The 6-step guide to finding and following your passion

  • Tim Neary | December 05, 2019
The 6-step guide to finding and following your passsion

First, work out what you really want. Now it’s just a matter of planning how you’re going to get there. Follow these 6 steps and make it happen.

1: List

Write a list of the things you do inside and outside of work that make you happy, says career platform Seek. 

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Now take a look at your list. Do you see any trends or patterns? It could be that your favourite activities point to a particular industry or role that you would thrive in. 

2: Explore 

Now that you know what you’re really passionate about, it’s time to find out how you could make a career out of it. 

“If you’re currently working as an accountant at a corporate firm and you wrote that your passion is ‘helping others’ you might want to try working or volunteering at a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on this,” says Seek. 

“That doesn’t mean you have to become a social worker or community organiser: you could simply take your accounting skills to an organisation with a social focus.”

3: Tell  

Once you have an idea of how to channel your passion into a job that makes you happy, and you’ve done a bit of research on what’s required, tell your loved ones. 

“They may raise some points you hadn’t considered, or they may even be able to offer a valuable contact that would help you get your foot in the door to the job or industry you’re interested in.”

4: Write 

Now you’ve got the knowledge and vision, it’s time to put pen to paper, says Seek. 

“Weigh up all of the considerations, including how much money you will need to finance your career transition. 

“From here you will be able to start mapping out your journey.”

5: Trial

Put your plan to the test. 

“A good way to try out your new dream job is to give it a trial run,” says Seek.

“There are many options that don’t require a long-term commitment, and it doesn’t matter which route you take, as long as you take one.”

Step: Move 

Making the right change for you takes time, so don’t rush it.

“Your passion for doing something you love and the support of your family and friends is sure to sustain you through the transition period and beyond.”

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