Do you have a job or a career?
According to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace Report, more than 70 percent of Americans either hate their jobs or are completely disengaged.
It gets worse.
20 percent of U.S. workers are what Gallup refers to as “actively disengaged”. They are the ones spreading gossip, posting negative threads on message boards, backstabbing others in the office – the people who can literally implode an organization from within.
The other 50 percent may not be as vocal with their dissatisfaction, but they are “not inspired by their managers”.
“Hate” is a pretty strong word, so it appears safe to say that a change would do a lot of people good.
We all have dreams of what we want to be when we grow up, and sadly the vast majority won’t realize their vision. What’s worse is that most won’t even come close.
Next Network describes a job as “something you do to in the short term to earn cash. It’s filling a work role within a business exchange for money.”
A career, on the other hand, is “a long-term pursuit of a lifelong ambition. You may or may not need any particular education or special training to do a job but a career requires some sort of specialized training that develops an individual’s ability to do the work that career entails. In some cases, this training can come in the form of experience.”
At traditional colleges and universities, greater than 50 percent of those who declare a major, change majors according to Grupe. It is not unusual for a major to be changed two or three times during their college years. Any number of factors can influence the decision, from peer and parental influence to finances.
Is it any wonder so many people are in a job, not a career – and in the wrong job at that?
Like so many others, Johnathan Roseman enrolled in a traditional 4-year degree program for accounting. The only problem was, he realized halfway through the program that accounting wasn’t for him.
Jobless and lacking a career focus, Johnathan moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and pursued a career in the Information Technology field, which was experiencing a significant talent shortage. The results were both rapid and very impressive.
Watch this video to learn more about Johnathan’s story, and his transition from a job to a long-term, stable career that matched his passion.
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