Well the wedding is over with now. If anyone is interested in looking at the pretty wedding pics, you can visit my Pinterest over here: www.pinterest.com/shaddiewolf/…
Now that the dust has settled, I am looking for a new job in the Tacoma area. I've never lived in the city before, things are different here than they were where I used to live. I come from a land of sleepy cities, podunk towns, and middle of nowhere houses. Jobs were easy to find because, I guess, not many people had my kind of skill set in the area that I lived. But here in Tacoma, jobs seem to be in high demand, and those people who have them seem to hold on to them for dear life. I've never been without a job for this long before. I've had a few interviews, but nothing has worked out yet. I'm starting to worry. It's never taken me this long to track down a job in the past. I can only contribute it to the change of location.
I would ideally like to get a job working with animals again, but, so far, there have been no leads, and my experience is heavily exotics-centric, which is for some reason disappointing to dog and cat clinics. I would think a dog and cat clinic would be thrilled to learn that a prospective employee has official certification, shining recommends from her past place of employment, and extensive experience dealing with fractious bobcats (felines), skittish foxes (canines), and constant, delicate emergencies. I'm not sure what I'm missing here.
To my knowledge there are no exotic vet clinics in the Tacoma area, only dog and cat, which means that the only chance I have of working with exotics again is probably if I go back to working at a pet store. It's a huge step backward from where I was in Bothell, but I don't know what else to do. Zoos are so competitive. I would excel at a zoo job, I am itching to work for one; I have so much experience working with wildlife and exotics that most species in an ectotherm department would be old news to me. But I have never had a call back from a zoo before. Despite numerous resumes. I attribute this to my lack of technical education, lack of a bachelor's in zoology or animal husbandry, whatever paperwork they want to see. It kills me, because I have had coworkers who knew less about what I know go on to be hired at zoos and traveling collections in the past. They get hired at my dream job, and I know that I am more qualified. They get hired because they went to school for longer than I did, while I spent the same amount of time they did at school actually working with the animals they only learned about in books.
I don't often think highly of myself. In fact, I never do. But I am confident in my ability to work with animals, particularly reptiles. I just wish I could find somewhere to use my skill. I feel like the exotic clinic in Bothell is the closest I'll ever get, and I'll never get that close again. I no longer have the option of moving out of state at the last moment, now that I am married, so I can no longer send resumes to zoos in places like Texas or Oklahoma. I'm stuck here, in Tacoma, seemingly purposeless. I won't be happy forever working at a dog and cat clinic, even if I do get hired, nor would I be satisfied with a career at a grooming salon, or a dog boarding facility.
My passion is with exotics. I came to this realization many years ago. I just don't know what to do with this passion. Feeling very lost right now.
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