That used to be the big question for people setting out on a career. Then it became a question of semantics as each category tried to define themselves – in most cases they tried to make out that they were better than the other two.
Now the field of definition has widened. Australia’s got more people idle for more reasons and there are new classes of occupation to examine. Consider these views, but remember that the Backstabbers Guild Of Australia is not an equal-opportunity employer…
a. Job – something you do to get eating money.
b. Work – something that you might have to do on the job.
c. Business – a job that involves other people giving you money. Unfortunately they expect something in return.
d. Trade – a business in which you are expected to be skilled at doing something that other people can’t do. You get to wear a uniform, drive a tray-top ute badly, and fail to keep appointments.
e. Profession – a trade that you only get if you put up with the annoyance of education after the age of 18. You’ll get a chance to make lots of money but there will always be some statutory body to take it away from you if you annoy their hierarchy.
f. Occupation – a catch-all phrase for anything from chicken-sexing to being a politician in South Australia.
g. Calling – something you want to do but feel the need to pretend that God wants you to do it as well to make it sound better.
h. Hobby – something you want to do that you don’t get paid for.
i. Avocation -a posh name for a hobby.
j. Pursuit – a hobby that starts to veer onto vaguely criminal lines.
k. Racket -a fully developed pursuit.
If you are perfectly honest with yourself, you can find exactly where upon this scale of activity your daily routine takes you. If you are prepared to use the adjective ” perfectly ” to qualify the word ” honest “, you may care to start at the bottom and work up…