Career vs. Job

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How We Think About These Two Things at Eve.

Zach Holman shared these thoughts yesterday that I wanted to capture them for future reference as well as an opportunity for me to cogitate on them for a bit:

Although, for some, it might just be semantics I think that he hits on what I believe is a touch point and even a commentary on how the next generation (this generation…?) thinks about work and career.

Personally, I’ve had a ton of jobs over the years and I’m very thankful for the opportunities that I’ve had. All of these jobs are building the story which I am calling “my career” — this is categorically different than how my father and his generation understood “career” which was more along the lines of one specific job at one company for a very long time, possibly until retirement.

My father, in fact, worked essentially for one company for 37 years and, in comparison, I may have worked for 37 companies / organizations already at a tender age of 33. We couldn’t be more different!

But my father has been successful and I’m on my way — it’s probably another discussion entirely about what “success” really means and looks like but that’s for another post another day.

What does this mean for a new company and how we talk about working with the team? I think it means we have, at the very least, a fresh opportunity to clarify, in no uncertain terms, how we view the ideas around jobs at Eve and what we think about the person’s career.

And so I’ll do that right now:

At Eve we understand a job in the much larger context of one’s career. In other words, a job is specific work for a specific time (or season) where value is created for both the organization and for the individual’s career, which will ultimately consist of many jobs through many different seasons that may span many different and exciting themes.

My commitment as a leader at Eve is to make sure that the work today (i.e. the job) contributes strategically to the individual’s career and that it is not good enough to exchange time for dollars — instead, it is our pleasure and our unique opportunity to significantly impact the trajectory of their career and leave a positive, lasting mark.

This is just the beginning to my personal thoughts and internal dialogue around the meaning of jobs and careers but I want to keep them top-of-mind and to encounter it plainly, for myself and for our growing team.

I want to make a commitment to talk openly about my own career and my staff’s career path(s) so that we can all benefit greatly from our time together. I think this also makes our work even more exciting, worthwhile, and fun.

Who would have thought?

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