Career Vs. Job

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  1. Lon Tanner

    Lon Tanner Very Well-Known Member
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    There is a difference. I have had two careers. First was a Licensed Embalmer/Funeral Director, Second was Sales/Sales Management Mutual Funds/Employee Benefits.
     
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    To me, a job is working to get by and cover daily, weekly and monthly expenses. A career is something with a promotion ladder and other benefits. Generally a carrer has tougher requirements to meet with than a job does, but not always.
     
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    @Don Alaska
    I think of myself as a career sloth and glutton, combined.
    Frank
     
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    I had a job, a very good job but just a job.

    To me, a career indicates some sort of an actual plan for personal growth, advancement, success.

    I had no plan, I just bumped along and somehow success found me.
     
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    After I got out of the Navy, I had multiple different jobs, from working in a horse stables at a amusement park, to being a horseback trail guide at a regional park, to using a drill press, to being in EMS. Now, career wise, working in warehouse, shipping/receiving, stockroom, purchasing and inventory management. This all started in 1982.
     
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    Using your guidelines, I guess I've had 2 different careers.

    First career was the 21 years I did in the Air Force.
    Got to do a lot of different things, see incredible places,
    enjoy different cultures and normal advancement.

    Second career was when I started at the first level at the Ethanol Plant.
    They start you off in the Dryer Area, where you deal with the by-product of
    corn mash.

    After that, you work your way up to Preperation to Fermentation and finally to Distillation.
    Each step had it's rewards and something I enjoyed.
    Was a Distillation Operator when I left to move to Tennessee after 15 years.

    Now I'm just an hourly worker, but only for 57 more days.:cool:
     
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    As I see it, I have had several jobs but two careers. One was in the paper bag industry and, within that career, I had three jobs - Hoerner-Waldorf, Champion Paper, and Duro Bag Company. My second career was in EMS, and that included five jobs - Los Fresnos EMS, Texas Southmost College, Catalina Ambulance Service, Texas State Technical College, and Advanced Cardiac & Trauma. I could add the State of Texas EMS Division to that too, because I worked as a skills examiner throughout my EMS career. Although I have worked for several web directories, some as a volunteer, others paid, I don't consider that to be a career because it is pretty much a matter of being paid for doing something that I like to do, and without an advancement schedule.
     
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    I always thought a career as being driven by a college degree. Choose an area of interest and pursue it. Mine was to become an administrative assistant but that changed along the way after working with a temp agency on office related assignments. It became a matter of 'where' I wanted to work and more importantly 'why' I wanted to work there.' Working on the front lines as a receptionist/secretary for 24 years I found that I was very helpful in ways beyond my position just for 'being me.' I was often told 'I should be 'this or that' which got me to thinking 'Hmmm.' Then began my journey through the temp agency which led me to as position as a medical biller doing medical billing and insurance claims. I was able to help and educate many people about health insurance and loved all 18 years of it.
     
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    To me a Career is what you want to spend most of your life doing, while a job is something you do to pay the bills, etc. when you aren't able to work in your Career area. A Career is where you use the gifts God blessed you with, where you feel fulfilled and where there is usually new things to learn and growth and advancement. A Career should be in an area that you feel passion and interest in and that you can see yourself doing for most of your life.

    A job is what pays the bills until you find your Career. :)
     
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