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Defining career

In this article, Heather Jacksic explains what the word 'career' really means.
Four persons on pillars wearing different clothes representing different careers
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Have you thought about what career really means?

A common definition of the word ‘career’ is:

An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life, with opportunities for progress and personal development.

Looking at the keywords, ‘progress’ and ‘personal development’, we can deduce that for most of us, it’s important that we learn and grow while we are at work since this is what will make us feel satisfied and fulfilled.

A university education goes a long way towards creating personal satisfaction and fulfillment since graduating with a high enough education means that you can branch out into almost any field. This is because you will have critical thinking skills that can be put into practice in almost any position. This, in turn, allows you to advance and develop in different areas depending on your personal interests.

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