When I ask students why they go to college, I sometimes get the following answer: "Because I want a career, not just a job." But what is the difference between a job and a career?
According to the dictionary (via Google), a job is "a paid position of regular employment," whereas a career is "an occupation undertaken for a significant portion of a person's life and with opportunities for progress."
According to these definitions, then, a position as a cashier at McDonald's could qualify as a career if it is held long enough and has opportunities for progress (e.g., a promotion to manager). Most of my students, however, do not think that a position as a cashier at McDonald's counts as a career.
So what is the difference between a job and a career? Or, in philosophical lingo, what are the necessary and sufficient conditions for career as opposed to job?