Turning your passion into a career

“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Marc Anthony

We all have something we’re passionate about, whether it’s something you have loved since you were a child, or it is something you've recently discovered. Whatever your passion, you should be able to do something you love for a living, right? There are millions of different job roles out there, so there’s bound to be a job out there that you’ll love.

Let’s explore some of the areas people tend to be passionate about and how you could turn it into a career you love…

Working with children

If you’re passionate about working with children, whether that’s babies and toddlers, young children, teens, or children with special educational needs, there is a wide variety of careers you could look into. Working with children gives you the opportunity to inspire and help raise the next generation. Potential careers include:

  • Teaching assistant
  • Early years educator/nursery nurse
  • Childminder
  • Nanny
  • Child psychologist
  • SEN coordinator
  • Pediatric nurse
  • Play specialist

To work with children, you’ll need to look into obtaining the relevant qualifications as well as a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to demonstrate that you are fit to work with children aged under 18.

Working with animals

We all love animals, but this is an area where you could turn your passion for working with animals into a long-term career. The opportunities to work with animals consist of both employed and self-employed jobs, including:

  • Dog groomer
  • Dog walker/sitter
  • Animal behaviouralist
  • Vet or veterinary assistant
  • Dog trainer
  • Zoologist
  • Pet shop assistant

The animal care industry is largely unregulated unless you want to become a vet which will require a relevant degree. This means that requirements for different jobs will depend on the employer. We would recommend at least studying a relevant course to ensure that you have a good understanding of the basics and demonstrate your commitment to your chosen career.


Anyone who is passionate about make-up, hair, nails, or generally making others feel great about themselves would love a career in beauty. Potential careers in beauty could be:

  • Beauty therapist
  • Masseuse
  • Make-up artist
  • Hairdresser
  • Nail technician/artist
  • Aromatherapist
  • Reflexologist

Working in beauty will not only require you to have the knowledge and skills to be able to competently provide treatments, but you will also need professional indemnity insurance too.

Did you know that you can study a beauty course from home? With our range of beauty courses, you can gain both the knowledge and practical skills needed to keep your clients coming back for more.


Similar to beauty, a career in fitness is ideal for anyone who is passionate about making others feel amazing. If you’re someone who thoroughly enjoys exercising and the mental and physical benefits that come with it, why not seize the opportunity to make a living from it? If this sounds like you, why not consider one of the following careers:

  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness instructor
  • Sports coach
  • Sports scientist

The area of fitness you choose a career in will depend entirely on what you personally enjoy. Take a look at our range of fitness and sports courses and qualifications here.


Do you love getting your hands dirty and keeping yourself busy in the garden? Have you considered a career in horticulture? A career in gardening and horticulture will allow you to foster your passion for the outdoors and take it to the next level. Potential careers in this industry could be:

  • Gardener
  • Garden centre worker
  • Floral designer
  • Horticulturalist
  • Nursery technician

If you would love to turn your passion for horticulture into a career, we highly recommend getting started with a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) qualification. The RHS are the UK’s leading gardening charity and are dedicated to inspiring people to get involved in the industry.

Health and social care

Are you passionate about caring for others? A career in the health and social care industry could be the perfect option for you to do something you’ll love. There are a vast range of job roles in the industry too, meaning that there is something for many different levels of experience and skillsets. Health and social care careers include:

  • Care worker
  • Activities coordinator
  • Health visitor
  • Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Paramedic
  • Psychologist
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Dietician

The variety of careers in the health and social care industry are wide-ranging and the list above doesn’t cover all bases. For example, in addition to the patient-facing roles above, there are also non-clinical roles in the industry such as project management, communications, human resources, and finance. Whatever role you choose in the industry will ultimately help others, and all roles are valuable in their own right, whether they are clinical roles or not.

If this sounds like the industry for you, we recommend researching your chosen pathway fully and ensure that you understand the qualifications, qualities, and experience you’ll need to achieve your dream job.


If you’re someone who loves being creative, then there are a whole host of careers out there that will allow you to get your creative juices flowing! Depending on what you’re passionate about, you could explore creative careers in one of the following areas:

  • Interior design
  • Fashion styling
  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Graphic design
  • Marketing
  • Jewellery design
  • Baking

If you’d love to develop your hobby and turn something you’re passionate about into a career, why not give it a go? Taking something you enjoy doing in your spare time and turning it into a potential career is one of the most rewarding things you could do. And, if you need some help cementing the knowledge and skills you have, consider studying a course to help you take your next step.

If you’re feeling inspired to take the first step towards turning your passion into a career, get in touch with us to find out how we can help. We believe that everyone should do something that they are passionate about, and we want to empower you to achieve your dream job.

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Turning your passion into a career