I`m a teacher of English at a secondary school. I am not a native speaker. There are some texts in students` books that should be read to students to improve their listening skills, but there are no CDs to these texts. Could anyone read and record them for me? I`d be glad if a native speaker with a British accent help me. Thank you in advance.
I: And here’s some adviceto school students from a career guide. We’re now going to talk with JennyOgden, who works in the Career Advice Service. My first question to Jenny wouldbe: How important is it to choose a right career?
CG: Choosing a career is probably one of the most difficultthings in the world. You want to be doing something that you love for the restof your life. If you choose the wrong career, you might probably end up in adead end job which you hate and which results in a miserable life.
I: What would you startwith if you were to choose a job?
CG: The first step would be to create a list of things that youlike to do. For example, you can list down your hobbies or interests that youhave been doing or would like to know about doing. For the list of hobbies orinterests, you can put something like ‘I am good with numbers’, ‘I am a naturelover’, ‘I am a technology enthusiast’, ‘I love to sing’, ‘I enjoy cooking,cars,’ etc. You might also think back to your childhood. Your early years mightbe the best place to start. Assess your abilities.What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What kind of skills do youhave? You can try to come up with something that you are good at doingsuch as cooking or public speaking. If you have trouble coming up with ideas,take some time to rest or walk in the park. While relaxing yourself, you maythink of something like, ‘I’m good at pet sitting’ or ‘I make deliciouscookies’. Write down these ideas onto a piece of paper.
I: Well, what would thenext step be?
CG: When you have the list of ideas that you like to bedoing, try to brainstorm several jobs that might be related to food. Forexample, chefs, cooks, food specialists, kitchen helpers or even chemists areall professions that are related to cooking and food. If you wanted to be thepresident of your country as a child, you could look for government jobs orsocial sector careers. The possibilities are endless. For instance, if you everdreamed of becoming a movie star and walking down the red carpet, check out acareer in media, the entertainment industry or public relations.
I: How relevant is schoolexperience in choosing a career?
CG: Extremely relevant! You canbegin by looking at the courses you are taking in high school. What are yourbest subjects? What kinds of extracurricular activities do you participate in?What kinds of things did you learn from part-time or summer jobs? Theremust be at least one class that stands out above the rest. If you love history,art or archaeology, check out a museum job. There are more options out therethan you may think – even if you don’t want to take tour groups around amuseum, you could work on their marketing or manage the museum’s finances. Ifhistory wasn’t your thing, maybe your favourite course was in psychology. Ortry thinking about jobs with some elements of the psychology field. You mayfind that you are a people person or enjoy helping others, so jobs in customerservice, sales or teaching may be the answer to your happiness. By going onestep further and thinking about why you have a passion for genetics orsociological theory, you will be able to find a career that suits yourinterests.
I: So you’ve got a list ofjobs. What do you do then?
CG: Now, assess these professions. You can gather informationsuch as job descriptions, salary, education requirements, necessary experience,work related hazards, etc. Moreover, you can interview others who are alreadyin the professions and visit the library for additional resources as well assearching the internet for relevant information. Think what is important foryou in a job: helping society, working underpressure, group affiliation, stability, security, status, working alone or withgroups, having a positive impact on others, and many others. Doing all these will put you in a much betterposition for choosing your future careers.
I: If you were choosing ajob, would you do a career assessment test?
CG: You can try some of the free career assessment tests.Career assessment test is one of the popular methods of giving you an idea ofwhat you are good at and what you like to do when it comes to choosing acareer. If you have the money, seek a careers coach or guide for ideas. Theseprofessionals are experts in career assessment. They are able to point you in theright careers direction after assessing key areas which you are good at. Youcan also get free advice from parents, teachers, friends or relatives. Butremember that parents’ opinions are sometimes biased. Most of the time, parentswould say the financial aspect is very important when it comes to choosing acareer. As a result, the careers that they prefer might not be the one that fityou the best. Keep in mind that simply choosing a career because it pays wellwill not make you happy.
I: Are there any otheroptions?
CG: You can apply for a summer job in a company thatspecializes in the area of your interest. This job may later become a temporaryposition which will give you added experience. And don’t forget to do thereality check. Do you really want to be a doctor, butdon’t have enough skills in science? Do you have a strong interest in the arts,but your family members want you to follow in your father’s footsteps? It isimportant to face these problems and be realistic about whether you can solve them.
I: So, choosing a careeris a hard task that a lot of people have difficulty in doing. It takes time todetermine the career that matches your interest. Simply choosing a career thatpays the most won’t keep you happy. Thank you, Jenny. I’m sure our listenerswill follow your advice.
CG: You’re welcome. I wish I were able to help everyone tochoose a right career, but a lot depends upon you as well. Listen to yourselfand work hard to achieve your goals. Good luck!