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How can I pursue a career and continue to further develop my skills in hobbies that I am passionate about.

I want to become a veterinarian, but I heard that being in that particular field can be kind of time consuming. I just wanted to know how careers affect ones personal life. #career #time-management #hobbies #personal-development #career-details

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Harold’s Answer

Having a hobby or personal time for self-development is as important as having a career. You do not need to compromise one over the other. I am a Corporate Accountant in Treasury by trade but take dance classes in my spare time. I have even done amateur performances which also require dedication, effort, and time. A work-life balance is extremely important in your overall health physically and mentally.
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Rachel’s Answer

Just make sure you make time for everything, both work and hobbies are important. What you need is time management - <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>



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Susan’s Answer

Having a hobby is a great way to take a break from your career or job. Or you can turn your hobby into a career or job. I work in the IT / computer industry and I am on the computer almost all day long. At the end of the day I just want to turn off and do something totally different. One of my hobbies is crocheting. I find it to be very relaxing and I have many opportunities to create items such as clothing, gifts, blankets for friends and family. I also crochet baby afghans and donate them. At one point, I was paid to crochet blankets for people; but I found I did not enjoy that as much because I had deadlines. I much preferred to work at my own pace. The point is, you have to decided how important your hobby is to you and what you want to get out of it -- a new career, a release, meeting new people. If you cannot let your hobby interfere with your career, set some goals for your hobby (like how much time or money you would like to devote to it) and work to meet those goals.
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Ayanna E.’s Answer

Hi Kolbi, congrats on your desire to become a veterinarian - that's a great field! You are correct that it is time-consuming. As with any course of study, especially in the medical field, that line of work takes a tremendous amount of time and study on your part.


With today's technology, you can still pursue other skills and hobbies. Lynda.com, Edx.com, and Coursera, offer free and low cost classes of all types that you can spend a few hours a week working on. If you have a hobby that is sports or outdoor related, that's a great way to spend time outside and enjoy what you love.


But just know that there will be a period of time where you will have to be totally devoted to your studies as a vet. I would be misleading you if I didn't honestly say, you may not be able to pursue vet school studies and learning a completely new skill on the side at the same time.


Perhaps you can consider what your hobbies and passion are exactly and see how that can become a potential career.


I hope that helps! Best of luck to you!

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Justina’s Answer

With any medical field, getting your degree and license/certification will be time consuming. You will be in school for a while, and studying a lot and possibly doing rotations at a hospital. Keep that in mind, do some research. At the end of the day, it will be up to you if all that time dedicated to pursue the career is worth it to you. Is it what you want to do? Will you feel fulfilled? Will you enjoy it day to day?

There are some people who can still manage to have time to themselves for their personal life and hobbies even with a busy schedule or work that takes more than 40 hours a week. If you end up choosing a career that has demanding hours, set boundaries where possible. for example, your boundary could be that no matter how busy work gets you always make time for the gym. Time management is key, and making sure that you do not compromise on your core values.

Otherwise, if you think it might be hard to manage your personal life with a job that is very time consuming. See if theres a similar career that will take up less time. Or often times, the further you get in your career the more flexible your job can become. Although early in your career you could be spending 50-60 hours a week working, as you get promoted and advance in your career you may find yourself in a position that only takes 40hours a week.
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