M5S4 Career Paths M5S4 Career Paths is a derivative of “Career Paths” from “College Success” by Linda Bruce provide by Lumen Learning and licensed under CC BY 4.0. “M5S4 Career Paths is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by IRSC. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.–Steve Jobs, cofounder and CEO of AppleJobs vs. Careers Job vs. Career What is the difference between a job and a career? Do you plan to use college to help you seek one or the other? There is no right or wrong answer, because motivations for being in college are so varied and different for each student. But you can take maximum advantage of your time in college if you develop a clear plan for what you want to accomplish. The table below shows some differences between a job and a career. JOB CAREER Definitions A job refers to the work a person performs for a living. It can also refer to a specific task done as part of the routine of one’s occupation. A person can begin a job by becoming an employee, or by volunteering, for example, by starting a business or becoming a parent. A career is an occupation (or series of jobs) that you undertake for a significant period of time in your life—perhaps five or ten years, or more. A career typically provides you with opportunities to advance your skills and positions. Requirements A job you accept with an employer does not necessarily require special education or training. Sometimes you can get needed learning “on the job.”A career usually requires special learning—perhaps certification or a specific degree. 1
JOB CAREER Risk-Taking A job may be considered a safe and stable means to get income. But jobs can also quickly change; security can come and go. A career can also have risk. In today’s world, employees need to continually learn new skills and to adapt to changes in order to stay employed. Starting your own business can have risks. Many people thrive on risk-taking, though, and may achieve higher gains. It all depends on your definition of success. Duration The duration of a job may range from an hour (in the case of odd jobs, for example,) to a lifetime. Generally, a “job” is shorter-term. A career is typically a long-term pursuit. Income Jobs that are not career oriented may not pay as well as career-oriented positions. Jobs often pay an hourly wage. Career-oriented jobs generally offer an annual salary versus a wage. Career-oriented jobs may also offer appealing benefits, like health insurance and retirement.