You spend the better part of a typical week on the job and trying to earn a decent living. For many people, this time is rather miserable and can even feel grueling. Being unhappy for such a huge portion of your life may be your reality today, but it does not have to be tomorrow’s reality. You may have several interests or passions that you get excited about in your free time. Rather than limiting your exposure to these interests to your free time, you can potentially find a job doing something that you love. By doing so, you can improve your quality of life and feel more joyful on a daily basis.
List Your Interests
Finding a job that you love is easier said than done for most people. You understandably have bills to pay and must earn a specific amount of money to make ends meet. Before you rule out finding a job doing what you love, take time to brainstorm your interests. This may include current hobbies and physical activities. It may also include things that you have always been curious about and have never had time to explore on a deeper level.
Take a Test
After making your list, take a career profile or strong interest inventory test. These tests can help you to find specific careers or professions that may be a good fit for you. After you receive the results from these tests, you can research income potential and required credentials to determine how feasible each idea is for your unique situation and interests.
You may already be involved in some activities that you enjoy doing in your free time. For example, you may be involved in an adult recreational league sport. You could ask around to determine if any job openings are available in the league or at the facility where you normally play at. Regardless of whether your preferred activities include knitting and sewing, cooking, dancing, weightlifting, photography or anything else, there is a potential to monetize your interest. If you cannot find a salaried or hourly position, you can always begin working as a freelancer if you have exceptional skills that may be valuable to someone else.
Transitioning to a new job can be stressful, and it may be even more unnerving to switch gears and get your feet wet in a new field. However, when you find the courage and motivation to take the leap, you may enjoy a better quality of life by spending your days doing something that you enjoy.