The top 10 differences between a job and a career

“Wait, wait, wait – you’re telling me that there’s a difference between a job and career? I thought they were synonymous” Well, you thought wrong introductory paragraph voice. The next best guess would be something similar to the differences between weather and climate: time.

Fun fact: weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time. Up until recently this is what I thought the difference between a job and a career was.

I figured a career was a construct built of many jobs, regardless of how good they are or how they make you feel. Apparently I was dead wrong.

While, yes, you wouldn’t be wrong to think that a job is short-term and a career is long-term, the differences between the two revolve around mainly, not the work itself, but how it makes you feel.

This great infographic from OfficeVibe, a career is a feeling of being rewarded at work with room for professional growth and developing through experience. A job is just a day-in-day out routine that pays the bills. We’ll give you some examples.

  •  A job is primarily about collecting money, a career is about collecting experience.
  • A job warrants tired mondays, a career encourages energetic mondays (not always!)
  • A job is a grind, a career is a journey
  • A job encourages you to look for a new job, a career motivates you to move up the ladder.

Those are just a handful of differences. Check out the top 10 differences between a job and career below.


Image credit: Office Vibe

So there you have it. We hope this clears up any confusion about whether you’re currently in a job or treading the stepping stones of your career! If you want to share your job or career stories with us, be sure to hit us up on our Twitter and Facebook pages.