Category: Career & Jobs

A person’s career is a metaphorical “journey” through learning, work, and other aspects of life. Career can be defined in a variety of ways, and the term is used in a variety of contexts.

The word “career” is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a person’s “course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life).” This definition applies the term “career” to a variety of aspects of a person’s life, learning, and work. “Career” is also frequently understood to refer to the working aspects of a person’s life, as in “career woman.” A third definition of “career” is “an occupation or a profession that usually requires special training or formal education and is considered to be a person’s lifework.”

In this context, “a career” is defined as a series of related jobs, typically pursued within a single industry or sector: for example, “a career in education,” “a criminal career,” or “a career in the building trade.” Organizational behavior researchers define a career as “an individual’s work-related and other relevant experiences, both inside and outside of organizations, that form a distinct pattern over the individual’s life span.”