‘A career is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as « an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress » (Oxford Dictionaries, 2015). It differs from a « job », which is defined as « a paid position of regular employment » in that a career includes opportunities for progress, whereas a job does not necessarily. The administration of teacher careers therefore encompasses policies concerning how people progress from being a new teacher to being an experienced teacher. This includes progression in the areas of pay, skills, qualifications and responsibilities, and how these things relate to one another.’ (IIEP-UNESCO, n.d.: 1).

IIEP-UNESCO. n.d. ‘Glossary’. Paris: IIEP-UNESCO. Retrieved from:

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