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Asked by Kasey on October 9, 2015

How do I find my passion?

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on October 12, 2015

Hello!
This is a great question that many people struggle with as they get close to starting and graduating school.  My recommendation would be to explore many options, take classes outside of your major to gain experience in other fields. If you know that something isn't the right fit, try out something else. I would also recommend taking on as many internship and volunteering opportunities as you can. This will broaden your horizons and get you exposure to different types of work. Read as much as you can to learn about different paths you can take, but be sure to get hands-on experience as well. Good luck! 

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on October 13, 2015

Your passion, your calling, your aha moment that sets you off on your path to your life?  That's something worth looking for! I have some ideas for how to find it. Try things.  Lots of things.  Things that make you feel stretched and scared, things that are comfortable and cozy, things that are hard and easy.  Pay attention to how these experiences make you feel.  Do you feel alive? Bored? Determined? Energized? Are the things you're doing worthwhile? Good for your community, the world, people you know, your wallet (hey, it's a worthwhile question).

Now, does your passion have to be a job? I love the ballet, but I have two left feet, so though I feel passionately about it, it will never be my career.  Man was that a hard lesson to learn as an 8 year old ballerina.  So I figured out ways to stay involved in the thing that made me happy, alive, energized.  This love has stuck with me for the long run...I'm talking like 30 years of love.  What have you enjoyed for a continuous span of time?

Talk to the people who know you.  What do they see as your strengths and areas of promise? Do they see something in you that you can't see?

Talk to a professional.  Career counseling is a real thing.  Go check it out.

So many questions to think about, but let's face it, passion is a big one.  It would be easier for me to tell you how to find Atlantis than it is to lay our a clear path to your passion.  But it is so worth the search.  You've got this.

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Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on October 13, 2015

This is the million dollar question$!  Going everyday and doing something you are passionate about is never working a day in your life.  I have heard it and BELIEVE that is the answer to being successful!  Now getting to the answer, think about where your head is most of the time, what are you thinking about, when you are not stressed and "daydreaming" where is your head?  These are often things where your passion lies. Think about what gives you the most joy. What do others tell you inspires them about you, this can also lead you to something you take for granted that you are very good at and have an innate passion around.  Do you like solving problems, are you innovative, do you like helping others, is there a specific place you frequent or enjoy, a specific type of environment that you enjoy?  Finding one's passion is sometimes trial and error, don't give up, keep searching and when you find that "thing" that lights you up on the inside you will know it! Good Luck

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on October 28, 2015

Passion is one of those words that hold different meaning to different people. Really look at the world around you, if you’re looking for what you are passionate about in your work life, look for areas that grab your attention and spark some emotion. Having this type emotion will help you stay satisfied and motivated to continue to come into work each day. If you’re looking for passion in your personal life, I would agree with the other comments, try everything and anything, you are bound to find something that sparks an interest. Many people are stuck in a rut as to what they can and can’t do. Ignore your preconceived notions and just take the plunge!

I was faced with this same obstacle and was not quite sure what I felt passionate about. I tried to analyze my life, personally I like Instagram, and from there I decided I wanted to take more quality photos with a better camera instead of a simple iPhone picture to capture the joys in my life. Looking at your life through these types of lenses can help you identify areas that can grow into passion. Most people who are passionate about their job, a sports team, photography and many other areas started at point where there was a small spark of interest which then grew into this feeling of intense emotion.

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