In making career decisions, it is important to understand the place of your interests and passions. Interests and passions aid your clarity by presenting new options to you or helping you eliminate or finalise on your existing options.
Identifying your passions is not usually very difficult. For you to be able to call something your passion, it means that you love doing it or getting involved in it. This means you must have done or been involved in it a few times that you can tell that you love it.
Your interests are a milder version of your passions. You may not feel very emotional about (like you do about your passions), but you like them and you are interested in them.
Here are some tips to help you discover what you might be interested in doing:
- You have done it before (even as a hobby or an avocation), and you find that you really love doing it and would love to make it a full-time career.
- You find the job or business prospect appealing. You may not have done it before, but the thought of doing it appeals to you for certain reasons.
- You are simply curious about that line of career or the difference in responsibilities (if it is a different level of the same career).
- You have noticed that you have a natural talent for it and it interests you.
If you have a better understanding of what you love or what you would like to do, it could give you clarity and make your career decisions easy for you. Where you have the interest or passion for something, it gives you a direction to work towards. Even if you do not have the skills required for that direction, going to acquire the necessary skills can be the first step to take in your new decision.