career collocations and examples

 UK /kəˈrɪə(r)/

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a job or series of jobs in a profession

Adjectives frequently used with career
very successful: brilliant, distinguished, glittering, illustrious, meteoric, remarkable, successfulHe went on to have a distinguished career in politics.likely to be successful: promisingHe gave up a promising career in football to train as a doctor.involving both success and failure: chequeredDespite a checquered career, he made sure his final performances were his most memorable.becoming less successful: flaggingDamon salvaged his flagging career by starring in the Bourne movies.enjoyable/interesting: eventful, fulfilling, rewarding, satisfying, variedFor anyone who likes the outdoor life farming can offer a rewarding career .well-paid: high-flying, lucrativeShe has a brilliant and lucrative career in front of a particular profession: acting, broadcasting, footballing, journalistic, managerial, military, musical, nursing, political, recording, singing, teachingHe worked for a publishing company before embarking on a journalistic career.
Verbs frequently used with career
have a career: follow, have, pursueRealising law wasn’t for him, he pursued a career in advertising.choose/consider a career: choose, consider, contemplate, decide on, plan, think aboutWhy did you choose this career?The careers office offers practical advice for planning your career.start a career: begin, commence, embark on, go into, kick-start, launch, startHe remembers the precise day he began his career in a career: continue, re-launch, resume, resurrect, reviveThere was no chance of her political career ever being resurrected.improve your career: advance, build, develop, enhance, forge, further, progressSome people are so desperate to further their careers that they will not criticize their manager.end/spoil a career: blight, end, interrupt, ruinHis footballing career was blighted by injury.leave a career: abandon, sacrificeShe wouldn’t sacrifice her acting career to settle down and have a family just yet.

Usage note

When someone leaves a career and starts a new one, you can say that they change careers: People are changing careers several times in their working lifetime instead of sticking rigidly to the same job.

Verbs that frequently follow career
blossom, flourish, progress, take offHis musical career really blossomed when he was selected as the assistant conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Nouns frequently used after career
advancement: advancement, development, ladder, path, pathway, progression, structureWhat are the prospects for career progression?opportunities/goals: ambitions, aspirations, goals, prospectsOur courses are intended to enhance your career prospects.move/change: change, moveAll these career moves have left me in a fairly unique position.
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