Do you dream of doing what you love and finding a way to blend your personal passions with your professional life? Deciding on a career that is right for you is not easy. There are many careers to choose from — and you do not want to get stuck doing something you do not like.
Identifying what your natural interests are can help you to find and/or create a career or position that you are motivated to do and will enjoy. You interests may include things like:
- Outdoors activities (running, hiking, bicycling)
- Topics you like to read about
- Home improvement projects
- Working on puzzles
- Learning a language
- Talking with/working with people.
Once you gain a greater awareness of what your interests are, you can then try to integrate them into career choices that match well with what you naturally like to do. You might be able to directly integrate your interests by getting involved in a specific career. Or, you might only be able to incorporate your interests into parts of the career. The goal is to understand your interests and expose yourself to a variety of choices available to you before beginning to narrow your focus to a core few.
On the following page, we provide a worksheet to help you think about your interests. Spend a few minutes prior to the exercise thinking about the types of things you enjoyed doing as a child or how you would spend your free time.
Your Homework:Your Interests
What are your interests? What types of things do you most like to do, think about, or work on?
Please take 20 to 30 minutes to write 2-3 short stories about yourself that will help you identify and gain greater clarity on your personal interests.
|1. When I was young I used to…|
|2. When I have spare time, I like to…|
|3. I wish I had more time to…|