Passion + Ability = Success?

Krasi Shapkarova

Krasi is Carey the Torch's Editor-in-Chief and also represents the Career Development Office in Washington, D.C., working with students on career exploration and development. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

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“That’s when I first learned that it wasn’t enough to just do your job; you had to have an interest in it, even a passion for it.”

Charles Bukowski

In recent years, the importance of loving what you do, not simply doing it to earn a paycheck, has come to the forefront of discussions on success. In fact, a Forbes contributor shares an interesting observation that many people often choose positions based on financial considerations, not genuine interest. In hypothetical situations of no financial restrictions, those same people would choose a different career. In The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Sir Ken Robinson argues that when talent and passion intersect, a person becomes her true self, performs at her best, and achieves the most. So passion, in addition to ability, is what employers look for and what employees need to bring. To show you have passion, however, it is not enough to simply write “I am passionate about (XYZ) company/industry” in your cover letter; rather, you must offer specific details and examples to persuade the interviewer that you, in fact, love the industry and can bring certain value to its growth and development.

To discover what you love to do and ensure it aligns with what you are good at doing, come meet with a career coach by setting an appointment through your Carey Compass account.

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