Yesterday, the question Do I Really Love Maths? was asked and put on hold as primarily opinion based. While I agree the question should be closed for the reasons given, I think more broad questions could be asked that can obtain some answers that are more appropriate to the site. The topic (from both a student and instructor point of view) of 'deciding on math as a career' should be addressed in some form of questions.
Some questions that I think would address it:
- What does a career for mathematicians as/in academics/teachers/industry/etc look like at an early/middle/late stage?
- What are common misconceptions for a mathematics career?
- The author in "Do I really love Maths?" noted a need to be able to study math in their free time instead of wanting to do sports or gaming.
Such questions might help people considering mathematics as a career make informed decisions.
Do we want to go more into these topics as they borderline education in an adviser's position or should we delegate them to, say, academia.SE?