Are you a job or career-type of person? 5 tips to find out

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012

In the corporate world, the terms career and job are often used interchangeably; however, there is a big difference between the two. Technically and figuratively these terms convey separate meanings.

A job, in the technical sense, is an activity performed to earn money. This can require education or special training, but is not always necessary depending on the employer. A job provides work and income safely, is not always long term, and has a lower salary range.

A career on the other hand contains goals that are reached through dedication and effort over the course of a lifetime. These almost always require special training of some sort. Careers may generate opportunities that involve taking risk, as it is part of your life. They are long term and provide a higher salary range than most jobs.

Figuratively, your job will provide you with a sense of being needed because you constantly have work in front of you and you are being paid for your efforts. A career, however, will provide pride and a sense of achievement. It will make you step outside your comfort zone at times and will ultimately offer a stable income for your family and household. “Your success in a career will be measured by your willingness to embrace challenges and change with a view toward finding solutions to problems,” says timesunion.com.

According to the Huffington Post there are essential questions to ask yourself to decide if you are in a fulfilling position. The top 5 are:

  1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?
  2. Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?
  3. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?
  4. In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?
  5. Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person?

Where do you belong? For many, having many jobs throughout life is rewarding and compensation enough. For others it is a lifelong search for that sense of belonging and peace of mind. Keep your team engaged by asking these important questions. Things that help are teambuilding. Appleton Creative hosts team building workshops and social activities to make sure each team member is engaged. We communicate efficiently with each member to make sure everyone is on track with tasks best suited for him or her.

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