A job can be just going to work to earn a paycheck. A career is a journey that includes all your jobs, experiences, and training in the same field or career cluster.
Did you know that most Americans have 10 different jobs in their lifetime? These could all be in one career, or they could be in different careers. A career can include many jobs, experiences, and education in the same field or career cluster. This means that your career is a journey of many steps.
Think of it this way: If life were a video game, a job would be just one level. Having a career means that you are committed to playing the game to get better over time and advance to higher levels.
The real difference between a job and a career is your attitude:
Think of your career journey as climbing a ladder. Each step of the ladder could be a job that gives you valuable experiences.
As you climb the ladder, your jobs might increase in responsibility or pay.
The choices you make now will affect your future. All of your activities, volunteer work, and part-time jobs are steps on your career ladder. Keep these things in mind:
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