How happy are you in your current career?
Not sure. Then ask yourself this– do you live to work or work to live?
Most would probably say work to live; everyone needs an income so that they can pay their rent, their bills, provide for their families and treat themselves occasionally to life’s little luxuries.
That’s just life. It’s called work for a reason, no?
However, did you know that “the average worker spends 13 years and two months of their entire lives at work”?
Does this change how you feel about your current employment situation?
What if you could earn a decent wage and have a job that you love? Wouldn’t that make you happier about going to work every day?
Of course, it would, and luckily for you, this is not just a pipe dream but an achievable goal if you put your mind to it and follow the below steps.
Find your passion
The first, and arguably most important step; work out what your passion is.
Are you nutty about nutrition? Fanatical about fitness?
Or is it your life’s mission to help those around you, however that may be?
There is no point in going to all the effort of launching your own business or training for a new job if you are not 100% sure that you have chosen the right career path for yourself.
If you are unsure, a good place to start is with your hobbies; are there any that stand out above and beyond the rest? One that you are particularly passionate about and would like to pursue further?
If yes, that could be your new profession.
Now ask yourself – are you good at it?
This may be a difficult step to carry out, especially if you have been passionate about something for a long time, but it is a vital one. There is no point trying to monetize a hobby if you are not very good at it; harsh but true. Start by evaluating your skillset as honestly as possible and if needed, ask a trusted friend or even someone you don’t know very well to give you a candid assessment of your abilities.
If you find that you are not suited to a career in your chosen passion, and sadly, this may be the case, then why not consider taking your current career in an exciting, new direction; apply for a promotion, take on a new challenge or look at further education options that you can carry out around your normal working hours.
Assess the level of demand
Is the market currently over-saturated with professionals offering the same skills or services that you are wanting to supply? If yes, you need to look at how you are going to stand out from the crowd.
What can you bring to the table that is different and unique? If you have identified a lot of competition, then you need to make sure that your marketing strategy is strong in order to succeed.
However, having little competition is not without its obstacles, as it is possible that there is not a current need or demand for this service and, therefore, you must start from scratch and create your own hype around the skills you are offering.
Do your research
Once you have chosen your passion and found out that you are gifted in this sector, the next step on your path to a new and exciting career is to do as much research as possible.
What skills/qualifications do you need?
Is there any specific equipment required?
Can you start on your own initially or will you require a team of workers?
How much capital do you need to get started?
If you are unsure about any of these elements, then consider reaching out to any friends or family members that are currently working in this field; their advice and experience could be invaluable. Alternatively, post a request on LinkedIn or another social media platform asking for tips from other professionals.
Plan your next steps
This is when you will really start to see your dream come together. This is the step when you detail how exactly you are going to turn your passion into a viable career.
Make a thorough plan of action – a step by step guide- of how you are going to start your new career path.
What do you need to do to get started? How much initial outlay do you need to make? Basically, everything that needs to be considered before you start looking for customers.
Undertake any necessary training
Depending on whether you already work in the sector that you are passionate about, this could require minimal training, or it could involve you taking an online course or weekend class to get your skillset up to scratch.
For example, you may already work in a gym but need a Level 2 Diploma in Health, Fitness and Exercise Instruction to trade as a personal trainer, or if you work in nursing, you could upskill from a registered nurse to BSN in order to progress your career and open new avenues of career development.
Or if you are not yet affiliated in your chosen sector, then consider gaining some first-hand experience as well as gaining any qualifications that you may need; volunteering is a great way to go about this.
Learn from your mistakes
Yes, you will make mistakes. Who doesn’t? – especially when taking on a new challenge, but it is how you deal with and learn from these mistakes that will set you up to either succeed or fail in your new career.
Welcome criticism, rather than taking it as a personal insult, as you can learn from it and use it to make positive changes to your business.
Of course, it can be scary to put yourself and all your hard work out there for all to see and it can be challenging to accept that you may be wrong about a certain decision that you have made, but it is vital to listen to those around you, especially those who have more experience than yourself.
How else will you grow and evolve as a business?
In times of doubt (and there will be times), repeat this saying to yourself to stay motivated –
“I do what I love, and I love what I do.”