The Difference Between a Job and a Career

Thursday, January 11, 2018
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The majority of people don’t see the difference between a job and a career, in our generation it is often associated with a negative connotation. People are slowly distancing themselves from what many would consider the reality of the “American dream” – meaning work hard, work young and climb your way up one of the countless ladders there is in the corporate world and one day hope to retire with enough money to live comfortably.

People think of jobs as a regular activity performed in exchange for payment, a position in which one is currently employed. Do you enjoy the work you do? Not necessarily. Did you choose this job path? Perhaps not. Are you learning and growing each day? Possibly. When you think of your job, you think of doing what you need to do in order to get by in life and survive – it’s a means to an end.

A career on the other hand could have been a chosen pursuit, a profession or occupation you are genuinely interested in. The general course or progression of one’s achievements made over time. A career is something that is thought of as long-term, you start at the bottom, work your way up over time and can be a series of different types of jobs to reach to your end goal.

The biggest difference between a job and a career is that a job is what you work at in order to make money while a career is overall working towards your goals and dreams – every decision you make takes you a step forward towards your career path.

At the end of the day, no matter how much or how little you’ve done in your life, what you do or don’t do, your regrets, the moments you cherish and everything else, it will all go by so quickly. Life is too short and if you’re unhappy with what you’re doing now, find something you do love and work towards it. Work hard and at the same time, don’t forget to enjoy life yachties!