People tend to use the terms “job” and “career” interchangeably, assuming they are one and the same. Did you know that they do not mean the same thing? Here are two key differences between the two terms.
#1 A job and a career have different levels of engagement
Career professionals tend to have a stronger level of engagement in what they do on a daily basis. It is never just about earning a living, they love what they do and enjoy the challenges that come with the occupation. On the other hand, a job involves less engagement. Employees always show up to work but are always less enthusiastic about what they do. Often, all they care about is earning a pay check.
#2 A job and a career have different levels of passion
Career professionals tend to be passionate about their work and often feel a strong connection to their employer. Their level of organizational ownership is usually high and this boosts their morale and performance. Job holders on the other hand are less passionate about what they do. They may be physically present at work but emotionally absent. All they care about is going through the daily routine and checking out afterwards. Their performance tends to be poor due to low morale.
So, based on the above information, is yours a job or a career? The good news is that you can always transform your job into a career. All you simply need to do is engage more and execute your tasks with passion. Similarly, when your career starts feeling like a job then it’s time you started thinking about changing your employer.