3 Steps Away From Turning Your Passion Into A Paycheck
Choosing a career can be overwhelming. Throughout our adolescence people are constantly pointing us in different directions. It can be easy to choose a job based on what others say about it. You might think you should become a doctor, because it's noble and pays well. That is certainly true, but it doesn't mean it is the right career for YOU. Knowing and understanding your passions are essential to finding happiness in a career. Your job will take up a large portion of your time on earth. You should be passionate about what you do, because if you're not, what's the point? Yes I know we all have bills to pay, but if you can turn your passion into a paycheck, then you have really done something right.
So how does one go about doing that?
1. Make a list
Make a list of the things/hobbies/activities you are most passionate about. Perhaps you love sports or designing graphics on the computer. Whatever your passions are, pinpoint them and write them down. Once you have done this, create a web where you can create branches of jobs that might stem from that interest. For example, if you love sports, you might have a branch that says Sports Writer or Professional Sports Coach. These are real career possibilities with real potential. Dreams don't have to be just dreams. They can be reality too if you approach them in a serious way. The days of doing whatever job is around the corner are over. With the endless resources and knowledge we have today, the world is truly at your fingertips. Don't let it slip away!
2. Do Research
Once you have a list of your passions and job possibilities, you'll want to do some research on what qualifications you need to be considered for those jobs. Knowing if you have the skills necessary or if further schooling is required is important in making a decision about a career. Part of your research will be finding people in your industry and connecting with them. Networking is crucial and will pay off in the long run. By doing your due diligence you are one step closer to making your passion a career.
3. Have No Fear
Embarking on a path less traveled can be intimidating. If you have always worked in marketing and suddenly find yourself hoping to go into the theatre arts industry, you probably feel unsure and overwhelmed. That's normal, but don't fret. Extensive studies show that people who work in a field they are passionate about have longer and more fulfilling careers. When you love what you do, you do it better, and that leads to greater career advancements over time. So give yourself a pat on the back for thinking outside of the box and having the courage to be honest with yourself. Better now than never!