After graduating with a first class bachelors in mechanical engineering, which was probably the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life, spending almost a year applying to graduate jobs and failing every interview, I have realised i don't even want to be an engineer anymore, where do I go from here?
The last interview I had told me to be more enthusiastic after I asked for feedback and it just made me realise the reason I can't be enthusiastic is because I would be faking it. At times it was fun, I enjoyed parts of it mostly the CAD stuff and practicals, but in reality I have forced myself through this degree out of the hopes of becoming rich one day, but then I realised money will not buy happiness. I had contemplated dropping out many times and even tried transferring to a pure mathematics course and was rejected so I just forced myself through it.
I am sick of engineering and I never want to look at a calculus question or read a research paper again in my entire life. I don't want to come home and be ripping my hair out from all the stress and smoking 40 cigs a day, I just want a simple life but not be broke or forced to do some intense manual labour. I regret my degree and wish I had learnt a trade like bricklaying, welding, plumbing, electrician, mechanic but I feel like now it is too late because realistically who will hire me as an apprentice plumber at 27 years old when i already have an unrelated degree. How do I get a job in another field that isn't engineering and not unskilled intense labour for min wage either? Shall i go back to college or do an accountancy course online? I dont know what to do but i just feel trapped.