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Are You In a Job or a Career? Here's How to Find Out

By hire-up-staffing in Industry Resources
Everybody needs to come to a point when they will need to support themselves financially, and this is done by going out there to work for a living. You get money in exchange for goods and services you provide – that’s just how the world works. It’s basically a concept of supply and demand in a never-ending cycle.
While we all need to work in order to live, a lot of us seem to end up forgetting that a job is different from a career. Many use the words interchangeably, but some would beg to differ. It’s safe to say that there are people who have jobs but do not have a career – the question is, how do you find out?
You Have a Sense of Pride
One good sign you have a career is in how good you feel about what you do. Are you enthusiastic in telling people when they ask you what you do for a living? Or instead, are you embarrassed? When someone asks you about your job, are you afraid of running out of positive adjectives, or just afraid of telling people how dreadful it is?
You Are Excited Going to Work
Do you enjoy your job genuinely? Do you look forward to coming into the workplace, and to spend time not just on your job but also with the people you work with? While you don’t necessarily have to be like a child on their first day of school, but there’s that big difference between needing to get to work, or enjoying getting to go to work.
It’s Something You’d Probably Do for Free
We often hear, “If money weren’t an issue, what would you do for the rest of your life?” Yes, it’s a cliché question you’ve probably heard a thousand times (most likely at least once from your councilor in high school). However, if you do think about it, this question makes a lot of sense – look at your current job and contemplate whether or not you’d do this during your free time. Are you doing it because you have to or because you want to?
It’s Something You’re Willing to Do the Rest of Your Life
Can you easily picture yourself doing this job, being in the same office, for the rest of your life? Or is this job the type to make you long and wish for the weekend because you’re so sick of it? Honestly, where do you see yourself in 10 years? Do you like what you see or does the thought scare you?
If you’re in a career, that’s great! However, if you feel stuck, maybe it’s time for a new job whether in the same company or perhaps in a new one. There are people who have careers without even realizing it, but if you’re not one of these people then do not fret – you can and you will find something and we can help!
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