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Choosing a career


Permanent – постоянный, неизменный, долговременный 
Resource – способ, средство, возможность
Career planning – планирование карьеры
Multi-step process – многошаговый процесс
Occupation – занятие, род занятий, профессия
Counselor – советник, консультант
Specific – особенный, особый, специфический
Choice – выбор, отбор, подбор
Widespread – широко распространённый
Skill – искусство, мастерство, умение

To overwhelm – ошеломлять, поражать, потрясать
To bombard – разг. донимать, засыпать (вопросами)
To be good at – быть способным к (чему-л.)
To involve – привлекать, вовлекать, втягивать
To facilitate – облегчать, содействовать, способствовать
To plan a career – планировать карьеру
To fit – подходить, быть подходящим для (чего-л.), соответствовать (чему-л.)
To be stuck in smth – застревать в чем-л.

Do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. – Делай то, что ты любишь и тебе не придется работать и дня в своей жизни.
What do you want to be when you grow up? – Кем ты хочешь быть, когда вырастешь?

1. Choice – the opportunity or right to choose between different things.
2. To facilitate – to make it possible or easier for something to happen.
3. Counselor – someone whose job is to give advice and help to people with problems.
4. To overwhelm – to affect someone’s emotions in a very powerful way.
5. Permanent – happening or existing for a long time or for all time in the future.
6. It's the well-known resource – flattery.
7. That enablement no doubt involved the use of copyrighted material.
8. He reported his principal occupation as: "Being dead."
9. "I've got an adjective that just fits you."
10. Situation today: Speculation in commodities has been widespread.

Choosing a career

Hello. My name is Angelina. I'm a teacher with the online English school, EnglishDom.com. Today we're going to talk about choosing a career.

Choosing a career can be overwhelming for a person at times. Remember, a "job" is temporary and can be easily changed while a "career" is a more permanent decision and it is difficult to change. Children are asked from a young age, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and most kids answer quickly. However, there are some people who are asking themselves this question at the age of 20, 25, 30 or sometimes even 35! Again, kids are bombarded by this question at a very early age and it can be difficult to truly decide. So many young people go off to college or to the university with one particular career in mind. Often, they graduate after several years and begin working in a field that has nothing to do with what they studied and or what they received a degree in. Choosing a career should be well thought out; a person must choose something that they love to do. Another possible problem with choosing a career is that sometimes the things you would love to do aren't really the things that you are truly good at, at least good enough to make money from. Many people say that they would love to do this or that but when they go off to college to study whatever that might be, they quickly realize they are awful at it!  When choosing a career, it's important to meet people who already do that work and to spend time with them talking, observing, and really getting a feel for what it is that they do. You might just find out that what sounds great in your mind isn't so great in reality!

Some idioms and expressions about choosing a career are "do what you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life"; and "what do you want to be when you grow up?" When a person tells you to "do what you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life," they mean that when you find a job that you truly love, you feel as though you are not working at all. Every day is fun and enjoyable because you love what you do. Another common question is "what do you want to be when you grow up?" and everyone asks small children this question. At first it's OK to hear but as the child grows older and gets nearer to their college years, they start realize that answering this question is not as easy as it used to be.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about choosing a career today. Please join us in our discussion group or on our forum on our Facebook page to talk more about this. Feel English and feel free! Bye for now!




"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."


"To find a career to which you are adapted by nature, and then to work hard at it, is about as near to a formula for success and happiness as the world provides. One of the fortunate aspects of this formula is that, granted the right career has been found, the hard work takes care of itself. Then hard work is not hard work at all."
Mark Sullivan


Aim high in your career but stay humble in your heart.


A woman was being interviewed for a job.
"You understand that before we can offer you position, you must take a short test."
"Of course," she answered
"Well, how much is the two plus two?"
A second applicant entered the room. After a short interview, the recruiter asked,
"Are you ready for the test?"
"Well, how much is two plus two?"
The applicant answered,
"Whatever the boss says it is."
The second applicant got the job.

List of questions for discussion

1. What is your ideal job or career?
2. What do you want your life to be like in 20 years? How much money do you expect to make?
3. Are you a workaholic who wants to be the next multi-millionaire?
4. Do you prefer mostly to work alone or as part of a team?
5. Who/what influenced your career choice? For example – family, money, peers, you, other?
6. How do you feel when you hear the statement – This is what you’ll be doing for the next 25-35 years?
7. Does it matter if the job or career you have isn’t something you are passionate about?
8. How much risk are you prepared to take to find the right job or career?
9. What’s the first step you need to take to get the next great career or job move?
10. What is more important for you: family or career?
11. Are you satisfied with your present job? Would you like to change anything?
12. Are there many good job vacancies for you in your country?
13. How many jobs do you think you’ll have in your life?
14. Are there any jobs you would refuse to do, regardless of the pay?
15. Who has the best job in the world? Why do you think so?

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