How to Choose a New Career that Aligns with Your Passion

How to Choose a New Career that Aligns with Your Passion

In the US, only 13 percent of employees are passionate about their job. Lack of passion can lead to less engagement in tasks and more stressed workers. On the other hand, working in something you are passionate about will help you become a happier, more efficient worker. If you want to find a new career, here is some advice on how to find the best fit for your passion. 

Figure Out Your Passion

The first thing is to find out what you are passionate about. If you don’t know your passion, it will be challenging to find a career that you will love. You can start by taking some time think about the following questions:

  • What would you do for work if society, money, and status didn’t matter?
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
  • What are you good at?
  • What activities in your life excite you the most?
  • What did you love to do as a child?

These questions will help you narrow down what your passion could be. It can at least give you a direction to follow as you delve deeper into your likes and dislikes. For example, maybe you spend every free movement you have learning programming languages. That means, it is obviously something you enjoy and that makes you happy.

Leave Money Out

When trying to find out what your passion is, you should leave money out of the equation. Money is not everything in life, and even though it makes your life easier, you shouldn’t make a life-changing decision based only on money. If you choose a career you don’t like just because it offers a high salary, you will still be miserable despite the money.

So, consider the money later on in the process. You can take it into consideration after you select a few career options that align with your passion. Once you have narrowed it down, you can choose the one that has the highest salary if you want. But for now, don’t even consider the wages.

Identify Your Hero

If you are indecisive, another way to identify your passion is to determine who is your hero in life. Who is that individual that you look up to the most? Who is the person you always listen to and take advice from? It can be a relative, a coworker, or even someone famous you don’t know personally.

After identifying that person, you can look at what they do or talk about. What about what they say is so attractive to you? What about their life do you also want to have in yours? This will give you a better depiction of what your future career could be. 

For example, I follow a family on social media that have spent four years traveling the world. Not only that, but the father is an entrepreneur who sold his tech company to Snapchat. I love to watch videos about their outlook on life, their values, and their business ventures. 

Based on what I admire about them, I know that I’m passionate about tech, travel, and that I have an entrepreneurial mindset and hope to create my own company one day. So, they represent how I want my life to look in a few years.

Research Different Options

After figuring out what you are passionate about, you can start to research your options. At this point, there are two paths you can take that will yield very different results. First, you could choose to build your own business. This could be your primary option if your passion is something that does not involve traditional existing professions. 

This option is also the most challenging one. You will have to dedicate all your free time to building something profitable, and you will probably also have to spend all your savings. The scariest part is that you will have a high probability of failure. You can’t make this decision lightly, so research this path very carefully before taking it. 

The second option is to find a career where you can practice your passion, or at least some tasks that align with it. For example, let’s say you love art and are passionate about painting and drawing. Some careers that involve art include UX design, graphic design, and illustration. They require a lot of creativity, and you will be creating art in different mediums.

Stop Losing Time

No matter the path you choose, either starting your own business or embarking on a new career, time is of the essence. You may be trying to wait until you think you have enough money or for the perfect new opportunity to come up. But in the meantime, time is passing, and your chances of success may be narrowing.

Start your journey now so that you can be on your new path as soon as possible. Even if you don’t have savings, you can start a new venture in your free time while still working at your current job. The first step is to learn what skills you’ll need. For example, if you plan to start your own business, you should consider taking a course on finance, management, or marketing. 

If you are going to change careers, the next step is to get the qualifications you will need. You can enroll in university, take an online course, or attend a coding bootcamp if you are interested in a tech career. Choose the option that fits your budget best. 

Get Used to Change

The last advice I can give you is to get used to change and to get out of your comfort zone. Most of the things you want to do will probably be new, and many people feel uncomfortable when starting a new career. Get used to this feeling because you will likely be learning new things for a few months.

In Summary

Finding your passion is essential to finding a career that gives you purpose. Start by answering questions to guide yourself, look to the people that are your heroes, and don’t think too much about the money. Then, research career options, stop wasting time, and get used to the feeling of change.