Have you ever wondered what the difference is between having a job and having a career? You are working at something in both areas and getting paid for it so really…what’s the difference?
Dictionary.com gives the following definitions:
Job – a paid position of regular employment; a task or piece of work, especially one that is paid
Career – an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress
Still not really clear on the difference? Let me dig a little deeper for you.
A job is what we do while we are looking for what we love. When you just started out in the work field in high school and you were working at a fast food restaurant you were working at a job. You probably didn’t love it but you went there and did what was required of you to get your paycheck and go home.
A career is what you choose to do for your life’s work. Maybe you decided at a young age that you wanted to be a teacher, engineer, chef, nurse or entrepreneur. You studied hard and got your training and/or degree and then you started your career in that field. You chose this field as something you wanted to do for the rest of your life because you love it so much. You choose to stay longer when needed and put in extra time on continued education so you can get better and better at what you do. You are not just doing the work for the money, you are doing it because it lights you up inside.
That is what a career is and how it is different than a job.
Are you having a hard time deciding if your current career is still right for you? Or how you may be able to change it up a bit so that you fall in love with it all over again? I can help. Just reach out and let’s have a conversation about what your current situation is and how I can help you reignite that spark inside.