Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Job -vs- Career -vs- Vocation

I have an interview tomorrow. It is in my field of expertise. It's in what I know how to do and what I do well. And I am one more time going through that anticipation/nervousness/questioning of "Will they like me?" "Will they want me to work for them?" "Do I have the mad skillz that they want?" "Am I a good fit for the organization?"

It's not some interview for some call center that I would apply for to have a job just to tide me over until something in my field came along. Maybe I'm crazy but I really do enjoy the work I do despite the insanity of the industry as a whole. It connects me with the whole world - literally.

These pre-interview jitters - it's the same thing that is going to happen when Ennui (that's the title of the WIP that is likely to be completed first) is done and polished and I can go no further with the ms and I start querying agents.

But there is a difference also. In my career I've reached the place where I my resume gets stamped "over-qualified" on occasion. Happened a few times the last time I went through this. I don't think that this happens in writing.

Writing is about constantly honing ones skills, ones craft. There is no top but the one we set for ourselves. That's a calling, a vocation. And it about a unique voice. All y'all could do what I do if you'd been doing it as many years as I have. But I couldn't write your books and you couldn't write mine.

So... Job - what you do just to keep roof over head and cupboard in bread. Career - that plus you really like the field you're in and want to progress in it. Vocation -what you do because you know you are called to do it.

The best world is where career and vocation are one and the same. I hope that for all of us.

But for the moment...it would be nice to get back to my career while I persue the other, my vocation, in hopes of it becoming a career.

Prayers, incense, chants, esoteric rituals.... all would be appreciated.

10 Comments:

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Bernita said...

You will do well.Let's hope they're bright enough to appreciate you.

 
At 2:32 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Consider the candle lit and the chants begun. Best of luck.

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Dana Y. T. Lin said...

I take it, the numbers for the lotto ticket didn't match?

Yes, I wish for the same to you - that vocation & career will be one and the same some day.

 
At 7:16 PM, Blogger jason evans said...

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At 7:17 PM, Blogger jason evans said...

Whoa, I really can't type tonight. I meant to say:

Best of luck, Lisa! Go slay 'em!

 
At 7:28 AM, Blogger Erik Ivan James said...

Follow your heart Lisa----it knows.

 
At 2:52 PM, Blogger Gabriele C. said...

Good luck, Lisa.

 
At 6:37 AM, Blogger E. Ann Bardawill said...

"Take care of the food and rent, then pursue the dream, whatever it may be."

Can't remember who said it.

 
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