Climb the ladder. Rise through the ranks. Work your way up. The language of career progression strongly suggests it moves in only one direction, continually carrying you to a preordained destination. But as workplace models change and philosophies about work evolve, the terminology we use for describing success is quickly losing relevance.
If you seek a professional path that is at least as well-rounded as it is vertical, that leads you to a finish line far from the corner office, or that works with, not against, the other trajectories of your life, you’re in increasingly good company. Let’s look at a few of the major factors reshaping the modern career arc.