Remember taking those career assessment tests in high school? Although they can tell you where your strengths lie, they don’t necessarily tell you what you’re passionate about. Passion is something that comes from inside you—and, if your interests or skills don’t clearly align with a career path, it can be difficult to put your finger on what you want to do.
To find your career passion, think about the following:
- What do you love to do?
- What are your interests?
- What skills do you possess?
- What do you want to be remembered for?
- What impact do you want to have on people?
- What motivates you?
- If salary wasn’t an issue, what career path would you choose?
- What courses did you excel in during high school or college?
- What do others say you’d be great at?
Obviously, not every one of those questions will lead you to your ideal career path, but they will certainly get you thinking about what you’re good at and what you enjoy most.
Once you’ve brainstormed from those questions, start thinking outside of the box when it comes to ideal career paths you might take. For example, when I was working as a public relations professional, I had to hire for several positions within our firm. I discovered that I truly enjoyed the hiring process and wanted to improve upon it—so I set out to use my knowledge as a hiring manager by starting my own company, Come Recommended. Now, I’ve combined both of those career paths into one, working as a career expert and running a PR and content marketing company for HR/career organizations.
Get a better handle on your ideal industry by actually experiencing it. You can do this one of the following ways:
- Job shadow – tagging along with a professional in the field73 you desire to work in to see what their day-to-day assignments are like.
- Informational interview – asking for 10-15 minutes of a professional’s time to inquire about the field, ask questions about the organization and receive advice about breaking into the industry.
- Volunteering – offering to help a local nonprofit organization by working in a position similar to your ideal field.
- Internship – experiencing the industry first-hand by working for an organization as an intern, building your skills and networking with other professionals at the company.