Career planning provides a great time to also examine the activities you like doing when youre not working. It may sound a bit odd, to examine non work activities when doing career planning, but its not. Many times your hobbies and leisurely pursuits can give you great insight into future career paths.Think you cant make a hobby into a career? People do it all the time. The great painter Paul Gauguin was a successful business person who painted on the side. It actually wasnt until he was encouraged by an artist he admired to continue painting that he finally took a serious look at his hobby and decided he should change careers. He was good at business, but his love was painting.