The difference between a job and a career often has a lot to do with your own attitude and expectations. If you’re simply looking for a steady income, and you’re not concerned where your work will lead you, you may be satisfied with a job that supports your lifestyle but doesn’t necessarily lead to new opportunities or advancement. If you have pursued a specific academic path, or have long-term goals that include career advancement, it is important to seek out positions that provide the experience you need to pursue future opportunities in your field.
To enjoy the many waking hours you spend at work, it helps to love what you do and appreciate the goals of your employer. Finding your creative flow and sparking innovative output is important, as is engaging with a larger purpose.