Careerism is the overwhelming desire or urge to advance one’s own career or social status, usually at the expense of integrity, other personal interests or social growth; and the resulting attitude or behaviour that involves doing whatever possible to earn more money or get promoted at work, which might involve being dishonest, unethical, and completely focused just on one’s career and nothing else. People who practice careerism are often called “careerists.” The word “careerism” carries a negative connotation to it.
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