Lumen Learning and Linda (Bruce) Hill
Pursuing Your Professional Interests
Job vs. 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. |
|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. |
|Satisfaction and contributing to society ||Many jobs are important to society, but some may not bring high levels of personal satisfaction. ||Careers allow you to invest time and energy in honing your crafts and experiencing personal satisfaction. Career pursuits may include making contributions to society. |
Video: Difference between Job, Work, and Career
Video: Job vs. Career – Think about a long time career
The Five-Step Process for Choosing Your Career
- Get to know yourself
- Get to know your field
- Prioritize your “deal makers” and rule out your “deal breakers”
- Make a preliminary career decision and create a plan of action
- Go out and achieve your career goal
Step 1: Get to Know Yourself
- Gather information about your career-related interests and values
- Think about what skills and abilities come naturally to you and which ones you want to develop
- Consider your personality type and how you want it to reflect in your work
Video: Matching your skills to a career
Video: Childhood Interests Can Help You Find the Right Career
Step 2: Get to Know Your Field
Step 3: Prioritize Your Deal Makers
Step 4: Make a Preliminary Career Decision
Step 5: Go out and Achieve Your Career Goal
Activity: Take the CAREERLINK Inventory
- Formally assess your aptitudes, interests, temperaments, physical capacities, preferred working conditions and career preparation time using the CareerLink Inventory instrument.
- Access the CAREERLINK Inventory, add your name, and then click on the “Aptitudes” frog icon to begin the inventory. The CAREERLINK Inventory is designed to match the way you see yourself—your interests, aptitudes, temperaments, physical capacities, preferred working conditions, and desired length of preparation for employment–with available career information from the United States Department of Labor. The information you provide about yourself will produce a career profile showing to what extent your self-identified characteristics and preferences match those considered significant in 80 career clusters.
- Your responses to the items contained in this inventory should reflect your honest self-judgments in order to provide you with meaningful career information. If you are unsure about a particular response, please answer as accurately as possible.
- When you complete the inventory, review your personalized Career Inventory Results.
- Write a 750-word reflection discussing the results of the inventory. Use the guidelines, below, to guide you.
- What were your highest career-area clusters?
- Review the work performed, worker requirements, sample occupations, related clusters, and response summary (this will make sense to you once you complete the inventory). Do the results of the inventory surprise you?
- Do you believe the Careerlink Inventory produced accurate or inaccurate suggestions for you?
- Did you learn anything new about your career interests?
- What insights from the inventory results might you apply to your life?
- Follow your instructor’s directions for submitting this assignment.
Licenses and Attributions:
- Difference between Job, Work, and Career. Authored by: Espresso English. Located at: https://youtu.be/eNcl9d8x7yk. License: CC BY: Attribution.
- Introduction to Career Exploration for Success. Authored by: Ronda Dorsey Neugebauer and Zach Varpness. Provided by: Chadron State College. Located at: http://Kaleidoscope%20Open%20Course%20Initiative. License: CC BY: Attribution.
- Choosing Your Career. Provided by: California Community Colleges Online Education. Located at: apps.3cmediasolutions.org/oe...ing/story.html. License: CC BY: Attribution.
- Job vs Career – Think about a long time career. Authored by: els gcr. Located at: https://youtu.be/Fc7MvWOXj7c. License: All Rights Reserved. License Terms: Standard YouTube License.
- Matching your skills to a career. Authored by: WWLP-22News. Located at: https://youtu.be/I-HLJxYAKbQ. License: All Rights Reserved. License Terms: Standard YouTube License.
- Childhood Interests Can Help You Find the Right Career. Authored by: Hire Story. Located at: https://youtu.be/6-R0lW_Swio. License: All Rights Reserved. License Terms: Standard YouTube License.