Most of the emails I get from people asking for advice about their employment situation stem between a confusion between what a job is and what a career is. In Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead , the main protagonist, Howard Roark, seeks a career. Meanwhile, his best friend, Peter Keating, is only looking for a job. This is why by the end Roark has built some of the finest buildings using his skills, experience, and imagination, while Peter Keating has worked only on old architecture. Keating has worked only to support his basic needs.

So as you can see, while one can work very hard at a job and even be paid well to work a job, a career takes much more motivation and forward-thinking effort than a job. Due to this people usually care more about a career than they do about a job. They see personal goals as a part of their career and it is often more a part of who they are when they are not working than a typical job. Careers are often vocations, such as teaching. We want the people who are teaching our children to think of it as a career, not just a job. We want them to have an interest in our children and care about the success of our children, rather than just coming in, practicing a required skill, and leaving for the day without feeling the desire to become a better teacher every day.

Multiple jobs, another rising trend, has underpinnings of economic necessity, as full-time jobs decline and wage structures do not offer sufficient income. However, many companies frown on this practice and prohibit their full-time employees from having other simultaneous jobs. The multiple jobs trend is visible in that many individuals will work for one organization for a few years, then change to another job in the same industry, or a different one. They may do this to seek greater job satisfaction, to earn a higher salary, or to enhance future job prospects for a better position.

The job is defined as a task or duty performed by a person for getting a salary or wages. Career refers to an occupation carried on by a person for his entire life. Jobs are considered as safe, where a person does not take risks and just does what he has to in exchange for money. While the job is an activity that an individual do to fuel his livelihood, a career is something related to pursuing your passion. There is always a buzz, whenever we talk about job and career because many people see their job as their career. With the passage of time, the difference between the two terms is getting blurred.

The Nonprofit Expo is an opportunity to explore the wide world of nonprofits, hear from professionals about their paths, connect with organizations offering internships and jobs. Alumni working in nonprofits will offer career coaching, resume reviews and share the best ways to market your skills. Veterans and eligible spouses are given priority of service for the receipt of employment, training and placement services provided under most Maine Department of Labor-funded programs.

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