All of you must be familiar with Rachel Green, a character played by Jennifer Aniston in the famous sitcom Friends. If you have followed her journey, you are also aware that she went from being a spoilt brat to becoming a waitress at the coffee shop. Ultimately, she pursued her passion for fashion by working for Bloomingdale’s and Ralph Lauren.
The point of rehashing this story was to emphasize the importance of pursuing your passion and making a career out of it.
According to a study, 85% of people worldwide hate their current jobs. So, don’t be too astonished if you feel trapped sitting in front of that computer all day. There’s hope for you yet! Keep reading to know.
We can all agree that one of the most frustrating things you are likely to experience in your adult life is to see yourself in a job that you’re not passionate about. Being uninspired by what you do is not only unproductive but also unnecessary.
But who says you can’t find joy in what you do? You can turn your hobbies into a full-fledged career option.
Given below is the checklist of things to ponder over when you want to pursue your passion as a career.
1) Think about the activities that excite you
Consider this, what would you do if you didn’t have that less-than-satisfying job to take care of? Think about the activities that awaken your zeal and passion, and doesn’t make you feel stuck.
Maybe you like photography. Maybe you like writing. Maybe you like cooking or feel passionate about social causes. Any activity that you’re passionate about can be transformed into a full-time career.
Now, it may take a considerable time before you finally decide on what you want to pursue. You need to be prepared to follow your gut.
2) Don’t charge money just as yet
The Joker might have advised, “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” But to do that, you have to hone your skills before you hope to have a steady income by pursuing your passion.
Carrying out the side project without worrying about turning your passion into a proper career right away will help you sharpen your skills and boost your confidence.
Remember to take baby steps. For instance, if you’re considering a career in academic writing, you need to have a clear idea of how the assignment help services function. You can offer your services to people in your network for free.
Working for free will also let you decide if you actually enjoy the work enough to consider it as a career option. Chances are, if you won’t do the work for free, you won’t do it for money either.
3) Mix your passion with other skills you have
Maybe you’re thinking about a career in graphic design because you love playing around with visuals. Is there any specific skill that could amplify the scope for success?
Maybe you also have great photography skills. You can use that skill to capture and create stunning visuals and promote it on social media to garner the attention of the audience.
Every successful individual has a success mantra that they swear by. So, you should figure out your secret recipe of success that’s made up of all the different skills and experiences that’s unique to you. This is what will help you stand out in your career and add to your credibility.
4) Develop and maintain solid connections
Consider how you can reach out to the people who are in need of the services you’re willing to offer. Are you familiar with someone that could connect you with your target clients? There are myriad ways to expand your network and attract the attention of like-minded people.
For instance, if you feel passionate about blogging, then use social media. Make sure to tell your friends and followers to share your write-ups. That’s how you can build your audience effectively.
Once your audience is familiar with your work and derives value from it, you can focus on creating your portfolio to show off your work.
5) Determine what works and what doesn’t
While pursuing your passion, you are likely to go through a period of adjustment, just like any other regular job. Now, this is the point where you have to identify what works and what doesn’t.
Maybe you’ve discovered that the blog that you’ve been maintaining as a supplement for your photography business isn’t gaining traction, but your Instagram account is generating more engagement. This is probably an indication that you need to revamp your strategy.
Always ensure that you note down any developments that may happen as you gain experience and keep practicing. Learn from both the hits and misses.
6) Gain insights into the demand for your skills and competencies in your chosen industry
After you’ve identified your passion, you need to have knowledge about the level of demand for your skills. Taking a plunge into a career that has a low demand can be risky. Same with the one that has a large number of competitors.
However, the number of competitors shouldn’t deter you from pursuing your passion.
If you are confident about your skills, you can establish your career despite the competition.
So, you need to assess the demand. Check whether there are a considerable number of people who are keen to pursue that niche you have chosen. This is vital, specifically if you want your career to flourish in the long run.
7) Pay attention to what you like and don’t like about your niche
Maybe you thought you could dabble into wedding photography. But the schedule could be too erratic for you, and you may feel it’s too tedious.
Anyone who has pursued their passion as a career would vouch for the fact that it’s hard to gain the momentum to make the change initially. However, making the right efforts always pay off.
You can’t stay stuck in a rut simply because you’ll have the least resistance. It’s always wise to keep exploring and reinventing as you move ahead in your career. This is particularly important if you’re really committed to doing the thing that makes you happy.
8) Be open to suggestions and learn from the mistakes
It’s natural to make mistakes while in the early stages of your career. What’s essential in this case is to keep an open mind and learn from the mistakes you make. That way, you’ll have the scope to flourish in the path you’ve chosen as your career.
You need to have commitment and determination to pursue the passion even after committing mistakes. The outcomes may vary depending on the situation and different factors could assume a role in the failure or success of your venture.
Should the risks of failing prevent you from trying to earn a living out of your passion? Definitely not. If you find yourself doubting your decision, you must constantly remind yourself that the worst thing is staying within a job that you’re not satisfied with.
9) Start small
Once you have set out on the right track, you can charge money for the services you provide. When you reach out to the clients, and you’ll be able to show the work that you did for free at the start of your career as a sample or a portfolio.
For a service-based job, always ensure you get recommendations to help you ease into the paid arena.
A client who’s receiving some form of return for the work you’ve done will be happy to pay. If that’s not the case, find someone who will.
10) Follow an influential figure in your chosen niche
Follow the seasoned professionals and reputed figures in your industry. These are the people you should be looking up to who are successfully doing the work that you want to venture into.
While you should focus on a unique approach, learning from those who tasted success before you doesn’t mean your work can’t be authentic. You can take a cue from their strategy, but do it your own way.
11) Consider the related careers as well (at least initially)
We are not asking you to compromise with your passion. But having alternatives when you’re starting out is a wise thing to do. Also, let’s rehash what we stated earlier.
Turning your passion into a career requires sacrifices, at least in the beginning. As they say, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. You should be eager to accept something that’s in one way or another, associated with your passion and would gradually help you to get there.
Let’s say, you want to do something for your community. You can try a volunteering position in an NGO. Likewise, if you want to be a stand-up comic, consider building your reputation by participating in events.
While pursuing your passion as a full-time career may sound cool, the journey might not be easy. You have to be ready for a fair amount of struggle, and you also need to work on enhancing your skills. Aside from the zeal and passion for your work, you would also need to stay confident and continue doing what you do best. In the end, it’ll all be well worth it.