Broadly speaking, a career path is an individual’s plan for progression in their chosen profession. When we use the term specifically for HR however it refers to all roles involved in properly managing a company’s HR department and one’s progression in fulfilling new roles.
Most companies historically followed a rigid hierarchical structure. However, tech-inspired corporate culture has created a greater sense of fluidity. As a result, where one’s HR career path would have followed a linear progression, it’s not uncommon for professionals to jump between roles.