Reaching a Decision
You know what you want to be. It's a powerful feeling knowing what you want to do in life. “A friend once told me that, ‘I can sell anything as long as I believe in it,’” says Vermeeren. “I think that sentiment can be applied above and beyond sales. You want to be wholly involved. You want to believe in the mission statement and customer service values, and you want to make sure they are congruent with the way you represent yourself in the marketplace.”
Surround yourself with people who support your decision and offer you encouragement. Having a network of family and friends to lean on makes any process easier to handle.
With a clear focus, you can put all of your energies into having a career working with animals. While you are in school, your interests can change. “Don't be too concerned,” says Dr. May. “Your knowledge, experience, and skills are always transferable. Learning is time well spent, and working with animals is being in an environment where you are constantly learning.”
“I changed careers midway, and I am pleased with my decisions,” she says. “When I worked with horses, I was happy. When I changed careers to work with the American Veterinary Medical Association, I was equally thrilled. We change, and so do our desires and needs. So, being open to all job opportunities is important.”