[quote="CarmenParvus, post:17, topic:306825"]
I'm afraid I don't have much advice to give, but I am in the same boat as you, so to speak. I'm 22 years old and studying computer science :compcoff:. I love programming but also feel a strong call to be a nun.:nun2: Like you, I worry that giving up my career would deprive the world of the things I can do using my engineering skills.
I think that a nursing order or missionary order might be good for someone with an engineering background: nursing orders because you may be able to work on medical equipment or work in IT, missionary orders because you may be able to use your engineering skills to help a poor community. I suppose teaching math or science would be good as well. Actually, even cloistered communities need problem-solving skills when it comes to supporting the community (I was once told that all farmers are engineers of sorts :)).
So in short, I'm sure the opportunities are out there, but they may be somewhat hidden. What I plan to do is get to know various communities and see if there's any way they can use me. :D
You're in my prayers! :gopray2:
That has been my family's concern as well. I have discerned that religious life is the path God wants me to take but I am currently a junior in the aerospace program at my school and still have two more years to go after this one before finishing my degree. But I have learned that God doesn't always uses our gifts, skills, and talents in the typical way. Like you said, problem solving could be the main focus but it could also be used in the prayer life, the logical side of prayer and meditation. St. Thomas Aquinas is the best example of this.
Please pray for me as well as I try to follow God to the right religious community.
God Bless you.
BTW so you know, I am currently 20 yrs old.