Today’s podcast question comes to us from Patreon donor Rachel. She’s in a good situation overall: stable, paying down debt quickly, and gainfully employed as an engineer.
But her feelings about engineering overall are, mmm… tepid.
Shall we slap her for even considering leaving a lucrative and in-demand field? Or shall we kiss her on both cheeks and push her off the gravy train? You’ll have to listen to find out!
“I’m an engineer, I’ve been working for five years, and I don’t think it’s something I’ve ever truly been passionate about. My experiences have made me realize just how much I love project management. That can be done as an engineer, yes, but those jobs are fewer and more far in between.
“I’m thinking of branching out, but honestly, I’m scared. What if I don’t like it? What if I can’t get back into the engineering field once I’ve been gone for so long? The job I have now (along with my wife’s) gives us ample salaries that allow us to save and pay down debt like crazy. I can’t say that the security of those salaries isn’t alluring, though I hate to be tied to a job just because of the money.
“I don’t want to fuck myself over in the long run. I want to ‘retire’ early and spend my life doing the things I love. But I also don’t want to be unhappy at work. Please send help. 🙏”
All thanks to our Patreon donors, especially Rachel, who asked us this question, which is meaty and full of delicious umami flavors!
Lots of folks have been asking for these. We would love to provide them, but for now… we really can’t. It’s just too much to add onto our plate along with working our day jobs, writing weekly articles, recording and editing podcast episodes, and tending our Stardew Valley farms (iridium sprinklers cost $$$$ dawg).
If there’s anyone out there who cares enough to make their own, we would obviously happily link to those fanscripts. They will definitely be a feature we add if/when we get to the point where at least one of us can focus on these full-time. *Coughcough* plz visit our Patreon you TrAnScRiPt-ReQuEsTiNg FrEeLoAdErS.
Until then, no sweat if you are a reader rather than a listener. There will be lots of dank wisdom overlap! Thanks for reading and for asking.