Have you tried something, and found it a life long passion? Is it widely misunderstood? Or did you try it, realise it was poison and change away from it? Here's the place to tell your tale.
[Ed Nather on astronomy] - this is the author of the story of Mel, the real programmer. Much of the advice given has much wider applicaility that just astronomy.
DR writes: don't get trapped into competence only at a language that is only used in a single company.
SGB writes: say no to web design. See PercySnoodle/CareerChange? for the full rant.
Anyone here started their own business? What was it like? PeterTaylor writes: I've set up as a sole trader (and am still registered as such, for reasons I won't go into). On that scale the legislative and bureaucratic burden is pretty minimal - mainly income tax self-assessment. Pros: ultimate in flexitime. Cons: ultimate in flexitime; need to find work if you're doing consultancy/bespoke products or a lot of money for marketing if you're developing a more general product.
The dropout rate in the first two years is horrendous and long term happiness is very dependent of finding a school that matches you (how supportive are the staff and parents, how disruptive are the pupils?). Definitely a vocation rather than a profession - only do it if it is something you really feel called to dedicate yourself to. --DR
The Grey Professions
(Accounting, Actuary, Law, Civil Service) - do they live down to their reputation?