To be honest, I think he would have lost his sweet tenure-track professor gig even if he hadn't trooned out. In fact, trooning out may have allowed him to keep it for just a little bit longer, as academia falls all over itself to cater to trans people.You had a good job, Luke. You threw it away because troonery was more important.
I think he managed to do okay in college and grad school because there was enough structure, enough people telling him exactly what he needed to do in order to succeed, and he got the asspats he obviously craves for doing those things reasonably well.
But once he was out of grad school and into an actual job, he was the one who had to create structure for others, tell them what they needed to do in order to succeed, and be the one doling out the asspats to other people for meeting his expectations. And he couldn't handle it. He'd lost his safety net of being told what to do, had to figure it out for himself while not receiving a steady stream of praise for it, and the anxiety that provoked was his undoing.
This was also the time when he was the femme sub in a d/s relationship, and that's not coincidental, IMO. Willing submission to a dominant other of his choosing is his comfort zone, both in and out of the bedroom. He needs to be told exactly what to do and be held accountable, if he's to succeed at all. He's a follower, not a leader, not an independent creator. And he'll be a perfectly good and obedient follower, as long as he also gets to enjoy the illusion that he's part of an accomplished, high-status in-group (such as academia, or in some edgy relationship structure that defies bland, cishet normality).
It's when he's forced to take orders from those he believes are beneath him, or who don't recognize and appreciate his superior intellect, that he resents his role as follower. But he's apparently following orders well enough at his hated $13/hr job, because he's still there, surprisingly.