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Animal Loving Kid?
There are a bevy of ways he or she can turn this passion into an income…some even before high school.

November 15, 2011 in Interpersonal Intelligence, Naturistic Intelligence, Personal Mission Statement, Uncategorized

Whether your child has had close attachments to childhood pets or an obsession with Animal Planet, there is a career for every kind of animal lover. Below are the top 11 careers for animal lovers.


  • Pet Sitter: If you are looking to start your career working with animals, consider becoming a pet sitter. Caring for a wide variety of pets can help you gauge how comfortable you are with different animals. Plus, many pet owners would rather pay someone to take care of their pets in their own homes as opposed to taking their dog or cat to a kennel.
  • Animal Trainer: Everyone wants a well-behaved pet, so consider entering the field of animal training. Animal trainers can work with individual families to train dogs, work with police forces to train drug detection dogs or enter the big leagues of training animals for television and movies. Lassie didn’t learn those commands by herself!
  • Kennel Manager: When families go on vacation or individuals go on business trips, someone needs to take care of their pets. Often you can’t wrangle a friend of family member to check up on your dog or cat. If you want to care for animals while their owners are away, consider working or opening a kennel.
  • Dog Walker: As Americans continue to balance ever-increasing work hours with spending time with loved ones, walking the family dog is never a top priority. If you love exercising and fresh air, consider pursuing work as a dog walker.
  • Pet Groomer: As the hairstylists and manicurists to man’s best friend, pet groomers help maintain a pet’s coat, nails and teeth. Some pet groomers at high end salons can earn as much as $100,000 a year.
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator: A wildlife rehabilitator takes in and cares for injured or sick wild animals. The animals are then released into the wild or taken to long-term facilities. If you are nurturing, consider a career as a wildlife rehabilitator.
  • Nonprofit/Advocacy Work: Maybe you aren’t interested in taking care of someone’s pet. Maybe you want to work at an animal shelter. Or make sure your state is cracking down on puppy mills. Or make sure all the pets in your area are spayed or neutered. Research what local nonprofits are in your area. Also reach out to national organizations like the ASPCA or the Humane Society. For more advice on how kids can get involved in or even be instrumental in beginning this kind of advocacy in your community, be sure to check out our Make it Your Mission series for kids.
  • Lobbyist: If you are interested in fighting for animal rights on the state or federal level, consider becoming a lobbyist. Most lobbyists are lawyers, so if you are interested in fighting for individual animals or animal rights groups research going to law school.
  • Veterinarian: If you want to be a doctor for animals, consider becoming a veterinarian. To become a veterinarian, you must go through four years of pre-med classes and then four years of veterinarian school. For certain specialties in veterinary medicine, a one-year internship or two to three year residency program is required.
  • Veterinary Technician: If you are interested in caring for animals in a veterinary office, consider becoming a veterinary technician—the nurse of the animal world. To become a veterinary technician, you must graduate from a two year associates degree veterinary technician program.

Jessica Reedy is a journalism student currently working as an intern for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C.

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Kidzmet’s Make it Your Mission Series for Kids

August 29, 2011 in Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence, Interpersonal Intelligence, Intrapersonal Intelligence, Linguistic (Verbal) Intelligence, Logical/Mathematical Intelligence, Musical Intelligence, Naturistic Intelligence, Personal Mission Statement, Visual/Spatial Intelligence

I think we’ve all be inspired by movies like “Pay It Forward”, but many times don’t think that we can have that kind of large scale impact on our country or world. The reality is that when you combine passion with perseverance,  we are capable of much more than we ever dreamed.

And the same goes for our kids. Over the course of the past month on Kidzmet, we set out to offer kids a step-by-step guide to honing in on a personal mission statement and how to begin sharing that mission and infectious enthusiasm with their communities, countries and even our world.

When kids start to reveal new findings rather than report on what’s already been discovered…

When they start to self-direct learning based on their own personal passions…

When they start to realize that it’s not a *single* type of intelligence that’s needed to be successful in pretty much any career you can think of, but a *puree* of several—if not all—of the multiple intelligences used in concert with each other…

That’s when learning truly has the potential to become fun and exciting for kids.

Want to help ignite Fires in the Minds of your kids–or Light Up Your Child’s Mind? We hope this series will help you do just that.

Part 1 :: Talk about what a “mission statement” is with your child and brainstorm a personal mission statement for them.

Part 2 :: Find people who do work that’s similar to what your child said his or her mission was in the last exercise and reach out to them.

Part 3 :: Plan a date, time and place to have a gathering to talk to other “like minded people” in your community about your personal mission.

Part 4 :: At your gathering, talk with others about how you can work together to affect change in this regard.

Part 5 :: Attend a trade show or conference with some of your fellow advocates and/or a parent that is in alignment with your mission.

Part 6 :: Analyze your results. How effective was each strategy? What techniques do you want to replicate as you continue your efforts? What new techniques would you like to try?

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Make It Your Mission! Part 6

August 29, 2011 in Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence, Interpersonal Intelligence, Personal Mission Statement

It’s time for your next mission meet-up!

Talk to each other about what your experience was with your responsibilities from Part 4. Did everyone do what they said they were going to do? Did some people do more than they had planned?

Analyze your results by writing down these 3 numbers for each of the different techniques you and your fellow advocates tried:

  • How many people were you able to connect with about your mission?
  • How many of those people could understand why it’s important to you…and should be to them.
  • Use a calculator to divide the number of people you were able to inspire by the number of people you were able to connect with.
Talk about which techniques were most effective in terms of:
  • Reach (how many people you were able to connect with using that technique)
  • Conversion rate (what percentage of people you were able to get excited about your mission using that technique)
  • Evangelist rate (the number of new “advocates” you were able to get to join your meeting as a result of using that technique)

What techniques to “get the word out” do you want to try this time around? Will you use the same ones? Do you want to try new ones? Has your mission changed course as a result of your efforts? Has your focus narrowed or broadened?

Before you go home, be sure to set a date and time for your next small group meeting.

Return to Part 1 with your growing group of advocates and spread the word about what’s important to you to even more people.

CONGRATULATIONS!

You are helping to change the world for the better in ways that are important to you. You should be extremely proud of yourself. :)

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Make It Your Mission! Part 5

August 21, 2011 in Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence, Interpersonal Intelligence, Personal Mission Statement

Attend a trade show or conference with some of your fellow advocates and/or a parent that is in alignment with your mission.

(Maybe one of your new email pen pals will also be attending and you can meet!)

Walk the exhibit floor and see what other people are doing that you could work into your plans.

Talk to the people at the booths that are interesting to you and tell them about what you are doing. Get their feedback on other things you might want to try to get the word out or how your two groups could work together to accomplish your goals.

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Make It Your Mission! Part 4

August 14, 2011 in Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence, Interpersonal Intelligence, Intrapersonal Intelligence, Logical/Mathematical Intelligence, Personal Mission Statement, Visual/Spatial Intelligence

Think about how you want to set up your event.
  • Do you want people sitting in chairs facing you at the front (e.g. stage/audience)
  • Do you want people sitting in chairs in a round circle?
  • Do you want people standing up and talking to each other?
  • Do you want a combination of a couple of the event formats above?
Next, think about how you will manage conversation at the event.
  • Will you have people raise their hands to speak?
  • Will you let them talk as needed?
  • Will you have conversation “sticks” that people can use to show who’s up next to talk?
  • Will you impose time limits on how much one person can speak?
How will you record people’s ideas?
  • Will you tape record them?
  • Will you video tape them?
  • Will you have someone write them down on a sheet of paper?
  • Will you have someone write them down on a chalkboard, whiteboard or easel?

It’s finally time for your event!
At your gathering, talk with others about how you can work together to affect change in this regard. Remind people how small changes on behalf of one or more people can create a positive chain of events that ultimately results in a BIG change.

Some people call this concept the “butterfly effect”…others call it a “ripple effect”…still others call it a “domino effect”.

Think about the small changes you are all willing to make individually and as a group.
  • Will you talk to at least one person a day about your mission?
  • Will you talk to your school PTA about it?
  • Will you write a letter or email to your congressional representative, senator or the president?
  • Will you create a petition?
  • Will you create a YouTube video about it?
  • How about a blog, Facebook group or a Twitter account?
  • Is it a subject that your parents could post flyers about at work?
  • Is it something that you want to talk to someone about at a local museum or bookstore?
  • Do you want to do more research about it online and reach out to more influential people and get their suggestions?

Decide who will be responsible for which tasks. How will you evaluate the results of each effort? Then, set a date with those interested for your next meet-up. Encourage each other to find ONE more friend to bring to your next meeting.

Now, GO TO IT!
As Ghandi once said…

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