By Joleen Little BVSc MRCVS
Hands up, who here, has had an identity crisis at some point in their career?
I know I have, many times!
Do you know what led you to develop these feelings? Have you tried to figure out why?
Throughout your career I bet there have been times you have asked yourself this one question. What on earth am I doing here?
It happened to me whilst standing on the side of a mountain in the wilds of Gortin, in deepest darkest Northern Ireland with the sleet hitting me square in the face waiting for the decrepit old farmer to drive the next set of feral cattle up the crush so I could test them. Some would call it an epiphany. Really it was a very good wake-up call for me.
I was not gelling well with this look, so I changed it. I took off to travel and work as a locum small animal Vet in Australia for a year.
Upon my return to reality, I became a small animal Vet permanently. It was fine in the beginning as I was young and enthusiastic, but the relentless pace and lack of a good lunch break soon took its toll. Adding many spinning plates to my repertoire does not make a good balancing act!
Who else has found the transition difficult? From a single vet person to a wife, parent and all-round dog’s body!
I was not doing well managing all life’s curveballs and I started to wonder why!
We all hear repeatedly that we, as a profession, are a certain “type”.
A being the top letter attributed to us.
I decided to take a personality test and here are my results…….
Your true colour is gold!
“You are very detail-oriented and love to plan ahead. You are very predictable and responsible, which gives you a sense of security in life. You rarely do anything that is unpredictable or unplanned.
You also value history and tradition. You hold your family’s shared beliefs very closely and have a high moral standard. You enjoy finding ways to live out these values in various ways throughout your life, whether that be through helping others by volunteering or through your career. You enjoy having others rely on you to help.
You enjoy being the best at what you do and believe there is a right way to do everything. Others would describe you as a “rule-follower” who “does things by the book”. Because of this, you can also become pushy and judgmental when you don’t agree with others’ decisions.
Because of their need for structure, security, and predictability, those who’s true colour is gold do well in jobs that are very straightforward and have highly defined duties. You enjoy knowing what your tasks will be for the day and would not perform well in careers that are highly unpredictable. Gold individuals are well-suited for careers in finance or public service.”
So here it is in black and white. I would be best suited as an Accountant or as a Detective! And do you know…. I think this may be true!
I listened to what my instinct was telling me and so have stepped out of the consulting room and into your lives assisting Vets to find their “what next”