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Jobs vs. Careers


Very few of my students understand the difference between a job and a career. To demonstrate the difference, I pass out newspapers and ask them to find a career. They always turn right to the want ads. I explain that those are jobs not careers. Jobs are what you need when you've been laid off, your rent is due or your kids are sick. Then we turn to the front section of the paper and look at the problems that make the news. I tell them that they can devote the rest of their lives to solving problems they enjoy and someone will pay them for it! These are careers! The students then search the newspapers for problems, brainstorm solutions and create careers that meet their needs. Some choose to write their solutions in the form of a business proposal.

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