Why It Is Important to Know the Difference between a Job & a Career
As many may already know, you hear the word "job" and "career" in the same context from time to time. As many also know, they are two different aspects of working. A job is generally something you do to acquire short term money and a career is a long-term pursuit to reach one's dream. However, many may not understand why it is important to know the difference between the two.
If you are a college student hoping to strive for a career of your dreams, then it is best that you take jobs or paid internships to set yourself along the way. Yes, this process may take long, but striving towards a dream usually does. Unfortunately, the long length of time that many people go through from job to job or simply one job in general, they begin to label it as their career.
Never Do That!
Not to say that it is a bad thing to be in the same job for years. Just as well, not saying that it is a bad thing to be content with the position that you are in. What I am saying, is never be too content with your position in your ‘job' that you call it your career when it never intended to be so. A career is a workplace you feel content doing for the rest of your life. Always remember that the career you have set your goals towards, is not the job you have now.
In doing so, this thought process can motivate you to work harder in the job you are in at the moment or plan on receiving. It makes that strive for your goal, even more, worth it. If you really have a career that you're aiming for, go for it, no matter how many years you spend at your ‘job.'
Having a job while moving towards a career is not a bad thing. As I said in the previous text, one always has to start out somewhere. Going from job to job or simply staying in one for many years is not awful. In fact, having a job is best compared to having stepping stones to your career goal. It can help you see what strengths and weakness you should work on, what not to do in order to strive for your goal, and even sort out different thought processes about how to achieve your dream career.
Unlike simply having a job, acquiring a career gives more opportunities for upward mobility. This means, not only would you be stable but you would also continue to strive in a workplace of your dreams. You'll have higher income compared to a job, schedule flexibility and even various possible advancements. Being content and satisfied in your workplace helps you further look forward to life and have a healthier relationship with coworkers, friends and family. Life becomes richer and you receive a better sense of what it really means to enjoy it.
Not only so, but you become a better role model for children in the future. The one thing children do best is observe. Especially adults. Children always model themselves after their peers. Having a career is your best opportunity of showing them that when you strive for a dream, you can make it. Motivation like this gives the chance to persuading children that your dreams for your future are always worth going for no matter how long it takes.
Gaining your dream career allows your skills, knowledge, and experience to flow even further than they already have. A job is typically done for earning money, but with a dream career in your grasp, you have greater independence. It takes skills, experience, education, and numerous wins and fails to obtain a career but if you continuously aim for your goal, you can achieve it.