A lot of career advice seems to centre around pursuing your passion. This is great if you know what your passion is, but what if you don’t? It might help to think less about what you love and more about the things you don’t like.
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If you do have a clear idea of your passion in life, this might seem odd to you. But not everyone feels they have some greater, higher purpose. Some people may not be driven by any one vocation, but they still work hard and live happy, fulfilling lives. But most advice on picking or switching careers is usually focused on passion. If you’ve searched for your passion, and you still don’t know what it is, what else are you supposed to do? Career Development Specialist Lily Zhang suggests ruling out the things you don’t like instead:
Knowing what you don’t want can almost be as helpful as knowing what you want. Maybe you’re the kind of person who really can’t name what you find enjoyable, but who knows when you’ve encountered something you don’t like. That’s completely fine! Go with your strengths and start figuring out what doesn’t work for you.
Your dislikes might be based on prior job experience, or it might be based on what you know about yourself. But listing the factors you find intolerable about a job, then ruling out jobs that include those factors, can help you narrow down your options.
Some of us know exactly what our passions are, but for others, that question is a lot more difficult. It might not come until later in life; it might not come at all. But I like Zhang’s advice because it offers a way for people who don’t know what they’re passionate about to find a job they at least enjoy.
Check out her full post for more insight.