I started my first job by writing an app that solved 40 equations with 90 unknowns. I did not realize then that it was fun and I should continue.
I wanted to apply my math skills, so I too went the actuary route for a while and passed the first three exams; then left for personal reasons.
Finally, I figured out what I wanted to be at age 33 — a software developer.
From then on, it was fun and not work. Work and drudgery are not necessarily the same thing. All I did was go to the job, have fun, and they gave me a bunch of money.
A year later, we filled out a career questionnaire for our current job, the highest job in our career path, and our dream job. Half of the group got the highest points on their dream job and half on their highest job, except me.
The leader said “You got the highest score on your current job!” They told me when I started that “it is a new position and I could make it anything that I wanted, so I did.” I did so at every company I was with until I retired.
Now I write articles on whatever I find interesting.
See my article Managers: How do You Manage a Cat?