Is Your Job a Calling or a Career?

Is your job a calling or just a career?  Maybe “just a career” isn’t the right way to put it. Many employees and entrepreneurs have extremely successful careers that aren’t necessarily callings. And they are perfectly happy.

However, today’s job market and the millennial mindset of meaningful careers has a lot of people wondering if they can transform their careers into callings.

Do you feel like your job or career needs to be a higher calling for you to be happy? Do you know the difference between a job, a career and a calling?

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Do You Have a Job, Career or Calling? The Difference Matters

Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, a professor at Yale School of Management, has spent her career researching how individuals identify with their work. She has established three different, defined contexts of work: job, career and calling:

  • Job: A job provides you with pay, benefits and perhaps some social perks.
  • Career: A job you do for others, while a career is what you do for yourself.
  • Calling: Those who experience their work as a calling are most likely to feel a deep alignment between their vocation and who they are as a person.

Tips to Transform Your Job into a Career or Calling

  • Change Your Outlook
  • Play to Your Strengths
  • Look Outside Yourself

Happy Job Hunting!

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