Discovering whether a career in the animal care industry is right for you is the first step. This means, doing some research to understand the many animal care career paths open to you; everything from pet groomer to veterinary nurse to manager of an animal shelter. You will also need to take the time to learn about the tasks associated with each of those positions and find out if they meet your expectations. Finally, and most importantly, you may choose to volunteer at a local animal rescue organisation, to make sure that a career in animal care is right for you.
As a result of your research, careful consideration and volunteer work, you are more convinced than ever that a career in animal care is the right path for you. Now it is time to get the certification you need to be a practising animal care professional. After reviewing several certificate programs available to you, you have settled on a Certificate in Animal Studies.
There is just one problem; you have always struggled to get good grades. In high school, it always seemed like you needed to study longer and harder than your classmates to get good grades. Now, you are wondering whether you have what it takes to get your certificate.
That is understandable. But here's the thing. The fact that you have struggled with school does not mean you are a poor student. Odds are, it probably means you have bad study habits.
Every student is different. This means the study habits that work for one person, won't necessarily work for you. It also means that you need to take careful stock of the ways you study; learning what works and what doesn't work for you. As Penn Foster points out, the first step in overcoming bad study habits is to recognise the problem:
"Bad study habits aren't always easy to recognise. In fact, many of them begin as good habits that just ... don't work out. If you have ever put in tonnes of effort preparing for an exam, feeling sure that you will pass, only to get back a disappointing grade, you have probably been practising some bad study habits."
As noted above, no two people study in precisely the same way; but there are some bad study habits that many students practise. Take a close look at the following 16 bad study habits, see if any of them apply to you and, if they do, create a plan for replacing them with good study habits.
Practising strong study habits will help you turn your dream of a career in animal care into a reality. Of course, like every student, you are likely to hit a few speed bumps along the way. That is where we can help.
We have been training animal care, horse care and veterinary nursing students for over 20 years in Australia. Students who undertake AVT courses range from high school aged students just starting their pre-vocational journey right through to mature-aged students seeking an alternative career path. Graduates are highly respected and sought after by industry professionals, businesses and organisations. If you want the background knowledge and skills to help you secure your career in the animal care industry, check out our nationally recognised qualifications here or sharpen your skills in one of our workshops.
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