Here you will find a variety of tasks which are related to your future occupation. Before starting on these tasks you may want to look at our introductory material on careers (see link collection).
The qualities listed below are important in most jobs, but jobs vary and the focus may be different from job to job. Grade the following qualifications in terms of how important each is in the occupation for which you are studying.
6 = very important and 1 = not important
- Computer skills
- Technical skills
- People skills/Social skills
- Communicative skills
- Physical strength
- Mental strength
- Negotiating skills
- Motivating skills
- Coordinating skills
- Stamina and self discipline
- Environmental awareness
Try some or all of the interactive vocabulary tasks in the link collection.
After you have worked with the tasks, find 5 words that are relevant for your trade and make a complete sentence with each one. E.g. The safety regulations are very strict.
- Make a short oral presentation of the occupation for which you are studying. Include the education and training required and a description of the type of jobs you will do.
- Describe a practical task or project that you have carried out in your vocational subjects at school.
- Describe a day at work. Many of you will have spent some time working in a factory, building site, hospital or restaurant, etc., during a work placement period. Describe what you did on one day during the period. How did your experience match your expectations?
- Present the safety regulations and other regulations which must be followed by anyone who is going to work in the occupation for which you are studying and explain why it is important to follow them.
(Information about how to make a mini-presentation is in the link collection.)
1. Asking For a Pay Rise
Employee: You are having a meeting with your boss to ask for a pay rise. Present your arguments for why you should get a pay increase. Remember to be polite.
Employer: You are having a meeting with one of your employees who is going to ask for a pay rise. Listen to his arguments carefully, give your opinion and decide whether he should get a pay rise or not.
What is important in a job? Discuss this in pairs. Then make a list in which you order the points below according to importance. Place the most important at the top. Paste the text into your text editor and rearrange the order to your approval.
- Working closely with a few co-workers
- Helping people
- Having a great canteen and a fitness room
- Having lots of challenges
- Having a stable and predictable work environment
- Having strictly regulated work hours
- Good pay
- Having your own office
- Helping people
- Meeting new people
- Doing fun things with your colleagues in your spare time for team building
- Having lots of colleagues
- Having to re-educate yourself every 5 years to keep up to date
- Having long vacations
- Being able to work a lot of extra hours
- Being able to climb a career ladder
- Being told what to do
- Having a lot of freedom and responsibility
- Managing a budget
- Being organized in a labor union
- Being able to negotiate your own pay and working conditions
- Fringe benefits
Describe in at least 150 words what is typical of the occupation you are studying for.
Suggested starter: In my choice of occupation it is important to be. . . .
- Write a job application for a position in this line of work. Remember to include your education and personal qualifications. Pretend to be writing the application three years from now and include the certificate for the training you are currently taking in your CV. You will find an example of a job application and CV in the link collection.
- Write an essay in which you describe your first day at work. Look at the video for inspiration. Make up a company and name for yourself.
- Write down five to ten questions you expect to be asked at a job interview for your line of work.
Focus on one company. What is its name, where do the members come from and give an outline of their business idea.
Do you have any business ideas? What do you think is important in order to run your own company?
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