Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Job vs Career vs Vocation

I would have liked the face in the middle to look more confused - that would more accurately represent my current state.  Too lazy to make the edits.

From Lifehack.org

Job - Merriam Webster definition 3
a)(1) something that has to be done : task (2) : an undertaking requiring unusual exertion 
b) a specific duty, role, or function
c) a regular remunerative position

Career - Merriam Webster definition 3
A field for or pursuit of consecutive progressive achievement especially in public, professional or business life

Vocation - Merriam Webster definition 1a
a summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action

I was asked by a friend of mine recently whether I saw what I did as a job or a career.

At the time, I stated that it was more of a career.  But when I said it, it didn't feel quite right.

The issue I am running into is that I find myself wanting to build my toolkit to get something specific done vs. looking for opportunities to "expand my career."

What I want to do doesn't fit into the model of "consecutive progressive achievement".  

I'm having a tough time getting excited about the march from beginner to specialist to expert to manager to director to whatever. 

And, honestly, I haven't been trained / educated / indoctrinated in anything I currently find myself compelled to do.

I dig creation.

I am finding this compulsive need to create something. Something really big. Something that could even be (dare I say) game-changing for our organization and staff education if we even get this half-way right.

This compulsion seems to be over-riding other opportunities.
Anything that crosses my path is measured against whether it will help me make my vision a reality.

It's been a very long time since I have been this obsessive about something.

I guess I should answer that I see what I am currently doing as a vocation.

Can you relate?

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