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The term student tends to creep into the category job but being in education is not a job as you aren't paid for it.


  • banker
  • police officer
  • nurse

are all positions in work under the category jobs

like

  • undergranduate

  • postgraduate

  • pupil

  • apprentice

  • student

    are all positions in education

but what category are they under?

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  • Wouldn't Banker, Police Officer, and Nurse just be under the category of jobs? – Tyler Kropp Jul 25 '15 at 0:19
  • In 'Crystal' clear English, job is one syllable and occupation is four; so although job is less appropriate it will be preferred when describing any serious activity.. – Hugh Jul 25 '15 at 0:56
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    I think I'd name my categories 'work' and 'education', then the related subgroups, 'jobs' and 'courses'. Banker, police officer and nurse are positions (or types of job) within the overall category of 'work'. Postgraduate, undergraduate, higher education, schooling and apprenticeship (when attached to a centre of learning) are all positions (or types of student course) within the overall category of education. – Julie Carter Jul 25 '15 at 1:22
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This is how I understand your question:

/work/jobs/banker
/work/jobs/police officer
/work/jobs/nurse
/education/???/undergraduate
/education/???/postgraduate
/education/???/pupil
/education/???/apprentice
/education/???/student

Q1: Why do we need the ??? category at all? Why not have:

/education/undergraduate
/education/postgraduate
/education/pupil
/education/apprentice
/education/student

Keep in mind that job is a very generic word in English, it does not merely mean "a paid position of regular employment" (Google), it also means:

Dictionary.com: anything a person is expected or obliged to do; duty; responsibility:

Merriam-Webster: a specific duty, role, or function

Macmillan: your duty in a particular situation or organization

So the question "what is your job" can be legitimately answered with "I am a student".

However, in your specific context, I have no idea what you're trying to distinguish "student" from.

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  • As Julie said work/jobs/, education/course works quite nicely. I wanted to know if there was a word that existed that I wasn't aware of as it seemed there should be. – Greg Jul 25 '15 at 10:32

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