A job might be part of your
career or might be your vocation, but the connotation of a job is closer to
getting paid for your time than for your skills. Working at a fast-food joint?
Job. Handing out skee-ball prizes at the arcade? Job. Painting fire hydrants during the summer? You
Four words: money in your
pocket. People work jobs to make money, so having a job means you will have
money. Jobs can also be steps in your career or can fund you in your vocation.
Jobs arealso often good ways to get used to an industry. If you’re interested in
getting into a field, an excellent way to gauge whether you’d enjoy doing it as
a career or as more of a hobby is to take an entry-level job in that area.
folks out there stuck in dead-end jobs or jobs they hate or jobs that pay
minimum wage. Don’t be one of those folks.
Bet on a Job
If: You’re exploring an industry to get a feel of what it’s like, or you need
to get your hands on a paycheck for whatever reason.
We spent one
whole summer working at an amusement park just to finance our Starbucks
habit. Gotta get those non-fat low-milk
half-calf organically grown caramel macchiatos.
Careers require much more
of a time commitment in terms of education and training (either in school or on
the job). The longer you are in a specific career, the more likely you are to
have greater responsibilities (and higher pay!).
A career will make your momhappy. People who have careers have studied for their positions, and are
considered higher up on the food chain because they have specialized skills
that are hard to come by. And, of course, they generally have higher salaries.
Just like jobs, people can
get stuck in career paths they aren’t stoked about. Make sure you’re careful
about what you choose to devote yourself to, because getting into a career is a
pretty big life commitment.
Bet on a
Career If: You know what you want to do, and are ready to take long-term steps
to do it.
Keep in mind that, while
vocations may technically refer to activities that bring you immense
satisfaction, lots of people are going to use this term as a synonym for
“technical career”. It is therefore kind of a loose term. You can choose
whether you want it to mean “that which makes you happy” or “blacksmith”.
A true vocation can provide you with a very
different level of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
Your true calling might not
pay much, if at all. While it may make you immensely happy to collect sea
shells, “beachcomber” isn’t a job title that’s going to net the biggest
paycheck you’ve ever seen.
Bet on a
Vocation If: You’re a hands-on kind of person and want a job where you can use
your technical skills.