English Conversation – Occupations
This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about jobs, occupations and professions. Learn a large range of vocabulary we use when talking about jobs and professions and learn how to answer common conversation questions about this topic.
- Working environment – I have quite a stressful working environment.
- Hours of work – I don’t think I would like to be a doctor because the hours of work would be very tiring.
- Work-life balance – A sensible work-life balance can help employees work more efficiently.
- Job security – There are many advantages to being self-employed but one disadvantage is the lack of job security.
- Job satisfaction – It is hard to underestimate the value of job satisfaction.
- Interview – The company needs to change the interview process so that it hires the right candidates.
- Qualification – It is not always the case that a university degree is the best qualification for the job.
- Experience – Some graduates have difficulty finding a job because they do not have the relevant work experience.
- Training – Employers need to provide training to ensure that their staff are able to adapt to new technologies.
- Promotion – He received a promotion as a result of the big efforts he had been making.
- Resignation – There is a danger that employees will hand in their resignation and look for another job.
- Salary – Not everyone is primarily interested in the salary on offer when they choose a job.
- Pay – Some people prefer to work part time even though the pay is less than full-time work.
- Bonus – One solution is to offer employees a bonus as an incentive to make them work more efficiently.
- Perk – Nowadays, it is much less common for companies to offer a company car as a perk.
Adjectives to Describe Jobs
- Rewarding – One of the most rewarding aspects of the work is the chance to work with children.
- Challenging – While this can be challenging, there is no doubt that it can be equally rewarding.
- Repetitive – A great deal of office work is in fact quite repetitive and not especially challenging.
- Stressful – One of the most stressful aspects of the modern workplace is the constant threat of redundancy.
- At what age do people usually begin to work in your country?
- At what age do people usually retire in your country?
- How have working conditions changed in recent years?
- How old were you when you got your first job?
- If you could own your own business, what would it be?
- If you had to choose between a satisfying job and a well-paid one, which would you choose?
- Is it common for men and women to have the same jobs in your country?
- Is it easy to find a job in your country?
- Name three occupations that you could do.
- Name three occupations that you could never do
- What are some common jobs for men in your country?
- What are some common jobs for women in your country?
- What are some jobs that children do?
- Which do you think are some of the more demanding jobs?
- Which are the least demanding jobs?
- Which jobs are badly paid?
- Which jobs are over-paid?
- Which job are more popular than others, and why?
- Would you like to be self-employed?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of self-employment?
- What are some common occupations in your country?
- What are some jobs that you think would be boring?
- What are some jobs that you think would be fun?
- What do you think is the best job? What do you think is the worst?
- What do you think would be the most interesting job? The most boring?
- What does your father do? (What does your father do for a living?)
- What does your mother do?
- What influenced your choice of job? (Why did you choose your job?)
- What jobs in your country are considered to be good jobs? Why?
- When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- Which jobs do you think are the most prestigious?
- Who among the people you know has the most interesting job? What is it?
- If money weren't a problem for you, which job would you prefer to have?
- Is it common for people from your country to have one job for life?
- Do you see any unfair labour practices in your country's workforce?
- Would you like to have a management position?
- What are the pros and cons of being a manager?
- What are the qualities a good boss should have?