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Volunteering Can Reveal Your Work Passion
To identify your work passion, it is absolutely critical to discover if you enjoy the work -- not just the topic.
Too often, I see people who fail to make the distinction between being interested in the field and wanting to perform the job. For example, the New England Aquarium receives many resumes from people who "have loved marine biology forever." Of course, all of us here at the New England Aquarium share that love, but interest and love does not ensure success in a job. To identify your work passion, it is absolutely critical to discover if you enjoy the work -- not just the topic.
I always give this advice in my workshops. Inevitably, a workshop participant will say that he or she is not able to give up everything to volunteer or intern -- that there is a family to feed or bills to pay. My response is always the same: If you want to change careers or find your work passion, you must first do the work. If you were planning to buy a new car, you would set aside money a little at a time to make that dream a reality. Similarly, you would spend time talking to other car owners, researching the cars, and test driving them. Isn't your life's work entitled to at least that much consideration and preplanning?
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