Need help deciding
I have no idea what to do after college. I debated on whether to be a zoologist and study animals in their natural habitats or be a wildlife conservationist and help endangered animals by working at a rehabilitation center or something. Any advice on which to pick like pros and cons ? thanks
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Congratulations on being interested in finding the right career to follow.. It takes a special person to enter into a specific career field and meet the demands which that career area presents. The first step is to get to know yourself to see if you share the personality traits which make one successful in that area. The next step is doing networking to meet and talk to and possibly shadow people doing what you might think that you want to do to see if this is something that you really want to do, as a career area could look much different on the inside than it looks from the outside. When I was doing college recruiting, I encountered too many students, who skipped these important steps, and ended up in a career/job for which they were ill suited.
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Have you done any internships or volunteering in those fields? Getting hands on experience will help you make a decision on the pros and cons. When working in natural habitats, you may have long days in harsh conditions, camping, lots of work and small of amounts of data, remote locations, and long hikes. If your natural habitats (or habitat of interest) are urban areas, you may have to learn how to navigate permits, work around other people and schedules that are set for you based on city regulations, and learn how to navigate government regulations. Working in zoos and rehab centers also come with their own set of rules and regulations. The schedules may be more consistent, but you also have ups and downs. There is generally a large public education component. In rehab, not all animals may make it successfully, which can be mentally exhausting. In zoos, you work with the same animals on a regular basis and build relationships with them, learning more about the species which helps contribute to conservation.
Janine recommends the following next steps:
The decision is all up to you , to truly understand what your pros and cons would be you have to experience both of your career paths that you want to take so a internship or volunteering would help well for you.