All the career help guides tell you if you find what you’re passionate about, and dedicate your career to it, you’ll be fulfilled. For some, the answer comes quickly and easily. For others, that’s not always the case.
Many want to get a job that aligns with what they care about, then realize identifying that passion is harder than they thought. Instead of worrying, try these four ways to find your passion:
1. Make a list of what you love
When have you felt the happiest? What were you doing? Out of all of your hobbies and interests, which bring you the most joy? Consider everything that makes you happy and create a list, omitting nothing. Some of it might seem far-fetched and unobtainable, but it’s important to understand how these things all tie into your passion.
2. Find the connections
On their own, these items will probably appear disconnected and strange. At this stage you might look over your list and see no discernable connection, and that’s okay! The goal isn’t to treat them like ingredients you have to work together to make a delicious dish – instead it’s about seeing where they can fit. Look at the skills and talents behind each and consider careers and jobs that will allow you to pursue what you enjoy.
3. Decide what is a career vs. a hobby
At this stage, you might have a few ideas. It’s essential to decide what is simply a hobby and where you can build a career. This stage is hard, and it can mean letting go of pipe dreams. It involves being realistic about what you can and can’t do. For example, perhaps your dream is to be a Broadway star, but if you can’t sing, it’s time to consider something else.
Conversely, this can be the time you decide to truly go for that crazy idea. On paper it might seem like a hobby, but if you feel it’s the right step, try it and know instead of wonder and regret.
4. Be prepared for pushback
Once you find your passion and put the steps in place to pursue it, you will encounter people who won’t agree. It can come from people you currently work with who don’t want to lose you or family members who don’t want you to make a mistake. Reinventing your life is scary, but when you spend most of your time working, taking the chance is worth it.
Work with a recruiter to find your passion
Sometimes it takes someone else evaluating your goals and interests to match you with the perfect opportunity. At Workbox Staffing, we’re committed to advocating for our job seekers, clients, and communities. We have new jobs spanning a variety of industries coming in daily. We want to help you land the kind of job you can feel fulfilled going to every day. Start your job search with us today!