Alright, I must admit, my return to the SDMB has not been without ulterior motives. Once again I come in search of advice.
You see, I’m a video game programmer. Or, to translate that into lay-speek: I have my dream job. The problem is, my wife – who helped support me through WAY too much school, dealt with me staying up all hours of the night doing homework, etc. – is NOT working at her dream job. Her dream job would be to work at a zoo. I come to the SDMB to see if anyone has the inside scoop on how to get on the right track toward that eventually happening. Or tomorrow, that would be cool too.
Let me back up a bit:
We’re about to move from the Dallas area to the Denver area for my new job – but also because we both like the area better. Contemplating that, it struck me that this might be the place we stay for quite a while: pending dark secrets about my new job, this will be the first place in YEARS that we would even consider living in for the long haul. (For the past decade or so, we’ve moved once every year or two.)
Long-term stability means the ability to make long-term plans. So, given that I know I already have my dream job, and that I know what her dream job is, I’d like to figure out how I can support her trying to get her dream job. Then, we will both be happy and rich and our world will explode into marshmallows and kittens! …or something.
The problem is, neither of us know how she can “break into” the zoo industry. We keep hearing that it’s intensely competitive – I believe it! – and she’s no longer a student and therefore doesn’t qualify for internships. Is the answer more school? Better timing on job searches? Volunteering at the zoo? Bribery!!! (We can’t currently afford volunteering, though we may be able to soon…)
I don’t know if there are any zookeepers, friends-of-zookeepers, or significant-others-of-zookeepers (Part 3: The Revenge!) on the SDMB, but if there are, I’m calling out to you!
What can a person with an animal-behavior-focused Biology degree, one summer of experience in an Animal Care position, and several years of experience working in genetics labs (including conservation genetics!), do to get on track toward a paying job at a zoo?