Discussion 52: What is the difference between a career and a job?

Job Club Heart of Texas | 9 comments

What is the difference between a career and a job?

Quoted from article by Trent on The Simple Dollar Web Site

• A job is something you do simply to earn money; a career is a series of connected employment opportunities.

• A job has minimal impact on your future work life; a career provides experience and learning to fuel your future.

• A job offers few networking opportunities; a career is loaded with opportunities.

“When you work at a job, you should do the minimum without annoying the boss. When you’re in a career, you should go the extra mile, doing tasks beyond your minimum job description.”

Not sure I agree with the last statement, you should always do your best.




Career   Career                                 Job
What is it? A career is the pursuit of a lifelong ambition or the general course of progression toward lifelong goals. A job is an activity through which an individual can earn money. It is a regular activity in exchange of payment.
Requirements: Usually requires special learning that includes individualized components that develop abilities beyond that which training is capable of. Education or Special training may or may not be required.
Risk-Taking: A career may not mean stability of work as it encourages one to take risks. The risks are often internal and, therefore, planned. A job is “safe,” as stability of work and income is there. However, shifting priorities, especially in resource jobs, can abruptly change the demand and require re-location which is an unstable factor. Risks may be completely external.
Time: Long term Short term
Income: Varies depending on value to society or to some other entity. Non-monetary benefits may be higher. Salary is more common. Varies by demand. More likely to be wages.
Contribution to Society: May have high value as social change/progress may be possible. May actually have a negative impact when counterproductive social practices are continued in the name of protecting jobs.




What are you pursuing?


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  1. tommyharper

    As for me I am pursuing either a fourth career or a continuation of my third career, technical education.

  2. lkmiddlebrook

    I had a career, now looking for a job.

  3. jamesswanson

    I was taught by my father that if you accepted a person’s pay you give the best that you can do, no matter the job. I’ve found that it creates a work ethic that will follow you around forever.

  4. scornett

    Career. I hope to find employment that brings fulfillment. I want to enjoy going to work everyday, love what I am doing and it also will provide an income to help with future financial goals of our family.

  5. Marie

    I had a long time career and loved every day of work. A job would be nice; however, I would have to love what I do. Otherwise, I won’t be happy.

  6. Eugene Wlodarek

    After all these months without work, I am looking for a job.

  7. shellycawthon

    A job…something you do until something better comes along.

  8. Loyd Edwards

    I’m looking for a job that I can turn into a career – once I get my “foot in the door” at a job I can live with.
    The opportunities are there, we just have to identify, manage, and harvest them to our fullest potential.

    Of course, I may or may not be starting up in the field of my job expertise to start with. But once I get in there and they figure out what my best attributes are. Sometimes that transition can happen rather quickly if the new company see’s a greater need for my talents in Information Technology sector of their company’s infrastructure.

    Good luck to all.

  9. lindanelson

    Because I started working after I was fifty I have never really had a career. I always have tried to go the extra mile in any task I have been given. I think that is just good work ethic.


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