Do You Have a Career or Just a Job?

career or jobA career is defined as an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress.  However, at the same time, a job is considered just a paid position of regular employment.

In theory then, a job can be a career, but can the definition of a career be just a job?

What Else Can Be a Career?

Since the definition of a career is an occupation undertaken for a significant period of time, it leaves the door open to be just about anything.  For example, if I took an entry level job at McDonald’s as a burger flipper, I probably could stay there for a long time (I mean, hey, I’d probably be a great burger flipper).  I’m sure there would also be opportunities to advance because I’d make awesome burgers.  I could probably become a shift supervisor, or even an assistant manager if I showed up to work everyday and worked hard.

However, I hate flipping burgers.  I’d rather be out BMX biking.  And I’ve been BMX biking fr 12 years, and I do it all the time when I’m off.  I even have a few sponsors and some money coming in.  However, the money events are only on certain weekends, and so it is tough to get by.

Your Thoughts on the Criteria

So what do you think?  Is working at McDonald’s a career in this situation?  Could BMX biking be the real career and burger flipping be the job?

Does income or passion play into whether you have a job or career?

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  1. says

    I think a career can be just a job. Based on the definition if one is there long enough, does there work well and advances they are in a career. But what if they don’t like it? To the person its just work and means to make money to support themselves. I have always thought of careers as something you want to do. You enjoy what you doing whether you make large amount of money or not. I think burger flipping could be a career if you like it, set goals and are looking for growth opportunities.

  2. says

    I didn’t know you did BMX biking; you just scored a point in my book! I think whether or not your job is a career depends on the person and their outlook on their situation. Burger flipping could just be a job for some while it could easily be a career path for others. Same with BMX racing or starting an entry-level job at any company in the world.

    • says

      No BMX biking or burger flipping – I just wanted to highlight the difference between menial work and something that would normally be considered a hobby…can a career be both?

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