Developing Your Career

Developing Your Career

How to Bring Creativity to Your Current Work

By Lee Hecht Harrison on July 22, 2013

Many workers feel restricted in conventional jobs that fail to tap into their creative passion. Does your job fulfill your creative spirit? Do you have a creative talent that’s not utilized at work?  If so, there are ways to tap your creative skills without abandoning your profession or current position.

In her Forbes article, “The Undercover Artist: How to Try Out a Creative Career Path,” author Jules Bausch offers advice to “creatives” unhappily trapped in traditional jobs. Bausch explains that Internet sites like Etsy and YouTube provide a global platform for burgeoning creative talent and that there’s no time like the present to let your artistic career take flight (and possibly earn some extra income).

Before you make the leap, you’ll need to refine your talent – be it art, music, writing, designing, gardening, etc. – and develop your product so you have high quality samples that demonstrate your skills and abilities. This may involve enrolling in after-work classes or offering your services to local religious, community or educational organizations as a means to hone your skills. Take photos and/or retain work products to create an online portfolio that professionally presents your work.  Remember, creativity is a mindset.  So if you don’t have strong artistic talents, draw from experiences that demonstrate business creativity.  Chances are you made creative contributions in your current and past roles. Review your past accomplishments to highlight where you’ve contributed a unique perspective to the process, offered imaginative ideas or implemented resourceful solutions.  Interested to learn just how creative you are?  Take this quick Creativity Quiz.

Still, you don’t have to be accomplished in a specific creative field to fulfill your passion for the arts. Sometimes you can stick with your profession, but contribute within an organization that promotes your creative bent and values your knowledge. Consider, for example, the guitar-playing IT professional who works for a music promotions company or the art-loving accountant who finds satisfaction working in a world-class art museum. Just because you’re not a master of the art doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy working in a creative environment.

And sometimes our creativity is best left for after-work pursuits. Nevertheless, if you decide you want to make the move, you’ll need to do your homework and lay the groundwork before you take flight.


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