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Why a Career Turns into a Job

Most people choose a career because of their personal strengths and interests. They go to college to better develop their skills and education in the chosen field, so that they are more employable. After graduation, they find employment in their field and start their careers. Eventually, their careers turn into a job. By a job, I mean a place where someone works to earn an income; however the work no longer holds any personal interest or satisfaction. This is inevitable for these three reasons.

After awhile, all aspects of the job will be learned. No matter how exciting a job was in the beginning, it will eventually become repetitive. This repetition will make the work predictable and boring.

Second, careers will eventually appear to be at a standstill. After a few years, any position will seem stagnant with no new opportunities in either the short term or the long term. It is guaranteed that at one point in time, there will no longer be any opportunities for growth or promotions. This realization will crush the motivation for any career.

Even if a janitor works their way up through a company to become the CEO, there will eventually be no new prospects afterwards. I personally have a boss who told me to look for another job, since there is virtually no chance of any advancement in my current position. Only if my current boss leaves for whatever reason and however long that may be, would there be a slight chance for a promotion. This epiphany sucked the life out of my career. I guess this is one of the reasons why I am blogging.

Third, the lack of appreciation for a job will also demoralize employees. Whether the appreciation is from recognition, bonuses, or pay increases, employees will not feel appreciated without constant positive feedback from their management or employers.

After a career no longer holds any personal interest or satisfaction, employees experience decreased morale which in turn will cause the work to be done less efficiently, with less care, and without thoroughness. This will ultimately impact the financial bottom line of the business.

Eventually, these depressed employees will start looking for new careers in possibly different fields just for the sake of change. Changing jobs may be good for the morale of employees, but that also means employers will have to replace and re-train new employees. This re-training has considerable financial costs to the business too.

As a result, it is better for companies to keep their employees content as long as possible, so their employees stay in the current position as long as possible. Therefore, employers must always be on the lookout for decreased morale and boredom from their employees, so that employers can strive to make their employees feel more appreciated both emotionally and financially when necessary in order for their companies to remain at peak performance.

by Phil for Humanity
on 03/01/2008

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