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Finding Your Passion

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Finding an occupation that your are passionate about means that you find joy, energy and reward in your work.

Here are a few exercises that may help you find a career path that makes work feel less like a chore.

Find Your Passion

  • Take an online personality test. The Authentic Happiness Inventory is provided by Penn State and is a reliable reflection of your interests.
  • Ask friends and family for honest feedback about your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Keep a journal. Writing down your daily highlights will help you pinpoint where you are currently finding energy and passion.

Don't quit your job

  • Major life changes take time and we have to start slowly. 
  • Set aside some time everyday to work on developing skills that relate to the path you have chosen or dedicate any weekend day to working on your new career goal. 
  • A slow introduction allows you to get even more excited about your career path, maintain financial stability while you make the shift, and gives you more time to do what you love.

 Do Your Research

  • Find people that are already on the career path you are interested in and talk to them about how they did it.
  • Read about the current trends and study different methods for doing your passion to find ways to incorporate it into your life.
  • Even if you can't start a new career immediately, finding ways to incorporate your passion into daily life will be an amazing hobby that may grow into a more stable career with time.

Enjoy the work you do and share with others! Find your passion!