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This guide provides resources on how and where to locate information on careers.

What are Careers?

Welcome to the Careers Library Guide!

This guide provides resources to assist with searching for information on careers.


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Definition of Careers


Merriam-Webster defines the word careers as, "a profession for which one trains and which is

undertaken as a permanent calling, or a field for or pursuit of consecutive progressive

achievement especially in public, professional, or business life."


Did you know the word career got its start in the world of medieval tournaments.

Jousting required knights to ride at full speed in short bursts, and 16th-century English speakers

used the noun "career" (from Middle French carriere) to refer to such gallops as well as to the

courses knights rode. By the mid-17th century, the verb had acquired its general "go fast"

meaning, and by the 19th century the noun had developed the workaday use that is common

today. (In case you're wondering, "career" is not related to "careen," which also means "to move

at high speed"; "careen" has nautical origins, tracing to the Latin word for "hull.")

Citation: Merriam-Webster, Inc.