Tag: Career development

  • If You Are Feeling Lost, Start Here.

    If You Are Feeling Lost, Start Here.

    With these tips, you can confidently navigate the resources offered by VSGD and gain a better understanding of your next career steps. Remember that being "lost" doesn't mean you're stuck; there are always ways to progress.

    Posted: 28/05/2023

    Read Time/Watch Time

    10 minutes

    Who should read this?

    veterinarians, vet nurses, vet techs

    Author(s)

    VSGD

    Region

    Global content

    If You Are Feeling Lost, Start Here

    1. Take a deep breath.

    It’s not uncommon to feel a bit overwhelmed, whether this is stemming from dissatisfaction in your career, frustration around not knowing what steps to take first, or stress about how to fit in something this important around a busy schedule.

    The good news is that there are plenty of people just like you who have been there before and know what you are going through! We are building a supportive community to help guide you through this so that you can ultimately find the career path that is right for you, whether that means Staying in practice, Going on to new pastures, or Diversifying within the veterinarian field.

    2. Create your candidate profile.

    Take action and craft a standout candidate profile with us. This is the ultimate way to showcase your unique abilities to potential employers, whether you’re seeking to make a career pivot or looking to document your experiences and competencies for negotiating promotions or salary increases. We also encourage people to put themselves out there (if you don’t ask, then you don’t get). Reverse Recruitment is a great way to find a role that was built just for you.

    Employers also have the opportunity to showcase their business values by creating company profiles.

    3. Let us help with your job search.

    At VSGD, we have launched a jobs board that provides you with a variety of roles to choose from based on your needs. We firmly believe in the importance of transparency and flexibility in negotiations between companies and their future employees. Our job board features a range of clinical and non-clinical roles, with options for both full-time and part-time positions, as well as the ability to work from home. Be sure to explore our “Interview the Boss” sessions to gain further insight into the employers.

    4. Check out our career coaching services.

    We offer a dynamic developmental group coaching programme to help veterinary professionals gain the support and clarity to take control of their own careers, empowering them to identify their next steps towards a career that works for them. This is in partnership with VDS Training and guests. Find out more information here. Looking for 1-1 coaching for instant results? Check out our career coaches here.

    5. Think about all your transferable skills.

    Write down all the things you are good at, enjoy and would like to do more of. It’s important to focus the things you WANT to do, the things you feel passionate about or feel naturally drawn to rather than just the things you dislike or want to rule out.

    To become a veterinary professional you will have no doubt garnered an amazing skillset unique to you. Think about all the experiences you have had that led you to this point. Many of these skills are transferable inside and outside the clinic, for example:

    • Client management, team management, ability to work both alone and in a team

    • Empathy, patience, resilience

    • Problem-solving, critical thinking, ability to learn quickly

    • Teaching, mentoring, leadership

    Sometimes it’s hard to work out what you want to do with all these skills. VDS Training advisors Carolyne Crowe and Penny Barker present this webinar on “Working out what you want” in conjunction with VSGD.

    You can also check out the excellent session from VSGD LIVE! by Adrian Nelson Pratt on “Stop Selling Yourself Short- A CV and Interview Clinic” if you want help to dust off that CV into something that sells YOU!

    Need further CV/Resume support? Invest in yourself by looking at our CV review and branding packages.

    6. Find your ‘people’.

    It never hurts to expand your social and professional network. Which is precisely why we run fantastic events to facilitate this! VSGD celebrates the diversity of talent, expertise, and skills originating from the veterinarian profession. The VSGD groups are intended to provide a forum for free, independent and safe exchange of information between veterinary professionals considering diversification of their careers as well as for professionals to receive advice on how to remain satisfied in the clinic. Taking action and surrounding yourself with other career pioneers in the community can really give you the spark that you may need. Come to an event or chat with us in the VSGD online forums – we’re sure you’ll find people you vibe with!

    Vets: Stay, Go or Diversify

    VSGD Careers

    Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify – North America

    Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify – Down Under

    These are closed groups, not directly available to the public. Membership of the groups are limited to those with direct interest in the aims and objectives of the group. Members must have a vet degree, a qualified nursing/tech degree, or be students of respective training.

    7. Check out our resources.

    We have compiled career interviews of career pioneers, as well as practical blog posts on pertinent topics to help motivate you and online courses for support on landing that job and understanding the power of negotiation. PLUS we have loads of CPD video content available to stream online, recorded from our live events.

    We also offer Secret Support for anyone wanting to ask a question to our community anonymously. Secret Support allows for safe, open, honest and anonymous discussion of sensitive topics with other members of the community. We cover all kinds of topics and welcome any kind and constructive comments regardless of viewpoint. Email us at community@vsgd.co if you have something that you would like to be shared with our Facebook community.

    8. Let’s stay connected.

    Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and stay ahead of the game with the latest events, job postings, and words of wisdom on how to uplift and fulfil your career. Trust us, your inbox will be filled with career inspo that you won’t want to miss.

    Need more help?

    We are here to help. We have an amazing, supportive community, and tonnes of resources! Email us and let us know what you need. We’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.

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  • Mentorship moments: New Grad & “The Boss”

    Mentorship moments: New Grad & “The Boss”

    Join Calum McIntyre & Peter O'Hagan from Vet Partners for their insights into mentorship.

    Posted: 02/02/2023

    Location

    Global, Online

    Dates

    1st February 2023

    Panel

    Peter O'Hagan (VetPartners Small Animal Clinical Board)

    Calum McIntyre (Graduate Veterinary Surgeon)

    Vet Partners - Mentor & Mentee

    Mentorship relationships are so important when it comes to our career – be them formal or informal. The people we pick up on the way can make a real difference to our career growth, confidence and sense of purpose. This is why here at VSGD we are going to start having monthly chats to delve into those relationships so we can learn what works for us.

    First off is exploring the relationship between new graduates and bosses and what better duo to kick off that conversation than Calum and Peter. They actually first chatted together in a new grad support panel in VSGD last year! Calum started his first job at Aireworth Vets and has been taking responsibility for his own growth and development in a new job and early career with the support of his clinical team and Vet Partners. We will be thinking out loud with this mentorship partnership to cover what has worked to help transition a new grad and staff member into the profession.

    Check out a great webinar on setting up for success in your mentorship relationship by the Academy of Medical Sciences. 

    We will look at who to work with and how, building and maintaining trust, contracting and boundaries and managing expectations and goal setting as well as your questions too!

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  • Buying in or setting up- Stories from...

    Buying in or setting up- Stories from VSGD

    A jam-packed panel with tangible tips and inspiration from VSGDers who have set up, as well as industry professionals who have been supporting hundreds of practices start-up

    Posted: 20/01/2023

    Location

    Global, Online

    Dates

    10th May 2022

    Speakers

    Howard Kellock (Fakenham Farm & Equine)
    Shelley Cook (Little Rock Equine Vets)
    Vicky Robinson (Vet Dynamics)
    Scott Shearer (Ngage Consulting)
    Ebony Escalona

    To buy or not to buy? That is the question...

    Sometimes it’s not about finding our fit in this profession but creating it. Sometimes staying means becoming your own boss and building a team from the ground up.
     
    Starting out can seem like an impossibility and this panel is here to help share with you what is possible! Hear from a panel who have dedicated their careers to helping support veterinary businesses to start and thrive.
     
    We cover stories and tips on the following:
     
    • Painting your vision, managing your mindset and making that decision to start
    • Crafting your support system
    • Penning the business plan in the current climate
    • Options: Buying out vs setting up
    • Navigating Finance/investments
    • Building your client experience
    • Growing your Team
    • Common challenges and pitfalls
    • Honing your operational effectiveness and refining your systems
     
    We’re joined by the wonderful minds behind Fakenham Farm & Equine Vets, Little Rock Equine Vets, and Vet Dynamics.
     

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  • Vet Nursification – I don’t want no...

    Vet Nursification – I don’t want no scrubs

    Keen to hear about veterinary nurse diversification routes? VSGD's Lacey Pitcher and Chloe White RVN share their insights in this online discussion

    Posted: 19/01/2023

    Location

    Global, Online

    Dates

    22nd May 2022

    Speakers

    Lacey Pitcher
    Chloe White

    Are you an RVN keen to flex your skills outside of clinical work?

    VSGD’s Lacey Pitcher RVN is joined by Chloe White RVN as they chat about diversifying as a nurse, swapping in scrubs for a different role and all the opportunities open to you as a nurse when your scrubs are off!

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  • I’m an RVN & feeling lost! Getting...

    I’m an RVN & feeling lost! Getting your career back on track

    Begin your journey of self-enquiry to find out what roles might just be a fit for you

    Posted: 19/01/2023

    Location

    Global, Online

    Dates

    21st July 2022

    Speakers

    Susie Nee (VPG)
    Adrian Nelson-Pratt
    Lacey Pitcher

    Join Vet and Coach Adrian Nelson Pratt, RVN stay-versifier Susie Nee from VPG and VSGDer Lacey Pitcher for some tangible career tips and questions to ask yourself.

    Coaching is an incredible tool that holds a mirror up to ourselves and allows us to get to know ourselves better. Powerful questions and tools enable your strengths to be found, transferable skills to be polished and career clarity to be gained to help us take that next step. And that’s what we need to concentrate on, that first step. The journey is as important as the destination. The answers are always inside us, we just need to trust the process. Rewatch this interactive session with some of our career coaches and nurse career advocates to help you begin your journey of self-enquiry to find out what roles might just be a fit for you.

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