Everyone in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession should want to make their career as rewarding and satisfying as they possibly can. Many times, though, that’s easier said than done. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, some professionals don’t know the things they can be doing to grow their career. And second, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to get everything done that needs to be done . . . and that’s even if you know the things you should be doing!

So while there are plenty of challenges, there is a mindset that all professionals should have in terms of their career. This mindset is basically “square one,” and I’d like to use an analogy from the world of business. Business owners often do what is called “working in their business” and “working on their business.”

I believe professionals should take the same approach with their career. They should “work in their career” and they should also “work on their career.” Here’s what I mean by that. When you “work in your career,” that involves everything you’re doing at your current job. This could include in-house training and skills acquisition, completing projects, and earning promotions and raises. When you “work on your career,” this involves everything you do outside of your current job. This could include additional training, networking, and even searching for new employment opportunities as part of a job search.

Building a relationship with an Animal Health recruiter or Veterinary recruiter would also be considered “working on your career.” It’s also a strategic move to give yourself a competitive advantage in the employment marketplace.