Want to be a doctor- but worry I can't do it/not smart/feeling overwhelmed

posted 1 year ago in College
Post # 91
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Busy bee

blueberrycupcake28 :  What I wish I’ve said/my actual feelings- I love animals, and more specifically, I love helping animals. I also love helping and working with people. Veterinary medicine combines those two things, and allows me to help in a practical way. Or something along those lines.

It’s great you said that during the interview. If you haven’t yet sent them a thank you email yet, you can mention/reiterate those reasons as reasons that you want the job and let them know that you are looking forward to hearing back about the job!

https://www.askamanager.org/2012/06/thank-you-notes-theyre-not-about-thanking-anyone.html

 

I called and talked to my sister afterwards, and she asked me if I was interested in the job. I told her it was funny, because it didn’t really seem like a job. It more seemed to be like volunteering on steroids. So it seems weird to be like, I want to work there, when it doesn’t seem like work. She was like “Yes, you want that job then.” 

I completely agree with your sister! This sounds like a really good fit! Hoping you get it! πŸ€žπŸΌπŸ€πŸ€žπŸΌ

Post # 94
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Busy bee

blueberrycupcake28 :  Congrats! I’m so happy for you, and I think you’ll be great at this! Seems like an amazing opportunity, too πŸ˜€

Post # 96
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I think getting a job in whatever field you want to ultimately pursue is definitely the smartest thing to do.  Yes a pay cut sucks, but if you can make it work, the experience will be invaluable.  

So, long-term, do you see yourself being a dentist or a vet?  (Or tech in those fields, or whatever)

Post # 98
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Blushing bee

You should be more committed to what you choose and stop being so wishy washy. Also, things are a true “pay cut” if you are staying in whatever your current industry is and you are doing comparable work. You aren’t here. You are changing industries and starting new, so of course you may have a different wage rate than before…. 

Your career dreams are so broad right now… veterinarian… or nurse… or psychologist… or teacher? … How are you going to handle going to grad schools or specialized schools where there will be so many other students who will be even more passionate about the field than you? Are you just going to give up? 

If you finally decided that vetenary science is for you, stick with it…. 

Post # 99
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Bumble bee

If you definitely don’t want to do anything in the dental field long-term, then don’t take the dental job.  Particularly not one where the staff are all walking on eggshells around the dentist.  If you’re absolutely in love with the veterinary job, then take it, pay cut and all.  I get that being financially stable is important and sometimes people need to choose a slightly less ideal position in order to be financially secure or provide adequately for their family, but in this particular scenario it’s not even a contest.  Take the job in the field you like with the colleagues you like, not the job in the field you hate with the horrible boss.

Post # 102
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree you seem to be rather unfocused, but I can also understand that 8+ years of school and heavy debt can be awful. Have you thought about staying in “animal” industry where you can be the boss like you want, but not going through vet or med school?

Such as one day open your own kennel or dog grooming business. I read about how someone opened their own pet sitting business, starting with the Rover app, and now makes $80k/yr. Start a non-profit for rescue animals. Animal therapist, or animal trainer. Stuff like that. Plenty of jobs that you can own your own business or become a consultant. 

And trust me, I get it. I had some dream jobs but had a kid young, wasn’t feasible to chase after low paying jobs. So I took a higher paid job, and get fulfillment outside of my 9-5. You could do a well paying 9-5 and volunteer at a low income clinic, with pets, or any number of ways. And gain that respect by being a senior volunteer that knows everything and is super helpful to the people in the clinic. I always say I sit and stare at the computer screen all day so one day my son can go after any job he wants, not because it’s my dream. 😜 but I do get fulfillment of being an enterprenuer and humanitarian activities with my volunteer work and side hustles, even if they aren’t my 9-5.

Post # 103
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

kw617 :  This reminds me! One of my former colleagues loved to bitch about how her mom was a dog groomer and made more money than she did with her Masters in Counseling and how she “went into the wrong field” haha! 

My original advice to OP still stands, be open-minded and explore all the options during your journey instead of fixating on just one end goal. 

Post # 104
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

blueberrycupcake28 :  WB ate my post 😑

As a veterinarian I would not recommend my profession to anyone. If I could go back I would be a dentist or a medical doctor (sorry that’s probably not helpful to you!). burnout is incredibly high and salaries are low and debt is high. If you are in the USA, vet school will likely cost $250,000. Unfortunately associate salaries are low, most are under $70,000 and many many many of my friends and classmates have a huge difficulty paying off their loans. I love what I do, but I graduated with much less debt (still paying it off) and I’m in a niche area where I earn much higher than the national average as a general practitioner based on my post-doctoral experience. 

I would highly recommend Veterinary technician specialist, if you live in an area where there are speciality/24 h hospitals. I have several friends who are techs that specialized (ie surgery, anesthesia, critical care) and earn $65,000+ and now work 8-4 Monday to Friday type schedules. They get to nearly do everything the vet would do (except operate, diagnose and formulate the treatment plans), they also interact far less with the public and spend all their time with the animals. A vet tech specialty is no walk in the park though! And you’d need to be in an area with speciality work to be feasible. Feel free to PM me if you have questions!

Post # 105
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Blushing bee

blueberrycupcake28 :  Just to note re debt, a lot of careers, doctors/lawyers/vets/dentists/etc. will cause you to be in debt, unless you have people paying that debt off for you, you are in the small percentage that get ridiculous amounts of money, etc…. While you should definitely consider debt possibilities in choosing careers, you should also use that analysis to determine whether you are willing to take on debt to pursue a dream career. 

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