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GPO Presents Doug Moore of Toyota, Designing your career

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A vocation is a calling, an occupation, or a large undertaking for which one is especially suited. It can be roughly synonymous with career or profession, though vocation connotes a seriousness or a commitment that these words don’t always bear. An avocation is something done in addition to one’s vocation—usually a hobby.

Both are rooted in the Latin vocare, meaning to call. In its early English use, vocation usually had religious implications. One who had a vocation was called by God toward a certain line of work, often the priesthood. The word was in use without the religious overtones as early as the 16th century, and today it is commonly used for both religious callings and secular ones.

In avocation, the prefix a- is shortened from ab-, which means away, so, considered etymologically, an avocation is a calling away.

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