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?

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    Vocations almost always carry the connotation of some kind of manual labor (plumber, carpenter, electrician, mechanic, etc). By contrast, "profession" implies some kind of white collar job (historically the contrast was much stronger, but today any kind of "knowledge worker", including being a clerk, is considered a "professional"). – Dan Bron Jun 24 '15 at 12:32

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.

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