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English Conversation – Occupations

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 @ 02:04 PM
posted by Jo


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.

Job Collocations

  • 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.

Career Words

  • 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.

Money Words

  • 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.

Conversation Questions

  • 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?
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