On the idea that you should not have done your degree if you are not willing to take just any academic job, so long as it is on the tenure track, even a great sacrificer and penitent like César Vallejo did not stay in Lima but went to Paris. This was a career move for it was not true then, nor is it now, that you can develop your poetry just anywhere.
On the idea that you should just go anywhere because “you will change more than you realize over the next ten years,” that is enough to make me say W.H. Auden is right about social science, and psychology is bunk. Tastes and interests can of course develop and change but these are not essential aspects of a personality. And the very first things I liked were not passing interests, and I knew it then.
Every time I encountered one of the main things I like I said, exactly, “This is one of the main things I like.” Before school started and in very early primary school I chose the main three things I liked then and also now, to wit: 1. words and language, comparing meaning across languages; 2. the feeling of expanding knowledge; 3. Madrid.