What's your opinion on your current job, how you got there and your feelings on your overall trajectory? Being newly doctored in a science as I'm not wanting to go into the field I'm getting a feeling that it's utterly pointless. It's essentially barred me from a fair few graduate schemes by dint of being more or less too old, is massively more worthless than if I'd chosen to just get chartered in something sensible at an undergraduate level, and apart from giving me a few years of poorly paid job security seems like a waste of time. Now I'm unemployed I've looked into the non-industry non-academia stuff I can do, and direct careers are massively limited and competitive, or require another 5+ years educational undertaking. Rather than entering into something well paid, I'm probably going to have to enter into something entry level, in the hopes that after a few years on a job my "I'm so very smart" qualification will hopefully differentiate me from the pack when it comes to promotion. It also means that prospective employers get worried about me staying in the job because I'm apparently too well qualified. Whoooo. On the flip side, I probably needed sometime to relearn a sort of medium level confidence, and I doubt without having that I would have faired so well in the first place - so it's not like I can really see myself having ever done anything differently. Tell me your own unpleasant tale of dissatisfaction from similar poor planning, or your own smug tale of how planning gave you a sweet life. I'm all ears for any kind of context. EDIT: In the sobriety of the morning, I would delete this, but I can't find an option to. So I'll let it linger in a farty, bad smell kind of way. It's not particularly a horrible thread, but the sour grapes and over-sharing are pretty evident.