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Asked by Justine on July 6, 2017

Hi, how do I find my passion?

Answered by Dean, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on July 11, 2017

Hi,  That is a difficult thing for many people so do not feel alone.  If you were independently wealthy and did not need to work, what would you do?  That is what you love and have a passion for.  Now look for jobs that support that activity or cause.  Not all of us are so lucky to find a direct connection, but also consider what makes you happy.  Is it helping people find work, sell a great product?  Do some soul searching and you will find it.  Good Luck!
Dean

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Answered by Amy , Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on July 12, 2017

Hello!
Struggling to find your passion in life is something that everyone experiences at one time or another. It often seems as we get older we tend to disconnect from various things that we enjoyed doing as a child. There are a few things I would try to think about to help you in figuring out your passion. First, think about things you really enjoy doing such as preparing meals, listening to your friends and offering advice, writing, etc. Then I would imagine if money was not an object for you what would you spend your time doing? Once you have a clear idea of those things I would start making connections with future career paths. Sometimes there will not be a clear direct connection between passion and career and that’s okay! You just need to be creative and connect the dots. Such as, maybe you love redecorating and fixing/putting together so you can look towards Interior Design or being a Contractor for home renovation’s. It is amazing how many opportunities are out there.
Hope this helps!

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Answered by Tony, Hiring Expert at Hill-Rom, on July 12, 2017

Hello. This is something that everyone strives for and is not the easiest thing to find at times. I agree with the previous answers where thinking about what you enjoyed doing growing up or if money was not an issue what is something you can see yourself waking up every morning excited to do. I understand some of these passions may not always align with careers that pay the bills so it is also important to find parts of your passions that translate into other professions. For example, I never aspired to be in Talent Acquisition / Recruiting growing up but I knew I was passionate about building relationships with people and helping others. I found that in recruiting through getting to know my hiring managers on a personal level and helping candidates find new opportunities that match their passions and career goals. Sure, my dreams of becoming a professional hockey player were short lived but I wake up every morning with a sense of purpose and get to be passionate with what I do. Hope this helps!

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on July 13, 2017

Well that's the question for the ages!  We are all looking for it and a lucky few find it.  I think finding your passion is all about figuring out what excites you, what captures your interest, what keeps you up at night thinking about it with joy and enthusiasm.  It is about trying enough things to know the difference between the awesome and the basic. 

This is a good one, so I asked a few colleagues to weigh in also.

From Liz:
1) Ask and answer questions.
2) Make and use lists.
Goals - are they reasonable, actionable?
What makes you happy - can you make money doing it?
Career deal breakers – anything you won’t do?
3) Review, Revisit, Repeat until Passion Ignited.

From Nicole:

  • Your passion is what gets you up in the morning and gets you motivated to go to work.
  • If you are passionate about your work or the type of work you do, you get fulfillment from your work. It gives you a sense of accomplishment.
  • You can find your passion by making a list of things that you have enjoyed doing at work or would like to do. You can write down what types of jobs or companies that allow you truly embrace your passion.

From Nadia:
• What do you enjoy doing? What motivates you? These are questions to ask yourself when determining your passion.
• Your passion can be something that fulfills and motivates you. Find that thing that you enjoy and can also be paid to do.
• Your passion may be the thing that you could do every day if you weren’t getting paid.

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Answered by James, Hiring Expert at Broadridge, on July 13, 2017

Your passion is sometimes difficult to pinpoint and follow. Every experience, whether that be from work, school or everyday life can help with determining your passion. I would recommend creating a pro and con list with every job that you have had. Take the time to list everything for each area of the roles you have had. Once you have your list, determine why you listed them in their prospective column. Why did this make me happy? Why did I not like these tasks? You may be surprised at how much you learn from these simple lists! Another resource that can help you is a career aptitude test. It will ask many questions and will give you career choices based on your answers. 

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Answered by Angie, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on July 13, 2017

Hi there! 
Great question!!  First you may ask yourself if there is something you already love doing, such as a hobby? Once you have it narrowed down, then ask yourself are there any possibilities of making money from doing it? If nothing comes to top of mind, you may want to brainstorm or ask around for possibilities.  You may even want to research the Internet for ideas, as well.  Don't ever quit trying to find your passion!  Keep trying and try again until you succeed.  Success often times does not come easy, so keep trying and you will get there!  Follow your passion and you will truly be happy and fulfilled!

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Answered by Kate, Hiring Expert at ADP, on July 17, 2017

Hi there! Finding your passion and a job that you'll enjoy can be challenging - don't get frustrated. I recommend networking with folks (through LinkedIn, local chapters, friends of friends, etc) in areas you think you might be interested in. Additionally, you can work with a career coach (can be pricey though) or taking career assessments, including the Myers-Briggs. Good luck! 

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