Discover Your Career Passion

 

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discover your career passion if you no longer have any enthusiasm for your current career how can you find out what it is that you would like to do how can you identify what your career passion is the key to finding and identifying potential careers that fit around your career passion is to tune into your true self 1 use employer perks 2 join a club 3 stop being passive 4 go on holiday 5 revisit your childhood 6 get feedback 7 seek professional guidance 8 do voluntary work 9 return to school 10 experiment 1 use employer perks a great way of finding your passion is to try out new activities and experiences the opportunity to do so could be right under your nose depending on the size of your current employer it may organize lunchtime activities or weekend outings for its employees maybe staff members get vouchers for certain external activities or venues as part of their compensation package even smaller organisations may have informal special interest groups run for and by staff look into what s available to you you never know your current job could indirectly lead you down a new career path 2 join a club just as there were plenty of clubs and societies to join at your school or university there are also many such groups out there in the `real world now we re grown up in fact there s a club or group for every activity or interest area you can think of so there is plenty of scope for experimenting with different clubs to find something you re passionate about the majority of these groups are open to all ages to find out what s on offer in your area check the local print and online press look at notice boards in the supermarket or library or ask neighbours and nearby friends follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com

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3 stop being passive perhaps your passive interests could be turned into active passions it could be that you ve been fascinated by a certain subject or issue for a long time but you ve never involved yourself in any actual activities to do with it consider doing so because it really could inspire you in coming up with new career ideas for instance if you love history but have only ever read about it in books try volunteering at a historical museum or interviewing veterans about the war this will give you a taste of what it s like to involve yourself deeper in a subject in which you`re interested 4 go on holiday when we travel to somewhere we ve never been before we re often inspired by the novelty of our surroundings to try an activity we d never do at home or to go to a museum historic place or conservation area that focuses on an issue we ve never fully explored previously book a trip somewhere where there s plenty of opportunity to try new things if you enjoy something in particular whilst you re away look for ways to keep up your new hobby upon your return home and see what it leads to think also about what you have enjoyed doing or visiting on previous holidays 5 revisit your childhood what did you enjoy doing as a child that you no longer do a major reason for giving up childhood hobbies is no longer having the time for them once we go off to university or start full-time work but if we can combine our old passions with our work we get the best of both worlds so think back to your childhood activities and reflect on how they could translate to grown-up careers 6 get feedback the people in our life know more about our passions than we realize when we get passionate about something our appearance and attitude both change our face lights up and our body language is more positive the people who know us really well such as close friends immediate family and long-term colleagues notice these changes over time they ll also start noticing what triggers the changes so if you don t know ask them it might sound silly to have to ask someone else what you like but if you ask what do you think i d really enjoy doing as a career it sounds very natural follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com

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7 seek professional guidance feedback from a career coach or guide can be just as valuable as that from our personal contacts a career professional worth their salt will ask you pertinent questions and listen to the answers before giving you constructive feedback they will discuss your whole life with you which helps you to recall any hobbies strengths and interests from different stages in your life that you may have forgotten about to find a decent career professional ask people you know who ve recently made a career transition if they used a good guide as part of the process 8 do voluntary work if you ve found something you enjoy doing in your spare time but you re wondering if you could turn it into a career and stick at it for the long haul try it out in a work context look for volunteering opportunities around your chosen activity or interest and volunteer frequently over a substantial period of time so you get a taste of what it d be like as a regular full-time job other ways to gain work experience in a new field is to work shadow someone who s already in the profession you re considering or to do pro bono work for your friends and family 9 return to school there may be something you ve always wanted to study at college or university but couldn t because you didn t have enough money for the fees or you came under pressure from parents or teachers to study something else or pursue a particular vocation now you re exploring the possibility of a new career this could be the ideal time to do a weekend course or evening class in the subject that interested you in the first place and see where it takes you get in touch with your local further education college to find out what it has to offer or consider distance learning 10 experiment at work try doing different things in your current job your present line of work may not excite you but in most workplaces there s always the opportunity to switch up your tasks and duties speak to your boss about doing different types of work on a temporary basis or for just a few hours a week if you enjoy the change you may be able to pursue a new position within your current company where you re doing this new kind of work all the time there are many benefits to finding a new job in your old company in this way this checklist has been created by position ignition ltd one of the uk s leading career consulting companies and founders of the career ignition club please contact enquiries@positionignition.com for more information or to suggest additional resources follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com

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