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How to choose your career if you don't have any hobbies or something you're interested in ?


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Dexter’s Answer

Hi Mirna,

This is a hard question to answer because, first, I just want to ask, are you doing okay? For me, I find myself not interested in anything when I’m feeling depressed about myself and it feels like I have very little to offer to the world. I feel like while I’m capable of doing stuff, it may lead to a negative experience with another person and I end up not wanting to do anything (as doing anything feels like the wrong move).

For me, I had to find myself (it sounds so cliche, but it’s true!) and it took years to find the courage to remove the negative people in my life. Once there were less negative people around, I found that I could be more positive and find joy in doing things that I previously thought I disliked doing (or was disinterested in doing). Now, I don’t know you, so I don’t know if you can experience the joys that I’ve felt, but I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been there before and maybe you’re stuck in the same rut that I was in.

For a career path, I would advise that you learn some skills that are simple and try different things until you find something you enjoy doing (and maybe it’s something you like a little bit more than the other things). Then, build up from there. If you enjoy cooking an egg, try making pancakes or even move up to a kushari. If you didn’t enjoy cooking eggs, no worry! Try cleaning your desk. Do you find joy in rearranging and bringing order to things? Move up to a room, then a house. No dice on cleaning? How about drawing a picture of a flower? If you liked that, maybe you can draw an animal, then a face. Then lots and lots of faces... There are hundreds of simple skills that you can try out, to help yourself find what bring you a sense of pride in the work that you’re doing.

I wish you the best in finding a career for yourself and I’m really glad that you reached out to me by asking this question online. Thank you for making my day. :)


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Valerie’s Answer

Sometimes, the most fulfilling careers are not about what to do, but how you will do it. Ask yourself the questions about the work life that you are looking for. We spend enough time working, so it has to be fun!
Here some examples of questions:
- Do want regular working hours or do you want to have flexible working hours?
- Do you want to be autonomous or do you prefer working in a team?
- When you work on a project, what is your style: you dig all details or do you prefer to be the one to present the outcome to others?
- Are you comfortable to meet with a lot of people?
- Are you a good negotiator?
When you look at a specific industry, visualize yourself working in this field every day. What will you spend your days at? And will you like it?
Good luck!

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Mitchell’s Answer

Everyone is interested in something. Maybe it doesn't seem like it because all you do is go home and play video games (like I do). But even something like that is a potential career. If you like games, look at design or programming or 2D/3D digital art. If you like books, maybe you'd be a good language student, either writing or editing. And if you really do just stare at walls all day and find literally nothing fun or interesting (which would make you the first I've ever heard of), I recommend getting out and volunteering. It's hard to leave a positive volunteer experience without a smile. Maybe you help plant trees around your city and discover a love for botany or social work. Perhaps you make fundraising phone calls for a charity and discover a love for sales. A volunteer day at an animal shelter could get you curious about animal medicine. Just keep getting out there and making your community a better place, and you'll find something that you could "do all day". That thing would be a perfect profession for you.

Good luck!

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Aric’s Answer

Mirna, What a great question! If you are a student and enjoy learning a liberal arts school maybe the answer for you. It allows you to get a wide range of topic and learning experiences. In that pursuit you may find something you end up being passionate about that never even occurred to you. Liberal Arts prepares you to be a critical thinker and exposes you to a variety possible career choices. Good Luck!

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Melanie’s Answer

Hi Mirna!

An easy way (but odd) way to do this is to look that what you follow and liken the Internet. For example, I mainly follow music, art, and psychology pages as those are my interests. Sometimes, the results may be more broad, but looking through them may help you discover what you find interesting. Another way to do this is to involve yourself in new things you've never done before. This may sound daunting, but it will teach you a variety of skills and help you discover what you like and dislike.

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Riste’s Answer

Hey Mirna,
It is great you are thinking about what interests you and looking to start a career that you are passionate about.
When you are going throughout your day get curious about some of the work people are doing and if they would potentially be interesting to you and start writing them down. Once you have a list, review them and start exploring the jobs through reading about them, researching people who are great in them jobs, watch some videos. You might find a new passion for one of them and also find out which you don’t like (which is also important). Get curious, explore and enjoy! Wishing you the best of luck and success 😊

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Nadia’s Answer

In this case, my question is: how does your daily routine look like?
And follow up:
- is there any time or activity when you feel happy or at least it's not getting you feel bored or upset?
-If no, why? How do you plan your daily tasks?
-What was you hobby in childhood? Have enjoyed anything particular?
-Have you taken an interest profile test? You can find one at: https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip

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Jay’s Answer

If you are truly starting from zero - some questions you could ask yourself to start with are below - and the answers will help you start to form a picture of where and how you could end up loving what you do professionally: some directional questions to ask yourself...
- Would I rather physically work with my hands? or at a desk in front of a computer?
- Is money a priority for me?
- Do I like to be the center of attention? or work in the background?
- Would I rather be active or more sedentary?
- Do I want to travel?
- Do I want to be around people, or more by myself?
- If I had a block of free time to anything I want tomorrow, what would I do? (hint....you might find an interest of yours by answering this one)

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Zuli’s Answer

Hi Mirka,

I would suggest that you start by discovering your hobbies first or start trying out different things like: studying mathematics, languages, social science for example and see that is your area of interest.

Alternatively, you can watch Youtube videos that will allow you to see what other people are doing.
Finding videos of people that inspire you, helped me personally when I was in high school
I know that is not an easy decision to make!

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Julie’s Answer

I found that the best way to find out what you are interested in is to just talk to people. Wherever you are just ask people about what they do. My career is a Real Estate Appraiser. I had no idea about what an appraiser was or did. I was looking for a direction and just starting talking to people in different fields. I spoke to a friend of a friend who was an appraiser and I found what she was telling me very interesting. I did additional research and decided to make that my goal. I have now been in that field for 18 years and I love it.

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Padmapriya’s Answer

Hi Mirna,

Findout something which interest's you first, then you can make that as your hobby. Here are some tips,

• Analyze Yourself. Now that you have enough time to brainstorm, you should make a plan and start analyzing yourself in-depth.
• Take a Career Test.
• Ask Your Teachers.
• Think Of Your Heroes.
• Start Anything New.
• Go Online.

There are lot of videos available online, lot of courses, you can develop some new skills.

Hope this helps.

Explore The World Of Career Possibilities And Find A Path That Is Right For You. Coaches Award Winner. Services: Tech, Media, Entertainment, Healthcare, Hospitality. Eli G.

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Kimberly’s Answer

Hi Mirna,
I am sure you have plenty of hobbies and things you are interested in these days. I would start by making a list of things that you enjoy doing, which can be as simple as reading a book to going for a walk. Then I would suggest making a list of professions/careers that you could see yourself doing in the future. After making both lists, take it a step further and see if you can "try out" some of these activities in a career type atmosphere. Spend some time online or reach out to school professionals to see if there are any areas of opportunity where you can volunteer to try out some of these experiences. I would also suggest joining some clubs or taking some recreational classes to see what else you might be interested in helping or working in one day. The best way to find your career path is to test it out first without fully committing. It takes time to figure out what you want to do in life and it is all right if you change your mind a couple times. Life is too short to settle.

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Vinesh’s Answer

Do research on careers available. Speak to friends and family who are in different careers. Spend time with them to experience their life in their current career. If undecided, identify what you want out of your career. This could be money, help/interface people, work with computers, work in hospitality industry, like sports etc. Make a choice accordingly, pursue and experience. If you don't like it, switch. After experiencing few, hoping you will have an idea to make better choice.

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Tricha’s Answer

This is a very hard question indeed. You have received a lot of good advice! I would add - take a look at what came natural to you in school. What do/did you excel in: math, science, history, literature? From there, determine what careers use those skills and start exploring what a day in the life would look like. Good luck!

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