Should you follow your passion?


When reading the news or catching up on social media sites, from time to time we hear about someone who has achieved something they’ve always wanted to do. It seems that they have taken a chance, and put their fears aside, and followed their passion. But is this something that you should consider doing? Is it something that is worth the risk? Let’s take a look at this right now:

There’s nothing wrong with trying

If you never take a risk, you never achieve anything. If you want to play it safe for the rest of your life, then you may not achieve your deepest desires. If you give something a try, even if it doesn’t go according to plan, at least you’ve given it your best shot. This is what can be said for those thousands of people in this country every year, who have a go at something they’re passionate about.

Try, and you may succeed, if you don’t try, you never know.

Is it worth the risk?

So you have a mortgage, you have a job, and a family to look after. Would following your passion put your mortgage at risk? Would you be able to make those payments every month if you followed the job of your dreams? If you went to work for someone else and your work hours were contracted, then it may be worth the risk. At least if you get the job, you will have a steady income. If you are looking to become self-employed, you may want to consider working on your new venture part-time, while you’re also in full-time employment.

Do you understand the industry?

I’m not talking about having a smidgen of an idea about the industry, what I mean is, do you understand it do an impressive degree? Ok, so you don’t need to know all that there is to know about the industry, but it will help if you have a bit of knowledge. Although you do need to brush up on your knowledge, you should also be aware that you will learn a great deal if and when you get the job in question. If you’re having a job interview for a position you’ve always wanted, then make sure you brush up on the industry and the company. If you’re venturing out and going freelance, a little more knowledge could help you to see what you need to do, when, and for who.

Is there a market for what you want to do?

Are you about to step into an industry that has a lot of interest from others? Will there always be a need for the job in hand. We know that in life only a few things are certain: Birth, death, taxes, and the need for food. Will the job you can see yourself being a part of be around for quite some time? Is there a global, national, or local market that you can satisfy? If there is, you could be onto a winner.

Do you have a back-up plan?

Occasionally things don’t go according to plan. Sometimes even with the greatest intentions and a lot of hard work, things just don’t work out. You need to play things safe where you can, which may mean having a back-up plan. I for one know that if my little business goes under, that my qualifications and experience will get me a job elsewhere. What about you? Do you have a plan that will get you out of trouble? You may need to have one, just in case.

see if you can make the most of what you have. If it looks to be worth the risk and you’re willing to put in the work, then it could be worth a try.

5 tips to ace your interview


Job interviews can be anxiety provoking, and they can also make us wonder if we’re really suitable for the job in question. The fact is that if you had all the necessary skills, experience, qualifications, as well as the greatest resume ever, if you don’t perform well at the interview, you may fail to get the job.

With a bit of preparation, you can ace your interview, so much so that you could at least be on the list of candidates who are called back for a second one. So ho can you go about making your interview a successful one? Here’s how:

1 Practice

One of the very best things that you can do before you have an interview is to practice. Think about the questions the interviewer is likely to ask, and practice your response. There are likely to be some question that you haven’t thought of, but don’t panic, just stay calm and answer them as well as you can.

2 Let your clothes make a good impression

This is not to say that you should turn up in a swanky two piece, but you should look like you’ve made an effort. Have a wash, wear clean clothes, wear clothes that fit you well, and look smart. Try not to over-groom yourself, as this too can make a bad impression. You don’t need a bucket full or hair gel, or 8 inches of foundation. Go for a natural look that is also a professional one. Shine up your shoes, brush your hair, wear a smile, don a nice outfit, and you should make a good impression.

3 Be on time

for you, and it won’t stand you in good stead, as those interviewing you may presume you’re never on time for work either. Make sure you know when you need to leave for the interview, be prepared to leave earlier if you think there may be a problem with traffic. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going, and how you’re going to get there.
If you still think you’re going to be late despite all your efforts, ring ahead, apologize, and let them know what time you’re going to be there.

4 Ask questions

Turn up at the interview with a list of questions to ask. Make the interviewer think you’re curious about the position. Ask them about the job, the pay, the benefits, vacation times, and any other questions you have about the position. You don’t have to ask them everything, but I often find that when you ask at least a few questions, (Such as what software they use, how well the business is performing, etc.), then you have shown a distinct interest.

5 Make the interviewer aware of how your skills can help the company

Let the interviewer know that you are capable of the job. Tell them about your skills, mention that you were able to boost sales in your current job by 20%. Tell then that you have great customer service skills, and it’s this that helps to keep them coming back. Let them know how much experience you have, and that you think it will be beneficial to the team. Sell yourself, while still remaining humble, and you could be onto a winner.

The above tips will not guarantee you a job, but they will make you more likely to receive an offer for the position in question. If you don’t get the job you want, use the interview as experience, and ace your next one.