A 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?