You’re a college graduate, who is eager to join the rat race as soon as possible. You want a job, and you’re interchanging it with career. Stop there.
You must know that engagement is the key difference between job and career. If you’ve been watching too many reality TV shows, then you must have seen aspiring singers who must do odd jobs (like waitering). You could relate to it, as memories of paper writing would surface to your conscious mind. Beating the deadline should be a job if you’ve been procrastinating one too many. It could be considered a career if you’ve learned to love the process, but it would be the only option for students of the English Department. A working student could look at the part-time opportunities as mere jobs, often thinking of a career that would await him (or her) after graduation. There won’t be any need for another analogy, as the illustration would be clear as night and day.
Gallup did a survey, where the findings revealed a shocking truth. Seventy percent of Americans believed that they were involved in a career, but they were working in job (or odd jobs). There should be many reasons (before making judgment). Circumstances should force them to do what would be necessary. They could have been more ambitious (and willing to face the difficult tasks ahead of them). Age might have forced them to reconsider it. They don’t have a clue about (the difference between) job and career.
You’re about to stand below a career ladder. You must muster all your enthusiasm, if not be highly motivated, before you step up. And there’s more to being highly engaged.
Job vs. Career
Working for something you don’t care about is called stress. Simon Sinek, author/motivational speaker, had came up with that piercing thought. There would be truth behind his words, as working for something you truly love is called passion. Keep in mind that this stress would be a necessary evil during your college days, as you have requirements to meet. You wouldn’t earn your college degree otherwise. Athletes rather look at it as a privilege. (The rewards could be staggering for some.) Most professionals rather look at their first years (or several years) as an experience that they would need to gain before looking for other options. You could be a smart professional if you know that you’ve chosen the right career. It wouldn’t be something you have planned out, as you must have figured out what you really want to do (at a very young age).
A job is something you’ve been doing the bare minimum. If you’ve been living in the moment, then you wouldn’t want to go above and beyond. Yet. You should be reminded of it sooner or later. Let’s not hope that it wouldn’t be too late (unless you have the capability of reinventing yourself).
It’s just another manic Monday. Not a few employees are not look forward to tired Mondays. They have been working for years, and they have lost track of their goals. They might have been struggling with motivation, as getting older would mean that they are becoming more complacent by the day. How could they look forward to energetic Mondays? Change of attitude should be one, but it won’t happen overnight. Exercising and a hobby or two might do the trick.
Collecting money vs. collecting experience. This may be the telling sign of an employee who is working for some time and another employee who has a vision. It doesn’t have to be a grand one, as you only need to align yourself with the company values. There would be trouble if you’re uninterested. Some might cite family responsibilities while others rather bring up the blame card. You could get away with it when you’re younger, but you must face the music sooner or later. It should lead you to the next one.
Someone who has a job sometimes leave the work angry. There will be bad days, if not uneventful weeks (or months). It could make you unsatisfied, which would affect your performance sooner. It may not apply for those who got their first jobs, but reality bites. How could you leave the work happy? If you have something to look forward. Socializing should be the solution, but some want a deeper connection. Intuition could play a part here.
Your Career is Your Journey
You don’t want to get caught in the grind at a young age, which should be a pity. It could be compared to a long walk through the desert, where you’re working for your own survival. Many blue-collared employees should feel the same way, and they have a point. Some could do better, not wanting to wallow in self pity. If you really want a fulfilling professional life, then you must make plans. You don’t have to be afraid about rejections. And you learned to be look ahead before making the big leap.
It’s time to change your mindset (and make that first, big step).