Career vs Job …follow your passion?

When I was in high school a few decades ago, (feels more like centuries) there was this focus on finding your career and working in a job that you would do….forever.

It seems to be the same still as I watch my children decide  on who or what kind of life they are designing for themselves.  I just think they haven’t worked that one out yet, but neither have I.

Now me  when I was a 17 year old ” free bird” deciding what I would do for the rest of my life was the most daunting thing ever, so I took it upon myself to do subjects at school that I enjoyed, didn’t tax my brain too much and if I happened to miss a few days here and there for really important “me” time that was okay.  I knew I was ahead of my times back then.  As the big buzz words now seem to be “me” time, mindfulness, meditation and yoga and of course social media.  Social media was no where to be seen when I was in school.  We socialised with others, picked up the telephone, yes a telephone and read the paper or cool magazines like Dolly.  who remembers Dolly magazine?

Now days when the home phone rings, I sit looking at it, pretend to run to answer it, meanwhile running the other way and encourage another family member answer it. Just like the other evening, it rang, I ran up the hall way, (away from the one in the kitchen) and saw my son had answered it, yaaay  success, until he handed it to me.  Hello? I said and this telemarketer called me by name, I swear I could feel the collagen fall from my face as it drooped to the floor.

Let me tell you now, I wasn’t keeping count of how many times she said it,  but by the end of the mind numbing marketing call I hated the sound of my name.  At one point, as the computerised voice read off her cue card, I found myself to be sitting at the computer and searching for something or other when I suddenly heard a voice in my head…. aaaah whoopsy… I had forgotten she was still there trying to coax me in parting with my hard earned cash for her cause, but not  her cause, she was getting paid, how much of the money if I donate goes to her boss?

The sound of her voice broke the anaesthesia, my mind had wandered like a magpie beholding something sparkly and gorgeous, she repeated my name another 5 fricken times, I had to stop the poor woman there.  “Ahh hello” I said brazenly, “umm I’m really sorry, but I won’t be giving you money this year, and I am now a little bit sick of the sound of my name thanks all the same” she stopped mid sentence and said something like “oh” her step had been broken, I had gone off script, she couldn’t understand what I was saying, so I stopped and finished with ” good luck for the rest of your calls” then the mousey voice in my head said” please don’t call  me again”.    and we mutually agreed to end the call and hang up.

This is one of these times when life becomes confusing, was this marketer in a career or a job, as I’m sure there wasn’t any passion there, she may have relished in talking to new people daily, she maybe struggled to connect and couldn’t understand what went wrong..

When is it a career and when is it a job, and who is the decider in this equation?

To me and those raised in a school system, a career, (we  had always been brainwashed) was  that you study for a specific topic and then proceed to work at that thing till your dying breath. I never grasped that personally

You can see why that seems a little scary.  A job is something that you  just did to pay the bills and have little commitment? or was it….


The Oxford Dictionary states:



  1. an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress.
    “he seemed destined for a career as an engineer like his father”
    synonyms: profession, occupation, vocation, calling, employment.
     *  (of a woman) interested in pursuing a profession rather than devoting all her time to childcare and housekeeping.  “a career girl”


    1. move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way:
      “the coach careered across the road and went through a hedge”


a piece of work, especially a specific task done as part of the routine of one’s occupation or for an agreed price:

She gave him the job of mowing the lawn.
a post of employment; full-time or part-time position:

She was seeking a job as an editor.

anything a person is expected or obliged to do; duty; responsibility:

It is your job to be on time.
an affair, matter, occurrence, or state of affairs:

to make the best of a bad job.
the execution or performance of a task:
She did a good job.


Those seem simple enough to grasp, don’t you think?

Some people would say that a career is the pursuit of a lifelong ambition or the general course of progression towards lifelong goals.   While a job is Job is an activity through which an individual can earn money. It is a regular activity in exchange of payment.

My question is, are they any different?

Is this safely left to the sometimes uneducated to decide what is what, and if passion comes into it what does that make it?

Fire your thoughts on where your beliefs lie, and does it actually matter, if so, who does it matter to at the end of the day?


Quick Quiz:

  1. Career or Job?

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2.Career or Job?

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3. Career or Job?

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4. Career or Job

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5. Career or Job?

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