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What is it that you are truly passionate about? Whether you have a deeply-held love of building new gadgets, writing, making gourmet treats, or simply helping others, you’ve likely thought about turning your passion into a career. For a variety of reasons, however, most people ultimately opt to get a “real” job and ignore their desires. Down the road, this can lead to internal dissonance, stress, and even regret.
Thankfully, it is never too late to do what you’ve always wanted to do. Crowdfunding Finder shares their top four tips for turning your passion into a personally and professionally fulfilling career.
Identify exactly what it is you want to be doing
Before changing careers, it is critical to decide exactly what you want to be doing. Without a clear vision and concrete goals, it will be far more challenging to leap into this new chapter of your life.
For example, if your passion is photography, decide what you’d like to be doing within this field. Start by envisioning a typical workday in your new career. Do you want to be taking photos at weddings? Or of natural landscapes? Do you want to own your own photography studio? Whatever comes to mind, put it down on paper and run with it.
Make up for any gaps in your education
When switching your field of work, it is common to run into educational gaps. Although identifying these gaps can feel overwhelming at first, it is easier than ever before to get the education you need to switch careers.
Online degree programs are the best option for busy professionals (especially while COVID-19 continues to pose a risk). Instead of dropping everything to attend classes at a set time, you’ll have the flexibility to continue working and pursuing your passion. Even if you technically don’t have to go back to school to change careers, a degree program can significantly broaden your career opportunities. For example, if you have a passion for computers, an online computer science degree will enhance your understanding of logic, architecture and systems, data structures, AI, and computer theory. This expansion of your knowledge can make you a top candidate as you search for jobs.
Begin making connections in your new industry
Even when searching for a job in the time of COVID-19, networking is still critical — especially when changing careers. Since last year, networking groups have turned to virtual platforms (such as Zoom) so that they can continue meeting.
Start putting yourself out there (virtually) by attending local meetings of professionals in your area. It is beneficial to meet with people who are already doing what you want to be doing, as well as those who run businesses you may partner with in the future. With an estimate of only 30% of jobs being posted to an online job board, who you know really can help with successfully changing careers.
Start your own business
If you are entrepreneurial-minded, or your passion is best suited for self-employment, consider starting your own business. In one afternoon, you can build and publish a basic website, choose your company name, and begin offering products and services. If bootstrapping will be a challenge when it comes to funding, and if you balk at the idea of a loan, consider finding startup capital through crowdfunding sites. Just be sure to give plenty of detail so investors know why your idea is worth the investment.
No matter your age or current circumstances, you can take steps to turn your passion into a career. Even if you have to start with a few small steps, it is possible to do what you love for a living.
Crowdfunding Finder works to connect investors with startups and emerging businesses that are posted on crowdfunding platforms.
By Amy Collett