For example, after high school graduation, she seeked some "professional" and "vocational" training in a community college in order to work as a office clerk in the future. Which word is more appropriate here?
This is what I copied from Quora:
A vocation is generally a job that requires a particular set of skills acquired through experience or through training but not necessarily dependent on a college degree. These would include plumbing, electrician, mechanic, etc.
A profession could be one of the above but generally references a doctor, lawyer, nurse or other skilled worker who was required to obtain college/university training.
Here are some points from the "Difference Between" site:
- Though both vocation, as well as profession, indicates the career or the occupation through which an individual makes a livelihood, vocation is a broader term than profession.
- Profession refers to the career that one opts for, getting extensive training and acquiring special skills to become eligible for a job in it.
- Profession requires training and qualification whereas vocation is the innate ability in an individual towards a particular occupation.