Why I'm Glad my Dream Job Didn't work out For the past 5 years of my life, I’ve dreamed of having a job where I would get paid to think about interesting and important ideas and to try to get young people to be so passionate about those ideas that they would want to fight anyone who disagrees with them. For the past 5 years, I hoped I was going to be a philosophy professor I say “hoped” because I’ve always realized that philosophy professors have a sweet gig and a scandalous job description.