You don’t necessarily need passion to have a successful career. But to get total fulfilment from your work, passion is needed. However, what most people want to know is how to turn their passion for their hobbies into a decent paying job. This article will discuss five steps that you can use to turn your biggest passions into a career.
Figure Out What Your Passions Are
Learning how to make your passions into a job is a great thing. But many people of all ages don’t know what their passions are. How can a person find their dream job if they don’t know what they like to do?
Write a list of the 3-5 activities that you could do for hours to the exclusion of all else. Does one thing on the list jump out at you? For example, could you spend an hour decorating a cake? Can you spend hours on a short story you’re writing? Do you love to fix cars? When you find the activity or two that brings out your best in you, you’re ready to go on to the next step.
Match Your Passions With Careers
Think of ways to turn your biggest passions into a paying job. Do you love nature and animals? Look into working at a wildlife sanctuary. Or consider staying closer to home and becoming a big animal veterinarian. Make these possibilities actionable by thinking of jobs that can satisfy your passions.
Figure Out What You’re Good At
To stay motivated and get fulfilment from your work, you need passion to be a part of your professional journey. However, passion alone won’t cause you to work hard, get better at your job, or ensure any good outcomes. You need to have the skills needed to get your dream job.
If you want to get into the health field but have average grades in math and science, becoming a physician one day will be out of your grasp. But what if you’re a good writer? You could do work in social outreach, administration or grant writing. This skill will allow you to work in the field of health while using talents you have.
Become An Expert In Your Future Field
Having a passion is a great thing. But once you have identified what you want to do with your life, the hard work has to begin. In this journey, you will need to undertake challenges to become an expert in your field. Jacqueline Whitmore, a contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine, says that it will be hard for people to take you seriously without some education.
Going back to school seems like a fine idea. But many adults have work, family, and social responsibilities that keep them from full-time schoolwork. In this modern age, many adults who work full-time can go earn online degrees, either on a part-time or full-time basis. Babson Survey Research Group stated that between 2015 and 2016, online degree enrollment rose rapidly in that year than it did for the previous three. So if you want to turn your passion for the environment into a career, get an education first.
Work Your Network
Your degree tells employers that you know enough to do the job at hand. But it can be the people in your network that get you through that door in the first place. Working your network during college or while searching for a position can keep you in front of the minds of your friends, family, and potential employers. TopResume even said that the most connected professionals tend to be the most successful. So always be open to foster new connections. You never know if it could turn into your dream career.
About the author
Craig Middleton has worked in health, real estate, and HR businesses for most of his professional career. He graduated at UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.