Definition of career noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəˈrɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrɪr//
    Pay and conditions at work
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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 change of career That will be a good career move(= something that will help your career). a career soldier/diplomat (= a professional one) (British English) a careers adviser/officer (= a person whose job is to give people advice and information about jobs) Synonymsworkemployment career profession occupation tradeThese are all words for the work that somebody does in return for payment, especially over a long period of time. work the job that somebody does, especially in order to earn money:It’s very difficult to find work at the moment.employment (rather formal) work, especially when it is done to earn money; the state of being employed or the situation in which people have work:Only half the people here are in paid employment.career the job or series of jobs that somebody has in a particular area of work, usually involving more responsibility as time passes:He had a very distinguished career in the Foreign Office.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 are the traditional jobs that need a high level of education and training, such as being a doctor or lawyer.occupation (rather 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 in/​out of work/​employment (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 work/​employment/​a career/​an occupation to get/​obtain/​give somebody/​offer somebody/​create/​generate/​provide work/​employment CollocationsJobsGetting a job look for work look for/​apply for/​go for a job get/​pick up/​complete/​fill out/ (British English) fill in an application (form) send/​email your (British English) CV/(North American English) résumé/application/​application form/​covering letter be called for/​have/​attend an interview offer somebody a job/​work/​employment/​promotion find/​get/​land a job employ/ (especially North American English) hire/​recruit/ (especially British English) take on 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 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/ (especially North American English) live (out) your vocation enter/​go into/​join a profession choose/​embark on/​start/​begin/​pursue a career change jobs/​profession/​career be/ (both especially British English) work/​go freelance do/​take on temp work/​freelance work do/​be engaged in/​be involved in voluntary workLeaving your job leave/ (especially North American English) 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 See related entries: Pay and conditions at work
  2. 2  the 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. Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting a road or racecourse): from French carrière, from Italian carriera, based on Latin carrus ‘wheeled vehicle’.Extra examples He did a film for Hollywood to boost his flagging career. He had a distinguished career as a diplomat. He has had a somewhat chequered career. He made a good career for himself in football. Her stage career spans sixty years. His performance as Al in the movie was a career high. She achieved a lot in her chosen career. She had a long and prolific career as a director. She has spent her entire career in education. She pursued a successful career in medicine. She started her working career as a waitress. She was at the peak of her career when she injured herself. She won many awards during her acting career. The movie revived his flagging career. The profession has no clear career structure. a brilliant career with the Royal Ballet a car crash which wrecked his career a career break to have children a career in computers a move higher up the career ladder a smart career move the album that launched his recording career the first golfer to surpass $2 million in career earnings young actors just starting out on their careers After a brief career in journalism, she trained to be a teacher. Career women often find they do more than their fair share of domestic work. He had a very distinguished career in the Foreign Office. His career spanned four decades. I didn’t think it was a very good career move. I never wanted a military career. It’s time for a career change. John began his career as a psychiatric nurse. Kelly’s career took off when she was spotted at a talent contest. She was on the first step of the career ladder. Students can get free careers advice between 6.30 and 8.30 each evening. The course focuses on your career development. a career soldier/​diplomat career advice
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