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cisum
Posted: Sunday, August 6, 2017 1:32:55 PM
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Hi,
What's the difference between a career plan and career path? Could you please give examples of them?

Thank you very much.
Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Monday, August 7, 2017 10:14:54 AM

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I guess plan is what you're planning (future, as you see and want it), while path is what's been de-facto the case.
d'oh!
Career plans change, while career paths are set in stone. Like somebody's carrer plan was to become a successful businessman and one of the world's richest people, but the career path has led him/her to become a president of a country.
tunaafi
Posted: Monday, August 7, 2017 8:06:13 PM

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The 499 citations at he Corpus of Contemporary American English show that many writers use 'career path'for something that is planned for the future.

There appears to be no significant difference in meaning between the two expressions in most contexts.
palapaguy
Posted: Monday, August 7, 2017 8:58:15 PM

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cisum wrote:
Hi,
What's the difference between a career plan and career path? Could you please give examples of them?

Thank you very much.

I imagine that a "career plan" might be a bit more general, goal-oriented and conceptual than a "career path," which might be a more specific and detailed map that one intends to follow.
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 5:07:26 AM
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Palapaguy - or, it could be said, vice versa?Think
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 5:35:35 PM

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You're trying to put too fine a point on this. They mean the same thing. Please don't try to invent a difference where there is none. There are many ways in the English language to convey a single message. This is one of them.
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