This “how to” topic sometimes baffles me. Some people mix up the word “career” with “job”. Let’s explore the differences in them first and then address the “how to” aspect of them. The difference between a career and a job is based on time. A career is typically what you have or are planning to do with your working life. Careers can start out in one direction and end up going in totally a different one. Starting at a young age, adults begin asking children what they want to be when they grow up. Children start to think about it, parents start encouraging (or discouraging) their choices and the career saga begins.
A job on the other hand is what you are currently doing as one part of your overall career. The job is the actual working you are doing on a daily business. The job title helps others define what you do. The job title can be different from company to company and industry to industry. A sales person might be an account manager, sales representative, business development rep or even sometimes a marketing rep. The job is still what you are doing on a daily basis for work and income.
No matter what job you are doing you should always be thinking about your overall career plans. Some jobs during your career might be great while others might not. Each and every job has challenges with it both on the daily chores of it and the emotional side. Each job will also teach you more and more about yourself. This “education” is very eye-opening. You should be trying to change your behavior based on what happens in your daily job. I know I have changed some of my behaviors based on people I was working with, managers who have targeted in on a weakness or strength and also after experiencing work I hated or loved.
Let your career decisions expand your horizons and bring out both the best and worst in you. Keep doing your best and start finding ways to change what is worst. It will make all the difference in your world.
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