devotion to a successful career, often at the expense of one's personal life, ethics, etc.

1930–35; career + -ism Unabridged
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careerist (kəˈrɪərɪst)
a person who values success in his career above all else and seeks to advance it by any possible means

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Example sentences
Secrecy, cronyism, careerism and absolute centralized power have worked
  together to create this crisis.
Perhaps in the futility of undergraduate careerism lie the seeds of a new
  vocational outlook in higher education.
Both works were condemned for announcing that the intellectual world was not
  immune from careerism, from the desire for success.
Careerism will never die, in the military or elsewhere.
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