So far, we have shared simple and effective career direction tips that would be very useful for making career decisions whether you are a starter or a pro. We started with the role of prayer, followed it with the importance of understanding your skills and in the last post, we looked at taking advantage of opportunities.
In today’s post, we’ll be looking at the place of your interests and passions in career direction. Your skills are extremely essential in your career, they can show you the possibilities of what you can do and where you can fit in, whether you really like these possibilities or not. Similarly, you may find opportunities that you can explore, with or without a great liking for them. Determining where your interests and passions lie can help you to determine where to turn in your career.
There is a difference between an interest and a passion, and I explore it at length in my book, Create Your Ideal Career**. For now, though, we’ll apply them together.
Your interests and passions can help you to make career decisions because all you need to do is follow what you already like to do or what you are interested in doing (even if you haven’t done it before).
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 would like to do, it could 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.
I hope you have found the tips and truths shared in this short series helpful in your quest for career direction. Remember to take action with what you have learned, that’s when things can become even clearer for you.
**My upcoming book Create Your Ideal Career gives you a guide on how to discover and create the work that is purposeful, passionate and personally-suitable for you. If you would like to get this book or you would like more information, please visit www.TinukemiOlaoye.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.