JOB vs. CAREER: A Dame guide to staying focused

For most of us going to work is very much an everyday part of our lives.  We go to work and become productive members of society. Or at least that is what we are told to do. What does that mean exactly? We get up, go to work, do a job and that means you are being productive? Simply because it's a job that needs to be done? Just because we go to work doesn’t mean we're as productive as we could be. I know a women that is working as a file clerk who has years of accounting experience. However, after the fall of the economy and with job creation still slowly picking up, qualified people are taking whatever jobs they can to pay for their survival needs. (When I say survival I mean housing, food, clothing, and so on, not someone living in a tent trying to stay warm at night) So I ask, wouldn’t her working in an accounting firm be the most productive work for her? But in the big picture of life, most of us work to survive. I say all of this to make a point that most of us are simply working a “job”; a task that pays us so we can in turn pay our bills. But what about that seemingly magical word “career”? How many of us can say we even have one? Very few. So here are some tips that will help you manage that daily job which helps you pay the bills. For now... 
Work Ethic: 
There is a saying most of you have heard before, “If you are simply a janitor, be the best damn janitor you can be.” I’m not sure who said that exactly, but it makes so much sense in the big scheme of work, and living life. Do everything, no matter what, to the best of your abilities. Take pride in your work, even if it is just being a file clerk. People will take notice, and it will set you up for great work habits in any position you hold in the future.  
Pay Check: 
Statistics say that 41% of people are out of jobs and 56% are in jobs they don’t like, so don't worry you're not alone. And at the end of the day there are always bills to be paid. For now, whatever job position you're in is helping you do just that. Most are not afforded the luxury of being able to quit their job to focus on a career. Therefore, we all need to plug away to ensure that we can live life. It may not be what we want to do, but it helps us in doing what we need to do. 
Advancement:
If you're currently in a job, and have been there for sometime, even though you may not love it, it could be something that you're very good at. Did not overlook the current position that you're in for advancement. This could be the niche you excelled in and may be able to move up in the company you're already an employee of. People always say do what you love. And I agree with that 100%. But if doing what you're good at pays the bills I would recommend embracing it. You could find yourself on the path to a career
 Experience: 
No matter what job you're currently in, take advantage of the experience you gain with on the job knowledge. Whether it be customer service, a new software system, or interpersonal work relationships, there are always lessons to be learned in daily work. With terrific work ethic you can truly take all the experiences your current job has to offer and turn them directly into learning lessons for the next position or the career you're after.
Never Give up :
Never give up on the dreams that you have. However, if you are 40 years old and still want to be a rock-star, maybe go about it a different way. Instead of wanting to be on stage, why not try writing music, or learning the process of producing it. There are always classes that adults can take to learn new skills or to master the skills they already have. Even if you just continue to do what you are passionate about as a hobby don't ever give up on your dreams. One day, that hobby may just become a career.

By: Megan Nikole
Just a Dame in the life

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