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Old 04-20-2018, 02:50 AM
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I thought I would make a little post to describe what I do currently and what sort of plans I have for the future.
I'd love to hear about what other users here do or plan in doing.

I currently live in North West England with my parents and older sisters' family, who recently moved in at the start of the year, on a dairy farm.
For as long as I can remember I've been surrounded by animals, which is to be expected on a farm but also because we've never had a length of time without pets. Naturally I'm quite the animal lover and enthusiast.
Currently I work for Greggs, a bakery food retailer, and spend free time on art, learning on my own and being a bit of a procrastinator (that in no way means I'm not a hard worker though, I just need motivation some times '^^).

This year I would like to go back to college and start on animal studies, because I would love to work with animals.
I've actually already been to college, originally when I left high school, to do a year in horticulture and then two years in software development. They have very little to do with each other and, looking back, I really had no idea of what I really wanted to do when I was in high school.
After a few life experiences after leaving college and a chance to grow, think and experience the real world it has opened my eyes/mind and helped me understand that, honestly, the people back in high school definitely pushed me into decisions I didn't like.
(I think this is true for most school leavers. How do they expect 16 year olds to know what they want to do without experiencing the world.)
When I mentioned my plans to my Mum she presented me with a rather large thick book, blacks' veterinary dictionary. (I find it funny how there is a book called greys' anatomy for humans, and now a black veterinary dictionary for animals.)

Sometimes I get a bit to carried away with what I'm writing, I think that happened here. But if anyone here works with animals I'd love to hear about it.
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:42 AM
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Re: Future Plans / What You Do

Goof for you for going back to college!

I got a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science with a major in Biology. I love animals with a passion! But I have yet to find a job working directly with animals. Unfortunately for me if you want to work with animals for a living in Iowa you are either going to have to go to school to be a veterinarian or you get to work on either a cow farm or a kill floor. Vet technicians do get to work with animals but you need a technical degree here for that only 2 years but don't get paid very much. Zoos are an option but there are usually SO MANY applications that you need to have an in or have TONS of exotic animal experience.

The closest I have gotten to working with animals/biology that paid decent was working at an ethanol plant. Ha! I did work in college on a beef farm but it was for grad studies and mostly hard labor, working in fields and hardly any interaction with the cows. Not exactly what I went to school for...

Still, my passion for animals runs deep. Especially birds. I will likely end up being a bird breeder in the coming years -- it is something I am learning more about and becoming very passionate about. And since I have a progressing eye condition and will likely lose my driver's license in a few years it is okay because I can just ooh and ahh at all my baby birds and be my own boss!


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sorry to be snide but. I been there - done that. He with the most toys does not win. I'm going the polar opposite. I want to do as little as possible and make nothing of it.
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Old 04-21-2018, 01:22 AM
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sorry to be snide but. I been there - done that. He with the most toys does not win. I'm going the polar opposite. I want to do as little as possible and make nothing of it.

I'm just tired of having no path. Around where I live there are very few opportunities if you don't have some kind of education or experience. I've been out in the world with no qualifications, looking for work and the best I've gotten after applying for 50-100 applications is serving customers in food retail.
I don't want to get stuck doing that for the rest of my life, I don't actually like talking to people let alone strangers.
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Old 04-21-2018, 01:27 AM
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We all have a path, it may not be the one we envisioned but I believe everything happens for a reason! Thanks for sharing!
That's certainly true. I thought I'd do well in software but it didn't go well. I got a good chance whilst studying too, I was recommended by my tutor to a company running servers in the next city over.
I'd much rather work with animals, even if it's for less money. ^^
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I don't want to get stuck doing that for the rest of my life, I don't actually like talking to people let alone strangers.
hmmm.. someone cleans offices at night. Find out what they are paying someone else to do and undercut the price. That will free you up to explore any and every day or sleep all day and do nothing else except hang out at a zoo.. your choice.

oh wait. England.. uh. ok sorry.. oh wait, just get a one way ticket to the states and overstay your VISA.. best of luck
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sorry to be snide but. I been there - done that. He with the most toys does not win. I'm going the polar opposite. I want to do as little as possible and make nothing of it.

I'm just tired of having no path..
funny comment... I walk down all kinds of different paths everyday. Rudy at Brandywine Park Wilmington DE
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sorry to be snide but. I been there - done that. He with the most toys does not win. I'm going the polar opposite. I want to do as little as possible and make nothing of it.

I'm just tired of having no path. Around where I live there are very few opportunities if you don't have some kind of education or experience. I've been out in the world with no qualifications, looking for work and the best I've gotten after applying for 50-100 applications is serving customers in food retail.
I don't want to get stuck doing that for the rest of my life, I don't actually like talking to people let alone strangers.
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We all have a path, it may not be the one we envisioned but I believe everything happens for a reason! Thanks for sharing!
That's certainly true. I thought I'd do well in software but it didn't go well. I got a good chance whilst studying too, I was recommended by my tutor to a company running servers in the next city over.
I'd much rather work with animals, even if it's for less money. ^^
Sometimes you need to experiment with a few endeavors before settling on a grand compromise. Money vs happiness, and the cliches are endless. Some folks will toil in misery for decades with the hope of enjoying the "golden years." Don't know your age, but my hunch is the younger generations will bias towards a blended approach.

I've been lucky as my core interests have been fulfilled by career. Now considering an early retirement with more emphasis on caring for animals, in and out of my home.
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Re: Future Plans / What You Do

perhaps become an entrepreneur. save some money and invest in yourself. create projects that YOU want to do. buy some land build a farm or sanctuary. I refuse to accept that the only way to become someone in life is to get a degree, just seems way too narrow. watch youtubers that have built their owns projects and are living off it.
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:11 PM
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I'd much rather work with animals, even if it's for less money. ^^
Hmm, wouldn't we all want that but you know that's much easier to say when you're living with your parents.

Others may criticize me for saying this but you need money to live. The better your salary the more comfortable your life is. The better your salary the more likely you will be able to enjoy doing what you want to do....be that volunteering at an animal shelter or rescuing animals yourself or whatever.

If you want to someday actually work with animals and make a decent living from it you need to go back to school. My recommendation would be major in business and eventually get an MBA. Sounds boring I know, but with that business degree and MBA you'll be able you'll go to a bank and get a loan to open your dream business. Even if you decide to work for someone else the MBA is a great tool.

My daughter went to college to become a vet, couldn't get through organic chemistry and eventually changed her major to English with a minor in journalism. Worked for many years in retail (Store managers) and at veterinary clinics as receptionist, non certified vet tech etc. Nothing paid well enough to give her disposable income. Eventually she got an MBA by going to school at night and now she is a Practice Manager at a Vet clinic with three Vets. She is the highest paid employee aside from the doctors. She get's to work with animals, observe surgeries and help out as a tech. She is happy.

If you put yourself in a mindset that you're willing to "settle" for less, you've lost before you've begun. Get back to school!
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