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you know what would be helpful?

a book of career titles and a listing of what courses/ degrees were required, and how many years of experience doing such and such...
is there such a thing?

like, i want to look up vet tech, veterinarian, zoologist, (or any opportunities on the biz side..like administration at a zoo, or something..what would those people be called)...and look at the exact requirements. ive gone through job postings, but its all so different all the time (the requirements). and forget trying to lookf for animal jobs online. there a few unhelpful sites at best!
i need to go back to school. i want to do business, but i want to work with animals. i have such a science mind. i dont know why i ever strayed. (i always wanted to be a vet or zoologist. took lost of science and math in high school, but strayed to music in my last 2 years...i even interned at a clinic over the summers of my 7th and 8th grade years) so many people i know would be like...what? YOU science? but i read the science and space articles (and not much else) in the NY times. i love the natural history museum. im sucked into nature shows of any type: weather, geology, space, lions, antartic adventures. im curious about my world. i used to be curious about people, but i think i have them figured out. im done with it. im at awe with the fauna and flora and the stars. i need more of that to think about.

i think im scared. im scared that im going to start and not finish, that im somehow too stupid to go back to school. but that is precisely WHY i need to go back. im getting dumb. look what i did all vacation. i couldnt motivate to do anything. i thought about all the things i could be doing (even without money) and i couldnt get up off my ass to do them. thats my signal to myself (from all the past experience in dealing with msyelf) that im at a wall in my life. im uninspired. im at a dead end.

i went to the yo la tengo (sp?) concert in prospect park last night, and spent the whole time thinking about what i wanted to do next. and it seemed clear that now was the time to take action. i have a whole year before the next school year starts. its time to figure out if ill be in NYC (or following JC to Chicago if he gets into NWrn?) its time to save $. its time to get msyelf into some classes next fall towards something real and not shuffling papers at some job that doesnt satisfy any part of me except my stomach (since it feeds me and all)

everything is more complicated now. its not just me. its us. i love my boy so much. i know he feels the same way about me. he trusts me enough to believe that if goes off to chicago first to find a a place for us that i will follow him when i said i would. thats a hard thing. in some respects chicago would be easier. the cost of living is 41% less, according to monster. it said that if i grossed 17$K, id be at the same standard of living as i am here (31K) !! I almost fell off the bed when i read that. i graduated from college and im making 17k/ year! i might as well be a clerk at a vet clinic! id enjoy it more too. whether it be the city college of NYC, or he city college of chicago, i need to do something. im going to sit here and ignore my camera and research stuff online and turn off my ps2 tonight. im leaving to meet james at work at 10:45. i have a while to poke around.

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droz5
Jul. 13th, 2002 07:04 pm (UTC)
Try this for city comparisons:city compare, it goes into not just costs of living but real details about how many people bike to work... I've been wanting to relocate myself, but I want to love the place to which I move.

The AIBS is also good; they have a great book called "Non-Traditional Careers In Science", but I that might not help you. I think you need a DVM to actually work medically with animals, but there are lots of other oppurtunities. Most people care more about humans than animals, so there is a demand for qualified people. But also, they don't pay much.

Hey, if you pass by any good Biology job, please let me know (I want to work part time in technology while going to grad school in Botany or Bioinformatics).
lisagoddess
Jul. 14th, 2002 02:45 pm (UTC)
see, i could do DVM, but im also interested in genetics, effects of the changing ecology on species, actually spending 5 years in some forbidding area working to repopulate an endangered species, or working in a zoo in some research program...stuff like that...stuff that would seem to require medical knowledge, but also a curious mind, good will, and a background in biology/ genetics...
ill check your sites.

good luck in finding a new place to reside.
simro
Jul. 13th, 2002 08:55 pm (UTC)
I don't know if this will be of help for jobs but check it out.


Jobs
lisagoddess
Jul. 14th, 2002 02:45 pm (UTC)
thank you simro, darlin!
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lisagoddess
Jul. 14th, 2002 02:23 pm (UTC)
i might email you some questions....could you email me again? lisagoddess42@yahoo.com? i had it at one time...but i dont keep my emails anymore, after i answer them...cause its yahoo and i cant keep them all...

thanks!
elizabeth
Jul. 14th, 2002 02:00 pm (UTC)
Have you thought at all about the possibility of community college classes? You could take a few classes with the purpose of exploring various animal related subjects, all without spending gillions of dollars. You may even be eligible for financial aid of some kind. Also, the entrance requirements are quite low, and it should be possible for you to get enrolled for fall quarter this year, if you wanted to get started right away.
lisagoddess
Jul. 14th, 2002 02:34 pm (UTC)
well, im in NYC..so my school options are
1. NYU (expensive, beuracratic, and hard to get into)
2. Columbia (not really a good place for undergrad work)
3. CUNY (the "community college" of NYC)

There are a few others, but by reputation suck (Pace, for instance). the new school and pratt are more art/liberal arts oriented.

I was looking into community college, but the repuation of CUNY has also gone a little downhill. i want to be sure that my classes would count for something (i agree that getting that bio 101 out of the way would be extra helpful). right now 95% of my paycheck goes toward rent and bills. august is the last month i have to pay. (since sept is the "last" month, and our payments at the lease signing were first, last, security and brokers fees). So, its impossible for me to start anything now. Keep in mind that I am also waiting to hear if James gets into NWrn..which means a move to Chicago. It's hard to figure anything out now.

I can research and find out if the CUNY classes could count toward credits at a real institution( please forgive me if i sound snobbish. i certianly dont look down on ANYONE who gets a degree from anywhere...i was just always raised with the parents from Stanford and the assumption and parents expectation of attending a mnore selective institution). I know an associates in vet tech/ biology is also a huge step past where i am now..so that is something to look into as well.
blah ramble.


elizabeth
Jul. 14th, 2002 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re:
I completely understand your reservations about community college. Truly I do.

The main reason I thought of community college though was so that you could sort of "try out" various subjects at a lower cost than at a university. Also, it is perfectly acceptable to get your AA at a community college and then tranfer to a four-year institution. It is done all the time.

Financial Aid is a possibility. Check out fafsa.ed.gov for more info there. Also, student loans are an option. Infact, that is the option I went for when I went back to school earlier this year. I'm living poor this year, so next year I should be eligible for aid.
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