I ran across an excellent article today, entitled The 10 Best Hobbies to Boost Your Career. It’s on a site called AccountingDegree.com, but don’t let that fool you – it’s applicable to a much broader audience.
The thing I liked the most is that it lists a wide variety of ideas, including ones that might at first seem a little “out there.” Shopping as a hobby to develop your career? But indeed, there are jobs which value those kinds of skills. More than you might think!
So let me give this a try and apply it to my own life.
I happen to like singing Gregorian Chant. In doing that, I’ve learned a lot about Latin, a different musical notation, controlling my voice, blending with others, and church history. In broad terms, it would seem that I’ve demonstrated my teamwork and learning skills, both of which are useful in the workplace.
I also happen to LEAD the chant choir for our parish, so that will show initiative and leadership skills. After all, leading volunteers is in some ways harder than leading those who are tied to you with a paycheck.
Hmm. Thought-provoking, huh?
So go check out the article, and start thinking about how your skills developed OFF the job can be used to advance your success ON the job.