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what career path would suit me

i reallly like to teach people things but i also like to help animals and people but i can't choose a career path. #career-paths #career-path #career-paths

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Wendy’s Answer

Abigail,

You're off to a great start! It all starts with figuring out what makes you happy, and the rest will truly fall into place. All you have to do is continue to follow your heart and follow what makes you feel good.

And the good news is, you don't have to pick just one! If you like teaching people and also helping animals, you could find a way to do them both! Maybe you start by volunteering at animal shelters and you become someone who teaches others how to care for the animals. Maybe you work with therapy animals and then help disabled persons adopt and learn to live life with a therapy animal.

When you know that teaching people and helping animals both interest you, make it a point to try different jobs or volunteer work that explores both of those things, and see what comes your way. You'll find that all you have to do, is start. Once you get started, you'll quickly begin to learn what you do like, what you don't like, and what you want to learn more about. From there, your path is endless! Follow your heart, truly.

Wishing you the best and hope that helps!
Thank you comment icon thank you so much for the help those are some option i never even thought of Abigail
Thank you comment icon You are so welcome! Wendy Jettmar
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Kate’s Answer

Hi Abigail! What a wonderful thing to have at least two passions! I always like to encourage people to keep their funnel wide as far as possibilities for the future, but to focus on specific next steps/options. Reading your question I immediately had a vision of you as a future faculty at a vet program, teaching on the topic of animals! Or as someone who facilitates awareness trainings on how to properly care for animals on behalf of a nonprofit who fundraises in the name of ethical treatment of animals. There are so many ways you can combine those two passions. My recommendation for narrowing your specific next step is to identify if there is one set of skills that is most likely to allow you to write and rewrite your career path as many times as you want. For example, if you pursue a teaching degree you'll have the basic skills to know how to teach and can later pick your focus of specialty. On the other hand, maybe you know you want to be an expert in a field related to animals and want to be known for that, and then can later figure out who/where you teach (formal classes, guest speakers, advocacy, etc). I myself know I love to teach and facilitate learning, so I focused on those skills first and now can apply those skills across many topics/audiences. I hope that helps!
Thank you comment icon thank you so much Abigail
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Alex’s Answer

Hi there!

It's awesome that you know some of the things you'd like to do! I would recommend getting hands on experience in what interests you. For example, if you like teaching people, maybe you can mentor younger students at your school or try out being a camp counselor. I would also agree with the other answer about volunteering at an animal shelter or at a vet's office. You could even shadow the technicians and doctors at the vet's office. Dog walking or pet sitting could combine both your passions while you're in school too.
Thank you comment icon thank you i have been considering dog walking but then we were put into a lockdown so i aim to do something after the lockdown Abigail
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Hury’s Answer

Hello Abigail!

That is amazing that you like to teach people and also want to help animals. I think that you have to think about what do you see yourself doing in a day in and day out in about 10 years from now. It is possible that you can pursuit a teaching major and in the weekends you volunteer in a shelter and help animals or that you pursuit a Veterinarian career and volunteer teaching during your time off, either way you can do both. However, when you think about which route to go, pick that one you feel very passionate about.

I hope this helped!

Good luck to you!
Thank you comment icon thank you for your help it is making my life alot less stressful Abigail
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Daniel’s Answer

I recommend you consider joining the military. There are so many opportunities for you here, It is one of the most honorable things you can do and it comes with a lot of benefits. They will train you in what field you want to go in and it can be valuable in the civilian world. You can go to college afterwards and it will be paid for. You can stay in and you will see so many interesting places and make some of the best friends you could think of. Some of my friends are into real-estate so they do that on the side others do stocks others stream video games. The opportunities are endless.
Thank you comment icon thanks for the advice I'll consider it Abigail
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Kathy’s Answer

Take an online survey!

Search up your question in Google and so many surveys come up to help you narrow it down. Cross-reference your answers, and then, you should try to gain some experience to see what you like through volunteering, internships, or shadow-work. Good luck!
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Teri’s Answer

That is awesome! I think it's great that you have a passion for teaching. A couple ideas come to mind. You could be a school teacher, work within an organization and train new hires their culture and processes, work at a zoo and do tours while teaching about the animals. Sky is the limit. Stay focused on your passion and interest. Be known for your work ethic and drive and you will do great!
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Matthew’s Answer

Pick what you're passionate about. Whatever you choose to do, if you don't have passion for it then it will be difficult to sustain.
Thank you comment icon thanks for the advice! Abigail
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Rodrigo’s Answer

Hi Abigail

You can study something of social studies, there some career in that field that let you know to develop project to help people or animals , and can techa you how you can build those project and to study the causes that some social environments could have, or maybe you can study vet if you are very interested in animals and matters like biology.
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Simeon’s Answer

It sounds like you would like to work in non-profits related to animals. There are a lot of options from animal shelters, adoptions agencies, and governmental groups related to animal care and abuse-prevention. Many of these jobs involve teaching people the proper care and respect for animals. I totally agree with Wendy's answer that the more practice and hands-on experience you get, the more able you will be to see what is the best fit for you.
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Terence’s Answer

First, it's great that you're thinking through what areas interest you and what you're passionate about. The other thing is that the 2 areas you talk about could easily be blended. Why not teach or educate people about animals?

I would suggest you continue to think through and refine what interests you personally and professionally. As you gain more exposure to different areas, you may find specializations or areas that really hits a sweet spot with you. Continue to refine and learn more about the fields you pursue, be conscious of roles that tie to your personality. If you like to teach and help people, what aspects of that appeal to your personality? Do you find satisfaction in helping people understand things or do you enjoy the aspects of learning new concepts to pass onto others? Is it the aspects of public speaking and communications?

Blending these things together can helps shape your career path. As you gain more exposure to different areas, you'll be able to take them into account against your interests and your skillsset. These can be used to adjust your career path as you evolve.
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Beth’s Answer

Abigail, I think it is wonderful that you have a focus on what you are passionate about as a student. I would look to get either a part time job or volunteer at a zoo, kennel, veterinarian office to get exposure to the day to day care of animals. This will help you to decide if you would like to become an expert where you can either work with them daily, work in an organization where you can teach others about a specific animal, etc. You may want to look into working at/volunteering at a barn - there are opportunities (and schools) that you can learn how to be an instructor to teach others how to ride. There are also programs that you can help individuals with disabilities work with horses. You are then teaching, helping your community and working with animals at the same time. I would also look into opportunities where you volunteer your time and find those that you can get in front of others to build your communication and presentation skills. Good luck to you!
Thank you comment icon thank you Beth Abigail
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Carol’s Answer

Hi Abigail - those are some great passions you have! Perhaps a direction can be animals or people focused non profit organizations where you can directly contribute to the cause as well as educate/spread the words to the broader public. With that said, while you're still in school, try to volunteer and work at places that aligned with your passions to see if that's really the type of work you'd like to pursue longer term. Good luck!
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