Turning Your Passion Into a Career You’ll Love
Thinking of transitioning to a new career? There are many reasons people consider career changes, from wanting to make more money to feeling bored of their current role. Generally, however, there’s a common thread of dissatisfaction with one’s work. However, any old career change won’t necessarily fix this problem.
After all, if you don’t take steps to ensure otherwise, there’s every chance you’ll be just as dissatisfied in your next career as you are in your current one. That’s why MyCV Creator has created this guide for how to identify your passions and turn them into a truly rewarding career. Let’s get started:
Should You Run a Business?
Although not all passion-related careers require running a business, many will. It’s important to consider whether or not business ownership could be in your future when figuring out your next moves. Do you enjoy managing others? Are you a self-starter? Do you have an idea you can turn into your own self-sustaining company?
If business ownership is your next path, take time to think about the workflows and programs you’ll use to reach success. If you offer a professional service or consultancy, your workflows could make or break your business. Look for tools that help you keep everything organized. Ideally, you want full visibility of your billable hours, the ability to easily track work-related expenses, and an easy way to batch-process invoices. This will help you save time, as well as give you a better view of where you make (or lose) the most money, so you can set yourself up for success.
Identifying Your Passions
Whether you want to run your own business or simply find another form of traditional employment, you’ll need to identify your passions before you can follow them. For some people, this is extraordinarily easy. You may be able to quickly list off several things you do that you’re sure you’re passionate about.
For others, however, passion is murkier. If you’re not sure what your passions are, think about what you most enjoy doing in your spare time. Another big sign is what kinds of conversations you get most interested in at parties. What gets you excited? What sparks your imagination? These questions are sure to point you toward the topics, causes, or activities you could build a life out of.
Test the Waters
Before you fully commit to a career change based on any given passion, find a way to test the waters. After all, enjoying something doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll succeed in that field. Moreover, many people find that, while some passions lend themselves to great careers, others simply make you burn out on something you once loved.
There are many great ways to test out whether or not a passion would make a good career. For example, if your passion is crafting, consider trying to sell your goods at local shops or online. If you want to make a difference for a cause or a community, seek out volunteer opportunities. Finding a way to give something a shot without committing your whole life to it first empowers you to know for sure that it’s a good path for you.
Work to Prevent Burnout
Many people believe that once they’re working in a field or career they’re passionate about, they’ll become impervious to burnout. Not only is that entirely not true, but burnout can actually be far worse when it’s from something you enjoy - precisely because you enjoy it. That passion can make it far more stressful to start burning out, and you might even try to suppress your anxiety because of this, making it even worse.
That said, there are several simple steps you can take to keep burnout at bay. First and foremost, make sure to take regular vacations. Your mind and body need time away from work to rest and recharge. Even a long weekend now and again can do wonders for helping you keep the creative energy necessary to do your job well. Moreover, sticking with a healthy diet, sleeping at least seven hours each night, and exercising for 30 minutes a day will help you keep stress to a minimum so you can keep loving what you do.
Career changes always require a leap of faith, but there’s plenty you can do to give yourself the best chance at loving your next job. We hope this article inspires you to identify and follow your passions. A truly fulfilling career is out there, just waiting for you to find it!
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