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WORKPLACE SUCCESS / 14 December 2016
Embracing Your Passions & Translating Them Into Your Work
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Clare Barkey
Branding Intern

Born from our deepest emotions, come our passions. They are personal and can come from feelings of sadness, anger, happiness, and love. So find the thing that you just can’t shake, the thing that just makes you undeniably feel stronger than you ever have before. Whether it’s biking, skiing, backpacking, film-making, yo-yo-ing, or playing guitar. Whatever crazy thing it may be- grab hold of your love for it. Perhaps your passion is something driven from feelings of anger and frustration to the point where you must see a change. Whether it’s helping to fight climate change, standing up to racial inequality, or defending the rights of indigenous people. Bottle up that emotion and don’t let it fade into your unconscious only to give way to a stressful career. 

There is a way you can translate your passion into your work, believe it or not. How can I bring my passions into my work, you say? It’s completely unrelated to my job... I don’t have time to commit to my work and my passions, you say? 

Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s entirely possible. Everyone can do it. And everyone should.

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Here are some tips to help you translate your unique passions into your career:

  1. Find your passions.

The first step is to take a look back at your most emotional experiences and assess what things mean the most to you. For me, I am very passionate about traveling to see live music. It is the greatest mix of emotions I have ever experienced. I have met countless friends from these experiences and have the most exciting, scary, and amazing stories from these trips. Hitting the open road to see bands that I’ve seen numerous times, because it just doesn’t ever get old. My passion for these experiences has helped me continue to grow into the person I am and want to be. It is something that I never want to give up and these strong emotions are how I know that it is one of my greatest passions. Find the thing that makes you feel this way. And don’t just take it from me, here is a great TED talk about pursuing passions for a more fulfilled career.

        2. Create a portfolio of YOU!

Whether it’s a journal, a mood board, or photo album. Take the time to embrace these things that you love so much. Write about and document the experiences you’ve had with your passion. The idea is to have something TANGIBLE in this quickly advancing technological world. This will make it easier to talk about your passions to recruiters, employers, and co-workers. This can only benefit a workplace because great ideas and creative solutions are drawn from experience- and driven by the same force that drive our passions.

      3. Research events and INTERACT.

Set up a company get-together at a charity event or plan a marketing event at a skiing competition. Introduce your work to your passion. Be proactive about finding opportunities to link the two together!

       4. Take Risks!

Find ways to work within your passion. My love for traveling to see live music has opened many doors for me within my field. While graduation nears closer for me, I am looking to get into Advertising and brand management. I have made an effort to network with people in these bands and built relationships on the love for music- and their brand. Finding a way to manage their brand and advertise for them would be a dream. Seamlessly translating my passion into a career. BOOM.

Now I’m not saying it will be this easy. But if you take anything from this, I hope that you grab hold of the things you are passionate about and keep them alive. Be proactive and find ways to enjoy your job and do what you love. The opportunities are out there for you. Cool companies like ProSky are there for you to provide you with online trainings and mentoring from industry professionals. So if you feel you want to learn a new skill that can help you incorporate your passion into your work world, you absolutely can.  Now go get ‘em!

And for adding more unique “you-ness” to your job, check out a fellow ProSky blogger to find out how to bring in your personal style to the office!