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Definitions of job and career
“Job” is defined as 1. a piece of work, especially a specific task done as part of the routine of one's occupation or for an agreed price. 2. a post of employment; full-time or part-time position. 3. anything a person is expected or obliged to do; duty; responsibility. It usually is considered to pertain to remunerative work (and sometimes also formal education). A job is defined as anything a person is expected or obliged to do; a piece of work, especially a specific activity done as part of the routine of one's occupation or for an agreed price. Through a job a person can earn to support his basic needs and family or friends. A job can also be viewed as a contract between the employer and the employee. In commercial enterprises, the basic purpose of a job is to create profits for the employer, and the employee contributes labor to the enterprise, in return for payment of wages, or stock options etc. While the terms “job” and “career” are often used to mean the same thing, they really are conceptually different. If you work a part-time job in your youth in order to have extra spending money, it isn’t likely you’d refer to it as a career. Why? The reason is that a job is something you do without much concern for the long-term. You get a job to buy your first car, to have extra spending money, to learn about work, or to pay the bills. When young people work part-time in retail sales jobs, they aren’t thinking of it as a career. The same goes for senior citizens who take on jobs after they’ve retired. It is simply work done in exchange for money. Jobs are important for people of all ages. A job can put food on the family table. Some jobs even earn people high wages. "Career" is defined as 1. an occupation or profession, especially one requiring special training, followed as one's lifework. 2. a person's progress or general course of action through life or through a phase of life, as in some profession or undertaking So there must be a difference between a job and a career. Why are jobs that students or senior citizens work not considered careers? The answer lies in the end goal. Students are striving to become educated in a certain field where they will continue to learn and grow and advance by the work they do.

A finance major may work in retail sales, but she doesn’t intend to build directly upon that experience. A retired person has no reason to build a career, often he or she has already done so, and therefore the work is just for the purposes of money or to stay social and active. Most careers start with education. Many people work jobs because they don’t have the education needed to enter careers, though jobs can certainly turn into careers, regardless of type of employment. Careers are about building on experience and advancing your job skills and knowledge. You can apply for a job, but you can’t apply for a career. A job is given to you; a career is made by you.

What’s the Difference Between a Job and Career?
So as you can see, while one can work very hard at a job and even be paid well to work a job, a career takes much more motivation and forward-thinking effort than a job. Due to this people usually care more about a career than they do about a job. They see personal goals as a part of their career and it is often more a part of who they are when they are not working than a typical job. Careers are often vocations, such as teaching. We want the people who are teaching us to think of it as a career, not just a job. We want them to have an interest in us and care about our success, rather than just coming in, practicing a required skill, and leaving for the day without feeling the desire to become a better teacher every day.

Major Concerns
Job ‘“ Someone with a job is concerned about getting a steady paycheck. He will do those things required to keep receiving that paycheck: show up on time, complete all his tasks satisfactorily, and get along with his co-workers and boss. Career ‘“ Someone on a career track wants to learn more about his career and network with his colleagues to create further opportunities. He is willing to take risks to further himself. He is more concerned with job satisfaction and pay is secondary.

Future Outlook
Job ‘“ People with a job may plan to hold it for a fixed amount of time or indefinitely. A job is a means to earn money either for schooling, family, travel, etc. Once the need for that income is eliminated, most people are more than happy to quit their job. They may later take up a new job in a similar or different field. Career ‘“ People view their career as a life-long endeavor. While they might not plan to be at the same company, they hope to do the same type of work until they retire. Many career people continue with their career as a consultant or advisor after they officially retire.

Time horizon of a job vs. career
“Career” by definition refers to a string of work performed over the long term , whereas a job is for short term. One may take up a job to fulfill his daily needs but it may not be the course of action he wants for his life. So a job is short term.

Multiple Careers and Jobs
Today, having multiple careers is the growing trend. These multiple careers can either be concurrent (where a worker has two simultaneous career options) or sequential (where a worker adopts a new career after having worked for some time in another career). Workers can adopt concurrent multiple careers for a host of reasons including: economic (such as poverty or striving for additional wealth), educational (such as multiple degrees in multiple fields), or personal (such as interest or lack of fulfillment in one career). Multiple jobs are also an option for many individuals, but for many organizations, this is an illegal practice, for their full time employees. So many individuals today work for one organization for a few years and then again change to another job, which may or may not be in the same industry. This may be due to lack of job satisfaction, increasing salary and for better position.

Do You Want a Job or a Career?
Whether a job or career is the right fit for you will depend on your stage of life. Jobs can help people start careers in many ways – experience, knowledge, learning about what they like and dislike. Eventually though, striving for a career is a very positive step because it means you want more out of the work you do than a paycheck. You want to develop your talents, really enjoy what you do, and care about how you spend your time each day. In addition, your earning potential is much higher in a career than in a job in most cases. A career takes goal setting and education (through college, work experience, or self-learning). It is best to follow your interests, skills, and talents to find the career that will bring you success. Success includes money, but is also very much about personal happiness. Most people do not see a difference between a career and a job. The first time you hear the word is when your father says get a job. It is usually in response to a teenager who wants a car when they turn 16 or 17 years old. According to the dictionary, a job is a regular activity performed in

exchange for payment, especially as one’s trade. A job can be full or part-time and generally thought to just be something to generate spending money, for that first car or pay bills. The biggest difference between a job and career is a job is not thought of to be long term or require specific training. A career is a chosen pursuit; a profession or occupation. Can a job be part of a career? Yes! An entry level position at McDonalds is generally thought of as a job for a lot of people. If you want to have a career in fast food restaurants, that entry level position could be the first step in that career. A career is generally long term and requires specific training. A career can be a series of jobs that are related to that long term goal or pursuit. A career should be something you think you like and have the skills and desire to succeed. If you like what you do, you are more likely to spend that additional time to be good at it. Ultimately, success is measured by how good you are at your chosen career. Business or society rewards success by paying high salaries or hourly wages. The best trades’ people are compensated well by allowing them to charge more for their services. A career usually requires more preparation than a job. In most cases, a career requires an education or training and takes time to achieve the goal. It takes time to figure out what you would like to do for your entire working career. For many people, they have multiple careersWe have all heard someone say– “Oh, this is just a job–it’s not my career.” Doesn’t the word “career” sound much more exciting and fulfilling than the word “job”? Come on…a path or course as of the sun through the heavens….versus…a task that must be done? I don’t know about you, but I hate to imagine myself chained to a desk, forever laboring over some task that must be done for the rest of my days. Is the idea of career a myth? Is it possible to find a job that embodies the concept of career? Don’t be worried if you don’t know the answer to the question–”what do you want to be when you grow up.” No one does. Every job you take is crucial to the development of your career. Until that day your job blossoms into the love of your life–your career…I think it behooves us to treat every job as the ONE. Love the one you are with, as the old adage goes. While both a job and a career involve getting up and going to work in the morning, there is a huge difference in the mindset of a person holding a job and the mindset of a person with a career. The differences don’t necessarily come from salary or benefits. They might not even come from the difficulty of the work. The major difference between a job and a career comes from how you look at your work and how much you like doing your work.