What is the difference between a job and a career? Are you trying to tell me they are not the same? Well a career is a job, but a job isn't necessarily a career. It is a weird twisted story. I'm sure if I thought long and hard enough, I could think of an analogy for this, but no. I'm focusing on the topic at hand.
I have had many jobs. I have worked in retail, restaurants, and salons. I never once thought, wow, I wish I could stay here forever. My bosses were never kind enough to make me want to stay. Except Goody's... that place was like a home. I could tell you horror stories about Pier 1.
When I started working at my current place of employment, I knew it could be a long running job. I have gone through a few different positions, but overall, I love the place. They have little controversies, but I still love them.
I think the real difference between these places are the benefits. No retail establishment gave me any reason to be loyal or stay. Yes they both had amazing discounts, but at the end of the day, did that help my health or retirement prospects?
Benefits make a career job worth it. I have around 20 days consistently banked in vacation time. It is truly amazing thinking I could just take two weeks and travel if I wanted to. Most jobs wouldn't allow that.
My career makes me happy. I am always striving to learn more and do better. I may have tried that in a job, but I had no where to go. Careers have potential for advancement. It doesn't matter if it is position, monetary, or just expanding your knowledge, it is worth it.
I am thankful for the career I have been given and for the jobs I had that got me there. Not everyone is as lucky as me, but I hope you can find your dream job/career as well.