Pathways vs Job Description

Seth Marsh, CUED-IN Seth Marsh, CUED-IN Feb 27, 2020

“You know what a passion turns into after some time – a job.”

My father had spoken those words throughout my time at high school and college trying to navigate the path of “what do I want to do for a job?” 

The word “job” has gathered some negative connotations around it in today’s world. We think of it as something less glamorous than “calling” or “passion,” as if you failed, so now you have to work a job. While it’s true that job descriptions provide a checklist that you either do or do not meet, a big piece of the picture job descriptions do not give, is the steps or credentials necessary to obtain the job. 

We want to introduce the Career Pathways (Pathways) as a different view of how to obtain work in this world. It’s a term folks are discussing from K12, Community College, 4 year schools and within the general workforce. Starting in your schools and moving towards the adult world, Pathways allow the future candidate to easily see how can they obtain a career within a company. Pathways also allow a company to distinguish their career steps and qualifications from another company, which alleviates unknown “nice to haves” in a job interview.  

When viewing large job search portals it is difficult to capture a clear picture of the company’s culture and vision.  Pathways are linear, which allows a company to make themselves known in a radically different way. Take for instance a welding career, with Pathways, a company can map out the education, certification and qualifying steps necessary to obtain a welding career within their company. In turn, potential employees as early as high school, can begin meeting these milestones in a clear direction. By depicting the whole picture, rather than just the end goal or result, employees and companies can be proactive in their career hunt rather than reactive. 

Below is a quick glance at the differences between Career vs Job; Pathways vs Job Description