On average, people spend about a third of their lives at work.

Some people choose to pursue a career in a field that they are passionate about, while others simply go to a job that provides them with a paycheck.

And while the terms “job” and “career” are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing.

You spend a significant amount of your life working.  Knowing the difference between a job and a career can help you shape a fulfilling work-life.

Skills

A career typically involves using your skills, education, and passion to progress within an occupational area.  Career professionals have long-term vision.  By having a career, you can create a professional path towards a goal that can provide higher compensation, personal satisfaction, or more responsibility in your role.

When you are working in a job, skills and education may not be as important.  You perform the tasks that are required of you and as a result, you are compensated for it.  And it is likely that you may decide to try a variety of jobs over time.

Satisfaction

Are you happy with how you spend your days?

Does your job or career bring you a sense of satisfaction?

Studies have shown that adults who have a career versus a job, are more satisfied with what they do for a living.  This is because a career can offer a sense of identity, financial security, and an opportunity to do what you love.

When you perceive your work as just a job, you may feel like your work is less meaningful so you shift your focus to other areas of your life.  This can make it difficult to create long-term career goals or transform your job into a career.

Work consumes a good part of your life.  Doing something you enjoy can make your work-life more enjoyable and open your eyes to other possibilities along that career path.

Income

People who have a career are more likely to have a degree or specialized education.  And because a higher level of education often goes hand in hand with compensation, people who have a career often make more money than people who don’t.  In essence, the time and effort you invest in your career gives you the power to earn more money.

Similarly, a job provides compensation for the work you perform.  However, a job can be taken away whereas a career can make changing positions easier because of its’ adaptability.

Above all, most people have to work to provide for themselves and their families.  Understanding the differences between having a career versus a job can help you decide how you want to earn a living.

And fortunately, it is never too late to make that decision.

If you are wondering how you can transform your job into a career or looking for a job within your career field, consider pairing up with a staffing agency.  For questions about your work-life goals, contact SuitsOn Staffing.

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