We all have our personal interests, and it can be really difficult to know how to engage with them in a satisfactory way when they aren’t anything to do with your chosen profession. Luckily, we’ve had a think about it for you and come up with these five ways for you to remain engaged with your favourite interests.
- Follow key players
Just because you aren’t able to engage full time with your interest, of course doesn’t mean there aren’t people that dedicate their lives to it! You can always learn more about key players in the industry you’re interested in and enjoy getting to know more about what the most interesting people in the field get up to. This has the added benefit that if you ever do have the opportunity to get involved in the field properly, you might have an odea of the best avenues you can take to get the most out of your involvement.
- Stay up to date with new developments
This may sound obvious, but a great way to stay in touch with your interests is just to stay on top of the industry news. For example if you are interested in health, then you might enjoy reading Health leaders so that you can stay abreast of what’s happening within the industry. Almost every niche boasts its own magazine or newsletter that you will have no trouble tracking down and reading each month or week.
- Create your own newsletter
if your problem isn’t a lack of time but more just trying to work out what the best way to engage is for you, then you could consider creating your own newsletter about your interest. There will certainly be other people interested in the subject who could act as both your target audience and contributors, and this could be a really fun way to productively engage with your interest. Though this may sound like a lot of work – and it is time consuming – it could be a really rewarding way to create a resource for your interest and reach out to the community.
- Find an online community
as mentioned in the previous point, you absolutely will not be the only person interested in what you’re interested in, and a great way to engage with the interest is to find an online community with the same interest, giving you the opportunity to connect with likeminded people and gain a deeper connection with your special interest.
- Complete a course
Of course, the most obvious way to learn more about the subjects you care about is simply to learn more about them! There is an online course for almost anything, and if you would like to learn more about the subject you’re interested in there is definitely a course out there for you.
Everyone has interests that they wish they had the opportunity to pursue in a deeper way – and sometimes all you need to do is take that leap with one of the five steps above and make the effort to engage as much as you can!