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Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Although it is easy to mistake the two to mean the same, they are in fact two very different things. A person who has a career almost definitely has one or more stable jobs in their life, but a person who has a job may not necessarily have a career. The following are some of the differences that can help you tell between a job and a career. Let's check it out!!

1) Continuous development
A career involves planning, having milestones to overcome and goals to achieve. There is a lot of development happening at the start, in the middle or nearing the peak of a career, whereas in a job, your first day and your last day is pretty much the same. It is also easier to find a replacement for you when you leave.

2) Having a job
There are actually many jobs that require people to do the same things day in, day out : eg..driving a taxi, working the cash register, attending to shoppers, keeping a park clean etc. While these are important jobs which contribute to the economy and provide pleasent experiences to the public, they are functional roles that must remain as they are to stay relevant.
In this sense, waiting tables would be considered a job. A waiter only has a job if he comes to work on-the-dot and leaves after his shift is done. However, if he takes up night classes in a hotel management course, is committed to his work, goes the extra mile for his customers, learns from his mistakes and aspires to be the restaurant manager 1 day, he is in fact working towards what will eventually become a solid career in the food & beverage industry.

Even if he does all that but ends up leaving the restaurant, he will still have his career, because with the knowledge and skills he has, he can apply to join or lead a restaurant crew elsewhere.

3) You climb or you plateau
When you don't want a career, you can job hop from one place to another with ease and think nothing of it. A person who is serious about having a career will see every job as a learning avenue, a networking opportunity or a step up the career ladder. You have your goal in sight or a success platform whereby when you reach it, you can consider yourself to have achieved your ambition.

4) Making the switch
When you give uo a job, you let go of that option and you seek out another one - eg: you let go of the position as a teacher in one school and look up opportunities in another school. When you give up a career, you are exiting the line of work that you have spent possibly a decade in, carrying with you the skills, knowledge and experience you obtained during that part of your work life.
There are people who give up one career to start a totally new one, probably one that they find their true passion in - eg: from being a school teacher to becoming a textbook writer. In this switch, the knowledge and skills are somewhat relevant, but the new writer will have to rebuild his or her networks and reputation to seek out new opportunities.

5) Personal satisfaction
A person in a job may get all the aspects in their lives figured out financially - but when it comes to personal worth, the values they hold dear, and finding purpose in what they do, a job may not be enough. With a career, yuo can craft your own roadmap and decide on your own happy ending : branch out into business named in the memory of a favourite aunt; start an animal shelter for abandoned kittens; or produce an award-winning 3D animation series.

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