If you know where your interests and passions lie, new career ideas can emerge. This is why a careful exploration of your interests is essential for any career changer.
This is one of those exercises where you need to open your mind. For now, we are not just talking about work interests.
I want you to think
broadly to identify anything that gives you a buzz, that captures your attention, that you would choose to do if you had time and money to spare.
the following questions to help work out where your interests truly
lie. Take your time to think about them and answer them fully.
these questions to identify things that light you up, that really
enthuse you. These interests and passions are clear indicators of the
kind of thing you should be looking for in your work. They are your
source of new ideas.
Jot them down in your Career Change Project File.
You might also like to try the Groper Career Interests Profiler which assesses your interests to determine the careers you are most likely to enjoy. The assessment takes about 20 minutes and you will then get a free mini report containing your career profile, the types of activities you are most likely to enjoy, details of your values and personal attributes and examples of careers that may appeal to you.
Do I hear some yes, buts…? Are you thinking that this is all very
well, but work is meant to be serious, not fun? The things you enjoy in
your spare time are not a suitable basis for new career ideas.
response is – 'says who?!' Where has that belief about work come from?
Why does fun have to be kept for your non-work hours? If you hold
beliefs like this, ask yourself are they relevant and valid for you
today? Is it time you challenged your thinking?
Let your interests be a source of new career ideas and inspiration!
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