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I am posting this on the climbing forum because I find that climbing requires more regular practice and time investment than backpacking in order to retain some kind of skill level.
I'll try not to make this too long: I will graduate University this coming spring with an engineering degree, I intend to do a NOLS semester after I graduate, and although I do want a career in engineering, climbing and being outside is an important part of my life. Today my boss at my internship and I had a conversation in which we talked about my future plans and further possible employment with them. I have one more three month period in which I would like to work for him before NOLS, and who knows what for after NOLS- maybe some outdoor instruction/guiding somewhere. My boss says that I can work for him if I want to, but if I want to go climbing then I should go climbing (ie he isn't interested in employing anyone who won't return his investment in them). If I don't know what I want to do, then he doesn't know what he wants to do with me. He doesn't care about me beyond my ability to do work for him, and vacations are seemingly unjustifiable....
There are some pretty well climbed and professionally accomplished readers out there. Any thoughts and advice for negotiating this rocky transition from college to real world while not stunting my climbing aspirations at the same time? I have pursued an engineering degree with the intention of designing products to be less harmful/do more good for the natural world, I would hate not to be able to enjoy the world I want to help preserve.