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Seek out those connected to your hobby. “Then see if you can find a gig or freelance opportunity in the field,” Juenger says. “Taking project-based jobs will allow you to gain experience and make contacts to help you move forward and grow your career.”

Zurzolo also has advice for parents (or anyone else) who might try to discourage a loved one from focusing too much on their hobby.

“Remember that a hobby can provide balance. Just focusing on schoolwork and studying can leave your child stressed and anxious,” says Zurzolo.

He suggests having a conversation about goals. “Is their hobby just something to do in their free time or is it something they think could lead to a future career? Suggest they take classes that could help support that goal and start to make connections,” he says.

“Sometimes a hobby is just a hobby...but sometimes it can lead to a career (you’ve) never imagined.”

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