Most people think of hobbies as just for fun. They should be! But they can also inspire you down a certain career path - maybe even one you hadn’t thought of before.
When it comes to merging hobbies with a career, most people think of them as a way to start your own business and become an entrepreneur. But if that’s not your goal, there are still plenty of ways a hobby can help you make a career decision.
We’ve looked at some common types of hobbies to create this list of potential careers that arise from things you do for fun. Some of these are more traditional hobbies, while others might be activities you happen to enjoy or things you take an interest in. No matter where you stand, if there’s something on this list that’s intriguing to you, take a closer look. It could be the surprise inspiration you need to find a career you’ll love.
To get the best career inspiration from your hobbies, you’ll need to look beyond the obvious career paths. Just because you like sports doesn’t mean you should be an athlete; anyone who likes cooking isn’t destined to become a chef.
Instead, you have to think more deeply about what it is that draws you to this hobby. Is it the actual activity itself? The strategy behind it? Something you need to research or learn in order to be good at it? The more specific you can get, the easier it will be to see possible career paths. In this list, we’ve given you a lot of ideas to get you started, but don’t be afraid to dig deeper and reflect on what truly motivates you!
If you play a sport or enjoy being active, there are more career options than just becoming an athlete. There are options for training, coaching, teaching, and so much more.
Here are a few career paths you might take if your hobby falls under sports and fitness:
If you really love the great outdoors, you might consider careers that are more active and give you lots of time outside.
These career options might be a good fit:
Another option is to find a career with lots of flexibility so you can have more time to spend on your outdoor adventures. Flexible jobs can be found in all kinds of industries, but marketing, IT, and freelance jobs are usually among the most flexible.
Whether you enjoy keeping a journal or you’ve already written a draft of your first novel, writing is a hobby that will come in handy in almost any profession. But if you want writing to be a major component of your career, consider one of these career paths:
There are dozens of career options when it comes to computers, coding, and other technology. And as technology changes rapidly, more and more career paths open up. Here are a few to look into:
All right, we know this isn’t really a hobby, but chances are you spend a good amount of time online. And if you understand how the internet works, there are a ton of ways you can turn that into a career. Here are a few:
You might feel like you don’t have any of these hobbies - and that’s okay! It’s not too late to try out one of these hobbies and see if it’s a good fit.
If you have a hobby we haven’t covered here, do some thinking and research on what kinds of careers it could lead to. There are so many possible jobs that draw on skills and interests you might already have. It’s just a matter of finding the right one for you.
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