“CHOOSE CONNECTION OVER PERFECTION.”
The typical prospective doctor/vet/dentist student has a strong academic background. High achieving and perfectionism often come hand in hand. Flexibility is lost, spontaneity is an alien concept, taking each day as it comes can equate to being unprepared and ultimately a failure.
“IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERY DIFFICULTY LIES OPPORTUNITY.”
Add work experience into the mix. Organisation and discipline can reach extreme levels, and life swiftly becomes one big “to do” list.
2 major problems I have experienced.
- Work experience hours/days/weeks become another number to become fixated on. I hold both hands up high and admit that I will never feel satisfied with my work experience because someone on a certain student site will claim to have done surgery blindfolded aged 7 as being a vet runs in their blood.
- Post-application, I heard about all of the placements that people were suddenly dropping out of. They did not need the number anymore, they had ticked the box. Work experience should not have to be a case of “grin and bear it” but an opportunity to nourish your interest and knowledge, and acquire new skills.
“PEOPLE NEVER LEARN ANYTHING BY BEING TOLD, THEY HAVE TO FIND OUT FOR THEMSELVES.”
Work experience can be life experience. Life experience can be work experience. The reason? Transferable skills.
I am currently a full time sales assistant. One day I will be a vet student.
In the process of overcoming challenges I can share what I am learning:
Interpersonal skills. Working under pressure. Ability to prioritise. CONFIDENCE.
The list goes on.
Not the anatomy lessons and veterinary profession eye-opener of OVS shadowing in an abattoir, or the hands-on husbandry skills of a Finnish husky farm. However, embracing every experience as a learning opportunity I can see this stage of my life as a major stepping stone towards my ultimate goal.
“I am stupid.”
“I am a failure.”
“Everyone is at university.”
“I am wasting time.”
“I have time to learn to drive.”
“I can keep goats for 2 more years.”
“I will be able to confidently deal with any clients in a veterinary surgery.”
“I am actively challenging the idea that my worth is related to my academic success, I am building a life and identity without a number attached.”
DON’T TRY TO RUSH THINGS THAT NEED TIME TO GROW