A job can be just going to work to earn a salary. A career is a journey that includes all your jobs, experiences, and training in the same field or career cluster.
Do you have a job or a career?
Think of it this way: If life were a computer game, a job would be just one level. Having a career means that you are committed to playing that game to get better over time and advance to higher levels.
Let’s have a look at some differences:
You just go back and forth every day and do not engage with colleagues or anyone in the working environment.
You feel limited in your abilities and don’t feel that your strengths are being recognised.
You don’t have a positive state of mind towards meeting goals and working to objectives.
Every day is spent clock watching and it’s a struggle to focus.
You would consider following through to the highest level of the role and could envision it to be your life’s work.
You feel a sense of achievement when walking out the door instead of thinking about getting home as soon as possible.
There is room for development in the role and you actually want to pursue it.
You like your boss and want to impress them to get ahead, instead of trying to highlight the faults of your colleagues faults to make you look better.
You manage your time efficiently to optimize your work rate and can get out of bed and be positive about the day ahead.
The real difference between a job and a career is your attitude:
Job seekers often work hard for little money. It might take a few years to earn bigger paychecks and have more interesting job duties, but these lower-level jobs can lead to great opportunities
People who want a career are always thinking about their long-term goals. They are thinking about what they can do now to make those goals happen in the future.
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