So I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Animal Science, with big dreams of getting into an animal/equine industry as a career. My thoughts were possibly an animal pharmaceutical company, or a barn manager, orrr something else. I honestly did not really think through what my future plans were, I just knew I want to major in Animal Science because I could think of nothing else that made more sense, and knew I wanted a future career in this field! I am horse crazy, and have grown up around horses and been riding since I was very young. Ideally, I do want a career with horses, but it is hard to determine what I could actually do and not make minimum wage. (I found out that a lot of places want you to have a certain number of years of experience, but no one is willing to give you that experience!)
In the mean time, I am working at my family's trucking company, and just showing my horse on the side to get my "horse fix." I know this is not my ideal career, and I start to panic a little when I think about getting stuck working here forever.
Anyways, I have recently begun thinking about getting my PATH certification and becoming an instructor. I volunteered a little bit at a therapeutic riding center in high school, and found it very rewarding. My first step obviously, is to sign up again as a volunteer, and do that for a little while to determine this is in fact what I want to do. After that, I would begin working towards certification. We have an AMAZING therapeutic riding center here in Yakima - it is the only PATH certified one in Central Washington I believe.
One of my questions is - I work 40 hours a week right now, and realistically cannot afford to not work full time or close to full time while getting my certifications.
I saw that a lot of it is online courses - is this something I could do after work and still work full time? I'm just not sure how much time/studying is involved while taking the online courses.
Any other advice as to how to go about this, and figuring out if it is right for me, would be appreciated!