What is your Passion?

What is your Passion
What is your Passion

“Amit, we will need to cancel our planned outing this Saturday”,

Sonia said in a highly depressed tone. And this is not the first time we had to cancel our plans because of an unplanned calling at work on a weekly off. I have seen her going through all this stress in all her corporate, good paying jobs. Do you think it’s just her? Isn’t this your story as well?

And why do you think you are hating the job you are at? You presented your candidature, gave the interview, and picked the job. Remember the day you got the offer letter, perhaps you celebrated the day with your friends. So what went wrong? And is this the first time you are experiencing this dislike to your job or your company?

Dozens of questions but the answer to all this is just one. And the answer to all these questions is in solving just one riddle. What is your passion? Remember, I did not call it a question, I called it a riddle. What is your passion, might look a simple question, if it does, try answering it honestly. You have been picking jobs feeling that working on that job profile is your passion. However, when you picked the job, you asked how much money the job is going to fetch. Instead of asking what you would be doing at work.

Don’t take me wrong when I say that you did not find your passion. Reality is that there is hardly any emphasis on finding your passion at an early age. Nobody helps a child identify his/her passion let alone nurturing it. You are only taught how to score good marks and find a good job.

So what is your passion?

Like other emotions, passion is a powerful emotion that human being has. This emotion, for something or for somebody, can neither be tamed nor controlled. Everyone is born with a unique swing. A swing that came with you when you were born and stays lifelong. This remains unaltered with the external situation of life. Typically, the world remembers you because of that swing in you. This is an emotion that is embedded deep in you.

Passion is loosely termed as obsession or craziness. This reminds the famous movie “National Treasure” and the following experts:

Benjamin Gates: “We don’t really need someone crazy. But one step short of crazy, what do you get?”

Riley (Benjamin’s subordinate): Obsessed

Benjamin: Passionate

Ok, coming back to our vacation plan which just got canceled. I asked Sonia about what has happened. The story was not different. Workload, manager, not requesting, just ordering to work on scheduled off. My problem was not changing the vacation plan. Nor was I unhappy of that extra work and Saturday working. My problem was the long face of Sonia. Her constant struggle of getting up in the morning and getting ready for office. Between 6 am to 8 am, she used to think of a possibility of the work day being called a holiday.

It was time to revisit her decisions.

What is your passion and how to find it?

Passion and Success
Passion and Success

We both sat down and I asked her a question. Does she like what she is doing? The answer was a flat “No”.

“I don’t feel like going to the office. I don’t like people there. Moreover, I am not enjoying whatever I am doing”, she said painfully.

“If not this, then what do you want to do? What is your passion?” and the answer was “I don’t know”?

The root cause of the problem was in those three words “I don’t know”. Unless we define what we want to really do, we are never going to enjoy it. Correct? More accurately, we need to know what your passion is.

“Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks – Yo-Yo Ma”

Finding friends with similar hobbies is difficult to let alone passion. In today’s world, you see 10 new startups popping out of somebody’s passion. But almost 98% dies within the first year because the founder failed to build a team of like-minded passionate people. Before you do you a startup, you must know the startup failure reasons.

How to find what is your passion?

Fortunately, there is help for you. You can follow a few steps to find what your passion is. You might have several turning points in your life, but the finding answer to what is your passion will be a major one. After we followed the guide on how to find passion, Sonia was able to trace her love. She then knew that she actually likes cooking and more specifically baking.

While we were working on finding Sonia’s passion, we hopped over to Clarity on fire. They have an interesting quiz to take on. At the end of the quiz, the website generates your profile report. You will need to enter your name and email id to download the copy, but sure an interesting report to read. You may want to try.

Today, Sonia spends most of her weekends conducting healthy baking workshops. Ironically, today she is happy working on a weekend. She spends her weekdays creating new recipes and evenings in drafting them and sometimes working till midnight.

The difference today is that she works for herself. She works on what she loves. Today, there are no more stressful evenings, no more painful workloads. Finally, she found her passion and made it her career. Today she is famous and runs her successful venture called Anybodycanbake.

This is what we aim to achieve with everyone on Mapped Skills. We help people know what their true passion is and then break passion into monetize-able skills. We help you monetize your skills and start building passive recurring income.

Come join the mission.

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2020 Top 10 highest paying jobs

top 10 highest paying jobs
top 10 highest paying jobs

Do you want to be working on one of the top 10 highest paying jobs? Yes? But how are you preparing yourself for the top 10 paying jobs? A job hunt could become a never-ending journey if you do not pick the right track from the very beginning.

Remember the last year of your schooling and the quest for choosing your field of study in college. You wanted to pick a stream that can fetch you one of the top 10 highest paying jobs in the world. But because of the lack of information, there was ambiguity in your mind. Taking a decision was more of what your parents wanted you to do.

Technologist keeps working on bringing new technologies to the world. No doubt, these solutions make human life easier, but they come with a cost. Moreover, technological automation has always taken people’s jobs. It becomes important for you to know the upcoming market trends and learn the top skills that will stay in demand.

What will be the top 10 highest paying jobs in 2020?

Devin Fidler, research director at “Institute for the Future” says “There are some overarching shifts poised to change the nature of work itself over the next decade”. Predicting the best paying jobs in the future is impossible. But a conscious tap on shifts in trends is important. The importance increases especially when we are making decisions about our careers.

According to The future of jobs, a report published by World Economic Forum 7.1, a million people will lose their jobs by 2020. This will be because of technological advancements. Most of these jobs will be white collar jobs in management and administration. Alarming?

Labor force projection 2020 published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, predicts that there will be an increment of 20.5 million jobs by 2020.

The reports say that personal and health care aides will accelerate at a pace of 70% growth. Does this mean that the next decade will be a decade of Healthcare domain?

The report anticipates only a few sectors growing more than 50% of the total in 2020. These sectors include healthcare, construction, business and professional services, and social help. Accordingly, most of the best paying jobs will come from the mentioned sectors.

Top Jobs

The future jobs in demand 2020

Data Scientist

Companies have collected tons of data that needs to be analyzed. But, there is a huge crunch of people who can interpret and analyze data. These data scientists are the ones who dive into the pile of data and analyze it. As a result, they will bring up value to businesses and clients.

Today is the age of data and the future is all about information. Every company strives to know better about buyers and consumers. Consequently, they need people to analyze the data that they collect over a period of time. Presumably, opportunities in data analysis will create the top best-paying jobs in the future.

Medical Therapist

People are no more keeping the mental health at a back seat to physical health. People have understood that their mental health is the key to their successful life. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for marriage and family therapists will grow by over 40% through 2020.

Information Technology

As the technology keeps evolving the need for skilled computer experts keeps growing. As a result, computer programming and web development have become a commodity item. Every network needs to become faster and secure. A career in web development and networking is going to be highly rewarding in the coming future.

Market Research Analyst/Marketing Specialist

New development needs a lot of research and innovation. As the world strives for better technological solutions, research and analysis are going to be in continued demand.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts around a 35% increase in the demand for veterinarians. Needless to say, desire and demand for pets are becoming impossible to meet. This rise in the demand for pets will increase the demand for veterinary services.

Healthcare and Medicine

More the population means more people needing personal and medical aids. Healthcare will remain a no-recession business for the future with increased career opportunities.

Environmental Science

At one side, the natural resources are in a decline and at the same time, the population continues to increase. It becomes important to find methods to maximize the available limited natural resources. We need technology solutions to conserve energy and water conservation. We need to control pollution, improve agricultural yields, and reduce global warming. The demand for environmental scientists will continue to increase.

Finance and Investments

Globalization is enabling people to earn from various sources and from many locations. This makes money management complex than ever. As a result, it increases the demand for CFO’s, tax auditors, and financial planners.

The world has seen a lot of financial crisis between 2008 and 2009. Due to the crisis, many students started seeking employment elsewhere. This brings a shortage of skilled professionals in this sector.

Business Managers

Managers are expected to be dynamic and with the ability to adapt and change quickly. Gone are the days when managerial skills were limited to basic finance and management in a single location.

Managers are now supposed to be the latest with technology. They should be an internet geek and well connected on social media. They should learn new communication methods and use it to benefit the organization. Professionals in business development, human resource, and event planning will be in huge demand.

Technology Startups

The world has already seen the boom in the start-up world. Technology startups those will continue to innovative technology solutions will have an edge. This innovation will bring enormous growth to the startup world.  Moreover, if they create services that solve a customer problem, they will be profitable.

Traditional businesses such as used-car sales, beauty salons, pet grooming will also continue to rise.  Their success will depend on their ability to provide cost-effective services.


Interesting Facts

There are 20 million jobs that will get created by 2020. And another 30 million people will be retiring by then. As a result, there will be almost 50 million jobs available by 2020. If you are a recruiter, recruiting in the above-mentioned field and technology, you would also be in great demand. Read “Career in Recruiting” and understand the reasons to choose to recruit as your career.

I hope this information on the skill demand in the next few years will help parents. This will give more clarity on which career to choose to be future ready.

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Job Hunt: A never ending Job Journey

Job Journey
Job Journey

The beginning of my job journey

I started my job journey as soon as I finished my masters. Soon my job hunt made me realize the significance of a professional college. 2009, the year of the biggest recession in India, unfortunately, was the same year I graduated MBA.


Rejections, rejections and just rejections

No company wanted to hire a brain full of ideas. A person is full of enthusiasm and hunger for learning and experience. Yet an average scorer from a below average college. It took me eight months to finally get my first job. During those eight months, I realized that as a fresher, you are no more than a piece of paper. Organizations do not see you beyond your academic, especially when you’re a fresher. And I did everything that I could to present my prepare my resume in the best possible way.

They don’t want to invest in your training and learning. Instead, they expect an expert fresher. They want a 23-year-old resource passed out with the at least expertise of 3 years. My aspirations and my hopes have touched the taste of sand not once but several times. Reality hit me hard on my face, but something inside me kept me moving, so I decided to struggle and make my way out.

New Job

My first break in my Job Journey

My first job was that of a Recruiter, which was not my area of interest. With no other choice in hand, I accepted that role and there went my dreams for a toss. I don’t regret that anymore, as a career in recruiting is great, which I understand today. But certainly, it wasn’t the best for me, I knew I belonged not here but somewhere else.

Well, after a week’s training on the entire recruitment process, I started on my job and I sucked at it. Being a recruiter was the hardest thing I have done in my life. I continued to work there for a year and a half, but I quit when I couldn’t take anymore. Now I was jobless and experienced yet-skill-less. The opportunities I was receiving were all related to Recruitment in which I was not good enough. And I was struggling to find my passion and find a job accordingly.


Learning over salary: My biggest mistake

That was the time I made a huge mistake, mistake of putting Salary as a primary concern over learning. It was 2010 and recessions had slowed down. There were opportunities, but I was not willing to start afresh. Today I realize that could have been the best time to start afresh.

After struggling for two months an opportunity knocked on my door. An opportunity to work with a start-up for a marketing department as an Executive. It was more of a secretarial job. Another misfit. And even then I couldn’t make up my mind to start afresh. I was still looking for better-paying jobs and my job journey was getting harder. My resume now shows two different experiences, which landed me nowhere. I stayed with them for two years and finally frustrated, I dropped that job as well. Again jobless.

Next Break

My next break

After six months of the job hunt, I got a break from another company. It was more or less the same role but at a different location, Bangalore. Though the role was not my choice, today I’m glad I made that choice. Being in this job and this city, made me realize what I actually wanted to become. This role was a total mix of talent acquisition, employee engagement, staffing, vendor and account management. I learned the real dealings with people.


Realization: It’s never too late

Once I was asked to mentor a junior on my team. That was the day I realized that I want to become a Trainer/Mentor and nothing else. I am good at teaching, but I never wanted to become a teacher. Being on this side of the stage has always fascinated me. The realization of my goal gave me a clear path to do what I owe myself to do.

Yes! I am born to inspire and now that has become my ultimate goal of life.

Today I am associated with one of the top most brands. But I am determined to pursue my dream besides my bread-earning job.

I can dream yet again!


And Finally! My two cents

  • Never follow the money, it will come to you by itself once you’re skilled enough.
  • Don’t give up on your will to fight.
  • It’s okay to not know right now. Follow your confusion, get lost with your wish and you’ll eventually find your way.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of knowing what you want to become.
  • Don’t kill your dreams, but don’t be too blind to realize that you also need a living to pursue your dream.
  • Keep dreaming! Keep fighting! And Aim for the sky! Always!

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