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The Difference Between a Job and a Career
By:Dee Piziak

It is estimated that the average worker will have 14 jobs in his or her working lifetime. It is no longer a bad thing to change jobs. But that doesn’t mean you should wander aimlessly from company to company. If you know the difference between a job and career and think long-term, you will prosper wherever you go.

A job  is:

A regular activity performed in exchange for payment
A position in which one is currently employed.  

A career is:
A chosen pursuit; a profession or occupation.
The general course or progression of one’s working life or one’s professional achievements over time

Bottom line: your job is what you are doing today. Your career is what you've done over the past years and/or what you plan to do in the future. So when you think "career", you have to think long-term. And when you think long-term, you begin to realize the following:

Everything you do counts
Everything you do needs to have a good reason behind it
You have to make good decisions
Always think "What's my next step?"
What you do today determines your tomorrow
Mistakes can potentially haunt you for a long time

You should pay serious attention to this "career" thing. Your job feeds you and your family today. Your career will feed you and your family tomorrow and beyond.


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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Mz. Queen wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • So let me be the first to put into words what I understand from my research.

      My job is 8-5 at the Health Dept. in my city. I get paid every two weeks. Right now it’s just a job but I like it.

      My career once applied will be Fitness Trainer whether personal or group, whether physical education teacher of private. I chose this as a career because I am in college for an Associates Degree in Kinesiology (P.E)


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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      UK Girl wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • My career is retailing ..... anything to do with retailing.
      It’s also my passion -I’ve always wanted to be a retailer right from 4/5 years of age ........have my own shop - I ended up with over 500 but love it to bits and your definition is spot on .....

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