A career is a long-term occupation where one can fulfill professional goals and passions. You could hold numerous jobs under different employers in your chosen industry as you progress in your career. Careers may require a certain level of education or training.
Careers often have set salaries with benefits such as medical insurance, paid time off, retirement plans, pensions, and bonuses. Individuals can also gain benefits beyond money, such as personal growth, self-worth, and work satisfaction.
A job is a paid position of regular employment to earn money to support basic needs. It can be full-time or part-time. You might earn an hourly wage or a set paycheck rather than a salary with benefits. You might need specific skills connected with that role, but not all jobs require a specialized degree or advanced training.
A job can be short- or long-term. It is also one single period of employment with a single employer. Sometimes it provides no satisfaction beyond a paycheck.
- Likes working with their hands making and fixing things.
- Likes to deal with facts and figures.
- Likes working with patterns, shapes, and expression.
- Likes working with, teaching, and helping people.
- Likes to lead and make decisions.
- Likes procedures/routines with a clear line of authority.
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