Most of the time when asked, “What do you do?”, I tend to hear statements about people and the jobs that they have held for 1, 2 and 30 years. Then somewhere along the line as we chat in our networking meeting, we get to the points about our interests, activities that bring us joy and secret dreams and desires of working in that industry full-time leading a full-filled full-time work life! STOP! Now let’s back this train up… Choo, Choo, Choo! Where is it written that we can not understand those areas of our life that bring us passion and then make realistic plans to pursue them. In case you don’t know, it’s not written anywhere that we as life-long workers can not do just that. And if we start with identifying 3 Early warning signs that help you to identify your passion for your job, we are on the right track:
- Start by blabbing out the things that bring your joy. You may even try to write them down on an index card. For instance, some of you may enjoy sharing information, talking, planning events. You may be the one in your group of friends who always plans the vacation, parties and such. You may be the one who always helps make it happen. So your joy blab consists of: planning, sharing knowledge, and organizing celebrations. Very good. This in and of itself tells us that you are excited when it comes to putting things together. Do you realize how many people, small businesses, resorts, hotel chains and conference centers would love to contract you to do just that? Maybe you don’t. This is an early warning sign that your passion is starting to shine through !
- Second early warning sign that your passions will help you to identify your next job is to think of a few jobs that you would kill to do, regardless of skills, education, or circumstances required to do that job. Just name it. Is it talk show host, reporter, curator, or maybe even farmer? Have you ever learned of a job or hobby that someone else was involved in and said to yourself, “That sounds so incredible! I’d love to do that!” And I say, “Why can’t you do just that?” Take a look at the occupational outlook handbook and review some of the ways that people can get involved in that occupation. You may be surprised! Your passion is shining through!!
- Lastly, Imagine yourself using the skills that bring you joy. If you love quiet environments where you can create art, create poetry, create diagrams, create infrastructures, imagine how you can utilize your intense love of concentrated efforts in a planning environment. In many instances in order to understand options and ways that you can use your energy, excitement, love and passion, you may have to consult with a certified career and transition counselor who can help you to manage your career direction. See Career Thought Leaders or Career Directors International to locate a certified counselor.
You can choose the work that fills you with excitement and passion every day. The early warning signs that you can do this is if you can think about the things that bring your joy, if you can imagine your ideal jobs and if you can imagine using your concentrated efforts. There is a job that you were born to do. Let me write it for you helps motivated job seekers and career changers to identify their passions and put them on paper and in social media circles. Contact Debra Ann @ 931.269.WR1T for more assistance.