One reason that many people with good college educations hate their jobs is that they picked a conservative / climb-the-ladder-oriented career when they were young (i.e., right after college) and then they never switched.

When they first picked their career at the age of 22:

  • They had no idea what they wanted to do with their lives
  • They had a very narrow view of what career options were available to them.
  • They felt the need to make money, because they were independent from their parents for the first time.
  • They gravitated to jobs that involve credentials and pre-defined milestones, just like school.

Then, after doing that first profession for 7-10+ years, they feel locked in; they don’t know what to do next / how to change. They are doing pretty well financially in that first career, and they perceive tons of risk to switching careers. So they do the same thing for the rest of their life.

You see this with lawyers, professors, bankers, sometimes teachers.