Your career is the path you take in your working and professional life.

It can include both learning and work. You may have many different jobs in your career. With each job, you may build up new skills, knowledge and experience for your future jobs.


A job is employment in a particular role for which you receive payment; this can be full or part-time. It can be a part of your career and can be in an occupation. A job may not be in your chosen occupation or might be just a stop gap to earn some money whilst you are looking for a more suitable job.


Your occupation is the area of work you work in, this might be a variety of different jobs which need the same skills and knowledge. Here are some examples:

Career example 1:

Occupation: Midwifery 


  • Healthcare assistant (maternity)
  • Maternity support worker
  • Midwife
  • Community midwife
  • Head of midwifery
  • Consultant midwife

Career example 2

Occupation: Dentistry 


  • Dental nurse
  • Student dental technician
  • Dental technician
  • Dental technologist
  • Anaesthetist
  • Dental hygienist

You can find out more about job profiles and careers by visiting the National Careers Service website.

They have over 800 different types of job profiles that explain more about different jobs.

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