though. one of the other more likely options is a college professor — i would love to teach English Literature, so i am strongly considering going back for my Master’s/PhD at some point to try to teach at the college level, if only community college/part-time. (FYI, i studied English Lit in college with minors in Philosophy and Spanish.)

i think your direction sounds pretty fantastic. i would love to study all of those areas that are covered by the major you’re currently entertaining. do you have much experience in jobs that are at all similar to the sort of job you might obtain? i would definitely urge you to pursue internships and field experience, as those experiences *in the arena* will really elucidate whether this is something you could actually see yourself doing long-term.

if what you want to do is “wake people up,” then you might want to consider being a creator/communicator of some kind. if what you really crave is to change minds, perhaps writing, speaking, or some creative pursuit is in the cards. this doesn’t necessarily have to be what you study in school, and in fact it might be better if it isn’t. you could always start a blog/vlog/side project informing people of all of the wonderful and enlightening things you learn in your studies and in your future work. :3

curious why people have told you to steer clear of the sciences? just because of a lack of jobs?

if i were to go back to get another Bachelor’s, i’d probably do it in Anthropology. i’m so fascinated by other cultures, as well as learning whatever we can about Neolithic- and Paleolithic-era humans. i have a couple friends who are currently working on their PhDs to become field anthropologists — hoping to study some of the last remaining indigenous peoples in the world, and I’ve gotta say that that sounds incredibly interesting and exciting. 

ultimately, there are many amazing directions one could pursue if one is downright fascinated by existence. it’s great to have great options, but analysis paralysis is real. i think Kierkegaard summed it up pretty well: “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” my humble advice would be to take the perspective that whatever route you take will be the one that is right for you. go with what feels right in your heart, and leave room for error and re-routing, should your heart undergo some kind of revolution. :] 

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