Stop Taking Advice From Those Bloggers who Write for Eyeballs!
I am an occasional reader of a top writer in Medium/LinkedIn and probably Substack. He writes on a variety of topics and is a fantastic writer. I recently saw his LinkedIn post on 'jobs and career.' Honestly, I did not expect such advice from him as his posts are generally informative, except the recent LinkedIn posts.
Coming to this post (snapshot posted above), I liked the idea of changing jobs from one to another for promotions, monetary gains, and getting paid what you're worth. But evaluating based on promotions and paychecks is not everything.
Here are my thoughts on the contrary.
To start with, let's understand the difference between a job and a career.
A Job is usually a contract between the employer and the worker. Usually, the job can be short-term or long-term, and once the job is done, the contract seizes to exist. Example: home renovation, constructing an apartment, or developing a software piece and getting paid for the contribution.
A Career is usually a long-term work engagement that demands formal training on skill with several years of education, traditionally based on passion. It is the path you embark upon to fulfill your professional goals and ambitions. Individuals pursuing careers often have set salaries with benefits such as stock options, retirement plans, pensions, and bonuses. They also gain benefits beyond money, such as personal pride, work satisfaction, and self-worth.
A career might last for your entire life. You could hold numerous jobs under many employers in your chosen industry that you progress through during your career.
With that being said, simply put, a job is a role which people do in exchange for money. In contrast, a career involves a combination of functions, experiences, education, and pathways you take to achieve your goals, personal ambition, and grow with the company.
Changing jobs for monetary gains alone is not a great sign, and thus, one may never be satisfied with any salary level. There could be many reasons for a company not promoting an employee or offering a salary hike, which is always part of a business cycle.