The Difference Between A Job And A Career

People often use the terms job and career interchangeably. However, there's a distinct contrast between the two and it’s important to understand the differences between them.

8th December 2020
The Difference Between A Job And A Career
Written by Angela Marcel-Gavin

People often use the terms job and career interchangeably. However, there’s a distinct contrast between the two and it’s important to understand the differences between them.


What Is A Career?

If we take a look at the dictionary definition of career it will define career as being an occupation that is held for a long period of time that provides opportunities for growth.

Careers are more often long-term professional journeys that allow individuals to gain experience while growing professionally. In contrast to a job, a career allows people to follow their passion.

Careers are typically a way for individuals to follow their passions and fulfill their professional aspirations. They do provide monetary compensation much like a job. However, most individuals stay in their careers, not only because they’re being paid to do so but also because they can gain a plethora of benefits aside from money. These include work satisfaction, building professional relationships, and a variety of pension and health benefits. Typically, once individuals find their ideal career they choose to stay there for the duration of their working life.

Another key aspect that differentiates a career from a job is that individuals that are working within their careers typically enjoy the work they’re completing. Many people search for specific careers that will help them follow their passions, and thus once within that career, individuals tend to enjoy the work they’re doing and find it fulfilling.

Additionally, an individual that enjoys the work they’re doing will often be more motivated when working and show more company dedication. These workers tend to go above and beyond within their positions and leave their positions satisfied.

What Is A Job?

We tend to define a job an activity that an individual completes for monetary compensation. Jobs typically are short-term occupations that provide little opportunity for professional growth. Unlike careers, jobs are often less focused on an individual’s passion. Instead, jobs are a way to earn money to fulfill financial needs.

Individuals may often take random jobs that don’t truly interest them but provide them with a bit of cash. Jobs are often a chore rather than a place to advance your professional career. Contrary to careers, jobs may not offer the same amount of benefits that careers do, providing less motivation to go above and beyond in the workplace.

People often simply accept any job they can find. Therefore, it’s common for employees to feel unsatisfied in their work environment. This can cause individuals to search for new, and better, job positions. This is one of the many reasons that jobs are short-term. Additionally, rather than finding a day’s work fulfilling, workers often feel as if their jobs take up all of their free time, leaving them tired and disengaged.

Everyone will find themselves experiencing both job and career during their working life experience. But it’s important to understand the differences between the two in order to find the perfect position for you.

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