Career destiny, Knowing what you want to achieve will open doors for new opportunities
It is time to go to work. You have been in school for about eight years and within a few months, you will receive your veterinary degree and become a licensed veterinarian. Naturally you are eager to find a job. After all, you have devoted most of your time and effort toward reaching this goal. Just as you have spent a lot of time studying the various subjects in the veterinary curriculum, you will be well served by spending additional time in seeking your first job as a veterinarian.
Each of you will have invested well more than $250,000 in your education, so it is important that you find a position that you can begin to recover your investment. Equally important, it is critical that you find a position that will be rewarding and satisfying to you. There are many factors that you should consider when seeking your first veterinary position. These factors include quality of practice, growth opportunities, type of practice, geographic location and community benefits and services. These factors are reviewed in this article.
What quality of medicine do you want to practice?A desire that frequently is expressed on the resumes of new graduates is that they want to work in a clinic or hospital where high-quality medicine and surgery is practiced. This is a laudable objective. It might be the most important factor in selecting your first job.
"I recommend that you carefully pick your first jobs based on your perception of the quality of medicine practiced there and the positive tone of the owners, associate veterinarians and other staff members," notes Dr. Ross Clark, author and veterinary entrepreneur. "Your level of financial success, as well as the quality of medicine you practice, is very likely to be a mirror image of the first practice."
Adding to Clark's advice, there is empirical evidence that one of the major reasons that new graduates leave their first position is due to dissatisfaction with the quality of medicine practiced. If you truly want to practice quality veterinary medicine, then it behooves you to investigate each of your job opportunities carefully. Unless you are unusually astute, it is unlikely you can do this in a short interview.
From this list of questions, it should be clear that there are many factors that can affect the quality of medicine practiced. If you want to practice high-quality medicine and surgery, you can improve your chances of job satisfaction and success by obtaining appropriate answers to the questions presented above.
What are the opportunities for growth?