Part of my motivation for creating Try it and See Blog was to explore myself as a working woman and find different paths I can take with my career. Right now, I have a great job. I work for a growing company with people I enjoy, and get paid decently for my line of work. But, something is missing, and I’m hell bent on figuring out what that something is. For now, of course, I’m completely content. But that’s not to say my mood could shift tomorrow and I’ll be itching for something else; something more fulfilling.
It’s funny. We had a “Career Pathing” meeting at work today, where management shared all kinds of opportunities for growth within my company. I was, and am, excited by some of those prospects, and in the short term will probably pursue some of them. But for me, long term, I’m leaning towards a more rewarding career. Something that I will enjoy and will give me daily satisfaction.
This fact may be seemingly unrelated, but I promise it will make sense soon: I love animals – mainly dogs and horses. Not like how all little girls say they love puppies and ponies (though that is how I phrase it most of the time), but I really, truly love and admire the human to companion animal relationship that is formed under the right circumstances. I’ve known for a long time that I want to help create those circumstances and form those relationships somehow. The question now, is how?
The relationship I have with my dog, Jameson, is priceless. He has been a part of my little family for a little over two years now, and it’s just crazy to me how we got to know, love, and trust this creature. We let him into our home and immediately loved and trusted him. He sleeps in our bed. He eats our food. And he has giant teeth and jaws strong as hell. I’ve seen him rip “indestructible” toys apart with hardly an effort, so what makes me think he won’t do the same to me some day? I don’t know. I just know. That’s the beauty of the relationship. There are no words needed. We feed off of each others’ body language and eye contact. I know when he’s hungry, and when he needs to go outside (and why), and when he wants to get under the covers and go to sleep. I want to help others form this strong connection with an animal, so both parties can benefit from it.
I’ve been thinking about a career in the animal care field for quite some time, and I’ve tossed lots of ideas around: Dog daycare, training, rescues, vet tech, canine physical therapist. I’m sure there are more options out there, but my knowledge of the field is sadly limited, even with all the research I’ve done. I went on a few interviews for vet tech positions this year, and came to the conclusion that, while I respect the veterinary field 100%, it is not one I would be happy in. Out of all the other options, I keep coming back to training and daycare. Jameson and I are enrolled in an Intermediate Obedience class at the moment, and so far we love it. He’s a great learner, and we have a lot of fun. I’m going to keep going to class, and maybe even ask the trainer if she’ll let me apprentice with her in a few of her future classes, to see if it is something I would consider for the future. There is a lot of work that goes into canine careers, and sadly, little monetary reward or benefit in most cases, which has been my biggest deterrent. That is one thing I know I’m going to either need to get over, or throw my thoughts of an animal related career out the window.
So, I’ll keep trying, and hopefully, eventually, I’ll see. I’ll keep you posted.