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Graduating next year with irrelevant degree and want to do animal based career

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    The title pretty much explains my major life decision f*ck up.
    I've always loved animals but was always pushed to the traditional sort of thing, so left school, did A-Levels, and now going into third year in September, graduating (hopefully) with a degree in International Relations.

    Don't get me wrong, I like my subject, I enjoy the content and fully intend to complete my degree. However, I cannot think of anything WORSE than pursuing any sort of politically based sort of subject/anything to do with desk based work AT ALL.

    I'm interested in animal care, from rescue centres for domestic/wildlife, to zoos. Veterinary/extremely science based side of animal profession, while something that appeals to me in my mind, I know I wouldn't excel at.

    Question is, what do I do? I'm fully aware that I can't realistically enter any sort of job in that field without qualifications or experience but I also can't really leave university next year and start another degree in animal care or the like. I need to earn money.

    Any advice? Thank you, and please no rudeness! I'm aware of the atrocity of my dilemma and how weird it must seem to go from IR to animals.

    As you point out your challenge is money. the time to change would have been at the end of the first year. If you quit now, then you would have to pay for your first year, but they would chip in for the other two. Alternatively if you qualify, then you could get a good job and save up the money. there are some good posters in the vet section who have done it as a second degree and funded themselves, although it appears to be a very very big stretch financially.

    How about veterinary nurse?
    Veterinary physio?

    Not a lot of money. You are going to have to have a long term plan that involves lost of saving.
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