career noun

1 series of jobs that a person has

ADJ. long | brief, short | brilliant, distinguished, glittering, good, great, successful He had a distinguished career as a diplomat. | promising | flagging He did a film for Hollywood to boost his flagging career. | chosen She achieved a lot in her chosen career. | academic, acting, diplomatic, literary, medical, military, musical, political, sporting, teaching | playing, professional, recording, stage the album that launched his recording career

VERB + CAREER build, carve out, have, make, pursue He made a good career for himself in football. She pursued a successful career in medicine. | begin, embark on, launch, start (out on) young actors just starting out on their careers | boost | abandon, give up | cut short, end, ruin, wreck a car crash which wrecked his career | resume | change

CAREER + VERB last sth, span sth Her stage career spans sixty years. | start, take off | be over, end

CAREER + NOUN careers advice/guidance/information, careers adviser/officer, careers service | break a career break to have children | advancement, development, ladder, path, progression a move higher up the career ladder | choice, move a smart career move | opportunities, prospects, structure The profession has no clear career structure. | civil servant, diplomat, soldier | girl, woman

PREP. during/throughout your ~ She won many awards during her acting career. | ~ in a career in computers | ~ with a brilliant career with the Royal Ballet

PHRASES the peak/height of your career She was at the peak of her playing career when she injured herself. | a change of career

2 period of your life spent working/doing sth

ADJ. chequered, colourful, turbulent, varied He has had a somewhat chequered career. | school, working She started her working career as a waitress.