Ever since I was about 6 years old, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I never had another career in mind. In 2007 I got my foot in the door at a veterinary clinic, intending to spend 6-9 months in the kennel then move up to a Veterinary Assistant.
Nearly 7 years later, I’m still in the kennel. Why? At some point along the line, I decided that I didn’t want to be a vet. I’m not sure exactly why…perhaps just because I really don’t want the pressure of a life in my hands. I still have a passion for animals, but at some point I lost interest in being a doctor.
This is Tipp City Veterinary Hospital. It’s a family owned business, and probably the biggest vet clinics in my area. I’ve been there since April of 2007! I’m a Shift Leader (aka supervisor) in the Lodging Department (aka kennel). Basically, I take care of the animals that are boarding. Feed them, walk them, administer medication. We have something called Group Play: a bunch of dogs in one area playing together. (We have a special evaluation to make sure they’re approved for it – if you know anything about animals, you know that two strange dogs together can be a potentially disastrous situation.) In short, I get paid to play with dogs! It’s awesome sometimes and awful others (dogs can be assholes, too!). It’s stressful like any other job, but I feel like it’s one of the more meaningful jobs. To many people, dogs are like children! It’s very important to them for their pet to get quality care while they’re away. So it is fulfulling at times!
What I like: The animals, obviously. It’s why I picked the field! I don’t like dogs as much as I used to (boy, working there has really schooled me on what breeds I would never own), but I’m still passionate about animals. Especially cats ;) I love some of the clients we get, because they’re passionate about animals too, and there’s the occasional client that I’ve built a relationship with and we connect over that passion.
What I don’t like: Working with people and having to work in the winter time. Because whatever temperature it is outside, it’s probably about that inside the kennel area. The ‘houses’ where the dogs are have heat and AC, but the main area doesn’t. So it gets cold. Plus, we have to walk dogs in the snow. I despise the cold, guys!
My dream job(s)
It was a very long time before I finally settled on a career choice. Many things have crossed my mind, but nothing really stuck.
To tell you the truth, my dream job has always been this:
To train orcas. I looooove orcas, they’re beautiful and fascinating! I really wanted to do this someday, but you have to be a marine biologist. That is so not want I want to do (umm, snore)! So there went that. *sigh*
Other careers that have crossed my mind:
- Skydive instructor – when I went skydiving, my instructor told me he gets $30 per jump, with anywhere from 1-10 jumps per day (up to $300 in one day?!). Get paid to jump out of a plane? Hell yeah!
- Stunt car driver – I know it sounds crazy. But I love driving and I already drive like a maniac, so why not? I don’t want to do something average.
- Race car driver – I was actually planning to buy myself a compact to race at our local track when I was old enough to get my license, but I kind of drifted away from my interest in racing.
- Storm chaser – another crazy one, but I used to be obsessed with the movie Twister. Storms fascinate me and the danger appeals to the adrenaline junkie in me!
- Editor – This is a recent one. I’m not interested enough to pursue it, but it would be cool!
Now, I’ve finally settled on a career in web design.
I want SO badly to work for myself. I basically make my own schedule right now – I picked the days and hours I wanted to work, and I can get just about any time off I want – but it’s not enough for me. I want to work from home. I hate getting up early to go to work. I hate driving in the snow. I’m not a good follower, nor do I play well with others. ‘Worker’ jobs expect you to schmooze and kiss ass. I am not a good ass kisser. I can’t be fake with people I don’t want to work with, and I don’t take orders well (especially since I know what I’m doing….I’ve been doing it 7 years for Christ’s sake). I don’t want to have to work with people I don’t like and act as if I actually do like them (because if I don’t pretend and join the ass-kissing party, I have an ‘attitude’). I want to do whatever the hell I want, when I want to, with no one micro-managing me or telling me how to do my job. I want to be my own boss.
I love making things for my blog, and I feel like I could pick up quickly on building websites. I have pretty good knowledge in simple HTML, and I taught myself what I know so far. I want to self teach if possible; I’ve got plenty of books for it and am going to start learning! I’d like to avoid going to school if I can because it’s so costly. We will see :)
Your turn! Make your own post telling everyone what your career is or what you want it to be, and link up! I encourage you all to participate!
Ideally, I want this to become meme style with many other bloggers participating so we can learn more about as many bloggers as possible! I’m sure it will take some time, but I hope you guys will be interested in joining.