Do You Want a Job, or a Career?

by | Aug 24, 2012 | Ruminations | 2 comments

That’s a fine distinction, but much like a mission statement, or a business plan, once you’ve decided the career v. job conundrum – and commit to it — everything flows from it.

There is no right answer…and the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive, although while a job can be part of a career…a career cannot be diminished to just a job.

Once you’ve decided you want a voice over career, then certain jobs are not aligned with that decision.  You start to see beyond hand-to-mouth, paycheck-to-paycheck.

Maybe a little word comparison will help.  See the chart below:

The Jobster

The Career-Meister

reacts

plans

accepts

seeks

looks ahead

looks beyond

settles

discerns

seeks money

seeks goals

stable/safe

takes risks

short term

long term

what you do

who you are

has a skill

has a profession

practicality

passion

 .
There are tangential issues here, too.

Having a career does not necessarily mean you need to be in a union, or have (an) agent(s).

Seeking jobs does not mean being a pauper or accepting any work at any rate.

Sometimes you might take a job for reasons that don’t meet your career goals….but it’s hard to say a certain series of jobs constitutes a career.

Again, no write or wrong answer.  What are your needs?  How does VO fit into your larger (life and family) plans?

Regardless, there’s a pay-off to taking a hard look at this issue, deciding, and committing.  Then you can set your compass, pick a course, and  be more efficient.

So, what’ll it be?  Job or Career?

CourVO

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2 Comments

  1. Rick Lance

    Love the chart, Dave! So true.

    Reply
    • CourVO

      Hey, Rick!

      I’m always flattered when you stop by to comment. I wrote that article in about half-an-hour after doing about an hour’s research. At least half of my motivation for writing this blog is that I learn as much or more than the people who read it.

      Thanks for coming by, and have a great week, my friend!

      Dave C

      Reply

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