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Three ways modern life is reshaping the arc of our careers

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Not all career ladders need to be strictly vertical.
  • Heather Landy
By Heather Landy

Editor of Quartz at Work

Published Last updated on This article is more than 2 years old.

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.

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