Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I think a lot of people go to college with an idea what they want to do - but the reality of it is far different to the idea. I knew I had some great ideas about what I wanted to do before I went to university, but your perspective of the world in high school, and your perspective in university is very different. After you learn more about your proposed career sometimes you decide that it isn't really what you want to do at all.
I wanted to be a vet for a while too, and I did all the research and while I was okay with getting into a lot of debt for the school fees, and dedicating that much time, after talking with vets I decided it wasn't a job I wanted. It might be different where you are, but here there are few permanent positions in cities, with more vets than there are jobs. This means that the starting pay is low, the hours are long and hard. Even once you're experienced, the pay is still relatively low, and can be comparable to that of a high school teacher which has better hours, and much cheaper course costs, and more employment opportunities.
Money isn't everything, but it's a lot when you have a huge debt hanging over your head.
Lots of people want to be trainers, and lots of people are. It's not impossible but again it's good to be realistic. First you'll have to learn how to train, and that might be through some sort of working student program with an established trainer. Beyond that, you'll want to be successful in your discipline to give people a reason to train with you. If you can't train your own winners, how can you train theirs?
I guess now my best advice to you would be to keep an open mind and try a lot of things. In a couple of years you'll probably start being required to do work experience for school - instead of choosing the "fun" ones like many people do, get experience in places you might want to work, like vets. Try and build relationships with successful trainers in the area, always be polite, open minded and take care of your reputation, so that when the time comes someone might be will to "take you under their wing".
And don't let your school work fall behind. In all likelihood you won't have the resources to start out on your own, and you might need to work for five years or more to get the money you need, or to continuously fund your primary goals. Keep up your core subjects, and keep university in the back of your mind. I don't know about there, but here it's almost becoming "standard" for people to have degrees, and in many jobs if you don't have one (any discipline) you won't even be considered.