More on the Stages of Farrier Development

Professional growth can be pursued and enhanced through a systematic completion of accomplishments

Movement from career stage to career stage is the essence of career development. We move to a new career stage by meeting certain needs that are characteristic of our current career stage. We then select opportunities that best help us meet those needs.

Last issue, we mapped out one way of looking at farrier development (“Five Stages of Farrier Development,” AFJ July/August, 2011). Now we’ll see how you can take a systematic approach to promoting your own career.

Certain characteristics and traits are identified with each stage. These characteristics guide thoughts, behaviors and actions for that particular stage. These ultimately have an effect on the nature of developmental opportunities appropriate at a particular stage.

While the farrier-stage model outlines a progression from one stage to another, it acknowledges that not all farriers will progress through all five stages. For each stage, there are distinct suggestions to help drive professional development. We’ll also look at some possible professional development opportunities that may be appropriate for each stage.

Failure to successfully navigate through the various stages can have significant consequences. When farriers find themselves experiencing a decline in personal commitment, they may seriously consider leaving the farrier profession.

Stage 1: Entry-Level Farrier

As noted last issue, this is when an individual first enters the farrier profession. It is essential that all professionals move out of this stage to attain career satisfaction.

Growth and possible movement from this stage may include:

  • Furthering your understanding about the equine industry and the farrier…
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Esco Buff

Esco Buff, CF, APF, of Webster, N.Y., holds a PhD in business administration and is a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.

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