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Pursuit of professional advancement as one's chief or sole aim: "Rampant careerism, which makes many a work place a joyless site, was in check" (Mary McGrory).

ca·reer′ist adj. & n.


(kəˈrɪər ɪz əm)

devotion to a career, often at the expense of one's personal life or ethics.
ca•reer′ist, n.


the characteristics associated with one who advances his career even at the expense of his pride and dignity. — careerist, n.
See also: Behavior
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.careerism - the practice of advancing your career at the expense of your personal integrity
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
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Pope Francis, proclaiming four new Catholic saints who lived simple and generous lives, told priests and bishops on Sunday that service, and not careerism, was the way to exercise authority in the Church.
JEREMY CO Y RBYN, like every other Labour politician, has to walk the tightrope between dogmatism on the left and careerism on the right.
This would contradict everything he has been preaching about clericalism and careerism in the Curia.
Bureaucracy, careerism and insatiable personal interest constitute the very fuel that drives nations into a state of despotism, dictatorship and decadence.
Pope Francis has blasted top Catholic officials, saying the Vatican bureaucracy is riddled with careerism and scheming.
Francis, who is the first Latin American pope and never worked in the Italian-dominated Curia before he was elected, has not shied from complaining about the gossiping, careerism and bureaucratic power intrigues that afflict the Holy See.
Are progressives so preoccupied with gender that they prefer Clinton's risk-averse careerism, or Warren's astonished tantrums about the obvious dynamics of big government, to Brown's authentic progressivism?
And the casual sexism is always there to rein us in, too: a Wall Street Journal editorial blaming fatherless children on mothers throws out the term "female careerism.
Careerism is just the opposite; it focuses on "gaming" the system to get what is wanted.
His rule marked a period of both economic stability and political repressions for Bulgaria, dominated by complete submission of Bulgaria to the Soviet rule, which lasted until the deterioration of East-West relations in the 1980s, when a stagnating economic situation, a worsening international image and growing careerism and corruption in the BCP weakened his positions.
The two cases have profound implications for the church leadership: as the UK's Tablet pointed out, the Vatican never denied the documents' authenticity, nor did any officials discuss their more controversial contents "showing instances of financial corruption, mismanagement, factional fighting and careerism involving the priests and bishops that run the Roman Curia.
Too often we give an impression to the outside world of confrontations and careerism rather than serving the faithful," he said.