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I graduated from an art university, but I was never happy with it. All throughout my years in that schooling, I volunteered as a dog walker, graphic designer volunteer for animal rescues, and as an animal care volunteer for a public aquarium. Almost every week, I visit pet stores and look at the different animals. I also visit zoos and aquariums.

 

It has been two years since I graduated I haven't been able to find a job in my art field. But I have been keeping up with my volunteering with animal caretaking. I just received a call from a Petco store for an interview this Friday as an Aquatics Specialist. I have decided my career goal is to work in animal husbandry for zoos and aquariums. This will CURE my clinical depression in my honest opinion. But I don't have a degree in biology, zoology, etc. And my relatives, who are lawyers, nurses, successful in their lives, etc., will look down on my low minimum wage salary at Petco (if I get the job).

 

Did I just make a stupid career-life choice because of my mental illness? Should I just stick with my art field since I went to school for that?

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If you are happy and you can live on what you make? Good call.

The nasty thing is, it's next to impossible to keep a secure roof over your head on minimum wage.

If you can't find a job with your degree, you are not exactly being offered a choice but to find something else to do.

In order to make extra money, you might look into getting bonded as a pet-sitter, too?

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What I meant, was for me to work at Petco as a starting point. After getting some experience there, I might be able to find a job working at a zoo or aquarium (they might pay higher). It may sound delusional from my educational background, but I like animal caretaking more than art nowadays.

 

OR

 

Is my inability to continue with the challenge of landing an art related job another example of my clinical depression?

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Sadly, I do not think they hire at zoos and aquariums with anything less than a master's. Do not take me as an authority on this, though...

As for it being you? You may be a part of the problem, but by far not all of it:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/new-study-shows-architecture-arts-degrees-yield-highest-unemployment/2012/01/03/gIQAwpaXZP_story.html

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Sadly, I do not think they hire at zoos and aquariums with anything less than a master's. Do not take me as an authority on this, though...

As for it being you? You may be a part of the problem, but by far not all of it:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/new-study-shows-architecture-arts-degrees-yield-highest-unemployment/2012/01/03/gIQAwpaXZP_story.html

So i'll go ahead and cancel the interview this friday? I think its wiser that I focus on my career in art since I invested my time and money in it all those years. I don't want to make a fool of myself.

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I think when I was in art school the statistic was like 1 in 10 will be working in an art-related field by the time they were 30.

 

So you're far from being alone.  It's not just art students either-- most people end up in careers that they didn't study for, but they bachelor's degree means something.  Sometimes just that they can get a master's in something they really like.

 

Keep your interview.  But also keep looking.  My local zoo is hiring right now for front desk work.  Pet sitters always have work and there are no requirements for that. 

 

If at some point you want a master's degree in zoology or similar, your employer may pay for it or you may be able to do it after completing some prerequisites.

 

If working with animals is where you want to be and working at Petco is a start for that, do it.  Don't spend another 2 years looking for a job in field that you're not getting very in.

 

FYI it's probably not going to cure your depression, but having a career that you find rewarding can help immensely.

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People will pay much for horse-sitting, horses must be fed twice daily, have their stalls cleaned and their hooves picked out.

I bet the same goes for people who have fancy aquariums.

Are you working now? Because minimum wage job surely beats no job. And if you are working, would this be much of a pay cut? A pay cut you can afford?

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I would definitely keep your interview.  I think it is great following what you truly love doing, even if it isn't what you have a bachelor's in. 

 

If I was in your shoes, and did end up getting an art job, I probably wouldn't be happy and it would probably affect the MI in some way with me.  Just because you majored in it doesn't mean you have to work in that area.

 

I babysat for a girl who's mother was a psychotherapist.  One day when her mom was over (child's grandmother), we got to talking and I found out the girl's mom majored in horticulture and got a Bachelor's Degree in that, then did a 2-year master's program to become a therapist.  So if you went to get your Master's in (whatever), it would be 2 years of school; not like getting a whole different Bachelor's Degree.

 

And if you get a job at Petco, I say go for it.  The more experience with animals the better.  Who knows, maybe you will eventually be asked to supervise other parts of the store.

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Have you looked into courses in animal husbandry/animal management?

I changed from a physics degree at a top uk university to a foundation degree in animal management at a crappy uni and am so much happier. No I'll never have the "successful" banking career I was lined up for with physics, but hopefully I will have a career that I enjoy going to every day. Money isn't everything.

As for zoos/aquariums, many will hire you and expect you to work towards qualifications while working, so don't worry about that too much.

Take the interview, and see where life takes you!

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I don't think it has anything to do with your depression, no. Lots of people have a mismatch between their education and their careers. from what you're saying, the biggest emotional hurdle you'll have is dealing with people who expect you to be making mad money in a straight career -- or, more accurately, dealing with your own doubts because of that. 

 

The problems you listed all sound quite practical. Right now you can check out care.com, they're a site you can advertise for pet-sitting.

 

You can look into being a veterinary assistant -- you may need some classes for that, but I don't think you need much. If you combine that experience with some community college biology classes (respect!), you can prep yourself to get into a masters program. Look ahead, though, getting an education isn't a guarantee of getting the job you want, nor is getting the job you want a guarantee of your depression evaporating. 

 

I'd keep the job interview in art. You may enjoy the job itself, and it will pay you better than Petco while you pursue another degree (if that's the direction you're headed in). 

 

I'm glad for you that you have an idea of what you'd want to do. 

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I say go for the interview.  If you think you'll enjoy the work, then it may actually make dealing with your depression easier.

 

I have 2 degrees, in science and education.  I worked as a teacher but the job stresses me out so much.  I now work at Safeway in the floral department and am much less stressed.  It bugs me sometimes that I spent all this money on school, and had a good job, but honestly, it's not worth it to do something you don't like.

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I had my interview at Petco.

 

Let me tell you how it went.

 

I went into the store. I looked around. The store clerk who was angry (probably hated her job- you'll see why below) asked me if I needed help. I said I had an interview at 2pm. She then gave me a stern look and said what time? I said 2pm. She then gave me a stare down and said just wait over there.

 

So I waited.

 

At 2pm the manager came out of his "cave office". He asked me a few questions from his sheet of paper. Such as why you want to work at Petco, do you have any pets, availability, what are you doing now, etc. But when I started speaking he asked me an interesting question, "Do you speak any languages?" I don't know if this is an illegal interview question, but the question was not written on his interview sheet. And my accent is thick.

 

During the last part of the interview session, when it came to the questions and ending stuff, he told me that, "All workers start out as cashiers. All workers start out in the bottom and work their way up. Your application just shows the interest." Really, bottom? This is hourly jobs already. How bottom can it go? Bottom of the bottom. Lol.

 

Isn't that false advertisement on Petco's part? On the job description, it states Aquatic Specialist with NO duties of a cashier. I guess that they are a small store and every employee multitasks. What a bunch of liars.

 

He also told me that if I don't work hard, they won't invest money in me and they'll reduce my schedule. I asked how long is the process from moving up from cashier to Aquatic Specialist, he said, it is all up to me and how much I put into it. What an asshole. By the way, in this Petco store, I didn't see any diversity by ethnicity/race in their team and they were all female. He's probably a pervert.

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I am quite sorry.

...hmm...I didn't say give up on your dream. It just may require taking some extra science prerequisites at a community college or something, then applying to master's programs.

What Katie Goodair said comes as a nice surprise...they will let you work while going to school for the qualifications.

A lot of organizations tend to hire from among volunteers. If you want to work in a zoo, volunteering for the nearest one might give you a leg up.

A job you hate is not worth any amount of pay. Though if you * can* find a graphics job that pays very well? You could use it on a long term temporary basis to save up a nest egg, then go do what you really want to do.

You should work towards a career you like doing.

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I had my interview at Petco.

 

Let me tell you how it went.

 

I went into the store. I looked around. The store clerk who was angry (probably hated her job- you'll see why below) asked me if I needed help. I said I had an interview at 2pm. She then gave me a stern look and said what time? I said 2pm. She then gave me a stare down and said just wait over there.

 

So I waited.

 

At 2pm the manager came out of his "cave office". He asked me a few questions from his sheet of paper. Such as why you want to work at Petco, do you have any pets, availability, what are you doing now, etc. But when I started speaking he asked me an interesting question, "Do you speak any languages?" I don't know if this is an illegal interview question, but the question was not written on his interview sheet. And my accent is thick.

 

During the last part of the interview session, when it came to the questions and ending stuff, he told me that, "All workers start out as cashiers. All workers start out in the bottom and work their way up. Your application just shows the interest." Really, bottom? This is hourly jobs already. How bottom can it go? Bottom of the bottom. Lol.

 

Isn't that false advertisement on Petco's part? On the job description, it states Aquatic Specialist with NO duties of a cashier. I guess that they are a small store and every employee multitasks. What a bunch of liars.

 

He also told me that if I don't work hard, they won't invest money in me and they'll reduce my schedule. I asked how long is the process from moving up from cashier to Aquatic Specialist, he said, it is all up to me and how much I put into it. What an asshole. By the way, in this Petco store, I didn't see any diversity by ethnicity/race in their team and they were all female. He's probably a pervert.

It sounded kinda rude to me the way the manager asked you that question. When I was a cashier for 7 months, I had to multitask too. When the store

is not busy you have to be doing something all the time. I wish you would find a job that utilizes all the skills you learned during university.

I had a friend who got his bachelors in sociology and decided later that wasn't what he liked and went to get another degree in computer science.

 

I heard of some peeps getting a bachelors and not utilizing their degree in the field they were working on. Reading to what happened to you today

made me realize that I'm not cut off to be a productive member of society and have to depend on SSDI till I die.

When I got my class A as a truck driver I thought I made it. Then when I got a trucking job, it wasn't what I expected so I lost $4000 on truck driving schooling.

 

I never thought driving 10 hours a day driving a truck would be so exhausting and stressful. I always remembered that I loved driving until I was driving 10 hours a day.

Most of the time I would have to wake up at 2am or 4am, take 2 showers a week, and be home only every 2 weeks.

 

I never found a person who goes to work and says "it's great to be here."

My brother in law says some people who get SSDI are lucky they don't have to work and worry about missing work, waking up late, dealing with stress.

 

I thank God I get full minimum wage through SSDI.

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I had my interview at Petco.

 

Let me tell you how it went.

 

I went into the store. I looked around. The store clerk who was angry (probably hated her job- you'll see why below) asked me if I needed help. I said I had an interview at 2pm. She then gave me a stern look and said what time? I said 2pm. She then gave me a stare down and said just wait over there.

 

So I waited.

 

At 2pm the manager came out of his "cave office". He asked me a few questions from his sheet of paper. Such as why you want to work at Petco, do you have any pets, availability, what are you doing now, etc. But when I started speaking he asked me an interesting question, "Do you speak any languages?" I don't know if this is an illegal interview question, but the question was not written on his interview sheet. And my accent is thick.

 

During the last part of the interview session, when it came to the questions and ending stuff, he told me that, "All workers start out as cashiers. All workers start out in the bottom and work their way up. Your application just shows the interest." Really, bottom? This is hourly jobs already. How bottom can it go? Bottom of the bottom. Lol.

 

Isn't that false advertisement on Petco's part? On the job description, it states Aquatic Specialist with NO duties of a cashier. I guess that they are a small store and every employee multitasks. What a bunch of liars.

 

He also told me that if I don't work hard, they won't invest money in me and they'll reduce my schedule. I asked how long is the process from moving up from cashier to Aquatic Specialist, he said, it is all up to me and how much I put into it. What an asshole. By the way, in this Petco store, I didn't see any diversity by ethnicity/race in their team and they were all female. He's probably a pervert.

 

If offered, are you going to take the job?

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