March 1st, 2006


What do I want to do when I grow up?

It's job-hunting time again. And I need to clarify some goals. I want a job that is:

* useful
* interesting
* and pays lots of money

I am willing to settle for two of three.

Useful: Makes some kind of positive difference somewhere in the world. It does not have to be a big difference; it does not have to be a large part of the world. Useful things I have done in the past: taught students of various ages; walked dogs at an animal shelter; random one-shot volunteering.

Interesting: Has some variety; not doing the exact same thing for a year. Pleasant to think about. Challenging. Requires at least some mental effort on my part.

Pays lots of money: Relatively self-explanatory.

Beyond this, I am kind of lost. I have a Bachelor of Science in biology, with a specialization in ecology, evolution, and conservation, that I would very much like to use. I have a surprisingly large amount of education background for someone without any formal training, and I do like explaining things.

I think I should probably narrow things down a bit past "Something vaguely sciency," but I'm not sure how to go about doing that. What are the questions I ought to be asking myself?