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checkered career

A history of employment characterized by many different kinds of jobs or by many alternating periods of success and failure. I had a checkered career after high school, taking any kind of work that I could find. I don't know if I would trust your finances to him, he's had a rather checkered career from what I've heard.
See also: career, checkered

zenith of (one's) career

The highest point of one's career. Now that I got a big promotion, I'm at the zenith of my career—it can't get any better than this!
See also: career, of, zenith

checkered career

A background that includes many changes, especially of employment. For example, Heather's had a checkered career, hopping from one city to another and one job to another . This expression, first recorded in 1881, uses checkered in the sense of "constantly alternating," much like the squares on a checkerboard.
See also: career, checkered
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The Social Cognitive Mechanisms of Career Self-efficacy
These conflicts are often due to the incongruities among their developing abilities, interests, environments, and social expectations (Coleman & Cross, 2001; Csikszentmihalyi, Rathunde, & Whalen, 1997; Robinson, 2002) and can have a major impact on career and life development.
Like mental and physical health, career issues play a role in well-being and may also be affected by spirituality and religiousness (Bloch & Richmond, 1998; Lips-Wiersma, 2002).
Arnold Schwarzenegger is committed to spending $50 million this year to expand career and technical education, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell emphasized his commitment to career academics in his 2006 State of Education address.
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Further developmental opportunities on the PAS track may be available as determined by the primary career field functional development team and the needs of the Air Force.
Research on maintenance and generalization of career planning for persons with special needs has often been restricted to marginal topics and program conditions (Lichtenstein, 1995; Martin & Marshall, 1995; Miner & Bates, 1997a).
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Other managers indicated that the existing term created confusion during recruitment: "The applicants confused intern with co-op," stated one of the career field managers.
A pair of career management seminars will be held in the coming months in Atlanta and Cleveland--carrying three CPE credits each--stressing areas such as audit committee posts, executive coaching, compensation trends and networking and interviewing.
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Crosby's work on career enhancement functions (1999) has helped to make a distinction between role models, sponsors and mentors.
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