Turning Your Passion Into A Career
When you’re a child you never imagined yourself sat in an office doing admin or stuck in a dead-end job that you hate. Somewhere along the line, our passions are extinguished, and we become gradually conditioned to believe that we should be working, earning money and paying into the system, without to much regard about what we actually want to be doing.
In actual fact, it doesn’t have to be like that. It is possible to turn our passion into a career – or at least some of your passion. It might take a bit of creative thinking, but if you are determined, you should be able to find a way.
Turning your passion into a career doesn’t mean that it isn’t hard work, but just might be more enjoyable hard work than before!
If you love travel, the world is literally, your oyster. There are many ways to incorporate travel into your career. You can actually work in the travel industry or find a career that allows you to travel whilst you are working – or work whilst you are travelling.
You could choose to work in an airline which could take you to destinations around the world, for example. Air cabin members provide customer service to passengers throughout their flights. You’ll be trained to deal with emergency situations and strive to create the perfect flying experience for passengers. You can start on a salary of £12,000 – £14,000, which can potentially grow to £20,000. There are also many opportunities for growth as well. You also don’t need a degree for this – instead, most airlines require you to have a good secondary education, although a degree in either travel, leisure and tourism, languages or hospitality may be beneficial. You will be expected to maintain a high level of fitness however, including the ability to swim 25 metres unaided.
Working as a writer is another great way to incorporate travel into your work – you could travel around the world and take part in different experiences like bungee jumping or seeing the Northern Lights – a ‘bucket list must for many’ as described by Omega Breaks. Or, you could send yourself off to some more far-flung destinations to review hotels, for example.
Another option is to work as what’s called a digital nomad. These are basically people who carry their work around on their laptop and can work wherever there is the internet. They would typically work in digital marketing, as a virtual assistant or do some other work which doesn’t require them being in the same location every day.
There are also careers that involve travel, but they may not actually involve much travelling. As a translator, for example, you can translate a range of content such as educational, legal or technical documents. The advantage of this career is that you can work as a freelancer from home, meaning flexible hours, or there are some agencies if you’d prefer.
If you are passionate about music, it can be difficult to make a career out of it – especially if you want to play, but there are ways to make it happen. Playing music doesn’t necessarily mean becoming a famous pop star, but a musician could work as a session musician, music teacher, composer and arranger organising sessions, in music therapy, or beyond playing, repairing instruments, in a music shop, event organiser, in radio or artist management.
Each type of career in this industry require different qualifications/experience. To become a music producer for example, you must learn the basics of a music education, so try to gain experience or attend music schools/colleges/universities that offer recording arts, music engineering or production courses. It is also worth taking on an apprenticeship with someone who has contacts, or a local music shop or recording studio.
An average music producer working in London typically earns £28,500 per year, but salaries can vary greatly.
If you’re dreaming of becoming a professional musician, you’ll need talent and determination. Your income will vary widely, depending on the type of gigs you’re performing, if you’re freelance or if you’re working with an agent. Working hours will be irregular, and you will constantly be monitoring your reputation. There is an aspect of travel, as you can perform worldwide.
In terms of experience, ideally you should have been practising an instrument from a young age. While you don’t need any formal degrees, experience is essential as you’ll need a decent portfolio to show how talented you are.
The music industry isn’t easy, and it takes a combination of hard work and training for most people to get anywhere. Networking is important, and just because you can play doesn’t mean that you can write or repair instruments. That comes with a lot of hard work and practice, but if you’re passionate about it, it will be worth the graft.
In a similar way to music, if you love art, you can give it a go. One of the best things about trying for a career that starts out as a hobby is that you can work whilst doing your hobby, gradually reducing your hours down until you are being paid enough to be able to support yourself only on your work doing your passion.
It can be a long road, a lot of hard work and involve disappointment, but if you have a talent for art, you have a chance of forging a career in it. There are, of course, other careers which can be followed in the art world which doesn’t involve producing art. Managers, gallery owners and teachers are but a few.
Working in an art gallery involves researching and cataloguing artworks, organising displays and exhibitions, giving tours, negotiating funding and training staff. You’d need a degree in a relevant subject, such as fine art or art history, and you’d need excellent management, communication and literary skills. You can also gain experience working or volunteering in galleries and museums. Beginners’ salaries start at £16,000, with managers earning up to £40,000.
No matter what your passion is, there is often a way to make a career in that world. If you love cars, for example, you can train to be a mechanic or work using other skills in the car industry, if you love food you can train to be a chef, food writer or learn how to run a restaurant.
What is important is that you first decide that you want to make a career out of something that you love doing, then plan how to do it. It will probably involve some sort of training and sometimes even qualifications. Remember, that just because you love doing it, doesn’t mean that you can do it successfully straight away.
If you are thinking about turning your passion into a career it is quite possible that other people have had a similar idea. This means that there can be tough competition, and it requires hard work and dedication. This doesn’t mean, however, that it can’t be done. Even though it might be something that you love doing, it is important to look at it as a business, think outside the box and apply yourself, and this way you have every chance of making a career doing something that you are passionate about.
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