One of our goals for moving to Arizona was to go after our dreams in all aspects of our lives…especially our careers. This is something I’ve struggled on for months. “What is my dream job? What do I want to do?” My first thought was doing something in social media. My next thought, “I have no actual education in this field. How do I make this happen?” Soon enough I found that getting into the field was going to be a serious challenge. Most every posting required a bachelor’s degree or some other roadblock. I became disheartened, but kept looking. In the meantime I’ve continued using my acquired degree in the veterinary field as a registered veterinary technician in the practice setting as I’ve done over the past 10 years.
Several years ago I stepped away from working as a full-time technician for many reasons. Since starting back as a full-time technician I’m reminded on a daily basis why I originally stepped away from the field. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being a technician and believe that most people would say that I excel at my career, but it comes along with much more than people can imagine. With that being said, I kept my eyes, ears, and mind open to possibilities that may come my way. And yes, I even recited, “At this moment I am attracting the right career that’s perfect for me,” on a daily basis.
I have been pretty frank in regards to the challenges we’ve faced in the 6 months since we began our Arizona Adventure. It hasn’t been easy, but we’ve kept our chins up and kept the love and positive energy flowing. We knew our time would come. I think that time is just beginning. I’ve been pretty hush hush about some personal things lately because A) I didn’t want to jinx it. B) I need to be professional and keep some things private (we’ve all heard the horror stories when it comes to social media/job searches, right?) But the time has finally come that I get to share: D and I are both in the midst of some big career changes. Hooray!
D has worked in customer service in the corporate setting is heading back into the field. This takes him out out of the elements, is much kinder to his body, and a bit higher paying. In addition, his band is currently in the studio recording and they hope to begin playing shows and touring in the near future.
As for me, I’ve been through 2 interviews, had some interesting learning experiences, and had several “aha!” moments within the past week. Thanks to the heads up from Eric, I applied for an entry level social media position. To my surprise they contacted me for an interview. Almost simultaneously I was contacted by a large corporation for an interview for a position that would put my veterinary technician degree to use, but in a different way. As always I went into both situations with an open mind and as prepared as I could be.
My first interview was with the large corporation. I walked away excited about the position and pumped that I kicked butt in the interview. When it came to the social media interview I felt intimidated going into the interview but presented myself in the best way I could. I was genuine and remained true to myself. I realized quickly I wasn’t going to rock the interview but walked away with my head held high. It was a wonderful learning experience and I am proud of myself for willing to go after it and put myself out there. Like every other experience in our lives, I know in my heart this interview was placed in my life for a reason. It was my sign that although I love social media now is not the time for me to go that route professionally. I have since accepted the position with the large corporation and am stoked to start later this month. In a nutshell, I will be assisting their team of veterinarians who oversee pet quality and education throughout all of their stores. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to use my degree in a different capacity than I have ever done before and in a totally different setting as well.
I’ve never been lost along this journey but am more than willing to admit at times I’ve have found myself confused as to what direction I need to go. Throughout the past several months I’ve taken a step back from my “buzzbomb mode”, started paying more attention to my surroundings, being less judgmental and more accepting of people and situations. In return I’m repeatedly reminded with small signs that the universe is moving.
I’m still learning the balance between “go go go” and “relax, let things fall into place”. Progress does take hard work and determination. However, I also need to understand and accept that life needs to fall into place and not be forced.
Is this my dream job? I don’t know. What I do know is that it feels right. I’ve been living my life for 29 years and as with every new day, this is only the beginning.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)