“I have a passion for…”
I hear this a great deal from my career counseling clients. I hear you. I made the radical switch from corporate lawyer in Washington, DC to education-entrepreneur in small town Connecticut. It is possible to love your job. It can happen. I love my work. I know many others who do as well.
The common denominator between us: we determined how to match our passions practically with the marketplace, or the converse where the marketplace met our interests.
We are in a capitalist system that does not fiscally support many common passions or hobbies. You love art; music; playing golf; whatever. Let’s say you are considered to be good at your passion. You paint better than most. People tell you that you have a knack or talent.
This may be true but you can’t make a living unless you are paid. That’s the marketplace in capitalism.
Before making a career change it is imperative that you ensure the marketplace can support said change. This idea is discussed frequently with my clients, especially in recent months.