Anonymous User wrote:OP here.
Thanks again for the replies. I see the theme from the new posts is to find out more about different jobs; does anyone have advice on how to go about doing this? It seems to me that all the potential fields that I research are either the same grinding kind of work (ibanking, consulting, biglaw) or things that I either have zero interest in or actively dislike (clerkships, academia, government work). I think a big part is that of all the things that I enjoy doing in life, I can't get paid to do any of them. This makes me skeptical that I would be able to find a job that would ever be more than a chore, a means to an end, although I am open to the possibility and would love to learn more about how to explore different options.
In response to most recent anon post, thank you for the empathy and advice. One reaction I had is that I don't think I am espousing a position of letting a job define me or getting caught up in a firm name/job title, much the opposite in fact. I would gladly take a job offer with the title of "Menial Laborer" at "NoName LLC" essentially without regard to what tasks it involved (as long it was not physically dangerous) if it had a sufficiently high compensation:hours worked ratio. Basically I think that there is nothing (that is compensable) that I "like" to do enough to make a job distinguishable. For example, I have felt essentially the same way about manual labor jobs that I had in high school, finance internships in college, and my SA position this summer (caveat that I have only been at it 4 weeks). In fact I may have enjoyed the manual labor jobs the most simply because they were active and outdoors, but a career in manual labor is obviously not conducive to retiring early and comfortably.
Thanks again for all the advice; I realize that I am coming off as fairly difficult and that I may have gotten all the advice that I can get at this point, but if anyone has suggestions on ways to go about exploring the possibilities of jobs that I may actually enjoy (given that it seems that I don't really have a passion for/enjoyment of anything compensable), as well as any other information/suggestions or further advice on how to "cash in" on my situation quickly/painlessly, I would love to hear them.
You just haven't found the right thing yet. Maybe you'll find a practice are you're passionate in; if not, high level in-house or General Counsel work provides a great work-to-compensation ratio at the highest levels.
If moving to Boston, Ropes/Wilmer/Goodwin will offer top notch compensation and the best exit opportunities. Many in-house positions in Boston provide a comfortable living.