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Have I got what it takes for a veterinary career?

A Veterinary Surgeon’s career involves the physical and psychological welfare of animals. In practice this means the prevention and cure of diseases in animals. This can be pets, farm animals, zoological park animals or wild animals. As the practise is very wide most veterinarians specialise in types of animals and that dictates how they practice.

Veterinarians tend not to choose a single type of animal; there is no such thing as a cat vet. They specialise either in domestic which will include the cats as well as gerbils, dogs, hamsters, parrots etc; or they will specialise in wildlife or farm animals. In other words the work is defined as urban or rural.

A Veterinary career normally involves being self-employed in private practise diagnosing and treating illness, prescribing medication, carrying out surgery, administering anaesthetics or taking an X ray. Veterinary surgeons can work in their clients’ homes, farms, barns, stables, wildlife parks or in any environment where animals are found. As an alternative to a self-employed career they can work in the public sector for charities, research centres, pharmaceutical companies or government agencies.

Often they are asked for holistic advice on nutrition, breeding and psychological health. Obviously while skills with animals are important and stem from a love of animals, people skills are also important in a veterinary career. A lot of the work may be reassuring anxious owners, dealing with clients in the middle of the night – the timing of animal medical emergencies cannot be controlled. People skills can be important in dealing with other members of staff such as veterinary nurses or receptionists. There is a certain amount of paperwork involved such as pet passports, records regarding immunisation and controlling and managing infectious outbreaks.

Whatever their level of experience veterinary surgeons rarely live and work a nine to five existence. Many farm vets work in cold wet conditions, lying on cold barn floors helping a calf to be delivered. Exceptional social skills can be called upon especially when a client is upset and stressed because a pet or an investment is at risk. The hours of work especially for a young vet often seriously curtail a social life. Some practices mean a fair amount of travelling

For a career as a Veterinary Surgeon standard university entrance requirements mean good “A” level grades usually in chemistry backed by a secondary science subject usually biology, physics or maths. Most universities demand work experience with animals. Experience on farms is an added advantage especially with lambing or calving. It is not enough to love animals – vets must also understand that commercial priorities can over rule sentiment. Sentiment does not cure animals and often gets in the way of the healing process.

Normally vets work as assistants when starting their practical careers, which allows for a period of adjustment for career development. This covers areas of people skills, management skills and also areas of specialisation.

 

Retail careers advice in changing economic times

Learning how to build and maintain career security in uncertain economic times is a task many of us will have to perfect. Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae may sound like two friends of Mickie Mouse but the takeover of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) and Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) represents one of the largest acts of US government intervention in a private financial company in decades. Ironically, Fanny Mae was part of Roosevelt’s New Deal founded in 1938 to provide liquidity to the housing market. The fallout from their collapse will reverberate around the globe for many years. Certainly, it has contributed to the credit crunch and credit crunches have historically affected career security.

Building career security is a crucial step for all employees. The retail industry employs a large workforce; the shelf stacker, the cashier and the shop assistant front it. However, its back end includes an army of managers, buyers, accountants, and human resource professionals, who often train in retail as a stepping stone for other industries.

Unfortunately, the retail industry bends to consumer and economic trends, a credit crunch affects credit and lack of credit indirectly affects a family’s disposable income. Inflation and higher food prices have not helped that trend. Although people still have to eat they do not have to have new fashion accessories. Many people in the UK have to prioritise their needs when it comes to spending.

Retailers in the last twenty years have had to pare down their profits to maintain sustainability in sales. The Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) report, predicted that by 2014 online sales will represent almost 20% of all retail sales. The creation of better online security and more interactive websites will ensure that online shopping will increase.

However, while being able to purchase your weekly shop online may be labour and time-saving, it may not provide the same ‘retail therapy’; the thrill of seeing an object and having to have it, and the gratification of treating oneself! People love to window shop and many would not dream of risking purchasing an outfit they had not first tried on, or a piece of fruit they had not first felt and smelt.

There will no doubt always be successful retailers and they will continue to adapt to changing economic times and work patterns. Employers are being forced to tackle life-work balance issues that will improve retail career working conditions in an industry long dogged by overwork and underpay at lower levels. While many stores now offer self-serve facilities, retailers will still have to employ increasing numbers of staff to expand their empires; Britain may well remain a nation of shopkeepers’ for a tad longer!

Finding the Flexibility in Top Jobs

With over 5 million people in the UK now choosing to work part time in their career, pursuing a goal of a flexible, but high earning, role is now a slightly easier task.

Chief executives, finance directors and senior lawyers are among those opting for part-time hours, turning traditional employment concepts on their head. It is now more acceptable for those in senior positions to request flexibility in their roles, although the extent of their hours is not always publicised to the rest of the workforce.

While the impact of flexible working for parents continues to be felt, it is not just working mums that are causing the shift. Karen Mattison MBE, the co-founder of Timewise, a recruitment service specialising in skilled part-time positions, explains: “Thirty per cent of our candidates are not mothers, and this figure is growing. They are dads, high-earners who can live on a reduced salary. There are lots of different groups of people who might want to work part-time. Having children is just one of the reasons.”

“Some people are taking part-time careers because they want to set up their own business, go freelance, or need time to care for elderly relatives, and for some, it is a lifestyle choice,” says Ms Mattison. “People feel like they would prefer to have the time than the extra 25 per cent of salary.”

The recession has also had an impact, with employers turning to senior workers to cut costs by going part time. This has made going part time more accessible, and lets businesses find the benefits of part time workers. As Ms Mattison continues, “It enables employers to retain their senior staff. Growing businesses, or those cutting costs, can still access high-level talents on a part-time basis, which they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.”

However, those part timers might not want the rest of the staff to know their working hours in detail. According to a Timewise study, more than a third would never use the word “part-time” to describe their work pattern and one in seven prefers to let colleagues assume that they work full time. The negative connotations of ‘part time’ for colleagues, clients and customers can often mean that the employee doesn’t feel that they are taken as seriously as full timers, and can leave clients feeling that their needs aren’t being met 24/7.

But times are changing, and businesses are seeing the benefits of part time roles, particularly in senior positions. This can create more opportunities for those in the roles to pursue career change, looking at their own lifestyle, mentoring school leavers and much more, while allowing the businesses themselves to benefit from knowledge and experience with a reduction in cost.

 

 

 

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