According to HR body of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s most recent Employee Outlook report, 36% of employees indicated that they were unlikely to fulfil their career aspirations in their current role, a disappointing insight into the current state of employment in the UK. But what can people feeling unsatisfied do to remedy this?
One way that people have found to increase satisfaction and enthusiasm for their career is by moving in a new direction — one that incorporates the thing that they enjoy doing the most. Taking a hobby and turning it into something that you can earn a living from can often sound like a pipe dream, but it doesn’t have to be.
Take a look at our four top tips below to find out how you could turn your own hobby into your career.
Share your passion with others
A great way to take your hobby to the next level is to share it with others through teaching. Are you skilled at a musical instrument? Offer to teach some lessons. Are you able to speak another language fluently? Take a language teaching course or offer private tutoring to others who want to learn.
Teaching is a great way to expand your horizons, and you can don’t have to quit your day job to do so as sessions can be fitted around your busy schedule. Thanks to the wonders of technology, you can even tutor students through teleconferencing services such as Skype, or alternatively, post instructional videos to a website like Youtube, where they can be monetised.
Sell what you create
If your favourite hobby is creative and results in a nice end product, you could offer these for sale and make a tidy profit from your hard work. There are a lot of products, such as paintings, wedding cakes, furniture, and many more, that can be sold for quite a healthy sum — so if you have the talent, why not go for it? There are many online marketplaces, such as eBay and Etsy, that are perfect for vendors selling their own goods, giving you access to a huge audience without having to do a lot of self-promotion.
Get qualified and explore your options
Carl Adshead is part of an expert production team at sofa specialists Timeless Chesterfields. He got into his career through his personal passion for leather products, which he enjoyed so much it inspired him to pursue further training in the craft. This allowed him to apply for roles that go hand-in-hand with his hobby.
He said: “I fell into a career in the leather craft industry quite by accident. After looking for a new leather wallet and not being able to find what I was looking for, I decided to make my own. I enjoyed it so much I took a college course in traditional leather craft skills and ended up taking a job with Timeless Chesterfields. My typical day now allows me to work within a creative yet industrious environment, keeping craft skills alive that date back hundreds of years.”
Explore opportunities around your hobby
Not all career changes have to be the direct result of pursuing your hobby — there are plenty of opportunities to develop products or services that support those that have an interest too. For example, if you have an interest in fly fishing, you could create handmade fishing lures, establish a fishing shop near to a spot you particularly enjoy, run a fishing trip tour company, or even establish your own brand of fishing ware if you have some particularly great ideas. In doing so, you can pour all of the passion you have for the hobby into your business, creating a brand identity where this really shines through. Enthusiasts may even be more likely to buy your products if they know they come from a fellow aficionado too.
If you are looking to refresh your career and explore options around one of your hobbies, take some of these tips on board and you could soon find yourself with a job that delivers ultimate satisfaction.