Differences Between A Career And A Job.

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What really is the difference between a job and a career? A job could be defined as something you do simply to earn money, a career, on the other hand, can be defined as a series of connected employment opportunities.A job usually has a  minimal impact on your future work life, while a career provides experience and learning to fuel your future.


Do You Want a Job or a Career?

This depends on your current situation and stage in life. If you just started working, then your job can lead you to your career path. A Job can help you start a career in many ways, you get experience, knowledge and an exposure you probably won’t have by just staying at home.



When you start working towards a career, this shows you are interested in more than just the paycheck. It means, you have finally identified something you like and actually care about how you spend time on a daily basis. You no longer just show up to work, you want to make an impact and also grow.

The Big Point

It is important that you have a clear objective when starting a job.Understand the difference between a job and a career opportunity, ask yourself whether you hope to be promoted at some point, or you just need to collect a paycheck.


If all you need is a paycheck, this could be dangerous for you in the end.You might end up spending so much time doing something you don’t even like just because you needed the money. So what do you when you want to leave? Most of the new opportunities would require you to show that you have some level of skill or even experience.

Figuring this out right off the bat can save you a ton of investment in a job. Save that investment for your family, your passions, or your career.



Career Job
What you need. You have to get special training in a chosen field. This is important because the job requires your expertise as a trained professional. Special training may not be as necessary. This is easy because you will learn on the job.
Taking risks. A career generally encourages you to take risks in order to become better. The risks are however usually well thought out and planned. A job is all about your next paycheck, you work because you need the money and not because you are passionate. Taking risks here is completely different and can be abrupt since it’s affected by external factors such as finances.
Duration. Long-term. Short term.


Sarah Wangari