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.
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I always wanted to have a career like his—except for the stopping work thing.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So looking at that and that at that time I was also pursuing my career—so there was something here.
The memoir follows Oswalt from 1995 to 1999 as he was starting out on his comedy career in Los Angeles.
Starting under Theodore Roosevelt and Howard Taft, embassies headed by career diplomats increased in number.
I ask Atefeh and Monir if they see dancing as a form of income in the future, a potential career.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He began his military career at the age of 11, and continued in the service nearly 60 years.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
In 1856 she married Mesdag, who, rather late in life decided to follow the career of a painter.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
At the very commencement of the campaign Massna committed a fault which almost ruined his career.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
So did my versatile friend, joyously confident in his powers, start on his glorious career as a private detective.
Your mad career generally ended in a crowd and a free fight of confetti.