So, I realize that this may not be the best place to pose the question, but why not...
I'm graduating from Michigan this semester with an engineering degree and have been fortunate enough to land a job with Accenture. I'm expected to start at some point this summer and have been looking forward to it.
Now, I've been playing a sport for several years now, and missed going to the Olympics by a few spots this winter. I was planning on retiring from the sport to start my career with Accenture, but just recently, an opportunity has arisen that I think might give me a good shot at being a national and international power in my sport.
I'm at a crossroads. I don't know whether I should start my career or give it up before it has even started in order to pursue my Olympic dream in 2014. If I turn down Accenture, there's no telling if I will get the opportunity to work for them (or any other company for that matter) in the future. I don't know if I want to risk it.
So basically it comes down to this: what would you do? I've been getting advice from people aged 10-60. It's funny, the younger ones tell me I should take the job and start making some money while some of the more experienced fellas use the classic line, "You're only young once...", meaning I might as well give it one more shot.
So, what would you do? And if you decided to postpone the career for a little bit, would you also try to double-major, get a minor, or masters degree? (FYI, Michigan MBA is out of the question without job experience.)
I look forward to your responses.