I was about 180 degrees from your position. I couldn’t find a
software design job, my chosen field, for more than five years. In
the meantime I had to determine a second choice of field so I started
training myself in jewelry. This group has been great in helping me
to do that. But just last week I just got a job offer in software
again, but I’ll have a fun hobby for the rest of my life.
My advice to you would be as follows:
You are still young. Your life will take you on many twists and
turns. You’ll find that the path to whatever goal you see in life
would well be non-linear. An old Spanish proverb, “God draws
straight with crooked lines.”
You should perhaps consider what other passions you have in life
which you could pursue for the time being, which might be combined
with your interest in art. Shake up your life a little, and focus on
seeing more of the world around you.
If you haven’t given serious thought to any alternative callings in
life, the suggest that you undertake an adventure.
To that end I would suggest you enlist in the military for a two to
four year term. You’ll find your mettle tested several times,
hopefully more by boredom than by terror, you’ll get to make more
social contacts, you’ll get to see more of the world, and if you have
student loans it would help pay them off.
If that doesn’t turn you on, another possibility is teaching English
in Japan or the People’s Republic of China.
There are endless possibilities.
Pick a path!
Andrew Jonathan Fine