How do I know what career is for me? Ive had my mind set on being a veterinarian but as Ive gotten older i feel drawn to serving others. What career could help me fulfill my calling?
I feel like i should giving a veterinarian a shot since its been my plan since a child. In the last year or so I've been reconsidering being a veterinarian because I really enjoy making others peoples lives easier. I just dont know what career to go into and what would satisfy my need to help others.
Katie Manderson, MA, ACC
The beautiful thing about being young is that you can try a bunch of different things out to see what works; by getting internships or volunteering. There is so much that you could to do to help be of service to others by looking at where else veterinarians work other than at a private practice. Maybe go to an animal shelter and volunteer there and see what the vets do there. I would also say informal interviews are going to be your friend here. Ask a bunch of people what they do (and pro-tip: People love to talk about themselves) and find out what drives them. What got them into that field? I think you also need to look within yourself and find out what does being of service mean to you. When do you feel that you are the most in service? Is there a career that you can make out of that? The world is your oyster, explore! And the other thing is a lot of us have followed different career paths to get where we are. Most people don't go in a straight line, so it is ok to try things for a few years and if you realize that job isn't for you how do you then move to do something with the skill set that you have built! Most people have many careers in life, so you may find one that works for a bit and then need to do something else for a variety of reasons. Just because you start in one place doesn't mean you won't end up in another! Good luck and you got this!
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My advice, do no limit yourself. Your passionate is serving others, find a career that aligns with that. Another thing is, it’s okay if after a year that’s not you anymore. As Michelle Obama stated in her memoir, each day we are becoming. We are never just one thing. So be a Veterinarian, work for a non-profit, becoming certified nurse assistant, become a dental hygienist, or whatever my align with you today.
Do not be afraid to try something new or change. Do not place yourself in a box. You are meant for greatness.
Sudeep Anavankot Mohandas DBA CPF
By asking yourself these question, you will slowly be able to zoom in to having a better understanding of who you are and where you plan to do. Please also recognise that in life, that we could move onto something else mid-way. That is possible but right now, if you go along this path chances are you will eventually pick up the tools of how to manage a similar situation later in your career or life.
All the best!
Julia E.’s Answer
Anthony Sharp - The Edutainer (HE He/Him/His)
Veterinarian is a great field. You get to help animals. This is a way of helping people in keeping their family members around. Do you want to help people in this way or with other areas of their life?
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