I'm moving to the LA area in a year or so, and don't know what kind of career I should pursue once there. I have a BA in English. I want enough money to support children within 6 years.
The world isn't falling into my hands the way I planned it when I was 13. To be more specific, money, that is, future concern for money. I'm 25 years old.
I'm currently approaching the end of my BA - Honors English; about a year and some change left to go. It's taken me a while to get to this point, as I've traveled, married, and traveled some more, but overall in my current position I am happy.
My concern comes in regard to my happiness 2-3 years from now, when I have little to no idea of what I'll be doing for a career. I guess I, like many, just always assumed I'd drive myself to keep writing and have a successful novel before I had to worry about finding something to do in the interim.
Until now I've had the vague notion that I would pursue teaching; both of my parents work in schools (teacher/librarian) and I spent some time working in a school a few years ago (as a type of EA). It's an area I'm comfortable in and it's not something I would be sad about should it become my career. My wife and I could hypothetically live with my (somewhat trying) in-laws while I get my certification and do my year of whatever-it-is-I-have-to-do-before-I-can-teach. So it's something I've thought about. But lately I've had a growing sense of concern about the financial angle of this whole endeavor.
My wife and I want to live in her home state of California, somewhere on the central coast (her parents live in LA county; 4-6 hours north of that would be a nice buffer). Currently, we live in the middle of Canada, where I started going to university (my parents live in northern Manitoba). I'm assuming that the cost of living in California is going to be a significant leap from up here, and I'm assuming the job market is going to be much worse. I'm also assuming that, on a Grade/High School teacher's salary, I'm not going to be able to support my wife when she eventually pops out our offspring and has to take care of them for a few years.
So I've reached something of a "What am I going to do now?" crisis. It's not a matter of not having the ability; I've held a wide variety of jobs, and I kind of like to think of myself as a jack-of-all-trades; for the last year I've been working as a butcher at a specialty meat and cheese store, which I'm now managing while in school. Before that I was:
- tech support for McAfee
- sales support for AAA
- worked in a warehouse in an industrial setting
- an industrial painter in a mine; worked underground
- part of a city crew, paved roads etc
- a line cook
- worked with special needs (aka down syndrome/FAS) children
- worked in a school (as previously mentioned)
Work, in general, is work, and it's pretty rare I've had a job I completely reviled. Plus, I always have secret plans to continue writing, so as long as I have that I think I can be okay doing manual labor or something spiritually unrewarding for a living if I have to to pay the bills. The question is, what's the play here?
My father in-law works for the county; he has suggested through my wife that perhaps he could get me a job doing clerical work or IT stuff at the local prison. Maybe working with special needs individuals would pay more than a traditional teaching position and that's something I should look into. Maybe I could take the LSAT and try to become a lawyer, I mean, that makes money.
And if that last statement didn't clue you in as to how across the map I am, I don't know what else I can say. Anyone want to help me find clarity?