Stay or Go?

December 14, 2017

Should I stay or should I GO?

Honing your “perfect” career by now identifying your requirements


Career Stay or GoWhen considering your “perfect” career and pondering whether you should stay or go, December is a great time to reflect back on 2017 and to look forward and plan for 2018. Visit our Blog for some questions and thoughts to assist you with this process.

Whether you have been working within veterinary medicine for a while or just stepping into the community, there are a few tips and tricks that may help you find greater satisfaction or help you land the ideal position at the best veterinary hospital / job for YOU.

During the month of December, we are offering a 3-part series in looking at tangible steps to assist you in identifying your career fit:

  • Last week, we challenged you to do some soul searching to determine your personal and professional values.
  • Now consider what you are seeking in your career within the veterinary practice (e., what are the major components you require to be content in your position).
  • Next week, we will look at expectations on what to identify for the interviewing process in order to land that “perfect” job for you.

Part 2 = Requirements for Your Veterinary Career

There are basic needs (or wants) you may have for your “ideal veterinary practice.” You may need to live near your parents, or find a practice in a community with exceptional schools for your children, or live in recreational paradise. You should have a salary and benefits package in mind. Also consider the size of the practice, services provided and the standard of care you seek to offer.  There may be additional considerations. Write them down, put pen to paper.

Declare what you need and want!Stay or Go

As an example, fill in the blanks:

  • Desired location is ______________with _______________ opportunities
  • Annual income of $ __________ with a benefits package including ________________
  • Doctor to Team ratio is 1 to _________
  • Hospital provides the following services _____________________________________
  • Equipment or additional resources available are____________________________
  • Standard of care is defined as _______________________
  • I am utilizing my skills at the level of ________________(example answers: my training, below my training, above my training)
  • I have opportunity for learning and advancement in the areas of____________________
  • I’m treated as a professional and there is overall respect for all positions by___________

This is just to get you started. Look at your values from last week and add any other questions that are pertinent to you.

Now evaluate your current situation. Does it fulfill your answers?

If yes, congratulations! You have a good fit. Now don’t become complacent – keep working at growing relationships and elevating your position within the practice. There are NO GLASS CEILINGS! Your career has boundless opportunities and is important to you for many reasons. Continually growing in your career makes it more rewarding; emotionally, financially and professionally.

If no, are you considering a move? It’s important to identify what isn’t working. You can use the exercises from last week and above to help you list why this isn’t the fit for you. Be as objective as you can during this powerful exercise. Be clear as to what is not working and explain why. This is not meant to be a “pity-party” assessment. Be very honest with yourself and the reasons behind the dis-satisfaction.

If you’re not happy, yet are not looking to seek another place of employment, recognize the reasons. Have you become accepting of the current situation and don’t feel it’s worth your energy to move on? That’s fine, declare it and accept it. It may not be healthy to stay because it’s what you know – that it has become the “norm” for you.

Breaking out of your comfort zone is scary, yet necessary, in order to move to a better fit. If, through the previous exercises and objective considerations, your current place of employment is not a good fit, accept it and take steps to find a veterinary hospital that aligns with your values and meets your stated requirements.

The Clincher

Don’t look for a similar situation which is just a different hospital with the same culture that doesn’t align with your values. Now is the time to take your defined values, combine it with your requirements, and truly seek that “perfect” fit for you.

There will be one more blog where we explore setting expectations during the interview process and help you identify both red and green flags in order to land your desired position.