03-02-2012, 05:47 AM
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I wanted to work with horses for a long time. In the end though, when I actually had to start working as opposed to viewing it as something in the distant future, I realised I liked the idea of working with horses a hell of a lot more than I ever would have the day to day reality. As much as I love horses and riding, it would be the job from hell for me.
I have now decided to be a legal secretary. I wasn't interested in going to University and doing several more years of studying + being in debt, and I wasn't interested in having a career where I was constantly climbing the ranks. I'm not career orientated at all, a job is just a means of making money for me to pursue my interests after hours, such as horses. I don't WANT to be passionate about my line of work because I know that it will kill the passion, and I want to keep my passions just for me and my own personal enjoyment - after hours. This is something you need to seriously consider if you want to work with horses, just because it's true for me doesn't mean it is for you by any means, but I think it's a point that is often overlooked and needs to be taken into heavy consideration.
My choice to be a legal secretary was because 1. I wanted roughly 9 - 5 working hours, Monday - Friday 2. I wanted reasonable pay that would allow me to live fairly comfortably 3. I didn't want the work to be completely repetitive and boring, legal secretarial work is reasonably varied and there is some rank climbing, but not to an excessive degree 4. I wanted stable, long term, full time employment. There are ALWAYS going to be legal secretarial jobs, they will never be replaced by computers entirely. I am beginning a diploma in legal services in the second semester of this year which is designed for legal secretarial training which will take 2 years (however it's geared at people working full time so the workload isn't excessive, and I will be working full time in a general office job while completing it).
I am very happy with what I have decided to do because it fits perfectly for me and my goals. It could easily be your worst nightmare. I suggest sitting down and making a list of things you want in your job, for me it was good money, 9 - 5 work hours, stable full time employment with no chance of the job being lost to technology & to not especially like nor dislike the work. Perhaps one of your top requirements would be to be passionate about what you're doing and you would be okay with making a low wage to accomodate doing something you LOVE. Really think about what you want to be doing and if you decide to work with horses, have a good think about which area you want to go into, especially in regards to finances. For example being a farrier, dentist or chriopractor is going to give you a much more stable income than turning over horses when nobody's ever heard your name.
I also feel like I should add, don't be put off if other people aren't a fan of whatever you end up doing - quite likely if you end up working with horses lol! I didn't finish my last two years of high school because it is unnecessary for what I have decided to do and I would have gained very little from doing two more years of full time education I didn't enjoy. Several people have told me I should have finished high school, it used to bother me because most people complete high school nowadays, but I did my research before quitting school, I know exactly how much it is valued by employers in my field and I also know how I would go about completing high school at a later date if I needed to for whatever reason. I've also gotten a lot of 'oh but you're clever, I'm surprised you're not going through University'. I did extremely well in school, I skipped one year, my academic intelligence had absolutely no bearing on my choice to leave school and not go through University, but receiving critism from people did make me feel like I was making the 'wrong' choice. If I'd been somewhere like the US where you can't attend further education easily with year 12, I would have completed high school, if I'd wanted to do a job where I needed year 12, I would have completed high school. Fact of the matter is I don't need it, I have left all my options open for the future and I'm making the right choice for ME, even if it isn't the most traditional and while I have faith in myself now, I wish I had all along.
Sorry for the long post, I hope it helps, good luck :)