career

You may have to take jobs as a dog walker, cat groomer, and fish feeder before you complete school for a career as a veterinarian. Small jobs in the short term give you experience for a long-term career.

Career comes from the French carrière, from an older word for "street" or "road." Staying on track for a certain career is like driving a car in one direction on a road, instead of veering in different directions. Maybe the expression "career path" is helpful in remembering that a career is something that progresses, or moves forward on a set path. It can also be used as a verb to describe something moving quickly and uncontrollably, like a car careering into a ditch.

Definitions of career
  1. noun
    the particular occupation for which you are trained
    synonyms: calling, vocation
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    specialisation, specialism, speciality, specialization, specialty
    the special line of work you have adopted as your career
    lifework
    the principal work of your career
    walk, walk of life
    careers in general
    business life, professional life
    a career in industrial or commercial or professional activities
    type of:
    business, job, line, line of work, occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  2. noun
    the general progression of your working or professional life
    “the general had had a distinguished career
    “he had a long career in the law”
    synonyms: life history
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    type of:
    advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progress, progression
    the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
  3. verb
    move headlong at high speed
    “The cars careered down the road”
    “The mob careered through the streets”
    synonyms: barrel, careen
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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