How to follow your passion if you don't know what it is?

‘Follow your passion’ is a very common phrase in modern society as we are encouraged to take a job we enjoy instead of taking a job for the money or because other people think we should.


It makes sense; we spend approximately a third of our lives at work, so we should make sure it is doing something we enjoy. But what if you’re not sure what your passion is?

However, if you haven’t discovered what your passion is yet, it doesn’t mean you can’t find work you are passionate about. 

You could be finishing school preparing to enter the next phase of your life, or stuck in a job you don’t enjoy, looking for a new career path and just have no idea which direction to head. Well maybe it’s time to ask yourself some questions. 

What comes easily to you that may not do to others?

Sometimes people don’t even realise what they are good at until they compare how hard other people find it. This could be any aspect of your life. Enjoy organising? Maybe you would enjoy management or event planning? Do you easily find solutions to problems? Perhaps some sort of UX design based career? Are you good at storytelling? What about considering a career in Film production or Animation? Think about what your friends often come to you for help with, or what you often find yourself helping people out with. 

What do you do in your spare time? 

Again this doesn’t have to be a direct correlation to your future career.  What you choose to do in your spare time is a great indication of the kinds of things that you could find interesting to work in for a long period of time. If you really enjoy going to the movies or watching films then you may be interested in the making of them. If you’re interested in video games then consider a career in game development or Animation. 

Your passion doesn’t have to be the main focus of your career. 

It may not always work to pursue your direct passion as a career for a variety of reasons, but that doesn’t mean it can’t become an aspect of your job. You may be passionate about music but not necessarily want to become a musician. You might consider however, working with musicians or venues to become an event manager or organising talent. 

Can you see yourself doing this for the next 5 or 10 years?

If you are to invest time in a career, you should see yourself working in this area for the next 5 or 10 years. Don’t forget however that studying for a degree can help lead you down a wide variety of paths and job opportunities that you never even knew existed. 

This is perhaps one of the main reasons you should try to realise your passions, as there are so many jobs available, many of which you may not have even considered yet, that means settling to work in a career we don’t care about for a third of your life, well it just seems like a waste. 

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