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  1. the sequence(s) ofprofessional or occupational positions in the life course of an individual.
  2. (by analogy with 1) any individual pattern or progression in a nonoccupational life course, e.g., the ‘deviant career’ of the drug user (BECKER, 1953) or the MORAL CAREER of the mental patient (GOFFMAN, 1964).
Occupational careers may either consist of a sequenced progression in terms of a hierarchy of status and income (as typical of many middle-class careers, see PROFESSIONS), or lack any clear structure or progression, as is more usual for manual workers. Gender differences affecting access to careers has been a recent topic of importance in the sociology of labour markets (e.g. Dex, 1985). See LABOUR MARKET, DUAL LABOUR MARKET.



rapid and successful advancement in various fields, including public, scientific, and office work; the attainment of recognition, honor, or material rewards. The word “career” is also used to define a type of occupation or profession, such as a career artist or a career doctor. Careerism is the pursuit of personal success in office, scientific, or other work. It is mercenary in its aims and a detriment to the public interest.

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Perceptions of personal career goals, including perceived control over outcomes, responsibility, and factors such as one's anxiety about the decision-making process are part of the process.
Elaine Stover, associate director of Career Services at Arizona State University, also reports an increase in the number of employers participating in the school's career events.
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FEI has upgraded its Resume Bank and Jobs Center, both located on the Career Services section of the main Web site.
Career Consultants often adopt the consultant title because many say the term "counseling" offends some clients.
Mentoring is associated with a variety of activities, including role modeling; job shadowing; providing personal, academic and career advice and networking (Beck, 1989: Kram & Isabella, 1985; Saito & Blyth, 1992; Templin & Doran, 1999).