Do you have a Job or a Career?
Having a job means having a paid position of regular employment that is a task or a piece of work that once completed is then contractually compensated for. This regular position can last indefinitely, contractually, seasonally or temporarily and can end abruptly with or without fault of the employee at any time by the employer.
The responsibilities assigned to you on the job are supervised, delegated and coordinated by a person called your boss, manager, or supervisor. This person, or persons, dictate what you need to do, when you need to do it and how long it will take you to complete the assignment. There are looming deadlines and can involve a scheduled routine of automated processing for long periods of time. This can often be repetitive, monotonous and tedious. The term "Boss" originates from the 19th Century Dutch word for "Master."
The boss may allow and disallow certain decisions from being made. He or she has the control and has the say, most of the time, in determining any monetary compensation increases or evaluations that determine whether you keep your job, get promoted into a new job, with more duties to complete; which can be on a slightly higher level, or he or she can simply terminate your position.
For the most part, and of course, some may differ, these are very general characteristics of what a job consists of.
Careers Offer Fulfillment
The word career derives from the word "carriere," in French, and "carriera" in Italian; which is based on the latin, "carrus", meaning "wheeled vehicle." Hence, a career is that vehicle that leads to a pathway; a course mapping out a profound way of life. Most importantly, a career is an occupation that sets on a course of action for a significant amount of time with opportunities for progress. Ah, opportunities for progress!
When you have a career you have the potential to have notable opportunities and choices. With a distinguished career the choices can be endless and bountiful. You continue to learn, to grow to excel and propel forward. A career implies commitment, passion, creativity and the endless pursuit of professional fulfillment.
The traditional concept of a career is upward progression within an organization or a profession. Careers refer to an individuals line of work over a lifespan. Careers allow and support movement both horizontally and vertically. Therefore, securing a better livelihood and responsiveness to economic and social change.
Career Assistance Tools
In assisting you on moving from just having a job to having a more plentiful and satisfying career, I am providing you with some simple tips to begin your worthwhile journey.
Like anything in life, your results are based on what you put into it. Careers are also based on hard work, discipline, dedication and sheer will to succeed. Here are some well-known tools to assist you in taking the career plunge:
- Career Assessments: One of the best ways to start your career path on the right foot is taking a career assessment. What are career assessments? Career assessments are tests and, or methods, that come in a variety of forms, that rely and measure qualitative and quantitative aspects. The most advantageous trait of these assessments is that they will help you identify and pinpoint your unique skills, abilities, character strengths, weaknesses and interests. As a result, you will know in depth what it is that you are really good at and can market that value within a specific profession. Assessments can be found on-line, at the public library or even purchased at a book store in the self-help section.
- Career Counseling: Another valuable way of assessing your skills is by using a Career Advisor that professionally evaluates your personality, values, skills and assists in exploring career options such as researching graduate and professional schools or certifications. This type of counseling can be one-on-one or in a group setting. This can help recent college graduates, transitioning from school-life into the world of work, as well as a seasoned career professional in the mist of a career change.
- Self-Exploration: This tool combined with tool number one is very similar, but the difference here is that self exploration consists of being true to ones self and current situation. In other words, admit that perhaps your current status quo job is not for you. That perhaps certain fears, insecurities and self-defeating negative thinking holds you back from truly exploring your ultimate best. Evaluate yourself from the inside out and sooner or later you will develop the courage to set out on a new career path or enrich your current one--slow and steady.
What Is Important To Me?
Turn Your Job Into A Career
As 2010 comes to a close and 2011 opens up its infant doors of opportunity, the goal of this article is not to be ungrateful for the job that provides for you and your family a steady and much needed income, stability and comfort, but to assess what you already have to make it even better.
Is the job that once used to inspire you beginning to tire you? Bore you? Stress you beyond healthy levels? Then it's time for a closer look into pursuing more of a career oriented goal.
Many times, especially during these trying economic cycles, people realize or are forced to realize, due to a layoff situation, for example, that the job they currently have or had either has no interest or no meaning to them. Unfortunately, many at that point realize that they did not even master any industry knowledge in their job or the skill they learned is now obsolete making it more difficult to pursue other goals.
Also ask yourself, is this feeling due to lack of training, schooling, motivation, morale, laziness, etc? Or is it deeply rooted in your soul that something just is not right with the overall status quo?
If you are feeling wiped out, dissatisified, disinterested and confused then it's time to step back and ask yourself, "Is this job opening me up emotionally, mentally, and physically? Where am I going and where have I gone since I have been here?" If the answers leave you baffled, stressed, depressed and upset, and feeling like this for years, then perhaps it's time to personally evaluate and make a healthy, positively significant change NOW.
Put it out there. Take action. Envision a career that instead rejuvenates your mind, challenges you creatively; while still maximizing earning potential for a satisfying, joyous life resulting from fully developing and utilizing your unique talents.
Now, doesn't that feel better already?
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