Once again another month has passed since my last blog. Honestly not a whole lot has happened since then so I’m not sure what I would have written. Okay, that’s a lie. There have been many occasions over the last month when I’ve thought to myself “I should write a blog about that”, but usually those thoughts strike me while I am working or driving or doing something else which makes it inconvenient to sit down and write. Of course by the time I have a spare moment to write, I haven’t got the energy or the motivation (or worse, I have forgotten what I was going to write in the first place).
Here’s the good news: this week I received notice that I have passed the VTNE – a national exam required to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician in North Dakota. Now I am an LVT, albeit one who is currently employed in an only moderately related field.
Now the bad news: though I am looking for work which more closely aligns with my education, I lose hope every day that I will find it. While the internet is overflowing with stories of how the veterinary field appears to be immune to the current economic crisis, I think none of the people who write those articles are familiar with the job market in Fargo, ND. Here we have a university and two technical colleges nearby where people can acquire a Vet Tech education, but only a handful of veterinary clinics. As you can imagine, there is considerable competition and the starting wage for technicians is not usually impressive.
Add to this the fact that I do not want just any job. Ideally I would like to find a job where I can hone my laboratory skills or work in a clinic that treats exotic animals as well as your usual dogs & cats; jobs meeting that description are difficult to find around here. If I were willing/able to move to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, I think it would be much easier to find something. However, I am unlikely to find a job that would make the sacrifice worthwhile. When I was young and fresh out of high school, I gave up everything to live in the Twin Cities and I never regretted it. As a homeowner and a parent, packing up and moving is not so easily done. The truth is, I like being in the same city as my parents. I love that my kids get to see their grandparents regularly, and am not eager to give that up for something as selfish as career satisfaction for myself. I will simply have to get more creative in my job search. Have I ever mentioned that I really hate job hunting? Well honestly, who doesn’t?