We see our job either as an occupation, a career, or a calling.

Aga Kokoszewska
3 min readJun 8, 2023

For many of us, a job is not just a means to earn a living. It can be a source of fulfillment and purpose. How people perceive their work can vary significantly, with some viewing it merely as an occupation, others as a stepping stone towards a successful career, and a fortunate few considering it a true calling. So how and why we engage with our work depends on us.

You can treat it purely as an occupation, a way to make ends meet and meet your basic needs. You may not harbor ambitions of climbing the corporate ladder or pursuing long-term growth within a particular field. Your primary focus is often on financial stability and maintaining a work-life balance. You may view your job as a means to support your personal interests, hobbies, or other areas of your life that provide fulfillment outside of work.

Another way to treat a job is as a career. Many people view their job as a stepping stone toward building a successful career. They approach their work with a long-term perspective, setting goals and striving for advancement. You may invest in acquiring new skills, seeking opportunities for growth, and making strategic decisions to progress within your chosen field. Career-driven individuals often have a clear vision of where they want to be in the future, and they proactively work toward achieving their professional aspirations.

A selected group of individuals feel an intense sense of passion and purpose in their work, considering it a calling rather than just a job. In this scenario, you would be deeply connected to your work on a personal and emotional level. You would also find your job intrinsically fulfilling, aligning with your core values, and a means to make a positive impact on the world. People who view their work as a calling often feel a sense of flow, where time seems to pass effortlessly as they immerse themselves in their tasks.

Understanding the different ways in which people perceive their work has important implications for individuals, organizations, and society as a whole. Recognizing that people have varied perspectives allows for tailored approaches to motivate and engage employees. Organizations can create environments that foster growth and development for those seeking a career, while also valuing the contributions of those who view their work as an occupation. Encouraging individuals to find meaning in their work can lead to increased job satisfaction, productivity, and overall well-being.

Moreover, by acknowledging that some individuals view their job as a calling, society can encourage and support those who strive to make a positive impact through their work. Cultivating a sense of purpose can inspire individuals to go above and beyond, innovating and contributing in ways that transcend their job descriptions.

So how do you view your job as?

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Aga Kokoszewska

I am a passionate and experienced Career and Leadership Coach