a reply to: Honestabe28
Others may disagree, but my personal advice to you is to figure out what you would like to do and do it. Don't plan your future solely around money.
Money is nice to have and all, but it will amount to nothing if you are constantly miserable.
I spent many years trying to figure it out. I was always artistic as a kid, but I knew artists are rarely able to make ends meet (be it musicians or
painters or whatever). Eventually I realized I needed to figure out a way to work in a job where I could be creative, but make a living doing it. I
combined my love of creativity and video games, and decided I wanted to work as a video game developer.
I worked meaningless jobs for years, but always with the goal of transitioning into game development at the forefront of my mind. I didn't know how
the hell I was going to do it, I just knew I was going to make it happen somehow. I started out in graphics shops (glorified sign shops really), doing
decals and sign making, and I always considered it nothing more than a paycheck and a stepping stone to my real goals.
Eventually I met someone that was starting up their own independent game development company (and actually had the money to do it as they had been in
the industry for years) and they decided to train me as they liked my passion. Through that experience, I eventually found myself working under
contract for a AAA game development studio and contributed a significant amount of work to a well known title.
Eventually that chapter in my life closed, and I returned to school to update my skills and seek a broader range of expertise in the industry. The
reason I did that (instead of choosing a different career path) is because I truly enjoyed the work. I looked forward to work, and when I was there I
would often get into "the zone" and the hours would just fly by because I was enjoying what I was doing so much. It's a remarkable feeling to get
paid to do something you love, and no amount of money could convince me to do something I hate for a living (I've been there and done that too).
Find out what you find fulfilling. Find out what sort of work or industry would make you happy. Think about the kind of job you would need to have to
wake up every morning and not dread the sound of your alarm clock, but rather look forward to going into work, where every day is enjoyable. Once you
figure out what that is, lock onto it mentally, and go for it with everything you have. DON'T GIVE UP. Make it happen.
You will be a much happier person in the long run with a bit less cash but a more fulfilling life. Even if you stick it out with your current career
choice just for the money, keep searching within yourself for the career choice that would make you happy, and put some of that money away so you can
make the switch one day.