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What is the difference between a job and a career?

By katie-sill | 25 Sep 2019 | Category: Blog
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Whilst the terms ‘job’ and ‘career’ are often used interchangeably and in the same context, they are not the same thing and are used to describe two different paths with different goals.

A job can sometimes mean that most of your work experience has been gained across completely different sectors, which can result in not advancing your knowledge, responsibilities or pay as you move from job to job. Due to the short-term nature of jobs, they tend to be focused predominantly on getting a task done to earn money on an hourly wage.

On the other hand, a career is more long-term and focuses more on learning, gaining experience and building connections, rather than purely working for a monetary reward.

A career means that you are on a path that you have invested in and want to advance in, by gaining an education and experience in one specific field. Examples of these would be teaching and nursing, where the person in either of these fields has a long-term goal that they want to achieve, like obtain a specific title or pay grade.

One common misconception is that you need to go to university to build a career, however, that is not necessarily the case. Whilst further education is often required for a career, you don’t need to spend the rest of your life in school or university just to get ahead. An apprenticeship can offer you the same opportunities to gain a recognised qualification as well as the practical skills and experience too. 

If you’re interested in finding out what your future career could look like or completing an apprenticeship that can get you there, get in touch with Aspiration Training.

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