This Not A Job, It’s My Career!


“A job is something you do simply to earn money; a career is a series of connected employment opportunities. A job has minimal impact on your future work life, while a career provides experience and learning to fuel your future. A job offers few networking opportunities, but a career is loaded with them…”

“This is not a job to me, but an extension of my career…” These words were shared during an annual review… A month after the review was initiated, all I could feel was anxiety. My thoughts would go from what I liked about the work I did to what I know could be improved. However, it wasn’t solely up to me to try and make that happen. Instead, this was a time to lay it all on the table and whoever received what was being shared, then the pressure was off me to try and find a resolution alone. The results thus far have been – “Thank you for all your hard work!”

Before the break of dawn, I’d be sitting up in bed, in prayer, with a pen and journal, pouring out my heart… One morning a vision was reawakened and it was like fire in my bones. The vision was in relation to my career. I knew long ago that just having a job wasn’t something that I wanted. There was more than just reporting to duty, taking 2 weeks of vacation, and repeating this cycle for 20 years until I was able to retire. While that is comfortable to many, it made me very uncomfortable. ‘There has to be more!’ I’d say… I have too much in me to be complacent or ‘comfortable’ according to the status quo. Well, what are you doing to change your situation? Being completely honest with what I want and need in my life and having more control in how I allow others to contribute to my life and how I better manage my time and resources.

I admit to accepting jobs in the past out of fear, convenience, and for the lack of self-confidence. All of these were personal life issues that had to be confronted and dealt with. They were also opportunities for me to grow. I’m still growing! No matter how old I get, I hope to not reach a place in my life where I can’t learn something new.

I’m not saying that I don’t like to work. I actually enjoy being productive and fruitful every day! I do find pleasure in working hard, as well as smart, and will continue to work until I am unable to. What I am saying is that what I do now has to have purpose and meaning to me as well as to those I work with and support with my gifts and abilities.

Knowing that what I am called to do is bigger than me, I’ve reached out for help. First, I went online, typed career coach in the Google search engine. After briefly reviewing a few results, I found a service provided by LinkedIn that could help me clarify what I wanted to accomplish. LinkedIn ProFinder is a resource that can locate professionals who can assist you with your vision and give you wise counsel, or a different perspective that will help give clarity in the direction you want to go. I’ve had several professionals who responded to my proposal. The service allows for a free 15 minute phone consultation, which gives you the opportunity to express yourself, listen to feedback, and pay for additional services as needed. All of the calls that I’ve made were helpful! Each person shared with me simple, yet vital information that has made my vision more clear. The courage to move forward is greater than before. Thank you all for speaking life to me and may you reap many blessings for the seeds you have sown!

References

https://www.getrichslowly.org/the-difference-between-a-career-and-a-job/

Ecclesiastes 5:18 Amplified “Behold, here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat and drink, and to find enjoyment in all the labor in which he labors under the sun during the few days of his life which God gives him—for this is his [allotted] reward.”

https://www.linkedin.com/profinder

Proverbs 4:7 New King James Version “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”