A number of things indicate that you’ve got a job, not a career.
One is when there is no clear path for you at your current company.
You’re working long and hard, putting in the hours, giving your all for a company. But you don’t have a clear idea on why you’re doing your work – what is it for? You find yourself doing the same tasks the same way for the longest time. There is nothing more to learn, no one to learn from, nowhere to go from where you are now – you aren’t progressing at all.
You’ve come to a point in your life wherein having a job is not enough. You want growth. You want to move up and realize it’s not an option for you. Your current company can’t or won’t offer you anything more than a job.
You want to make your hours count. You want the work you do to mean something – not only to you – but to the company you’re with. But they just want you there to do low-value work that doesn’t need much thought. That doesn’t challenge you.
You want to learn. You want to acquire new skills and develop them.
It’s very frustrating. You feel bored or, worse, burned out and you don’t want to do the same thing anymore. You press on… hoping, thinking that maybe that job might turnout worthwhile somehow. But it’s just a job that helps pay the bills and get by.
You want to be productive. You have more time on your hands than you know what to do with. Or your whole day is filled with menial tasks that you swear a high school student could have done.
Do you just put your head down? Work and work and watch other people take on bigger roles. Your friends are all progressing. And you ask yourself: is this where I want to be? Is this as good as it gets? Is this all I’ve set up to be or do in my life?
A goal comes to your mind. You could aim for promotion. But it’s not something your employer can provide. You want to be creative, but it’s not appreciated where you work. You look at the document you’re supposed to submit in an hour and you still got nothing.
We’ve all been there before. And the goal is to change for the better. You have the power to create opportunities for yourself. There’s a company that would be delighted to have a candidate like you: someone who wants to add value to your team, clients and company.
You need to be in a company that values hard work.
One that will provide training to help you flourish in your role.
A career will offer you that. And a great company will help you build a career.