In the article is analyzed the correlation between the concepts of calling and profession in the motivational aspect. It is proved that the notion of calling is related above all to the ethical motivation of a person and not linked to monetary gain. Calling is connected with personal experience and understanding of the meaning of life, whereas profession is related to the productive work and social status of a personality. However, as far as calling is always realized in some field of human activity, appears in a certain realm, the contradiction, which could be seen in these concepts is rather relative. The semantic aspects of cultural and historic genesis of the notions of calling and profession are researched as well as the characteristic features of their contemporary understanding, particularly in the English speaking areas. On the basis of the publications and own applied research proved the actuality of calling as a motivational factor for work and professional choice of the contemporary youth in Ukraine and abroad.
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