According to a Deloitte study on passion at work, only 12 percent of the workforce enjoys what they do for a living. As more and more employees admit to settling for or staying at jobs they dislike simply because it pays the bills, the idea of turning a passion into a career seems like an unattainable fantasy. While it would be nice to love what you do for a living, it can be difficult to manifest or even know where to start. Here are some steps to help you get started in turning your passion into a career.
Find Your Passion
Before quitting your current job to pursue your passion, you must first determine what your passion is. Start by making a list of:
- Things you love doing
- Things you are good at doing
- Things you get excited or enthusiastic about
- Companies, products, or services you enjoy
Research Your Passion
Go online or visit your local library to research in-demand professions and job trends. Doing so may enlighten you to potential career options that you never knew existed. Once you have narrowed your options down to a few career avenues that relate to your passions, research what job qualifications or certifications those employment opportunities require.
Test Your Passion
To ensure your passion of choice can successfully translate into a career, you may first need to give it a test drive. Cross-reference your newly discovered career for any current job openings in your area. You may have to start by volunteering, interning, or scheduling part-time employment around your current job. If you can make it work and see yourself excelling both personally and professionally in a position that you’re passionate about, then perhaps you’re ready to take a leap of faith and change careers.
Work for Your Passion
The popular quote, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” is a little misleading. Sure, turning your passion into a career that generates sustainable income may be a more fulfilling option than working your life away for someone else. But, make no mistake, to achieve your goal you will have to put in a lot of work. If you’re feeling stuck or unfulfilled at your current job and desire a rewarding, passionate career, Jobs Partnership can help you work toward a solution.
Get Help Pursuing Your Passion
Often the key to getting unstuck is letting others show you the way out. Our LifeWorks training program allows you to work with a team of coaches and mentors who can help guide you through the process of discovering the job you were made for. If you’d like to learn about some of the most in-demand career fields that may align with your passion, please call Jobs Partnership today at 407-641-0755.