Career success is an individual indicator of effectiveness in the workplace. It is typically defined as an accumulation of positive career outcomes, which can be objective or subjective. As such, career success is a target that many workers desire to achieve.

Research suggests that there are both idiosyncrasies and social norms in the positive career outcomes that workers seek. Examples of career outcomes include salary or wages, bonuses, managerial status, autonomy, promotions, work-life balance, job satisfaction, and career satisfaction. It is most common for career success to be studied in terms of three characteristics: (1) compensation, (2) hierarchical status (i.e., management level or promotions), and (3) satisfaction with the job or career. The former two characteristics are typically labeled objective career success, whereas the third ...

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