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In her third year at Liverpool vet school, Rosie Perrett is learning about professional skills and employability. Revisiting the CV she prepared at secondary school, she discovered that she once wanted to be a ballerina.
Despite the fact it feels like I've only just started term, my mum (a teacher) is already enjoying a half term break. She spent part of the holiday with me and during her visit we made our regular trip to the local Chinese restaurant, where you can get the best prawn toast in the world (in my opinion). I literally spent weeks dreaming about it.
Even better, my boyfriend had visited the week before and he very kindly cooked for me so that I could get on with writing up lectures. It also gave me the opportunity to do a few more touristy things in Liverpool and visit a local National Trust property. As a country girl at heart, it was a lovely relief to escape the city and visit a deer park during the rutting season.
Anyway, during the past few weeks the idea of eventually becoming a vet has felt a bit more like a reality, because our professional skills lectures have been about employability. One of our tasks was to write a CV, which I compared with my CV from my school days. I was amused to discover that at that point in my life I wanted to become a ballerina.
It's scary to think that we are already preparing for the big wide world of work. It's better to prepare early I suppose. As well as employment lectures, we've also been given our provisional basic timetable for fourth and fifth years . . . including the week of our graduation in 2019! The past two years have gone by so quickly, I suppose it is only a matter of time before – gulp – we will be graduating.
Genuinely, the idea of thinking for myself as a veterinary surgeon when it comes to my patients gives me the jitters; what if my mind goes blank when treating my first patient? I realise my worries are premature, but it has made me think about what I want to do when I graduate. Do I want to work in practice, do a masters degree or an internship? To be honest, at this moment, I think I just want to earn my own money. I wouldn't have thought there are many 26-year-olds whose last paid job was when they were 17. However, I could be a millionaire by the time I finish vet school if I had a pound for every time someone asks me what type of vet I want to become!
In the new curriculum, we spend a lot of time each year revisiting topics that we have already covered, slowly building on each one every time we visit it. It feels like revision rather than a brand new subject, which makes it slightly less daunting than when we first met the topic in first year. Eventually it will just sink it . . . won't it? Being able to apply these topics to a clinical setting is helping immensely, especially when it comes to understanding particularly difficult concepts. But then I never really thought I would be clever enough to get into vet school and that's happened.
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