Careers vs jobs: following your passion

In today’s society people are still battling with the idea of a job and a career. The choices aren’t as easy as we might have thought. Of course, everyone wants to have a long term career doing what they love to do. But, most cannot do that and have to balance two to three jobs to help take care of their families and make ends meet. For this blog, I want to define the differences between jobs and careers and give those who are in jobs right now, HOPE, that they can still be working on their career path while they have a job.

The definition of a job to me is a 9-5. Its something that you HAVE to do. And not always what you WANT to do. Most people hate the job they are in because its not where they see themselves long term. It is something that you have for a short period of time to help you raise money for specific things. You don’t want to spend the rest of your life as a cashier at McDonald’s. You want to work your way up to manager, and then possible own your own store. Short term goals are suppose to assist your long term goals…not stop them or hinder them from happening.

A career is a long term goal. It is something that you do on your own time. You make your own schedule and you enjoy what you are doing. Now, there are people out here that sometimes don’t like the career path they chose and want to change it; but they once loved it. They chose it because it was something that they saw themselves doing. A career is not something that is temporary like a job. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication, especially skill set, to be in a chosen career path.

There are people out there right now that enjoy the jobs they have and like where they are at. And i want to ask those people, Is this where you want to be forever? If the answer is no, as i assume it will be, What are the plans for the future? What are your passions? What do you like to do? It makes no sense to come home everyday from a 9-5 job and not work on your own aspirations and dreams. You have to take time out of that work schedule for yourself. I promise you, whatever you LIKE to do, you can find a way to make it profitable. You can make money off of it. For example, I love to write. I write blogs, I have a book coming out, i work in the marketing and communications field. I found a way to make my passion for writing profitable and created a career for myself. Even if I have a temporary job, I try to find one that surrounds around writing to still be fulfilling my passion.

REMEMBER: That a job is suppose to be a short term goal that prepares you for, the long term goal…the career path. Don’t get stuck in a job for so many years to make ends meet and forget about your passions. If you are going to work a 9-5, come home and give yourself some time as well to work on your dreams. Make yourself a priority.