The process of finding a job can be daunting, and even thinking about finding your career path can seem downright overwhelming. But what experience has taught me and what many of my clients tell me is that they wish they had someone to steer them in the right path from the very beginning.
While all of our experiences are valuable and should never be regretted, what if you had an opportunity to get it right from the very beginning? What if finding your career path didn’t seem so overwhelming after all. If you are fresh out of college or even if you have years of experience, think how far you would be if you took the time to really explore and find your ideal career path. While it is not always obvious there are many steps that you can take to get a jump start on finding your career path.
Job vs. Career
Just what is a career and how does it differ from a job? And why does it matter? Having the advantage of finding your career path early on in life can be the difference between living a life full of passion and living a life full of habits and rituals that are not fulfilling. Understanding the difference between a job and career affects the psychological state of mind when you are job searching.
What is a Job?
A job is defined as a regular activity performed in exchange for payment. So, any service that you exchange for pay is a job. Mowing your neighbors yard. Babysitting for friends. Working at McDonald’s on the weekend. These are all considered jobs. Even high paying positions are considered jobs when there is no plan to develop a career in that field. However, it is also possible to turn these sometimes low paying jobs into higher paying careers, if so desired. More often than not these types of jobs are jobs and not part of our career goals. The objective is to get started on your career goals s early as possible so that you can have a fulfilling, meaningful and purposeful career versus just a job.
What is a Career?
A career is defined as the general course or progression of your professional achievements. ” A police officer with a distinguished career.” Typically there is a strategy for growth when a career is developed. Career development consists of the total constellation of economic, sociological, psychological, educational, physical, and chance factors that comes together to shape your career. The objectives is to bring all of these factors into play when developing your career.
My goal as a career coach is to help you figure out your career path. While there may be the need to have a few jobs along the way, the key is to always be planning ahead, making sure that the necessary skills are being learned as you develop your career.
It is certainly possible that you already have many skills that will be beneficial to you as you search for jobs in your career field. I can help you analyze your job experience with a very critical eye that allows you to shine on your resumes and in interviews.
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