By Adam Jusko, ProudMoney.com, email@example.com
Work is work. But a career is not just a job. And if you think of your job as “just a job,” you probably won’t have much of a career. Not to get all mystical about it, but if your long-term goal is to make more money, thinking of the work you’re doing today as part of a “career” is going to take you much further than if you think of it only as a job.
The key to having a career is growth. Growth in skills, definitely. Growth in responsibility, probably. When you have a career, your co-workers will expect more from you over time. A new hire will be expected not only to “learn the ropes” in terms of how a company operates, but also to increase his or her skills to provide greater value than when s/he first came on board. In most companies or industries, a career will entail a series of positions that escalate in terms of skills required, responsibility given, and pay received.
No CEO got to the top unless he/she continually improved his/her skills and took on more and more responsibility. This is true even if your company’s CEO started the company from scratch and appointed herself CEO before she had any employees. You can’t found and/or lead a successful company unless you’ve somehow built up the skills necessary to be in charge.
That doesn’t mean you have to be “in charge” in order to have a career. And it doesn’t mean a career is always a steady climb up the ladder at one particular company. A career may involve many different companies in the same industry. It may involve companies in different industries, but positions with a similar skill set. For example, you might work in operations with several different companies in the airline industry, or you might be a marketing professional who works in all different industries but has a wide-ranging knowledge of techniques that apply no matter where you go.