Turning your hobby into a career can be risky but the benefits of successfully doing so, will lead to a happy work life and future career! Do you spend time, scrolling through social media pages, taking photographs or even creating a blog? But never really thought much more of it? You might want to consider taking these hobbies one step further. If you’re a student who doesn’t yet have a clear career direction, or are unsure where your degree will lead you. Transferring your skills developed from your hobby and focusing them towards a career, could prove a successful transition.
Here are some factors to think about before you make the transition from hobby to career.
Consider your options
First off, consider your options and where a hobby can take you.
Develop your skills
The next stage we suggest you embark on is to, develop your skills. If you are serious about turning your hobby into a potential career, think about how you can improve what you already know to a professional level. For example, if you are interested in
Don’t be afraid to take your hobby further
Feeling scared or apprehensive about taking your hobby further is completely normal. Maybe you feel you’re not good enough because it’s not what your degree was in/is in. But this just means you’ll have to put extra effort into taking time out of your day to learn more about the profession. Something else that might give you an advantage particularly for creative career choices, may be the creation of a digital portfolio. Showcasing your previous work and demonstrating to potential employers what you are capable of.
A useful way to find out if your hobby can be a career is by gaining work experience. This will then give you an insight into whether the job is right for you or if it will remain a hobby. If you’re struggling to find the experience, don’t be afraid to send your CV to companies who may not even be advertising, as you never know! Or ask companies if you can shadow someone who works in the industry you wish to. If you are still at university, gaining work experience can be a vital
Explore new things
You may spend your spare time creating interesting content in the form of images and videos. Or you enjoy crunching numbers and have the ability to analyse data and you keep up to date with current digital trends. All of these skills can be channelled into a digital marketing career. If you are considering a career in digital marketing, you will need to research current job roles and read the job description and requirements. By doing this you will then gain a better understanding as to whether you are right for the job role. Here is where work experience will come in handy, by giving you the valuable experience required for the job role.
Consider whether your hobby is something just to pass time or if it has the potential to become a career. It is a good idea to write a pros and cons list. Write down all of the benefits and negatives of pursuing your hobby further. If you’re not fully passionate about it, maybe it would be best to keep it as a hobby. However, if you do decide on pursuing your hobby into a career, we have created a free informative guide on how to find a job. Providing you with handy tips and advice on how to have a successful job search.