Thursday, February 26, 2015

Turn Your Passions Into a Career

Working in a passion-led career may seem like a farfetched dream, but it is possible. You can live out your passion by creating a career that you love, or simply working in a current industry or career field that aligns with your skills and passions.

My Story

When I began my college journey, I did not know what I would major in. I enrolled at Auburn University as an interior design major, but quickly realized that there were so many other options that wanted to explore.

I did not want to confine myself to the limitations of one major. Choosing a major made me feel as if I was neglecting important passions and skills that were an important part of who I am, and more importantly, who I wanted to become. So, what did I do? I went on a process of self-discovery--much like the self-reflection/self-inventory exercise from a previous post.

However, my process took place over the course of several years. I made sure to get involved in organizations, causes and activities that I enjoyed. I also participated in many leadership conferences and classes, which all provided me with various personality assessments that actually helped along the way. I began to pay more attention to the things that I enjoyed participating in and noticed the skills and key strengths that I possessed.

After four years in college, I realized that I wanted a career that would allow me to help others, use my creativity and not limit me to any particular industry. This is when decided to become a public relations major. Two years later, I graduated with a degree in public relations and a double minor.

Today I am the Marketing and Communications Specialist at Moovin4ward Presentations. My primary passions are creativity, self-expression, helping others, and making a difference in the lives of youth and young adults. Working for a company that strives to motivate, inspire and empower youth and young adults helps fulfill my passion. I have a chance to express myself creatively each day by designing marketing materials and writing fun and informational pieces for our blog.

You see, there are tons of ways that you can choose to live out your passions. Find what works for you. There is no rule that says that you should take the most conventional road (i.e. having a passion for education and being a teacher). If there is not a career that aligns with your passion, create one!

As I have said before, combine your passions and skills to create something great. Continue to improve the skills that you have and work to gain new ones. There are infinite possibilities for those who are willing to work toward personal success!

How are you living out your passion? Respond below and tell us what you’re passionate about.

"It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together."

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