Switch Career Paths

4 Mar

Less like paths and more like swimming across an ocean and climbing a mountain, maybe two mountains.

I was always wanting to be a vet from the time I was little, all through grade school, and even in college and beyond.  And that didn’t work out. And I have many things to say about how I would have been great, should have gotten in to vet school, should have been able to get a loan or cosigner to attend vet school when I did finally get in…  How people got in that shouldn’t have.  How coworkers of mine gamed the system or just had more money/opportunity so they got in over me.  But this post is not about that (though the sentiments still stand).

It works out now.  I never thought I would feel that way.  But now work-life balance, my relationship, my home, fun activities–those are all really important to me.  My life is a lot better now than it would be if I was consumed by my work.  And I don’t see any other way to be a good, caring vet then to be invested in your work, patients, and clients most of the times.  I wouldn’t be able to just put it out of my mind.  I’d be preoccupied with cases, the stresses of what to prepare for daily, and what to finish.  And if I was a vet I would be mostly working, or tired from work.    It would be never-ending, all work, work, work.  I’m glad that’s not my life.  Now.

At the time, and when it was all falling apart, that’s all I wanted.  And understand, I would have made it work!

But after going after one thing for so long, everything pointed toward that thing:  My degree, my experience, all my jobs, the things I knew, the skills I had–pretty much all geared toward that failed dream.  You can’t just jump right into something else.  Or anything else.

It was difficult to decide what to do–I wasn’t really interested in anything else.  And it was hard to sell a resume full of vet-preparation to ANY other job.  I had a big challenge getting out of that field.  I worked at the YMCA, a lab, then had to go back to a vet hospital for lack of anything else at the time.  It sucked.  Then I did healthcare call center.  And I was really good at that.  But I didn’t like that much structure and micromanagement.  And now I really like my Insurance Analyst job:  Not client-facing, no phones either, autonomy, detail-oriented, helps people still.

But it took from 2012 to 2020 to get into anything (stable) aside from vet hospitals or animal-related stuff.  That’s 8 years!  Of actively trying to get into any other job.  That’s crazy.  It’s so weird to think about.  Anyway, that is all, just everything in my life had to change.  And I was upset at everything being thrown away, no dream/goal accomplished, so much time wasted, so many things I should have been doing instead…  But I’m happy now, not burned out like I might be.

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