“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” You must have heard this expression a thousand times, making this idea more of a cliché. But is it really? If you think about it, there is truly more to a job than just the salary that comes with it. When you love what you do, you engage at a deeper level, and you have a sense of purpose which in turn gives you a sense of fulfilment. You can be creative, have fun, and really enjoy working. Sounds great, doesn’t it? So how do we find our true passion and a career that we love?
The answer is pretty straightforward. It all starts with doing some soul searching and self-reflection, asking yourself questions like “In a life without limitations, free of bills, worries and fears, what would my dream job be?” and “Am I really passionate about what I am doing today?”. This might sound unrealistic and like it was taken straight out of a fairy tale, but the truth is that if you have the right level of motivation and determination to achieve something in life, nothing is impossible. With some hard work, perseverance, grit and learning from your mistakes, your goals can become a reality. The first step is understanding what we really enjoy doing and what our life goals are.
Here are some reflections to get you thinking. Answer them honestly and leave financial compensation out of the question for the time being.
- What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
- Do you love being around people or do you prefer spending time alone?
- Do you get energized by working with others or does it drain you knowing that you need to call a colleague to discuss something further?
- What are the tasks you usually tend to procrastinate more on? Do they involve administrative tasks, talking to people, or selling an idea?
If you reflect on what you do in your personal life and what gives you pleasure and energizes you versus what drains you and drives you insane, you will start to realise that certain positions are better suited for your strengths and likings. For example, some roles like Sales, Customer Services, and HR involve a lot of human interaction, whereas roles like software development, finance and design will involve more focus and screen time.
Now that we’ve started narrowing it down, think of how you tend to do things:
- Do you love creating things?
- Do you get excited when numbers show you a story?
- Do you care a lot about people and want to always take care of others and make sure their experience is a great one?
- How would you define the relationship with your friends? Are you a leader or a follower?
You’re probably seeing where we’re going with this. What you need to keep in mind is that there is no wrong or right answer. These reflections should help you get a better idea of what you enjoy doing the most. Once you have determined this, you can start narrowing it down to brands, interests, and industries you like. Then, you could start following companies to understand what they do and how they do it. It’s also good to read different job descriptions to learn about different roles. While learning about the position, can you imagine yourself being passionate about the role and doing a great job?
To help you better understand the iGaming industry and the various opportunities that you could fall in love with, we will be releasing a series of articles and videos covering information about different roles at Hero Gaming, what to expect, the challenges and the perks of the role, and advice on how to get there. So if you’re in the process of choosing your studies, searching for your first job, or you’re pivoting in your career, stay tuned so you can get more insights to help you make the right choices.
Leona CassarSenior People Partner