I am a huge fan of continuous learning and education throughout your career. I’m constantly learning new things about recruiting, the business world, the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession, and the employment marketplace at large.

Reading books is a great way to accumulate knowledge, and one of the books that every professional should read is The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. One of the main themes of this book is that people must take 100% responsibility for their life and not blame others for what happens to them. And I’m not just talking about people’s personal lives, either, but their professional lives, as well.

To make it even more applicable, it means that those people working in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession should take ownership and responsibility for their career. After all, if you don’t, who is going to do it for you? This means asking yourself some tough questions. Are you happy with where you are in your career? If you’re not happy, why are you not happy? And what can you do to change your situation for the better?

Remember, there are two main ways to grow your career. You can grow it with your current employer or you can grow it by pursuing a new job with a different employer. Regardless of which way you choose, YOU are the one ultimately responsible for taking the action steps necessary. This is yet another reason why it’s important to be proactive, and there are two things you can do to be proactive.

First, be open to considering new opportunities, and second, don’t let fear stop you from moving forward. Take responsibility for your career and take the steps necessary to be successful.