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is it possible to find a job that you not only enjoy but also allows you to earn money?

i enjoy cooking, doing art and designing different things.

#art #design #career #artist #graphic-design

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John’s Answer

Caireen — I know finding your dream career isn’t easy, and the path can be scary. I remember it well. But just because it’s daunting doesn’t mean it’s not worth it!


Overwhelmed by the need to make a decision? Whether you know exactly what you want to do or not, knowing how to get there is tricky. In order to find your dream career, you need to carefully sort through your options in order to find the best route. Make a list of all your options, whether those are tangible job opportunities, education, or career paths. Once you have everything written down, you can parse out what isn’t exactly right, and narrow your goals. Try to create as many options for yourself, so you have plenty to choose from. You can also rank your options from best to worst, and even combine some that may be similar.


What you’re good at, what companies need, and what you like to do might all be different, but it’s important to try to find the overlap between the three. That’s how you find your optimal career path. Rather than looking at job titles, consider your interests, hobbies, and skills, and then work out how those translate. While you’re at it, look back at your hobbies to give you perspective to your future. What did you enjoy doing in previous jobs? What did you dislike? Knowing your values, passions, and skills will help you understand what kind of career you should pursue. And being alert of these factors means you can actively seek out careers that require your specific talents.


Whether you’re actively searching for a new career, or just trying to get a sense of what path you should be on, networking is a great way to dip your feet in the waters. The more people you meet, the more insight you can get into what the work environment is like, what the people are like, and how they enjoy the work. And if you are looking for that next job, networking is crucial. Surveys show about 85% of jobs are filled through networking!


Job shadowing lets you try out a career for a day to see if you're really interested. You might like the idea of a job, but not like the day-to-day rhythms and challenges of it. Liking a "typical day" on the job will mean greater success for you down the road. When you're on the job shadow, ask questions about what the person likes and dislikes about that job, what a good career path looks like, and what more you need to do to get your foot in the door. Next, look for companies in your area that have these opportunities. Contact the company about job shadowing. Start with companies that you know of, specifically those at which you know someone personally. Reach out to those individuals first and ask about job shadowing opportunities. If you don’t know anyone at the company, don’t be afraid to call or email someone in the Human Resources department.

Think about how much time you’ll spend at work in your lifetime — 90,000 hours for the average person. You want to make sure you’re using your time to your advantage, by pursuing a career that makes you happy, aligns with your values, utilizes your talents, and more. You have the power to get there, and now you have the tools to get started. Reach for the Stars!

Hope this was Helpful Caireen

Thank You Melissa. “Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” – Erma Bombeck John Frick

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Justin’s Answer

Anything is possible if you are willing to try. Doing something that you enjoy while earning money at the same time can achievable depending on what you really enjoy. For example, if you likes cycling, you can signed up with online food delivery platform and start delivering food on a bicycle while earning money at the same time. However, I am sure that is not what you are asking here. I believe that what you are looking for is passion. You need to find where you passion is and work towards it. And passion are found usually in places when you are least expecting it. Do keep an open mind and stay positive. Do not be afraid to fail and more importantly do not give up!

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Kimberly’s Answer

Absolutely! The best advice I got in college is to do what you love for work, and the money will come. If you're passionate about your work and job, you will be motivated to work harder and do your best. If you become the best in your field, others will look to you for expertise and want to hire you or pay you as a consultant or influencer in the creative world.

I work in marketing and truly enjoy it. I get to be creative and produce photo shoots and ads, but also use my business degree.

Kimberly recommends the following next steps:

Seek an internship in your desired field to learn if you will love doing it long term as a career.

Hello Caireen, I completely agree with Kimberly - don't chase money, rather follow your passion. After college I chased jobs that were known to have high earnings potential, but after 5-years of being miserable in what I was doing I decided to go back to graduate school to follow my passion - I can say without a doubt that it was the right decision. Following your interests and passions have an inherent motivation that is invaluable. Best of luck! Brandon Bloeth

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ho’s Answer

woo! I think I was same with you. I have a lot of things want to do. One year age I want to be an actress. But good actress is not easy to be also I need to worry about the money. In my place, Macau. if you only be actress that you will starve to death. But right now I just find some job is very suitable for myself. I like to communicate with different people. nowadays my work is connect with people also hander their problems .

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Ted’s Answer

A lot of us start out thinking about this question by saying "how can I get paid to do what I love to do?"

I like to make music, but I'm unlikely to become a superstar mega-millionaire doing that. I saw that many of my friends who chose to make a full-time career out of music, dance, art -- they end up piecing work together, balancing teaching with creating, and not making much money overall. Unless you're the very best at what you do, it's hard to get paid for doing it.

Besides, I discovered that I only like making music *when it's fun*, and I found that trying to make it a career, you end up having to make music *when it's NOT fun*. This can really sour you on your main passion as you try to bend it to fit into the paying gigs available to you.

What you may find is that the characteristics of a "good job" are not what you'd expect at first. I find that the people you work with, the tasks you do day to day, the culture, the compensation, the learning opportunities, and the time you have available to do things you care about -- these all make a big difference in your overall quality of life.

I get to be creative every day and get paid well for it because I've found a field where that kind of creativity is highly valued. As a result, I can command a good salary and working conditions, then leave my work at the office and make music on my own time. I'm able to have a much more comfortable life than I would if I was playing music in smoky bars every night to make ends meet.

You may want to take a look at the job market and ask yourself what you can do that fills an existing need. Something you can have an OK time doing, get paid well, and free yourself up to do the things you actually care about.

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Jemima A.’s Answer

Hi Caireen

Nothing it is impossible..You can get jobs you enjoy doing and earn a lot from.

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Veronica’s Answer

Hi Careen,

I think i agree with Justin's answer. The short answer is YES. But then of course, there are things to consider. If you want to earn money to have a plane on your own and a mansion, it might be harder :) but for a balanced life yes.

From my perspective, first make sure you find out what you really like and you are passionate about and after that, be open to find out opportunities. I believe that when we follow what we like, the door opens with opportunities but we need to be able to see them.
Also, from my perspective, it could happen that you find a job that you like but it's not your absolute passion, but pays you well to give you the opportunity to also do what you are passionate about until you find a job in that. For example, I'm passionate about kids and giving back. I would have probably looked to work with an NGO but when i finished school (Business) i had the opportunity to work on a big international company. In there, i was earning money and i find out that they have volunteering programs where i could work on my passion!!!! My goal now is to save enough money that I can go in a couple of years to work on an NGO and have a lower salary (NGOs generally pay lower salaries).

Veronica recommends the following next steps:

write a list of things that you like or you are passionate about
Then write a second list of jobs that you know would be doing at some point those things.
Share that list with people to see if you "missed " a job that you did not know (like me...working with Kids while working on a Business Company)

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Melissa’s Answer

There are so many quotes about this:
If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life. -Marc Anthony
Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life. -Mark Twain
There are arguments about who said it first, ancient proverb or author, but the fact remains. If you enjoy what you're doing, it isn't treated as work. However, this isn't entirely true.

So. Is it possible to find a job that you not only enjoy but also allows you to earn money? Absolutely! But it will take work to achieve that.

First you have to identify what you're passionate about. There are some hobbies that need to remain hobbies otherwise you may end up resenting those activities. For the most part though, if you're passionate about what you do, work will be more enjoyable.

You mention that you enjoy cooking, doing art and designing different things, and I see the hashtags #art #design #career #artist #graphic-design. These are all fun activities that have career opportunities. Research culinary arts, design (all facets of it including interior, fashion, graphic), and fine arts. See which interest you more. If you get bored midway through baking, maybe keep that as a hobby so you don't get burnt out. Further, you may need to explore unpaid internships (if you're able) to see how you like these areas. They might not be the exact position you want to try, but you'll get a taste for the environment of that career field.

I am a graphic designer, and I was nervous about picking such a subjective career. I didn't realize how many paths were paved to get into graphic design, and how many paths were yet to be created. Each person's story is unique. Mine was fairly linear. I learned what I wanted to do in high school and researched my path until I was able to complete each task on it. I got into college, then into the program I wanted, got an internship, then another, then my degree and then the job search. I was able to find some great jobs and some not as great one that all added up to great experience. I now found the niche where I can use all that previous experience and develop more skills and my career. All while making money doing what I love and enjoy.