I’m not going to hit you up for free advice. I would like to pick your brain about your career, though.
My husband and I had a trainer come over yesterday to help us with some minor dog behavior ssues. As she walked me through some basic commands with my pup, she remarked “you have good instincts with this, I should hire you!”. I joked back “I’m actually looking for a new career, so I’m available!”. We ended up chatting for several minutes about her schooling and what I would have to do in order to become a trainer myself, and she said she’d be happy to mentor me when I reached that stage in the program.
I recently quit the community college program I was in because I realized that the job I was working towards wasn’t a good career for me. Since then, I’ve been at loose ends as far as what I want to do with my life. I love animals and have always wanted to work with them in a non-medical capacity, and have considered dog training in the past. I never got farther than “hmm, that might be interesting” but my conversation with this trainer motivated me to google some schools.
So! Tell me about your schooling, your job, what you like about this career and what you hate. Would you choose this job again? What’s the most frustrating part of the job? Do you earn a good wage?
I’m going to observe an obedience class next month and I have a list of “required reading” from my trainer, what else can I do to figure out if this is the path for me before I shell out for school?