Below is a sample version of this entry to help you see how an occupation can reveal your character’s beliefs, history, goals, and more.
To view the full entry, visit One Stop for Writers where it resides within the largest fiction-based descriptive database ever created. (Free Trial available.)Occupation: Veterinarian Overview: Veterinarians care for the furry, scaled, feathered, and otherwise non-human members of our families. They can work in a general practice or specialize in certain kinds of animals, such as exotics (birds, reptiles, rodents), equines, or other farm animals (cows, pigs, sheep). Vets can also work in the inspection field… Necessary Training: A doctorate is required for someone to become a vet, meaning eight years of post-graduate schooling (in the U.S.). Slots in a vet program are highly sought after … Useful Skills, Talents, or Abilities: a way with animals, empathy, gaining the trust of others, dexterity, physical strength, a good memory Helpful Character Traits: affectionate, bold, calm, cooperative, efficient, gentle, intelligent, merciful, nurturing, observant, organized, passionate, patient, perceptive, playful, professional, studious Sources of Friction: volatile or nervous pets, difficult owners, conflicts between staff members, having to put a pet down, seeing neglect cases and not being able to do anything about them, having to confront an abusive owner, a rude or insensitive staff member driving away customers, a contagious disease spreading through the animals being boarded, dogs or cats fighting in the waiting room… People They Might Interact With: pet owners, other vets in the practice, administrative staff members, vet techs, a landlord, vendors (selling medical equipment, medicines, pet supplies, etc.) How This Occupation Might Impact One’s Basic Needs:
- Physiological Needs: Care has to be taken around sick or injured animals—particularly the large or unpredictable ones—who can inflict injuries that could result in death
- Safety and Security: Safety should always be a concern around volatile animals. Not only will some bite, kick, charge, or trample out of the desire to protect themselves from perceived harm, many of them can cause serious injury unintentionally…
- Esteem and Recognition: Business owners tend to be take-charge people types who are involved in every aspect of the business. So when something isn’t going well, they can take all the blame on themselves and become mired in self-doubt…
- Vets are almost always represented in a friendly office setting. But what about a less idyllic situation, such as a vet who works in slaughterhouses maintaining the health of the animals, or one whose passion lies with test tubes and microscopes rather than the animals themselves?
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How will your character’s occupation help reveal their innermost layers?Much of your character’s life will revolve around their work, and whether they love it or hate it, their job is a great way to show, not tell, their personality traits, skills, work ethic, worldview and beliefs, and more, so we should choose it with care. Some of your scenes may take place at work, involve co-workers, or even highlight relationship friction between their work and personal life. To convey this accurately, you need to understand key details about what their job entails. Don’t worry, we’ve done the research for you!
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