I think that most of us can agree that the turmoil of the past few months has left us somewhat fatigued. With personal freedoms curtailed, many people feel as though they’re living the same day over and over again. The lines between work and home life have been blurred and it’s brought home the realisation that perhaps life isn’t all you envisioned it would be. Now of course these are unusual times, but one positive that has come out of it is the recognition that if we want a different life, then it’s up to us to make the changes. So where to start?
That restlessness you feel is a good thing In the seven years that I’ve been a Specialist Veterinary Headhunter I’ve had the opportunity to engage with thousands of veterinary professionals throughout the UK. These are passionate, dedicated individuals who have by most people’s standards, very successful careers. Yet almost without fail a comment will pop up during conversation that despite all of this, they often feel as though something’s missing. It’s not always something they can clearly identify that’s wrong either, just niggling restlessness that maybe there could be more to life. If you’ve felt that at some point in your veterinary career, you’re not alone. Surveys reflect that most vets feel overworked and undervalued. That they invest so much time in their career they don’t have much time for themselves. Many think that the only solution is to leave the industry or to move to a related sector that doesn’t carry the same level of stress. But then there’s the other voice telling you to not give up on your passion for veterinary work. It can feel as though you’re caught between a rock and a hard place and that there’s no alternative. Except there is.
The change can be small, but it can make a big difference What many of us don’t realise is how easily negative thought patterns can creep into our lives. Before we know it these beliefs impact our work and the way that we interact with people. But because this happens subtly and slowly over time, it can require a bit of effort to shift these habits. This is why working with a life coach can be so valuable. And why embarking on a journey of self-discovery can be the best possible thing you can do for yourself and your career.
It’s about finding that missing link. Uncovering what really matters to you on a personal level and why. And then aligning that to doing what will give you the greatest level of fulfilment. While veterinary as an industry may attract people who are intelligent, passionate and driven, it’s still made up of very different personalities. Also keep in mind that at different stages of life, a person will have different values. So while one thing may be important to you in your twenties, it may not be as relevant later in life. As we get older priorities shift, and this is often where the disconnect happens. You’re leading the life you dreamed of having, doing what you’re passionate about, but it’s no longer that fulfilling. This could simply mean that your values have changed but your life has not. And that’s why you’re feeling as though something’s missing.
Now I know change isn’t easy, and exploring your personal motivations may be uncomfortable at first, but it’s oh so rewarding to come out the other side. It’s energising, motivating and exciting. When you start to connect the dots, it gives you a sense of purpose once again and something to look forward to. What do you say? Are you up for the challenge of shaping a new future?
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