Job or Career?

Having a job is not the same as having a career; you will have very different feelings about a job, usually its just a means to an end. Jobs come and go and can disappear in an inkling, often for reasons well beyond your control.

A career is something you have for life (although you may have several careers in one lifetime!) A career is something YOU control.

I have had jobs (too numerous to mention!) and I have had three careers – as a professionally qualified social worker, as a manager, and now as a specialist in change.

A career is a lifetime experience of making the most of your skills, your knowledge and your life experiences. People with careers tend to read and study in their spare time and it doesn’t feel like drudgery. A career is something you develop and plan. Having a career that you love really does mean that work isn’t working!

It’s your life, your career. Don’t hold back from spending time thinking about and planning your career. It’s time well spent, whatever age you are! There will be knock backs along the way, and times when you leap ahead. But knowing what you want, having goals and milestones along the way, will ensure you get where you want to be and then help you stay there.

What has been the best move you have ever made to help you take charge of your career?


Posted on September 16th, 2010 by

5 Responses to “Job or Career?”

  1. Vickie says:

    Your question: Something I’ve been thinking alot about recently. My career really started through having a great manager many years ago, who spotted that I wasn’t interested in doing what I was hired to do! And she suggested training. Since then the biggest move I made was to go free lance after many years of being an employee in a large org. It was liberating & I’ve never looked back 🙂

    • Jane says:

      Thanks for taking time to comment, Vicki. It’s wonderful when you get a manager like that, isn’t it? Good luck with the freelance!

  2. Good points, Jane and very timely in this time of economic challenges. You will find that many people see only the job, or only one possible career, and then when it disappears are in crisis mode. Staying on top of options makes you more marketable in the end.

    As someone who is right now basically reinventing me, it has been an adventure that I am still working my way through.

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