Difference Between a Job and a Career?
What is the difference between a job and a career?
I'm going to take a bit of a spin on this one and talk about the difference between a job and a career and a soul path. I realize that may sound a bit out there but stick with me.
Let's start with the difference between a job and a career.
It seems like a simple question, to which there may be a simple answer, but to me the real answer, if there even is one, is rather complex. But I am going to attempt a simple answer.
A job is something you do to contribute to society and pass the time. You do it to do it. It's something you may pick up in the interim and enjoy for a time, or you may hop from one to the other.
A career is when you can see yourself doing what it is you're doing. Longer term.
You probably have a unique knowledge or skill set that you acquire through structured education on the job experience or a really innovative cool platform like this. In my opinion, a career something that provides opportunity for growth.
It allows you to evolve.
Where I was working on this module I went to the Old Google to see what it had to say.
Some of the information I found talked about the difference between a job and a career.
Is being things like leave work angry versus leave work happy. Uninterested in values versus aligned with values tired on Mondays versus energetic Mondays?
I do not agree with any of these things.
I think even if you're in a job, you can bring it your all. And in your career, you may be tired on Mondays.
So much of your enjoyment of whatever you were doing comes from within. Be it a job or a career.
The more complex answer to the difference between a job and a career is that I think it's very dependent on the individual.
I think it's more of a spectrum and quite fluid. It depends where you are in your life and what else you have going on.
Humans are complex and what you do for work is just one small part of who you are. You may be in a perfect career that you absolutely love and then life gets real heavy and you become completely unmotivated and unhappy with your career.
You then see it more as a job and you just do it to do it, and that's completely OK.
This does not mean that it is now the wrong career. It just means that not everything can be sunshine and rainbows all the time. That's just not normal. No matter what social media tells you.
I've had many jobs in my life. My first one was working in a mailroom for a hail insurance company. I knew this was not my career, but I absolutely loved it.
It was a summer job and I think I spent about four years there. At first I started out opening the mail and stuffing envelopes to send out policies, but by the next year I ran that mailroom and it was awesome.
Countless papercuts at all.
The rest of the poor summer students sat and had to stare computers and enter data all day long.
Me and a lucky few got to sit in the boardroom, converse while working and people watch out the giant windows facing a wonderfully walkable street.
It was amazing.
I've also dabbled in the restaurant life at a few different times. The classic Smitty's Moxie's and Tony Romas if you're Canadian. I worked at the real Canadian superstore folding clothes and as a teaching assistant in university.
I also went through a work term program alongside my post-secondary which led me to a few interesting jobs. Counting cars on the side of highways, hauling concrete hoses around a rig site, seeing wolves up close when visiting in northern Saskatchewan mindsight and being part of some really interesting remediation projects for a natural gas company.
You can see my career started out of university when I joined the City of Regina.
I moved from Roadway Asset Management to sidewalk maintenance and then found myself to the building code through a role as a plan reviewer, which is really the reason why you're listening to me ramble right now.
I fell in love with the building code and it was the first time I could really see myself, doing something as a career.
There's always another standard to learn about or new innovations to research. An ever evolving system, and that was something I needed to stay challenged and engaged.
So to summarize the difference between a job and a career.
Is that it's all how you look at it, I wouldn't be where I am today without approaching every job as a challenge and trying to enjoy the task no matter how mundane. Something could simply be a job and that's OK, but if you treat it as part of your unique career path and challenge, and acquire as many diverse skills as you can, I can guarantee you'll get a whole heck of a lot more out of it, and probably be more happy at the end of the day.
Now for your soul path I didn't realize there's a difference between a career and a soul path, but there definitely is.
It's your calling and why you're here for this one short and precious life, you have.
To me, it's something that really sparks actual joy, motivates you from the inside, and you can't imagine yourself doing anything else.
I realized my career in the building code was not my calling after reading a beautiful book called Rebuilding Earth, the ideas combined my building code obsession with environmental engineering background in tree huggin’ heart.
My soul path is a lot of things and much too difficult to explain in a short video.
Essentially it's an elephant. Some say you carried an elephant in one bite. I'm not trying entirely agree, but if that's the case I will have many years of bites to come and that makes me really happy.
I had recently read a quote that I'd like to share: no one is supposed to understand your calling. It wasn’t a conference call. We literally get one shot at this thing called life. Try your best not to spend it doing something you don't like.
I'm Kelsey Longmoore and this is MeyerFire University.
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