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Are You Serious About Your Career?

By on Feb 16, 2011 | 7 comments

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This is a straightforward question about what I think is of the of ‘top priorities’ you have in your life – your career. Tell me, do you really think you’re serious about your career? Think for a moment before you answer.

So far in your life, career was simply a word that you’d use for ‘job’ just to make it look ‘fancy’. “My career”, “My career growth”, “My career aspirations” and all bullshit – without knowing a thing about what you want from your career or even what a career is. See what Wikipedia, which we take as an authentic source for everything under the Sun, says about ‘Career’: –

Career is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as an individual’s “course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life)”. It is usually considered to pertain to remunerative work (and sometimes also formal education).  The etymology of the term comes from the Latin word carrera, which means race (as in “rat race“, see Careerism).

One thing I’m very sure from the definition is that career isn’t a replacement word for ‘job’. Let me tell you, I’m not going to tell you that you’re in a ‘rat race’ and ‘even if you win, you’re still a rat’ and all that regular stuff. Let me put my point in this way – ‘job’ is a subset of ‘career’. Career is about the things you do and experience during your course or progress through professional life.If you agree with me on this, then tell me are you really serious about your ‘career’ (not ‘job’).

I’m 100% sure you have no clue what ‘being serious’ means here. Because you never thought about it. For you, showing up in the office before you boss and then leaving just after he/she leaves is what your ‘career’ is all about. You never paid attention to what you do between those hours that are actually defining your career second by second. Have you done something to ‘advance’ in your career? Have you done something that will make you proud about yourself and give you the happiness that you’ve chosen the ‘right’ career for yourself? You surely can’t go wrong with the choice that you’ve made about your ‘course or progress through life’, right? Or are you the one who just don’t want to dream because it leads to restlessness. We Indians prefer cool and calm life anyways.

Sadly for most of us, there’s no career. There’s only a ‘job’ that we hate.


  1. ms_cs

    February 16, 2011

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    Great writings..Keep posting big_k..

    Your superblog is my homepage 🙂

  2. Ishan Topre

    February 18, 2011

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    Good to read this article for anyone whose career has just begun or yet to begin.Good writing.Keep writing…:)

  3. Amy

    February 19, 2011

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    “We Indians prefer cool and calm life anyways.” Yes siree! we do.
    Best thing is “Sarakari nokarit ekdache chitkun aayushyabhar pagar/pension ani varun arrears khane”. I want such a job.

  4. durga

    February 19, 2011

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    hmm, whats with the ‘abusive’ tone of the post?? I think people do realise what they want in life ( career) and how to get it ( career path). May be the parameters considered by each individual might vary. Generalising that no one except the writer of this blog understand the seriousness of career planning is far fetched :-s

    • kidakaka

      February 24, 2011

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      Agree with Durga on the tone of the post Biggie. When I was reading it, it felt as if it was reprimanding me for my past deeds.

  5. Sapna

    February 21, 2011

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    Nice job on the definition. But the real world is much more complex to be defined in such simple terms.

    A job may not exactly fit your description of “course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life)”
    Not everybody can become an entrepreneur
    Your preferred course may not fetch you enough money to sustain in this world
    Each individual’s preferences and life conditions vary.
    You may want different things at different points in life.
    …… If I go on like this it can become another post

  6. Akshay

    March 11, 2011

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    Good writing people need harsh words every now and then to poke them and let them know……
    And to care about something bigger than themselves..

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