Exams are over and you’re now about to head into a new unexplored territory of adulthood. While you’re adapting into this new phase of life, you’re also wanting to pursue your passion or do something that can help the society in general.
But what is this “passion” that everyone’s talking about and where can you find it?
Here’s a special recipe for all those wanting to find the elusive “passion”.
Step 1: Prep Time
The first step when making a dish is to be mentally prepared to cook. Similarly, when searching for your passion, you would have to prepare mentally and be in the right perspective!
In a world filled with different opinions and distractions coming in all directions, it’s easy to be swayed by the opinion of others about what you should do. That’s why getting into the zone and right frame of mind is the first essential step when finding your passion! This way you’ll be able to turn those suggestions and advice into helpful tools for you!
Tip: Surround yourself with inspiring people that have found their passion to help guide you along your journey.
Step 2: Sourcing for the Right Ingredients
After prep, one would need to spend time to gather and use the ingredients to create the dish. Now’s the time to reflect and find evidence of exciting moments that have sparked joy in your life, both inside and outside the study environment, that you may want to look deeper into.
Whether it’s manning a booth to sell products, planning an event for Sports Day or even helping a friend out in a subject they’re weak in, these different moments could potentially help uncover your passion! Feeling stuck? Use this time to discover something new that you like!
Tip: Journal your feelings towards these experiences for a duration of time. At the end of that duration, evaluate your entries to see what you’re inclined towards!
Step 3: Making the Dish
After finding the right recipe and the ingredients, the next step is to make the dish! After all the self-preparation, it’s time to categorise the moments and find the common factor between those special experiences.
When doing this, you may feel distracted by the sheer number of things to consider or are too focused on one particular incident that happened. Remember to take a step back, breathe, and realign yourself. While they may seem completely different, there could be a common feature that isn’t obvious. Like running your own booth at that sells products but are also into cooking? Consider culinary management!
Tip: Read about skills necessary in the world today and in the future. This will help identify the skills that are related to the different fields (both existing and soon-to-exist) out there.
Step 4: Plating the dish
Once a dish is ready, it’s time to plate it up to serve. The next step after finding that common factor is to pursue that passion and make a living out of it.
But... that’s not as easy as it seems, does it? Though your passion may not seem to be the most beneficial for your future, you’ll have to make it employable! Are you the Type-A planner among your friends? Look into event management. What about your passion for uploading all aesthetic pictures on Instagram and your undying love for food? Consider social media management when specialising in digital marketing and analytics!
Tip: Research jobs that are necessary in the future alongside the relevant skills set needed for it. There are many emerging fields relevant in the future that may not exist at the present time!
Step 5: Munch, Chomp, Swallow!
Like all dishes, once plated and served, the next step is to jump in and devour! Once you’ve completed all the reflective steps, it’s time to act on it!
What you may expect is to find a programme not suited to your passion or are overwhelmed by the vast programmes available out there. Never fear! Make an appointment with an educational counsellor that would find you a programme best suited for you.
While you may have found your passion now, there is always a possibility of it changing in the future. Regardless of what happens, your studies will be beneficial in one way or another!
Studied finance but ended up creating content? You will have the upperhand in planning, estimating and managing finances better. Studied engineering but ended up in the culinary line? Use your production skills to ensure maximum efficiency.
Remember that knowledge gained is never lost, you only need to adapt it to your situation!
Good luck and all the best with finding your passion!