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I hate my career choice. Now what?!

By on Jan 4th

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Coming out of high school, I had no idea what career path I wanted to choose. Artist or teacher? Veterinarian or animator? "How about *insert random job here*?" I knew I wanted to be successful and, above all, enjoy my life, but I had no idea how to go about it.

I decided to train for a career in animal medicine. Then I started working. Man I was excited! I got to put my skills into use, and good use at that. I worked my butt off. And yet, each night I came home and felt wrong. I thought it would pass, but a year and a half later, I still feel wrong. Uneasy. Each time I think about going to work I feel physically sick. I hate that feeling. And it's nothing my workplace has done per se. Yes, it is high stress, and the doctors demand a lot. But I had expected that. I just am coming to realize that I am not cut from the proper fabric to deal with these things. And that makes me sick, too. To know that time was "wasted" at school. That money was "wasted" on tuition. Time and money that I will never get back.

I just feel so lost and stuck. I am afraid of giving up my current job because, heck, it pays the bills. But I can't continue living in this state of constant worry and aggravation. I would love to stay in the medical field, but not work with animals. But how can I afford school when we can barely stay afloat now? And I will have to work through school, no two ways about it, but what the heck would I do?

A few words of wisdom, a little snippet of advice, anything, really, would help right about now. -Dances With Cats

Homies? Who's been in this position and has some advice?

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