Top tips to become passionate about your job

Do you find your job boring? Do you feel your interests got lost somewhere? Learn to take control of your life, and put it back on track. Practice these simple hacks to get the most out of your job, in terms of satisfaction.

There is something I want you to do before we begin learning how to be passionate about our job. Read this introductory article which is kind of a prelude, as it were, and will offer a better perspective and help you relate better to the strategies presented here.

In the run-up to this article, I drew parallels between my daughter's life during her growing up years and her time as a working professional. I cannot stress enough on the need to find that 'me time', no matter how demanding your work schedule is. Nothing can be more important than you. Even your ambitions can be met when you are in a happy place – mentally, physically and emotionally. And, for that to happen, you need to take a breather and prioritize your life.

There are other things that you can practice in your life, that will help bring on a positive change and be that right step forward towards being a successful and enthusiastic professional.

Go hunting

I don't intend to send you into the woods with a weapon in your hand, but I want you to go hunt for special projects at your workplace. There must definitely be exciting projects that interest you. Well, go find them – take that as a challenge. These projects could be the stimulus you need.

People often become bored with what they do at work. They stagnate and become unhappy. The best remedy for people getting bored or tired in their work setting is to work in a multidisciplinary environment that calls for their full potential. Put all of your skills to use – find a way to get involved in production and marketing or marketing and client meetings.

How do you go about it?

  • Spread your wings. The more you engage yourself in different aspects at your workplace the more involved, motivated and happy you'll stay
  • However, not all businesses are open to the idea of having employees, multitasking. What do you do in such circumstances? It would be in your interest to have a one-on-one with your superiors and let them know that you wish to expand the range of your work. Your enthusiasm would be encouraging and if your work output has been exemplary, you'd surely be seen as the one with potential
  • You could suggest that they let you collaborate with the other teams. However, before doing so, identify the responsibilities outside of your job description which you could spare the time for and the skills and capability required for handling them
  • It is important that you have the ability to integrate specific skill-sets into what you intend to do. You would need to highlight your resources that could help the organization develop and run more efficiently. Be careful, tread carefully, as you don't want to ruffle feathers of those comfortably entrenched in their job. You shouldn't be seen as competition
  • Lay emphasis on the aspect that your grouping with the other teams would be in the interest of the organization. Project yourself as an asset and you'll likely succeed in your demand
  • How successful you are will depend largely on how well you pitch your idea
  • Seem eager and your potential is likely to show through
  • Remember, you can do this only if you are doing an excellent job with the responsibilities that have been assigned to you. If you are already a star performer you are more likely to 'market' yourself better and be taken seriously
  • The plan here is to continue doing what you do at work while aiming to take it a notch higher, for personal satisfaction and growth
  • Your primary duties must not suffer in your quest for finding job satisfaction, for that could leave an indelible negative mark

How does this work

I am not suggesting you go big and spend extra hours doing other people's job. You do not have to strive to make it into a huge new professional venture. Take baby steps, at first. Volunteer to help a team during peak season. Bring in diversity into your everyday work schedule that lets you do things that you like doing. Use your PowerPoint skills to help someone make their presentation. Do things that you have a talent for and those that give you satisfaction. Doing so can automatically make your own routine work hours more fruitful in a personal way.

You can also become involved in things that are not directly linked to work. Take the initiative for planning monthly office get-together or annual picnics or even celebrating special occasions of colleagues. As frivolous as this might sound, it actually helps build the camaraderie at work and helps reduce the work-related stress that often bogs people down.

When what you do at work brings in some kind of satisfaction, it takes the drudgery and monotony out of the job. Chances of you being recognized and appreciated increase. You suddenly become someone that can be relied upon, rather than someone who is just another employee or co-worker.

On your part, you will be doing what you like and getting immense satisfaction in doing so. The added benefit is that you will now be in a different league of staff, well liked and appreciated. These two factors can bring about a massive change in your self-esteem and happiness quotient.

Change your job

Not everyone can be comfortable following the suggestions expressed so far. So, what do you do, if you are one of those people who cannot practice the suggestions? You can consider making a career change an alternative.

You perhaps don't like the thought of it – it sounds like a mammoth, impractical task. It would require all of your energies, time and resources, you think. Plus there is the risk of losing what you have. You do not want to trade stability with the unknown. The prospects of a new job would come with a lot of if's and but's and what have you.

But, what if the switch can be accomplished without much effort? You'd surely be game for that. I am not suggesting massive changes in your career. If you are employed, you may be at an advantage. You will only need to capitalize on your position and look for opportunities within your organization that allow you to shift roles. This might not be easy, but it's neither accomplishable. If you have the right skills and determination you can make it happen. Use the good offices of your bosses for recommendations, for a position that you are vying for. You wouldn't be termed as being pushy if you have the right qualifications and enthusiasm to take on the new post.

Alternatively, keep an eye on the job postings on your company's website. Companies are perpetually hiring people for new jobs. You might find something that interests you. Have a word with the HR and or the recruiters. They could always help align your talent with a role opening in the organization.

Be persuasive and chase your dreams. Not always do exciting jobs land on your lap on a platter. You have to work towards your goals. And as long as you know the direction you want your career to progress, you remain on the right track. Just keep going, instead of stagnating and resigning to what you have. If you have the talent, let the right people know about it. Show them what you have got and what you bring to the table.

Don't hesitate to take the initiative for you could get side-lined, in the rat race. Always remain in the limelight, through your work.

Grab the opportunities

Everyone enters an organization based on specific skills that they showcase, at the time of recruitment. Most remain in the same field – doing the mundane everyday tasks. While some others, look for breaks that they can take advantage of. Opportunities to break through the shackles are there for the taking, all you need to do is show an interest.

You need to get that foot into the door by proving yourself, and then gently begin urging the right people, to let you shoulder more responsibilities.

Look for those opportunities, keep your ears and senses glued to what is happening around you. An organisation's or a department's needs are often the grapevine – discussed in the escalator, or the cafeteria or lunchroom and even on the company transport. Hear of something that interests you? Send out feelers to the right person.

If you get on the same bandwidth with the bosses, you'd get that chance to take on, challenging, yet satisfying work. Often, you'd be required to continue with your previous responsibilities and made to juggle two tasks. But, look at the empowerment it gives you. You get to use skills you are adept at and ones that were lying latent. Imagine the job satisfaction this can provide and how it can prove to be advantageous, to you, in the long run. Won't all the responsibilities and tasks that you completed, look impressive on your resume, if you choose to move on, at a later date. But, that is not what I am focusing on.

Don't surmise multi-potential as being erratic and unsettled individuals, hopping from job to job, taking risks. These approaches are intended for those who feel they are stuck in a rut but don't want to break their association with their current employer. These strategies can be applied anywhere. Go look for changes and challenges that will add a little flavor to your present job, making it more attractive in terms of satisfaction and achievement.

That being said, it is absolutely acceptable to not want to remain in the same organization or career until retirement. If you feel a powerful urge to delve into some of your passions, then you might perhaps need to consider a career change.

Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer, with years of experience, creating content for varied online portals. She holds a degree in English Literature and has worked as a teacher and as a soft skill trainer. An avid reader, she writes on a variety of topics ranging from health, travel, education and personality development.

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