So nerve racking. I feel like im gonna puke!
why does it have to be so hard? I had a thread about this before, but forget it. I graduate highschool in 5 months... I thought i had a good plan, but how in the world do i know if i choose the right path? I want a career with horses, im sure of that. I can handle all the hard work, i know that too. But what degrees do i get? I would love to have a training/ show barn. so, buisiness, training, and riding instruction. i can get all that at meredith manor, Then alot of work under someone else, but is that what i should do? or not own A barn, But be A barn manager. or anything else to do with horses besides being a vet. Of corse Ill get all the knowladge I can get along the way. i want to go to colloge in WV, just because it will be cheaper than going out of state, but i will consider going out of state. when im out of school i will go where ever the job takes me, hopefully as far from WV as possible... Please help me get my head unscrambled?
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You'll figure it out along the way.
I was fairly rare in college, in that I only changed my major once, and not by much. However, after getting my BS in Biology in 3 years, I spent the next few alternating between trying to find work and taking classes that might improve my odds of finding full-time work. Ended up joining the military and flying in F-4s and F-111s until they were all gone, and then working electronic combat & acquisition until the military said I was too old.
How did that tie in with biology? Beats me! But it is very common for someone to spend most of their lives working in something not directly related to their degree...
I kinda went through the same thing... feel free to message me about it.
I went into equine biz. mgmt. its basically business management (which applies to ANYTHING) with a specialty in horses. the university of kentucky in lexington has it, so does findlay in ohio, etc. if you are looking for a 2 year school I would suggest meridith mannor in va or Black hawk in illinois
I used to be from west virginia, now I am in michigan. The horse stables and equine schools compared to WV ones are SO MUCH better. They will teach you a lot more. I HIGHLY suggest you go out of WV to get an education. I have learned more out of one semester here in michigan than TWO YEARS being in WV under their teaching. Get out. lol
This might not be helpful at all (feel free to ignore it if that's the case), BUT, when I was your age (I'm 22 now) I also really wanted to manage a barn and do the sorts of things you're talking about.
I actually ended up having a few volunteer-work opportunities that gained me quite a bit of barn management skill+experience that will serve me well, resume-wise, if I choose to go down that route.
Anyway, I started going to my local community college to get my pre-reqs (I'm paying for college by myself so all the financial aid I get basically goes towards classes=need to conserve that money!). I figured that after I got my pre-reqs done, I would move on to a college where I could get an equine degree.
Welp, after 2 years at a community college (and gaining an associates), I decided to, in terms of a "good" degree and in terms of using my $$ the best way possible, go to a more local university to get a degree in History and hopefully become a librarian/elementary school librarian.
I discovered, while finishing my pre-reqs, that I really enjoy history and I adore libraries...all libraries. And I discovered that I adore kids. Perfect combo!!
That doesn't mean I'm giving up on barn management/horses at all, it just means that I'll have more options for the future to do whatever I choose to do.
Of course, I'm not saying you should also become a librarian or whatever, but I am saying that it might be a good idea to take some general classes more locally to yourself, figure out what your interests all are, then figure something out. You might suprise yourself.
I mean, when I was 18 and graduating high school, I HATED kids, wanted to get as far away from Oregon as possible, and wanted to spend the rest of my life outdoors. I thought comunity college was for losers (and really, I can't say that my expierence taught me it wasn't...but I did learn about myself...even if I didn't learn much else! haha), etc.
I still would like to spend the rest of my life outdoors but having a job that can facilitate and work well with that lifestyle, while financing it pretty ok? Priceless.
Just don't lock yourself down to one thing too early.
I did and that made things harder. Things are shaping up now but it's been a bit of a scramble.
You need a backup plan and for that I recommend getting a degree without "equine" in it. People see "equine" something and it doesn't matter how relevant it is to a non horse job, they won't see it that way. Business or accounting are the ways to go IMO. If you find that you can't or don't want to work with horses full time, both of those give you a good set of skills that will allow you to work anywhere. You could also get your 2 year in equine something horse related then get your 4 year in something general.
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thanks guys! HorseTrance- i believe that without a doubt, WV sucks. But i dont know if ill have the money to go out, but ill definately look at some other schools. Hopefully i choose the right thing.
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For example, here's a list of all the jobs I remember having:
Pony walker, groom, trail guide, receptionist, digital archiver, administrative assistant, sales manager, executive assistant, technical support representative, senior technical support representative, logistics coordinator, service coordinator, systems analyst, warehouse selector, farm hand, stallion barn manager, barn manager, project manager.
Point is, while it's important to try to land a good job/career, it's more important to get a solid base of skills because you never know what will come up that will change your direction.
A few friends got their teacher's degree. Teachers in Canada are fairly well paid, usually enjoy two month's off in the summer, this year a long stretch at Christmas and a week at Easter. This allows for plenty of riding time or sign up for short courses(equestrian?). There are jobs in the equine industry but they are varied so it's difficult to know what to take, that there will be a job when you graduate, unless you want to be the barn cleaner.
I really want a job in the agriculture feild, well i wanna work with horses but theres no money in it. Im now thinking about taking resourse managment, and the equine production & managment. that will give me a wide range of choices i think. ill take some business classes somewhere along the way and i still wanna take some classes at Merideth Manor. I just wanna have a lot of skills and options because its hard to tell what jobs will be in demand by the time I graduate. just as long as, someday, I have my show barn.
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