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I love animals and I'm a creative person. What career is best for me?

Hi! I'm really interested in animals and biology. I have tried 2 entrance exams already , but I did not get selected. I am really clueless now as I don't know what to do. I'm also a creative person and enjoy art and even interior designing.

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Molly’s Answer

Hi Lilly,

I can't really speak to the animal/biology part of your question. But I can tell you that there are great careers for creative people. You could work at an advertising agency as a copywriter or an art director. Coming up with the look and feel, or the content, for websites or digital ad campaigns. You could also consider being a copywriter or art director/creative for companies that are close to your heart (chewy.com or something similar).

You could also check with local animal shelters to see if they'll let you work on some marketing efforts for them to help build out a portfolio.

Just a few thoughts. Best of luck!

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Charl’s Answer

Hi Lilly!

I have the same passions as you!

It is heartwarming to see a student looking at careers where you can actually use your passion. Molly Sly has given you a good response, so I’m just going to add a few pointers.

The first will be to NEVER give up on your dream career. There are different paths to reach a career, as well as great alternatives with the same career profiles.

Secondly, have a look at this link to help you get started:
https://onezootree.co.za/careers-with-animals/dream-career-according-to-interests-or-talents/career-with-animals-using-art-and-design-talents/

They have 33 kinds of career profiles where you can use your design or artistic talents while working with animals. And the list keeps on expanding, which means there are a lot of opportunities for you! I personally use my art/design skills to create animal-related websites. They also have a separate category of careers that focuses on media, news, film and photography which includes the design of things like online magazines and books.

There are even a few where you can use your creative skills and combine them with your interest in biology. For example, scientific illustrators sketch animals for scientists to use as references. Their skills are in great demand, especially if you combine them with IT skills (using software to sketch in 3D).

Thirdly, if you do have to study further for an art/design career, you don’t always have to study at places that are expensive. Look out for places that offer short courses to fill the gap. In most cases, you might also be able to intern or even do a part-time job, and then use that income to pay for your studies.

Lastly, here are the basic steps you can take to choose and prepare for a career:

Charl recommends the following next steps:

Do your homework! Read as much as you can on the career(s) you are interested in so that you know all the pros and cons.
Prepare! Try to align your high school subjects with the career requirements. Talk to your parents and school counselor about the choices.
Gain knowledge! If you want to work with animals, try to learn as much as possible about each species. Learn how their bodies are put together and how they behave.
Gain experience! This is VERY important. Most places of employment will require experience in working with animals, especially if you want to specialize in animal art and design.
Network! Join websites, online groups and organizations such as clubs or nature societies that regularly talk about the animals and/or career.
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Amanda’s Answer

Hey Lilly! If you love animals and you like to be creative, maybe consider being a pet groomer. You'd get to work with dogs, directly impact their health and wellness by caring for them, you can educate pet parents on the best products for their pets, and do something creative - especially if you became comfortable with it and decided to participate in competitions or dog show events. I know that you mentioned interest in Veterinary work, and as others have said, continue weighing your options! But I was a dog groomer during college and I made a livable wage and really enjoyed it until I was able to get into doing the work that I preferred long-term.
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