How can hobbies boost your careerYi Ling
For most busy working adults, hobbies are a luxury. Hobbies are something that we look forward to for the weekend and for some, perhaps the only reason that helps us chug along the working week. Hobbies, as fun as it is, can actually be advantageous to our careers. For hobbies to benefit our careers, there need to first be an intentional desire for it to elevate our careers. So here’s how your weekend or after work activities can boost your career:
Hobbies are one of the best ways to network as everyone is relaxed, calm and in a jovial mood. Golf, for instance, is a great way to form good relationships as the entire game can last a few hours – providing more than sufficient time to get to know your clients, your bosses, your colleagues and even, your competitors. One of the key differences between networking outside office hours compared to networking in a formal setting is that people tend to let their guard down outside the office. This is a chance for you to know the person you are trying to get close with better and also for the other person to express themselves better.
Hobbies are undoubtedly relaxing – that’s the main reason why people have hobbies. It is a form of escapism, allowing the mind to wander off from the hustle and bustle of work. However, in this state of relaxation is where great ideas are being generated and solutions to issues are being concocted. Creativity is what drives innovation at work and it is what elevates ones income and remuneration – creativity after all, is a key factor that drives the bottom line.
Hobbies are not confined to games and play only. Even volunteering can be a hobby. Take for instance volunteering at a children’s home or volunteering at a soup kitchen. These activities might require different skill sets from what you are required to have in your day job. Therefore, by getting involved in such activities, you can gain new skills which can be transferable to your daily vocation. In addition, it can be a great addition into your CV – this is one of the criteria which recruiters are seeking for today to differentiate between the thousands of applications received for one vacant role.
It can sometimes be very difficult to strike a conversation during a networking session, especially with someone new. Of course, you can always speak about your vocation, what you do, where you work at etc. However, conversations that revolve around work can only last so long. When you start a conversation about your hobbies and what you did over the weekend, then you can garner more interest in the conversation. In addition, speaking about your hobbies and interest outside of work will allow people to be more connected with you on a personal basis – this will improve their trust towards you.
Makes you more likable
In essence, having a hobby shows people that you are a normal person who enjoys indulging in extracurricular activities outside of work. By not having a hobby, people will look at you as a boring person with ‘no life’ outside of the office. Moreover, having a hobby allows you to display your sociable side, especially team sport hobbies. This could get you more acquainted with colleagues and clients who like team sports and you will also be invited to participate in such social activities.