someone who intends to be a soldier, teacher etc for most of their life, not just for a particular period of time:
a career diplomat
3the period of time in your life that you spend doing a particular activity:
She had not had a very impressive school career up till then.
My career as an English teacher didn't last long.
Beating the defending champion has to be the highlight of my career.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: job, work, post, position, occupation, profession, careerYour job is the work that you do regularly in order to earn money, especially when you work for a company or public organization• My last job was with a computer firm. • He finally got a job in a supermarket.Work is used in a more general way to talk about activities that you do to earn money, either working for a company or for yourself• Will you go back to work when you've had the baby? • I started work when I was 18.!! Do not say 'what is your job?' or 'what is your work?'. Say what do you do? or what do you do for a living?Postand position are more formal words for a job in a company or organization. They are used especially in job advertisements and when you are talking about someone moving to a different job• This post would suit a recent graduate. • He left last summer for a teaching position in Singapore.Use occupation to talk about the kind of work that someone usually does, for example if they are a teacher, lawyer, driving instructor etc.Occupationis used mainly on official forms• State your name, age, and occupation in the box below.!! Do not use occupation to talk about your own job• I am an accountant. (NOT My occupation is an accountant).A profession is a kind of work for which you need special training and a good education, for example teaching, law, or medicine• the legal professionYour career is the type of work that you do or hope to do for most of your life• I'm interested in a career in television. • His career is more important to him than his family. ➔ See alsojob
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.