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¿Que trabajo te haría feliz?
What job would make you Happy?
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How many hours do people spend at work? When you think that on any typical weekday you spend more time working than with your family, you realise that salary, although important, is not the only thing to take into account when choosing a career.
Today we are going to look at two fields of vocabulary: Jobs and Personality Adjectives, and then I will leave you with an interesting questionnaire from ‘The Guardian’ to help you choose the type of job that could bring you most job satisfaction. For many of us, it might too late – but who knows? It’s never too late for a change!
1) Let’s start with a simple but very common confusion.
What’s the difference between ‘JOB’ and ‘WORK (noun)’? (All the answers to the questions are at the bottom, below the article.)
2) Good! Now, connect each job with its definition. Remember to double-click any word you don’t understand:
Plumber – Architect – Waiter – Nurse – Engineer – Lawyer (US: Attorney) – Surgeon – Miner – Courier –
There are two types: A Barrister, who takes charge of court cases, and a Solicitor, who deals with Legal paperwork.
He serves in a restaurant.
An doctor who carries out operations in the operating theatre.
His/Her job can be dangerous. It involves going underground to extract minerals.
Helps doctors with their work looking after patients.
Installs and repairs the systems of water supply.
A job with many branches in civil construction, mechanics or robotics, telecommunications, aviation….
s/He delivers parcels, usually by truck or lorry, although sometimes by bike or motorbike.
s/He designs a building before it gets built.
3) What’s the difference between these professions?
An Au Pair and a Babysitter
A Bouncer and a Bodyguard
An Astronomer and an Astrologer
A Psychiatrist and a Psychologist
A priest and a Vicar
A Fisherman and a Fishmonger
4) OK, now let’s go on to the adjectives. Which of these are positive when related to employment. In other words, which would you look for in a candidate?
A team player
5) Good! One more exercise before I leave you with ‘The Guardian’ and its questionnaire. Which qualities match which jobs?
Soldier – Football Manager – Writer (Author) – Pop/Rock Star – Undertaker – Farm Hand – Nursery Nurse – Accountant
Now read this short article and do the questionnaire: What job would make you happy? Lots of vocab!
Work isn’t the only thing that influences happiness, but it’s where you spend a big chunk of your waking life. Can it really make you happy? Many factors come into play – the role, the way you’re managed, the organisational culture, how much you like your colleagues – but work that matches your motivation and your interests is far more likely to keep you absorbed and reasonably contented.
What kind of job would make you happiest? Here’s your chance to find out, based on the activities and subjects that most interest you. There are no right or wrong answers, but try to use the full range rather than scoring everything in the middle.
I get a buzz out of …
How to use these scores
Look at your top three scores. Your ideal career path may be a combination of themes: if, say, your top scores are Creative use of ideas, Supporting people and Hands-on, you’ll want to ensure that you work in a team, creative approaches are encouraged, and you achieve tangible results – for example working for an outdoor training centre or in sports coaching.
How can you use this information? Make it the starting point for investigating the direction your career might take. Don’t put yourself off by believing you don’t have the experience or qualifications – all the job categories here have low-level entry points. Seek out ideas, information and – most importantly – people. Track down people doing interesting jobs and ask them what they enjoy about the roles, how they got into this line of work, and who else you should be talking to.
guardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010
1) Your JOB is your position, the name of your profession; What you are.
Your WORK is what you do and where you do it.
- I’m a fireman (that’s my job). I have to put out fires and rescue cats (that’s my work).
- I’ve got a lot of work ( = a lot of things to do) at the moment. I can’t complain, though – my wife has got two jobs ( = she works for two different companies). That’s busy!
- There are two types: A Barrister, who takes charge of court cases, and a Solicitor, who deals with Legal paperwork = LAWYER/ATTORNEY
- He serves in a restaurant = WAITER (WAITRESS=female)
- An doctor who carries out operations in the operating theatre = SURGEON
- His/Her job can be dangerous. It involves going underground to extract minerals = MINER
- Helps doctors with their work by looking after patients = NURSE
- Installs and repairs the systems of water supply = PLUMBER
- A job with many branches in civil construction, mechanics or robotics, telecommunications, aviation…. = ENGINEER
- s/He delivers parcels, usually by truck or lorry, although sometimes by bike or motorbike = COURIER
- s/He designs a building before it gets built = ARCHITECT
3) What’s the difference between these professions?
- An Au Pair HAS A FULL-TIME JOB (OFTEN IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY, and a Babysitter JUST LOOKS AFTER CHILDREN ON (FOR EXAMPLE) FRIDAY OR SATURDAY EVENINGS SO THAT THE PARENTS CAN GO OUT TO A RESTAURANT.
- A Bouncer IS THE SECURITY GUARD AT A NIGHTCLUB (DISCO) and a Bodyguard PROTECTS THE LIFE OF A VIP.
- An Astronomer IS A SCIENTIST WHO STUDIES THE STARS and an Astrologer ‘READS’ YOUR FUTURE ACCORDING TO THE POSITION OF THE STARS
- A Psychiatrist PRESCRIBES MEDICINE FOR MENTAL DISORDERS, DEPRESSION, ETC. and a Psychologist DOES NOT WORK WITH MEDICINE
- A priest IS A CATHOLIC and a Vicar IS A PROTESTANT PREACHER
- A Fisherman CATCHES FISH and a Fishmonger SELLS IT
(If you want to add anything to this, write a comment below)
3) WHICH ARE POSITIVE QUALITIES WHEN LOOKING FOR AN EMPLOYEE?
This depends on the job (and on your opinion) but I would say that in most cases…
Strong-willed – COULD BE A PROBLEM
A team player – PERFECT
Approachable – IDEAL, IN EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS
Laid-back – IT’S GREAT IF YOUR FRIEND IS LAID-BACK, BUT NOT AN EMPLOYEE
Reliable – VERY IMPORTANT QUALITY
Easy-going – IF IT’S NOT LAID-BACK, AND SIMPLY MEANS THAT YOU GET ON WITH OTHER PEOPLE…
Committed – VERY IMPORTANT FOR A COMPANY
Focused – VERY AMBITIOUS. BE CAREFUL S/HE DOESN’T TAKE YOUR JOB!
Capable/Efficient – ALWAYS NECESSARY
Quick-tempered – ARGUMENTS AT WORK? NOT GOOD!
Absent-minded – YOU NEED A GOOD SECRETARY TO SORT EVERYTHING OUT
Demanding – GOOD IN A BOSS, BUT IN AN EMPLOYEE?
5) Again, it’s a question of opinion. If you don’t agree, leave a comment…
Flamboyant POP-ROCK STAR
Flexible FARM HAND
Creative WRITER/POP-ROCK STAR
Patient UNDERTAKER/NURSERY NURSE/ACCOUNTANT
Hard-working FARM HAND
Sensitive WRITER/NURSERY NURSE
Warm-hearted NURSERY NURSE
Thick-skinned FOOTBALL MANAGER/UNDERTAKER
Charismatic FOOTBALL MANAGER/POP-ROCK STAR
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