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Turning Your Spare Time into a Career Opportunity

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We all have things that we love to do in our spare time, but have you ever thought about turning that hobby into a career?

Writer Annie Dillard famously said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives” and many of us spend most of our days at work. In fact, over our lifetime we’ll spend on average 90,000 hours at work so it’s important that we love what we do!

Sometimes our jobs aren’t as fulfilling as we’d like and after a long day at work it’s good to let off some steam by hitting the gym for a workout or getting creative and building a cool web page or a table centre piece for a friend’s wedding… but have you ever stopped to consider turning this passion into a career? Imagine how exciting and fulfilling your life would be if you could earn a living doing what you love!

There is a way…

Turning-Your-Spare-Time-into-a-Career-Opportunity-happy-01-01.pngSome jobs don’t require a certification, but relevant experience goes a long way towards getting started, while other jobs do need a qualification. Either way, taking a course in the area you’re interested in not only shows a future employer that you’re serious about following your dreams and you’re committed to being successful, it also gives you access to other people (especially tutors) who have a wealth of skills and knowledge that you can learn from!

These days more and more people are heading back into education to re-train for careers in areas they’re really passionate about  but heading back into education after being away from it for a long time may seem a little daunting at first; read this to find out what to expect when you head back to the classroom.

Most courses these days are also available as an online learning course, which means you can easily fit your study time around your busy lifestyle. 
If you’re new to the world of e-learning you may think you’ll be alone in your studies, but you can put those worries to rest. Taking an online course is the preferred way that many people now choose to learn, and the courses are set up to support you when needed. You’ll have full access to your tutor via email and they will be keeping a close eye on your progress to ensure you’re hitting the deadlines and that your learning is on track.

Choosing to learn online also frees up extra time because you won’t need to worry about taking time out to commute to class. Your learning can be fully flexible meaning you won’t have to commit certain days and times in order to study. Not only will this help take the pressure off diarising your spare time to study, but you’ll also enjoy your course more because you won’t feel rushed. 

Want some inspiration? Here’s what you could do to turn your leisure activities into a career!

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  • Personal trainer
Do you spend all your free time at the gym and love to help people towards their fitness goals? You could train to become a qualified personal trainer! The good news is you don’t even need to change careers at all (unless you want to) as you could take on a handful of clients and train them before or after your working day. Training just a few clients per week could bring in additional income (ideal for xmas shopping) and you’ll be qualified and ready to go before the ‘new year, new me’ rush at the gym! Sound ideal for you? Here’s how to become a personal trainer
  • Events management
If you’re the most organised person around and everyone turns to you for help with planning their parties or you love hitting up your Pinterest account and getting hands on with arts and crafts, a career in events management may be perfect for your skills and passions.
You could spend your evenings and weekends planning your client’s events and attend them at the weekends (if you want to fit the new career around your existing one for an additional income), or you could go freelance and be your own boss! Here’s how to become an events planner! There are many additional avenues that you could take within this job sector that allows you to increase your earning potential even further! Such as: invitation design, making table centre pieces, catering and event photography.
 
  • IT
If you love delving into the world of technology, a career in IT could be for you! These days we’re all pretty handy with modern technology and a growing online business community has created an ever-growing need for web developers, network specialists and software developers.
Not sure which IT route would be right for you? Take our quick quiz to find out!
 
  • Counselling
Are you someone that’s naturally caring? Taking a course in counselling can help you further the skills you naturally have, plus you’ll be able to put your talents for helping people towards good use! Here are some counselling skills you can use now. You can always volunteer your time at a charity organisation to gain further hands-on experience while you study your course.
 
  • Teaching assistant
If you enjoy helping children, listening to them read and encouraging them to develop their skills and talents, you’d make a fantastic teaching assistant. With classrooms growing in size, the demand for TAs is high, and you’ll be able to do a job you love while helping to support the future generation – it’s a pretty special career to be a part of! Interested in finding out more? Here’s what a day in the life of a teaching assistant looks like.

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The Training Room | 07/11/2018 16:00:00

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