What Albert Einstein Can Teach You About Your Animal Health or Veterinary Career

by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS

The VET Recruiter®

You might have read the title of this article and thought, “What could Albert Einstein teach me about my Animal Health or Veterinary career? Didn’t he work in physics?”

If that’s the case, then the answer to the second question is, “Yes, Albert Einstein worked in physics.” And I will explain the answer to the first question with the rest of this article. That’s because there are a great many quotes to whom Albert Einstein is attributed. However, there is one that applies not just to physics and not just to people’s professional lives, but to just about all aspect of life as we know it. That quote is as follows:

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Missing out on opportunity without realizing it

There are some people who prefer to wait until opportunity presents itself at what they consider to be just the right moment before they feel comfortable taking advantage of it. Unfortunately, that is not how opportunity typically works. Opportunity does NOT present itself only when you’re 100% ready for it.

To illustrate this point, let’s examine this topic from the standpoint of probability. From that perspective:

  • Half of the time (50%), opportunity presents itself when conditions are at least favorable or less difficult
  • Half of the time (50%), opportunity presents itself when conditions are NOT favorable or are difficult

So, while some people might prefer to wait until opportunity presents itself at just the right moment, what that means is that they could be missing out on at least 50% of the opportunities that exist for them. And statistically speaking, there are more than likely some great opportunities included in that 50%. From a purely statistical standpoint, this can have a negative impact on a person’s Animal Health or Veterinary career.

Consequently, it would be a fallacy to believe that there is no opportunity in the midst of adversity. But that is exactly what some people believe while surrounded by difficulty or challenging circumstances. This is because they choose to focus on the situation or the circumstances instead of looking for the opportunity that exists in the midst of that difficulty.

Options and your Animal Health or Veterinary career

There is no doubt that in the current throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many difficulties and plenty of adversity in the world and in the employment marketplace. The truth be told, even before the pandemic started, there were difficulties and adversity in the world. And just as there are now, there were opportunities present in that difficulty.

The existence of opportunities in the midst of adversity is important because a person’s success is ultimately predicated upon how many options they have. There are three basic but important rules when it comes to options and a person’s career.

  1. When a person has no options or limited options, their chances for career growth and development are also limited (or non-existent).
  2. The more options that a person has, the more likely it is that they will have good options from which to choose.
  3. It is only when a person has a number of good options from which to choose that they can ensure that they will be able to select the best option for themselves and their Animal Health or Veterinary career.

Since this is the case, it would be a good idea for a professional to seek out as many options as they possibly can. That’s because, as we just pointed out, the more options they have, the better the chance that they’ll uncover good options. And when they have good options from which to choose, they’ll be moving from a position of strength, if they so choose. In other words, they will have created leverage in their quest to grow their Animal Health or Veterinary career.

As illustrated above, opportunity does not exist solely during good times. It also exists during times of adversity. You just have to be willing to look for it and to act on it, if doing so represents the next best step in your career trajectory.

The role of a professional recruiter in your career growth

Building a satisfying career does not have to be rocket science. (Or physics, for that matter.) It boils down to everything we’ve discussed in this article—opportunities and the options that are created by uncovering those opportunities. And that’s why building a relationship with an experienced Animal Health recruiter or Veterinary recruiter can be valuable to your career.

As a busy professional, you might not have time to diligently look for opportunities and stockpile options for yourself. That’s where a professional recruiter comes in. They can be on the lookout for your ideal job, and if they come across it, they can alert you. Not only that, but they also have relationships with hiring managers and they can provide expert advice and guidance during the interviewing and hiring process.

In other words, they can act as your “career agent,” in a sense, working in the trenches to help grow your Animal Health career while you continue providing ever-increasing amounts of value to your current employer. You do what you do best, and the professional recruiter does what they do best. Together, you can maximize your productivity and your value, while at the same time positioning your Animal Health or Veterinary career for tremendous growth, both in 2021 and beyond.

If you’re looking to make a change or explore your employment options, then we want to talk with you. I encourage you to contact us or you can also create a profile and/or submit your resume for consideration.

We help support careers in one of two ways: 1. By helping Animal Health and Veterinary professionals to find the right opportunity when the time is right, and 2. By helping to recruit top talent for the critical needs of Animal Health and Veterinary organizations. If this is something that you would like to explore further, please send an email to stacy@thevetrecruiter.com.

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Stacy Pursell is an Animal Health Executive Recruiter and Veterinary Recruiter and Workplace/Workforce expert for the Animal Health Industry and Veterinary Profession.