Passion and Profession: How to Get Paid Doing What You Love
We’ve all heard an inspirational career quote at some point in our lives, whether it’s “do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life,” or “if you can dream it, do it.” And while a solid Walt Disney quote can be good for the soul, it’s tough determining what’s clich and what’s valuable career advice.
It’s safe to assume that we’d all love to find a job that aligns with our passions, assuming you’ve already identified what those passions are. But what if you’re not sure what you actually love doing? It’s a fair concern – if you’ve spent years in a career that’s crushed your spirit, it’s easy to forget what you enjoy doing.
So, how do you start identifying your passions and turn them into a profession?
Evaluate your Experience
Look on the bright side: all those years of crappy-paying, soul-sucking jobs still taught you some valuable lessons. For example, do you remember that landscaping gig you took to make ends meet last summer? If an uneven hedge or patch of dry grass really agitated you, it may have uncovered your eye for detail.
Maybe you worked in customer service. You may have hated dedicating your weekend to nagging soccer moms, but the job may have shown you how well you work under pressure.
Not only does this help define your unique skillsets, but it makes it easy to sell yourself at networking events, interviews or in an elevator pitch.
Find What You???re Good At
It might go without saying, but knowing what you’re good at is a huge component of determining what you’re passionate about. Knowing your strengths and determining where you excel offers great insight. You’re more likely to love what you do if you’re confident in your ability to do it!
Take musicians, for example. Because of their background in performing, attention to detail and need to perfect their part, musicians tend to be analytical and methodical, which makes the perfect software developer!
If you can’t identify other things you’re good at, ask around! Family, friends and co-workers are a great start. Do they often ask you for advice or help putting together annoying Ikea furniture? If so, you might have a knack for problem solving.
Identify Your Hobbies
Believe it or not, identifying your hobbies can provide a ton of clarity on what career path to take. Of course, it’s important to differentiate between what things should remain a hobby versus what can turn into an actual career.
While some might consider sitting on the beach under a palm tree while drinking a margarita a hobby, it’s pretty unlikely to turn into a career. Some things are simply more marketable than others, right?
Now take gaming, whether its computer games or video gaming. Turning this hobby into a profession is a much more realistic approach: not only is gaming a multi-million dollar industry, it provides countless job opportunities from graphic design to game developers.
Once you have a good grasp on what you enjoy doing, what you’re good at and the value your previous experience brings, it’s time to find your dream job! For many people, it means starting their career completely from scratch, and that’s okay. In fact, studies show that the average person will change jobs over eleven times between the ages of eighteen and forty-eight.
The biggest hurdle to clear is obtaining the skills you’ll need for your new role, whether it’s certifications, licenses or education. Luckily, the internet is filled with opportunity, from online universities to boot camps, one-on-one career coaching to digital networking events.
If you have a passion in gaming, computers or technology, we’ve got you covered!