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Here are some English phrases for talking about jobs, which will
allow you to discuss the type of job you do and where you work.
what do you do?
what do you do for a living?
what sort of work do you do?
what line of work are you in?
I'm a ...
I work as a ...
I work with ...
children with disabilities
I work in ...
I stay at home and look after
I'm a housewife
PR (public relations)
I've got a part-time job
I've got a full-time job
I'm not working at the
I've been made redundant
out of work
looking for work
looking for a job
I was made redundant two
I do some voluntary work
Who do you work for?
who do you work for?
I have my own business
I work for ...
I'm a partner in ...
a law firm
an investment bank
an accountancy practice
an estate agents
I've just started at ...
I work for myself
Place of work
where do you work?
I work in ...
a call centre
I work from home
Training and work experience
I'm training to be ...
I'm a trainee ...
I'm on a course at the moment
I'm on work experience
I'm doing an internship
Here you can find some questions you can ask your partner
during conversation about my work:
1. Do you have a job?
- What do you do in your current job?
- What kind of job is it?
- How did you get this job?
- Is your job competitive?
- What opportunities does your job give?
- Do you like your job?
- Do you like your boss?
- Do you like your colleagues?
- Do you like the atmosphere in your workplace?
- Is your job stressful?
- Would you like to change anything in your job?
- Do you have to work overtime? How often? Does your boss pay
you more for overtime work?
- What was your last job?
- What kind of job was it?
- How did you get this job?
- Was your job competitive?
- What opportunities did your job give?
- Did you like your job?
- Did you like your boss?
- Did you like your colleagues?
- Was your job stressful?
- Why don’t you work there anymore?
- Are you looking for a new job?
2. At what age do people (in your country) normally begin to work? At
what age do they usually retire?
3. At what age would you like to retire? What would you like to do after
4. What was your first job? Did you like it?
5. When you were a child, what was your dream job?
6. What is your dream job now?
7. What do you think is the worst job?
8. Do people usually get jobs related to their educational background?
How about you?
9. Does a university degree guarantee success in the future career?
10. What is the most important in your job?
11. Would you like to run your own business?
12. Is it better to work for someone else or be self-employed?
13. Should women and men be paid the same?
14. Is/was your boss a man or a woman?
15. Who do you think make better bosses, men or women?
a job in which the employee works the full number of hours
I went back to my full-time job only after my children had gone to school.
a job in which the employee may work for fewer hours than in the full-time
job, as it is defined by the employer
Part-time jobs are a chance for women who’d like to have children and work
at the same time.
to be self-employed
to work for oneself rather than for someone else
Some people can’t stand working for somebody else and doing what they
are told to do, so they finally become self-employed.
a business ran by one individual
Although sole traders are fully independent, they find it difficult to go on
holidays, because running their own business is time-consuming
information on TV, in press or in the Internet that tells you where you
can find a job, where an employer needs new employees
I’ve found an interesting job advertisement in the newspaper and I’m
going to apply for that job.
involving competitors (people with similar goals and needs)
It was really difficult to get this job. It’s very competitive and many
people came to the job interview.
a pleasant feeling that you’ve achieved what you wanted
She’s finally found self-fulfillment in teaching children.
being raised to a higher, more important position
What I like about my job is the possibility to get a promotion soon.
money that you get for your work or services
We resigned from their services, because the remuneration they
expected was too high for us.
a fixed amount of money that an employee gets from the employer
The salary for the job is not worth the effort you have to make there.
a person that you work with
He’s organizing a party for colleagues from his last job.
to be able to change the time when you start or finish your work
The possibility to work flexitime is a big advantage of my new job.
to work after the time normally expected in your job
I gave up my job, because I often had to work overtime and they paid
me nothing for that.
(informal) to remove an employee from a job
He was fired, because he was not as efficient as other workers.
to remove an employee from a job
The boss dismissed her, because she was unwilling to accept the new
dress code of the company.
a job in offices that needs mental effort
It’s not easy to get a white-collar job without good education in such a
competitive job market.
a job that needs physical effort
Despite higher education, many young Polish people leave their country
to take up a blue-collar job in the West.
to have the devil’s own job
to spend a lot of time and make a lot of effort to do something difficult
He had the devil’s own job to finish this project on time.
to land a job
to find a job
After being unemployed for 3 years, he finally landed a job.
It’s more than my job’s worth.
I can’t do it because I could lose my job.
Sorry, I can’t share this information with you, it’s more than my job’s
a typical 8-hour job
She found her nine-to-five job too monotonous and boring, so she is selfemployed now.
to be snowed under with work
to have a lot of work to do, more than usually
Sorry, I can’t go out tonight… I need to stay at work, because I’m snowed
under with work.
no gain without pain
no money, other benefits without making effort
I often stay at work until late to earn some extra money. It’s tiring, but
no gain without pain, after all.
Talking About Your Job
Jack: Hi Peter. Can you tell me a little bit about your current job?
Peter: Certainly What would you like to know?
Jack: First of all, what do you work as?
Peter: I work as a computer technician at Schuller's and Co.
Jack: What do your responsibilities include?
Peter: I'm responsible for systems administration and in-house programming.
Jack: What sort of problems do you deal with on a day-to-do basis?
Peter: Oh, there are always lots of small system glitches. I also provide
information on a need-to-know basis for employees.
Jack: What else does your job involve?
Peter: Well, as I said, for part of my job I have to develop in-house programs
for special company tasks.
Jack: Do you have to produce any reports?
Peter: No, I just have to make sure that everything is in good working order.
Jack: Do you ever attend meetings?
Peter: Yes, I attend organizational meetings at the end of the month.
Jack: Thanks for all the information, Peter. It sounds like you have an
Peter: Yes, it's very interesting, but stressful, too!
to be responsible for
good working order
to pay bills
to produce reports
to work as
On the job
Why does she have a long face?
May was recently promoted, but she doesn't seem happy. Her colleagues
Cathy and Jake are kind of curious....
Cathy: Did you see May today?
Jake: Yes. But why does she have such a long face?
Cathy: I don't have the foggiest idea.
Jake: I thought she'd be happy.
Cathy: Yeah, especially since she got a promotion recently.
Jake: Maybe it's some kind of personal problem.
Chances are slim!
Janice is thinking of whether or not she should quit and look for another
job somewhere else because she hasn't gotten a raise in three years....
Eddie: What are the chances of getting a raise this year?
Janice: Chances are slim!
Eddie: Wow! You haven't gotten a raise for how many years now?
Janice: (Heave a sigh). It's been three years! The company keeps losing
money and they can't afford to give anyone a raise.
Eddie: That's too bad. Did you ever think of working somewhere else?
Janice: Yeah. In fact, I have an interview next Monday.
Eddie: Good luck!
I'm overwhelmed with a heavy workload.
Derrick complains to his good friend Terri that he is overwhelmed with
a heavy workload....
Terri: Derrick, don't you think you should take a vacation? Even one or
two days would be fine.
Derrick: There's no way. There's too much work.
Terri: But you look so exhausted. You need a break!
Derrick: I know. My chances would be better if they would hire more
Terri: They won't hire more people?
Derrick: No. They always want to keep the cost down. I am really
overwhelmed with a heavy workload.
Terri: Maybe you should talk to the manager.
Derrick: Yes. I'm going to bring this up in tomorrow's meeting.
Looking for a job
I'll keep that in mind.
Kent is going to have a job interview the next day. His friend Reese is
trying to give him some advice.
Reese: So, how was your interview?
Kent: I haven't gone to the interview yet. It's tomorrow. I'm so nervous.
Reese: Don't worry. You should do fine. You have the experience.
Kent: I hope so.
Reese: Remember, they want someone who works well with people.
You've got to show them how easy-going and personable you are!
Kent: Thanks. I'll keep that in mind.
I believe I have a good chance.
Burt is applying for a new job and is very confident about himself.
Raelene: Hi, Burt. I heard you're looking for a new job.
Burt: Yeah. I just had an interview yesterday.
Raelene: Oh. How did it go?
Burt: I think I did well. They said they would make a decision by this Friday.
Raelene: This Friday? Looks like they want to hire the person as quickly as
Burt: Yeah! I think so, too.
Raelene: What are your chances of getting that job?
Burt: I believe I have a very good chance. The director seems to like me.
Raelene: Well, good luck, then.
Burt: Thanks. I hope it helps.
OK, I'm gonna talk about jobs.
My First Job
My first job actually was working at a restaurant. I was a dish
washer. I was fifteen years old and, actually, I thought the job
was pretty cool. All I had to do was wash dishes. I worked alone
in the back of the kitchen and the restaurant was not too busy.
It was an Italian restaurant. It was pretty easy and I had a big
machine to help clean the dishes and I think I made like two
dollars an hour. I made no money but the job was pretty easy. I
think I had that job for one year and I liked it.
My Current Job
Well, right now I am an English teacher. I've been an English
teacher now for thirteen years on and off. I started teaching
when I was twenty-three and now I am thirty-six, and I first
started teaching in Thailand, and I taught there for awhile and
then I went back to America and I taught in San Francisco.
Then I stopped teaching for awhile and then I moved to Japan
and I've been teaching in Japan for six years. I really like
teaching English. It's a fun job. I like being with students and I
probably will be in teaching for the rest of my life.
My Future Job
Well, like I said before, I think I will be in teaching forever but
now I really enjoy computers and I enjoy materials
development so I think in the future I will try to make multimedia and books and materials for students, so I will still be
involved in education, but I would like to start my own business
and do something outside of teaching as well.
My Best Job
Well, the easiest job I ever had, and the funnest job, was
being a bartender. I was a bartender for two years. I took
a two-year break from being an English teacher and I was
a bartender and it was a lot of fun. I did not have to be at
work until five. I got to go home at midnight or one, and I
was paid to just sit and talk with people and give people
drinks, and watch sports on TV and eat good food. I
worked at a Thai restaurant and the staff was really
nice, so I really enjoyed being a bartender. The only thing I
didn't like about being a bartender was dealing with
drunk people. I didn't like having to deal with drunk
people, but besides that, it was a good job.
The Worst Job
OK, the worst job I've ever had was I used to be a
painter. I painted houses and 1), I was not very good at
it, and 2) it was pretty hard work. Every day you have to
smell the paint, and the paint smells really bad, and you
get paint all over your clothes and you have to climb
really tall ladders and paint really tall buildings and it's
dangerous, and sometimes it's cold outside, so I did not
like painting at all.
My Dream Job
OK, if I could have any job in the world, I would be a
professional baseball player. I would play for the New
York Yankees. I would want to be a position
player, though. Like, I would want to play in the outfield.
I would not want to be a pitcher because a pitcher only
pitches every five days, so he has to sit and watch a lot of
games. So, if I was a baseball player I would want to play
every day. I think the best thing about being a baseball
player, would be you get to travel a lot, go to lots of
different cities, and you have the fun of competition and
playing a sport you love. Actually, you would make a lot
of money, but the money would not be very important