work as

work as (something)

1. To occupy some role or profession as a job. I actually loved working as a mailman—I get to meet lots of different people all around the city. I worked as a computer programmer when I got out of college before pivoting into video game design.
2. To have or achieve the same purpose or function as something else. The sauce I made for the pasta works equally well as a salad dressing, too. A: "I really don't have any use for these blank CDs anymore. What should I do with them?" B: "Well, they'll work as coasters for your drinks at the very least."
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work as something

to work in the capacity of something. I worked as a waiter for a year when I was in college. I will work as a stockbroker for a while, and then move on to something else.
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work as

1. To serve the purpose of something: The pegs on the wall work as coat hangers.
2. To do the work associated with someone or something: At night, I work as a waiter.
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Furthermore, as Niles and Pate (1989) recommended, counselor educators should encourage students to enroll in courses that will equip them with skills in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and that these skills should be integrated into their work as career counselors.
Consider that, according to the artist's own account, the fifty-one individual panels that comprise the massive eighty-six-foot-long painting were originally intended to be sold off individually, thus effectively destroying the work as a unified whole.
Every person, with or without a disability, needs a network of these people, especially while transitioning from school to work as a new member of the work force.
Ultimately, we advocate an integration of social work as it is presently conceptualized in the Muslim Arab world, with principles derived from Arab cultural and religious practices; this process may lead to a more locally responsive, culturally appropriate model of professional intervention.
Ragab (1995) traces the historical development of social work as a profession in the Arab world: it is a product of both French and British colonialism.
However, if they apprehend the work as nothing more than a chronological collection of individual events (Forster's "what"), then not only will the unifying significance of the work (Forster's ultimate "why") remain inaccessible to them, but the individual events themselves will be inadequately apprehended.
Even when the school stopped paying her, she continued to work as a volunteer.
Retirees who want to balance future work with family responsibilities frequently look for part-time work as one element of the environment dimensions in their career plans.
Despite this difficulty, we do have a generation of students who desire to work as citizens (Long 2002; Sullivan 2000; Rimmerman 1997).