Definition of career noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    career

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//kəˈrɪr//
     
     
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  1. 1 the series of jobs that a person has in a particular area of work, usually involving more responsibility as time passes a career in politics a teaching career What made you decide on a career as a vet? She has been concentrating on her career. a career change That will be a good career move (= something that will help your career). a career soldier/diplomat, etc. (= a professional one) a career counselor (= a person whose job is to give people advice and information about jobs) Topic CollocationsJobsgetting a job look for work look for/apply for/go for a job get/pick up/complete/fill out an application (form) send/e-mail your résumé/CV/application/application form/cover letter be called for/have/attend an interview offer somebody a job/work/employment/a promotion find/get/land a job employ/hire/recruit staff/workers/trainees recruit/appoint a managerdoing a job arrive at/get to/leave work/the office/the factory start/finish work/your shift do/put in/work overtime have/gain/get/lack/need experience/qualifications do/get/have/receive training learn/pick up/improve/develop (your) skills cope with/manage/share/spread/delegate the workload improve your/achieve a better work-life balance have (no) job satisfaction/job securitybuilding a career have a job/work/a career/a vocation find/follow/pursue your vocation enter/go into/join a profession choose/embark on/start/begin/pursue a career change jobs/professions/careers be/go/work freelance do/take on temp work/freelance work do/be engaged in/be involved in volunteer workleaving your job leave/quit/resign from your job give up work/your job/your career hand in your notice/resignation plan to/be due to retire in June/next year, etc. take early retirement Thesaurusworkemployment career profession occupation tradeThese are all words for the work that someone does in return for payment, especially over a long period of time.work the job that someone does, especially in order to earn money:It's very difficult to find work at the moment. He's been out of work for months.employment (somewhat formal) work, especially when it is done to earn money; the state of being employed or the situation in which people have work:The company has employment opportunities right now.career the job or series of jobs that someone has in a particular area of work, usually involving more responsibility as time passes:She had a very distinguished career in medicine.profession a type of job that needs special training or skill, especially one that needs a high level of education:He hopes to enter the medical profession. The profession is all the people who work in a particular profession:the legal profession. The professions is an old-fashioned term for the traditional jobs that need a high level of education and training, such as being a doctor or lawyer.occupation (somewhat formal) a job or profession:Please state your name, age, and occupation.trade a job, especially one that involves working with your hands and requires special training and skills:Carpentry is a highly skilled trade.Patterns (a) full-time/part-time work/employment/career/occupation permanent/temporary work/employment (a) well-paid work/employment/profession/occupation (a) low-paid work/employment/occupation to look for/seek/find/have work/employment/a career/an occupation to get/obtain/give somebody/offer somebody/create/generate/provide work/employment
  2. 2the period of time that you spend in your life working or doing a particular thing She started her career as an English teacher. He is playing the best tennis of his career. My school career was not very impressive.
  3. Idioms
    make a career of doing something
     
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    to do something so many times that you get a reputation for doing it She seems to be making a career of being late for work.
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