Hone your creativity in non-creative jobs

“Following your passion to a career” sounds great, but many more people find themselves simply doing work that is an enjoyable and rewarding way to earn a living. At some point in your career, you may end up in a role that is not directly in line with your passion and creative talents. It’s up to you to think about how you can inject and integrate your creativity into that non-creative job. Consider how you can make the job more than it actually is.

This happens by taking the initiative to seek and create opportunities where you are at. Working in a administrative desk job? Ask if you can take over the decoration or design of the waiting room. Doing boring database management? Pull some statistics and design new infographics or graphs showing relevant information! Love to write? Ask your boss if you can write some stories for the website or social media that highlight testimonials or stories of the business or product you are promoting.

Consider what are the areas you hope to grow, and brainstorm some ways to make it happen. It may take a little extra time and effort, especially if you add it onto an already full plate, but it’s your chance to stand out to your coworkers and bosses by going above and beyond to tackle a problem they may not even know they have. Taking these steps makes you an invaluable member of the team because you are contributing skills beyond what they expected of you. It’s also the type of thing that can help you move into the next role you pursue that is closer to your real creative interests.

How can you enhance where you currently are? Even if it’s a part-time job or a student organization, ask yourself what you want to do and come up with an idea!

By Shannon Merchant
Shannon Merchant Career Counselor Shannon Merchant