I am working full-time as a User Experience Architect/Designer. After finishing high school around a year ago, I joined a big startup here in India. Earlier, I had planned to take up this field academically as well. I started doing freelance design work 2009/2010. But, I got bored of it quickly. All problems seem too easy and/or poorly defined.
College is something I wasn't initially planning to go for — huge costs, and not enough incentive for me as I already am working full-time and know what I need to know to advance in the field of UX. I do, however, maintain many interests like most type 5's — psychology, philosophy, maths, and computer science, among others. I might take a SAT sometime soon. I was aiming for US initially but my high school grades were low, and education is way too costly over there. I don't want to live in debt.
Most of my time goes to my full-time job. Whatever remains of the 24 hours is distributed very unevenly between learning and sleeping. I buy a lot of books, and lose interest after reading somewhere around 25% of any. Also, I don't know if it is a common problem, but I have trouble retaining the specifics of what I read and hear. I can recall the concepts at a very abstract level easily, but I keep forgetting names and details all the time. Does anyone else suffer the same? As much as I love theory, I have difficulty learning purely by abstractions.
My sleep schedule is messed up. I go to sleep near dawn and wake up before noon.
After typing this, I am inclined to think we should have a book recommendation thread for people like ourselves. I have observed from the INTP forums that people with 5wx tend to have very similar patterns in what they prefer to read, how they synthesise it, and form models of it.