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  • Writer's pictureMichael Glassock

How to Identify Your Passions and Find Your Dream Career

Identifying your passions and finding your dream career can be a daunting task, especially if you are in your 20s or 30s and looking to transition to a new career. It can be hard to know where to start and how to figure out what you really want to do. But don't worry, there are steps you can take to help guide you in the right direction.

1. Reflect on your interests and hobbies: The first step in identifying your passions is to think about the activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. Take some time to reflect on what you love to do in your free time, and write them down. It could be anything from playing sports, to painting, to volunteering in your community. This can help you identify your passions and the things you are naturally drawn to.

2. Assess your skills and strengths: Once you have a list of your interests and hobbies, the next step is to assess your skills and strengths. What are you good at, and what do others often ask you for help with? This can give you an idea of what you are naturally talented at and what you could potentially turn into a career. For example, if you love playing sports and people often come to you for advice on how to improve their game, you may have a talent for coaching or sports instruction.

3. Consider your values: Your values are the things that are important to you in life and in a job. Do you value work-life balance, creativity, helping others, or making a difference in the world? Knowing your values can help you find a career that aligns with them. For example, if you value helping others and making a difference in the world, you may be interested in a career in non-profit or social work.

4. Research different careers: Once you have a list of your passions, skills, and values, the next step is to research different careers that match them. Talk to people in those careers, read articles and books, and gather as much information as possible to help you make an informed decision. There are many online resources, such as LinkedIn or Glassdoor, that can provide valuable information on job requirements, salaries, and company culture. Don't be afraid to reach out to people in your network who work in fields that interest you and ask them for advice.

5. Try it out: If possible, get hands-on experience in a field you are interested in. This can help you determine if it's the right fit for you and give you a better understanding of what the day-to-day work is like. This could involve volunteering, taking classes, or doing an internship. It's important to get a realistic idea of what it's like to work in a particular field before you make a commitment.

6. Seek guidance: Finally, consider talking to a mentor or coach who can provide additional insights and support as you navigate this process. A career coach can help you identify your strengths and interests, explore career options, and create a plan to achieve your goals. They can also provide feedback and support as you work towards finding your dream career.

Remember, finding your dream career is a journey, not a destination. It may take time and experimentation to figure out what you truly love and what will bring you happiness and fulfillment in your work. It's okay to try different things and make mistakes along the way. Stay open-minded, be willing to try new things, and trust the process. With hard work and perseverance, you can find a career that you are passionate about and that aligns with your values and strengths.

If you're feeling stuck in your current career and are ready to make a change, remember that you don't have to do it alone. Investing in coaching can provide you with the guidance and support you need to identify your passions, explore new career paths, and ultimately find a fulfilling and rewarding career. Don't hesitate to reach out to me for personalised coaching that will help you navigate this exciting transition. Let's work together to make your dream career a reality!


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