Here’s a breakdown of what our hobbies say about our strengths and who we are. It’s pretty cool to think about this idea in terms of your career! Check it out:
1. Endurance sports
Sports like running, cycling swimming etc. suggest that a person has tenacity, perseverance and drive, which are exactly the qualities that are desirable for a sales or business development role.
2. High risk pursuits
Activities such as mountain climbing, mountain bike racing and sky diving can suggest that a person is happy to push back boundaries and take calculated risks. These strengths are desirable for people going into thought leadership roles or product/department leadership roles.
3. Creative hobbies
Hobbies like cooking, painting and photography are artistic pursuits which suggest that you have a creative mind. Such hobbies might make you more appealing to employers in dynamic sectors and industries such marketing, PR, design, etc.
4. Team sports
Group sports such as football, softball, hockey, dodgeball, etc. show that you are able to work as a team member in pursuit of a common goal. While this is a desirable quality in most industries, it might be especially useful in team-based environments.
5. Strategic mind games
An interest in games like chess, backgammon, or sudoku show that you enjoy thinking strategically. This type of strength is desirable for positions where policy development and strategy formulation are central to the work, such as a planning-based role.
6. Creative writing
An interest in creative writing – whether through poetry, short stories or a personal blog – can highlight your strengths as a writer or editor. This type of skill is highly sought-after for editorial positions, public relations positions with an emphasis on communications, or social media-type roles.
7. Reading, museums, libraries
An interest in learning-based activities can showcase a hunger for knowledge – a skill that could make you an especially good researcher, particularly suited to research intensive positions.
8. Community group involvement
Such hobbies can suggest that you are someone who is comfortable collaborating with others. This means you could be seen as a particularly good personality fit for managerial roles.
What are your hobbies and what do they say about you? How are you blending your qualities/strengths into your current job role?
Written by Lauren Jacobsen,