Word of the Month: Career

Shana Goodwin, June 1, 2022



  1. A chosen pursuit; a profession or occupation. Example: Have you decided what career to pursue?
  2. The general course or progression of one’s working life or professional achievements. Example: She had a long and successful career as a lawyer.

Synonyms: profession, occupation, employment.


Doing what one does as a permanent occupation or lifework. Example: Al Capone was a career criminal.

The word career has a cognate in Spanish: “carrera.” However, this word is mostly used (at least here in Paraguay) to refer to one’s chosen university field of studies rather than one’s professional career. It’s important to note that in English, the word does not refer to university training at all, but only to one’s professional work after graduation from a high school or university. The word used in English to describe university studies would be something like “course” or “program” or “degree,” but never career.

I predict that our students will all have bright careers thanks to the hard work and dedication they are putting into their studies!

Quotes that Include “Career”

“Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.” —Meg Whitman

“The true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers.” —Chris Hedges

“Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.” —Hillary Clinton