Thinking about a career away from the grooming table? You wouldn’t be alone. It’s estimated that the average person will change careers five to seven times over their lifetime.
Let’s face it, grooming is a physical job. Whether by force; perhaps an injury has sidelined you, your job has been eliminated, or you are just unhappy.
Or by choice; you want to do something different or want a less physically demanding job. Maybe your passion lies elsewhere.
You are going to want to plan your exit strategy rather than winging it when the time comes.
Decisions need to be made. Do you want to stay within the professional pet industry? Options may include shop managers, grooming instructors, speakers, writers, or receptionists. Or maybe pet sitting or dog training.
Or is there something you’ve always wanted to do, but life got in the way. Going back to school to finish degree? Starting your own business and hiring groomers?
Let’s get started!
- This will require some soul searching on your part. Grab your journal and start writing your thoughts down. It will help you organize and make sense of which direction you should go in.
- Do your homework. Careerbuilder.com is a good place to start to get pro’s and cons. What are your income expectations? Will you need some sort of healthcare coverage? Consider consulting a career counselor or job coach. Are there jobs available in that field? www.SCORE.org is another good resource.
- Make a plan. By that, I mean map it out. How are you going to get from here to there? Do you need a set of skills you don’t currently have? Do you have money saved to cover your expenses while you transition from one career to the next? Can you apply for loans? Your plan also needs to include your exit strategy. Will you stop suddenly. (For some, that will be your only option.) Or will you gradually stop working one place, while picking up more work in your new field? I like to work backwards. So, I would start with my end goal and map backwards each step I needed to do until I reached my starting point. A plan will also help to point out where you might need assistance. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
– Amelia Earhart
- Follow that plan. Get the education, the mentors, the coaches, and whatever else you need to make it a reality. Will it hard. Probably. Your subconscious will try to sabotage you here and there, which is why mapping out is so important. It will keep you on track when it seems easier to quit and stay where you’re at.
- Seek out a support network. Friends and families that will encourage, rather than give you excuses to quit. And Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
– Mark Twain
It doesn’t matter what the reason is. Possibilities are endless, you just need to make that plan.
Mary is a business, wellness, and safety strategist who specializes in the pet industry. She has contributed to the professional pet industry as a consultant, speaker, writer, and progressive leader. If you are looking for your business to thrive instead of surviving, set up a free Am I A Good Fit For Your Business consultation, visit www.MaryOquendo.com.
Or drop me a message or email her at Mary@PawsitivelyPretty.com