It may be off-topic, but I'm considering monasticism as well. I've read the Bible, and I've been struck by two passages. One of them is "Ye cannot serve both God and mammon." I've been thinking why I am even going to college, if I'm only going to work for money at a job that my heart is not set on. I'm studying engineering now, and I've liked science, but I don't like math, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to serve people through engineering. If working for the money is serving mammon, then that is not something that I would want to do. I would want to offer a perfect sacrifice to God and give him my whole life, not just a few years at the end of my life. Sorry if I'm rambling here, but another passage that struck me is " He who loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me." What would that mean anyway? I've been thinking about monasticism since I was 17. I'm 19 and will be turning 20 this May. I know this will come as a shock, but I have Asperger's Syndrome, but I am trying my best to overcome my autism. Is it possible for a man on the autistic spectrum to be a monk? I've told my mother once, but she thinks that it is just a fantasy, and I've told a therapist, but she thinks that I should wait until I've had a taste of the world. I just don't know if I really could be saved in the world, because I feel like I'm pipes that should be carrying water, but are full of sewage. I can't clean out this sewage on my own, or even if I turn on the water of the sacraments, but if I work in the monastic life, where I would be exposed to the sacraments and work, I might be able to clean myself up, God helping. Again, forgive me if I have said too much or something irrelevant.
From what I understand, monasteries in the Coptic Church at least, do like people of all varieties of expertise, not merely people who come to the monastery after quitting their education. You'll never know when your fellow monks will need your expertise for their own monastery's benefit (like being a civil engineer for a new building project in the monastery grounds or expansion). I think it's certainly beneficial to finish your studies, work to get an experience, and live your present life as if you're already a monk, as well as consult with your spiritual father.
Yes, whenever a physician or an R.N. becomes a monk, that can be a real blessing for the monastery.
Even a trade can help, such as a tailor. Monks always need raissas.
Currently, I am learning to make inner and outer raissas. People who have served an apprentice have an advantage over those who have not. Learning the fine details like hand stitching, correct use of hair canvas, interlinings and cotton stay tape, and how to use a clapper and tailor's ham really make a difference on how a garment fits and most importantly, its durability.