It’s an important question and one that can fundamentally affect your life. If in doubt, ask the millions of people who hate what they do for a living and the impact this has on the rest of their lives. Relationships and health are two notable areas that suffer as a result.
We can look to origins of the words. Career comes from the latin word for a wheeled vehicle evolving through French usage for a racehorse or a road. Therefore, it is associated with motion and progress and a path. The origins of “job” are less precise but it’s associated with a piece of work as in Old English "jobbe of worke”.
A useful way to link the two is to think of your career as a journey and your jobs as points on your journey. A journey can reach a destination that forms part of a greater journey. Or, it becomes a turning point of departure on a new journey.
"Ooops! Perhaps, I shouldn’t have taken that job!"
Many of us can identify with this statement and if you’re currently experiencing career drift you may feel its impact more than most.
So, what can you do if your career seems to be going nowhere and you feel trapped in a pointless, dead-end job?
Decide today that you’re going to do something to change this situation that you’re in. You’ll begin to feel better. However, deciding is not enough...
Commit to actually do something about it. Make this commitment as public as you can. For example, tell your partner, family, close friends. Ask them to hold you accountable. Yes, this might be uncomfortable at first but you’ll be glad you did it once you get moving. However, be selective. Many people, who mean well, may try to dissuade you. Nevertheless, don’t let their limiting beliefs and fears stop you from making changes.
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