Chapter 2 : Introduction


The term “career” is often used with a lot of misconceptions. People have common perspectives that pursue them to think of career as something which is basically not the real essence of this word.

The Basics

Misconception # 1- A career is a job

You are working on a company and you receive compensation. With that, you have a job. A job gives you short-term security as you generate stable income from your work role. However, a career is a long-term venture that does not necessitates stability and encourages you to take risks instead. A career is not a job but every job you have is part of your career.

Misconception# 2- A career is an occupation

An extensive group of work jobs with related characteristics is referred to as an occupation. This can also be related to your profession and educational attainment. You can be an accountant, physician, teacher, engineer – the list is long. When you are well versed in an occupation, you have the opportunity to achieve a steady job in an organization. Nevertheless, a career is committed to develop and build your skills for a lifetime.

Misconception # 3- A medium is a career

A medium is the means in which you express your career message. Conveying the content of your message takes various forms. It may be through article-writing, blogging, teaching and training people. But it is sad to note that instead of focusing on the content of the message, most are misconstrued that the medium is the career itself when in fact the message tells it all.

What really is a career? A career is a person’s lifetime venture to develop and enhance one’s knowledge, experiences and skills. By this, you are building up all the events in your life to exploit and maximize every opportunity you have to progress in your career path. Your family, friends and relatives are your alliances to accompany you in life’s path you ought to take. The work jobs, occupations you belong, and medium applied must lead to the fulfillment of your lifetime goal as you pursue your career.

As you seek to achieve success in your career endeavor, this book will help you explore ways and strategies to effectively adapt to the changes happening around that might affect your career.

The road is not easy, but being guided will help you overcome the pitfalls, risks, sidetracks and detours you will encounter on the road to your lifetime dream. This is an opportunity for you to learn. As much as your career success matters to you, learning in the starting phase of your venture equally matters along the way.

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