"I'm a new grad who is struggling financially - should I take on a second job to ease cash flow concerns?"

"I am a recent graduate, and am genuinely struggling financially. I have what I feel is a fair salary, but it just disappears on outgoings. I have looked into trying to get a second job, but am finding it impossible to fit it in within the time I have left after work. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I could do, or any safe companies I could approach? I'm really quite stressed about it all.”

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"My small independent practice is being taken over by a corporate - should I stay or go?"

“I’ve never worked for a corporate and my initial thoughts are to possibly leave, get a job elsewhere ( in an independent practice) or locum for a while.

However, I wonder if I’m being too hasty. How many independent practices are still out there and how many will there be in another 10 years? So, what questions should I be asking my new bosses? What are other vet’s experiences with such takeovers?"

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Top 10 career lessons from working as a vet in the international charity sector

Next week is my last week working at Brooke, Action For Working Horses and Donkeys which is sad in one way but makes space for a new chapter too. I found myself jotting down some reflections from my time there and thought other people might like to share their top 10 take aways if you are leaving a job to move onto pastures new!

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