Choosing an Occupation. Physics is my speciality. Computerized Systems is my future speciality

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Text: Choosing an Occupation

One of the most difficult problems a young person faces is deciding what to do about a career. There are individuals, of course, who from the time they are six years old “know” that they want to be doctors or pilots or fire fighters, but the majority of us do not get around to making a decision about an occupation or career until somebody or something forces us to face the problem.

Choosing an occupation takes time, and there are a lot of things you have to think about as you try to decide what you would like to do. You may find that you will have to take special courses to qualify for a particular kind of work, or may find out that you will need to get some actual work experience to gain enough knowledge to qualify for a particular job.

Fortunately, there are a lot of people you can turn to for advice and help in making your decision. At most schools, there are teachers who are professionally qualified to counsel you and to give detailed information about job qualifications. And you can talk over your ideas with family members and friends who are always ready to listen and to offer suggestions. But even if you get other people involved in helping you make a decision, self evaluation is an important part of the decision-making process.

Ex. 1. Comprehension questions.

1. What is the most difficult problem for a young person? 2. Why don’t the majority of young people know what they want to be? 3. When do they make decision about an occupation?    4. What things do you have to think about when choosing an occupation? 5. What should one do to qualify for a particular job? 6. Whom can you turn to for advice when making your decision? 7. What is the most important part of the decision-making process?

Ex. 2. Find in the text English equivalents to the following words and phrases.

Столкнуться с проблемой, пожарный, большинство из нас, выбор профессии, обладать квалификацией для определенной работы, обнаружить, приобрести знания, обсудить, привлечь других людей.


Abilities (talent), calling (for), personal strengths, to make an appointment (for Friday), to keep/break an appointment, to cancel an appointment, career goals, job hunting, job hunting file, well-paid job, employment agency, advertisement, receptionist, to claim, to contact, to counsel, counselor, resume, vacancy, to join the company, to apply (to smb for smth), application, an applicant, to employ, employer, employee, full-time employment, part-time employment, to hire, responsibilities, salary (wages, pay, earnings), at a salary of, to get an increase in pay, insurance, to insure (against), to be on (sick) leave, day/night shift, to notify (to give notice), to dismiss (for), to become redundant/to be laid off, to quit, to resign from job/position, staff, authorities, head, at the head of, chief, boss, supervisor, subordinate, manager, director, executive (senior/junior), assistant, to be in charge, to work under smb/smb’s authority, experienced, qualified, skilled, talented, to find fault with (pick at) smb, to promote, reference, to work hard, to work overtime.

1. Translate into English.

1. У нее есть призвание к рисованию. 2. Мы назначили встречу на среду, но затем нам пришлось ее отменить. 3. Я думаю, что каждому бы хотелось получить высокооплачиваемую работу. 4. Он обратился в посольство за визой. 5. Ресторан принял на работу пять официантов.     6. Вы начнете работать с заработной платой 20$ в неделю. 7. Они застраховали свой дом от огня. 8. Я работаю на второй смене. 9. Его уволили за пренебрежение своими обязанностями. 10. Это мистер Браун, под руководством которого вы будете работать. 11. Он постоянно ко мне придирается! 12. Она недавно получила повышение. 13. Роберт сейчас “на больничном”.             14. Конечно же, во главе компании будет его сын. Он очень опытный и квалифицированный.

2. Make the sentences of your own with the following idiomatic expressions.

A bad business, a bad job – безнадежное, гиблое дело,  dark business

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