Career VS Job
– Obaid Ali Shah
In the workplace culture, what matters more? Careers or Jobs?
Most of us dread Monday; no wait, dread is a small word for what most people think about Mondays. But then there are people who seem to love Mondays. They can’t wait to get to their offices and start work. They have what are referred to as careers, while we the normal people, the Monday haters have job
s. You’ll find lots of motivational quotes on the internet and even more articles which tell you to have a career and not a job, the career is the thing to have, love your job and it becomes a career etc. etc etc. But to be very honest, I think they are just words. The real difference is how we perceive these words.
I mean ask yourself this, how do you know you have a job or a career? They are both works, the same thing for one person is a career and for another is a job. How do you know which one are you doing? It’s in the organisation’s culture. If your peers say they have a career, you think you have a career too (kinda like the wisdom of the crowd); if your peers say they have a job, you have a job. So, what I am just saying is that what you have, career or a job is all a matter of perception. Just the way you think. Shrinks are not entirely wrong when they say “It’s all in your head”, it really is! It is not the actual work, but the environment you work in. If you like it, you say you have a career and you find a way to progress in it; if you don’t like it, you say you have a job and you just try to survive through the day.
So,let’s try an experiment. Enjoy what you do, irrespective of the situation you face at work just for a day; you’ll see you have a career. Then hate it, you’ll see you have a job. Try it!