“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” -(Confucius)
Why would some of the most successful people agree that interest matters in one’s life to have a successful career? They do so because they are the ones who have passionately followed their interests and even achieved success. Their success stories prove that when skills meet passion and interest, it only results in achievements. But, why does interest really matter? Certainly, this is the question that might arise in everybody’s mind.
Interest as a driving factor for motivation and happiness
Interests are an important part of each individual person character and encourage people to do certain activities. Interests have a great impact on the types of activities that people find attractive, fulfilling and enjoyable. According to Hidi (1990), being interested in a topic is a mental resource that enhances learning, which then leads to better performance and achievement. Interest is one of the important parts while choosing a career. When we love what we are doing, we will always put our best performance forward and strive to learn more. Consequently, that will enhance our self-confidence as well. When we pick up the field or area we like and enjoy, we would not crib to study or work in that field rather work harder and perform our best.
Published studies about interests
A research (Interest, Learning, and the Psychological Processes That Mediate Their Relationship 2002), showed that interest was related to an individual’s response, persistence and learning. It stated that interest includes affective and cognitive components which are part of individuals’ engagement in activities. According to a meta-analysis of the number of researchers, (Interest as a predictor of academic achievement, 1992), conducted in 18 different countries to examine the relationship between interest and performance, it was found that interest was highly correlated with academic achievements. Therefore, these researchers demonstrate that the role of interest is very important for an individual’s education as well as career.
Even if you don’t have a clear vision of your career or education pathway, you have interests in certain things which you are aware of or not. It’s important to follow your passion and to know your less obvious interests. The importance of knowing your interests is that your interests are the source of your motivation and that separate you from others. We from CDN believe that uncovering students interests and supporting their curiosity for a certain field helps the student to find their desired job. If you need some counselling about this topic, feel free to contact us.