Guest blog: Can you Turn your Hobby into a Digital Career?

Turning your hobby into a career can be risky, but the benefits of successfully doing so will lead to a happy work life and future career! Do you spend time scrolling through social media pages, taking photographs or even creating a blog? But never really thought much more of it? You might want to consider taking these hobbies one step further. If you’re a student who doesn’t yet have a clear career direction, or are unsure where your degree will lead you, transferring your skills developed from your hobby and focusing them towards a career could prove a successful transition.

Here are some factors to think about before you make the transition from hobby to career.

Consider your options 

__1First off, consider your options and where a hobby can take you. Think about what you do in your spare time, which might involve spending lots of time on various different social media platforms. Your social media skills are transferable into the workplace. There are lots of job opportunities within marketing departments of organisations who need tech savvy individuals who can ultimately help build their brand through social media. You might be someone who is creative and has the ability to sketch drawings or create high quality graphics. But is currently doing a degree in a non-creative discipline. Don’t let this limit you to the certain subject area. You could create a portfolio of your work and maybe try freelance work, to see how well your work is received. Remember what you pursue your degree in does not necessarily restrict your future to that subject area.

Develop your skills

The next stage we suggest you embark on is to, develop your skills. If you are serious about turning your hobby into a potential career, think how you can improve what you already know to a professional level. For example, if you are interested in web development start by learning the web fundamentals of HTML and CSS. This will provide you with the knowledge to create and design the structure of a webpage. If you already have these skills expand them further by learning JavaScript to develop the websites interactivity. However, this will take lots of your time to learn and can be difficult. So really consider if it’s something you will be committed to learning and pursuing a career in.

Don’t be afraid to take your hobby further 

Feeling scared or apprehensive about taking your hobby further is completely normal. Maybe you feel you’re not good enough because it’s not what your degree was in/is in. But this just means you’ll have to put extra effort into taking time out of your day to learn more about the profession. Something else that might give you an advantage particularly for creative career choices, may be the creation of a digital portfolio. Showcasing your previous work and demonstrating to potential employers what you are capable of.

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Work experience 

A useful way to find out if your hobby can be a career, is by gaining work experience. This will then give you an insight into whether the job is right for you or if it will remain hobby. If your struggling to find the experience, don’t be afraid to send your CV to companies who may not even be advertising, as you never know! Or ask companies if you can shadow someone who works in the industry you wish to. If you’re still at university, gaining work experience can be a vital edition to your CV. Even if it’s just one day a week or over a short period in the summer, it’s still all valuable work experience.

Explore new things

You may spend your spare time creating interesting content in the form of images and videos. Or you enjoy crunching numbers and have the ability to analyse data and you keep up to date with current digital trends. All of these skills can be channeled into a digital marketing career. If you are considering a career in digital marketing, you will need to research current job roles and read the job description and requirements. By doing this you will then gain a better understanding as to whether you are right for the job role. Here is where work experience will come in handy, by giving you the valuable experience required for the job role.

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Remember…

Consider whether your hobby is something just to pass time or if it has the potential to become a career. It is a good idea to write a pros and cons list. Write down all of the benefits and negatives of pursuing your hobby further. If you’re not fully passionate about it, maybe it would be best to keep it as a hobby. However, if you do decide on pursuing your hobby into a career, we have created a free informative guide on how to find a job. Providing you with handy tips and advice on how to have a successful job search.

This guest blog post was bought to you by digital specialist jobs board Bubble Jobs.

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