Working while studying
"You need experience or you will never get a job!", "you need money to survive!", "you need to make contacts or you wont be able to write your dissertation!" Have you ever had so many different advices thrown at you, you barely knew where to start? That's how I felt a little bit about working outside uni.
From day 1 we were told, as newly minted university students, that we needed a part time job related to veterinary medicine, if we were ever to get a job when we were finished. But how to catch one of these elusive jobs and how important is it really?
FIRST DAY AT THE HOSPITAL
I was very lucky to get my first job. One evening I was just browsing the internet and stumbled upon a small clinic a bit outside the city, who were looking for a student assistant. I love my job there. It's a small clinic with just two vets, but that means there's always time if I have questions, and I'm allowed to really see the inner workings of the clinic - from how we order the dogfood to how blood samples are taken.
My other job is in an animal hospital in the reception. It's a completely different setting, and a much bigger place. Here I'm not a part of everything, but somehow, being the first person to great the patients and their owners, it means you still have an idea about a lot of what happens in a big hospital.
My third job is being a student representative for a dog-food company. It's a small job that doesn't take up a lot of time most days, only when we get close to event- days. It's nonetheless a lot of fun, and invaluable when it comes to working on my organisation skills.
Lastly, I promise, I have been writing this blog. It's not a job per se, but it's taken a lot of hours and it's been a lot of fun. The upsides of having a lot of jobs is that you gain a lot of invaluable knowledge and practical experience, and I love the contact I get to have with the animals and their owners. It's what reminds me of why I'm doing all this hard work studying as well.
The downsides though, is that I sometimes miss a lectures, and I often feel like there's something out there I should be doing. I think that's just part of being a vet
student, but it doesn't help when you're ballancing 4 "jobs" on top of a fulltime
owners. It's what reminds me of why I'm doing all this hard work studying as well.
The downsides though, is that I sometimes miss a lectures, and I often feel like there's something out there I should be doing. I think that's just part of being a vet student, but it doesn't help when you're ballancing 4 "jobs" on top of a fulltime course. It's important to look after yourself. No matter what exam there's coming up, that should always be a first priority. Which is also why this is my last blogpost - I simply don't have the time. It's been so much fun, but as I'm entering my 3rd year and are soon preparing to write my dissertation, I have to make some space in my schedule. Thank you for everyone who's been following and good luck with your studies, work or anything else out there - and I hope people who have been reading this will feel inspired to go travelling with their course, and have great experiences with worldwide vets!