Let’s talk about choosing a career.
Let’s talk about choosing a career. What would you like to become?
Well, it goes without saying that it’s not easy for a school-leaver to decide on his future career. There are very few boys and girls who are certain of what they are going to be. Usually, their plans for the future change many times during the school years. New subjects appear on the curriculum or maybe a new teacher comes and makes the old subject more interesting. Anyhow, a teacher’s influence on pupils’ minds is always great.
I guess I wanted to be a teacher before I began learning English. Many junior schoolchildren adore their first teacher, and a teacher’s work seems easy and fascinating. Now I understand the difficulties of this profession, its advantages and disadvantages. Of course, it takes a lot of patience and effort. No doubt a teacher ought to have perfect knowledge of his subject. On the other hand, he has to know how to teach, how to make difficult things easy and understandable.
As I am interested in English most of all, I have made up my mind to become a teacher of English. I think that a good teacher of English should possess the following qualities: a good command of English, a tactful way of dealing with pupils, an even temper and a cheerful manner, a good sense of humour and imagination.
To be a good teacher means to be a good actor. A teacher must be able to hold the attention of his audience. Unlike an actor who says the words which he has learnt by heart, a teacher cannot learn his part by heart, but must invent it all the time. His audience takes an active part in his play. A good teacher must be quick to adapt himself to any situation and be able to improvise, if necessary.
A teacher should always want to go on learning. Teaching is a job in which one will never be perfect. There is always something more to learn. There are three principal objects to study: the subject which the teacher is teaching; the methods by which it can be best taught to his pupils; and the children to whom it is taught.
I believe teaching is my calling. I want to work with children and to have a job that will keep me interested. And though the profession of a teacher involves immense responsibility, it is no doubt a very interesting and important profession. It is my cherished desire to become a good teacher of English.
1a) 1. Let’s talk about your future career. What would you like to become?
Well, it goes without saying that it’s not easy for a school-leaver to decide on his future career. There are very few boys and girls who are certain of what they are going to be. Usually, their plans for the future change many times during the school years.
As for me I began to think about my future profession at the age of 15. My favourite subjects at school were mathematics and English. My parents encouraged me in my desire to become an economist. Now I know well what I’m going to do after leaving school. I opted for a career in business economics.
Economics is the science of making choices, which is based upon the facts of our everyday life. Economists study our everyday life and the system, which affects it. To become a good specialist in economic matters it is necessary to know many sciences, such as business economics, finance and credits, statistics, history of economic theory and philosophy, mathematics, as well as economic management, etc.
If I pass my entrance exams successfully and enter the University I’ll try to study to the best of my abilities to achieve my life’s ambition and to justify the hopes of my parents. I also hope that I’ll never regret my choice and get a well-paid and interesting job afterwards.
2) Does a person need to possess special qualities to become a good specialist in this or that particular field? Why?
No doubt a person needs to possess special qualities to become a good specialist in this or that particular field because only qualified specialists are real professionals.
( Let’s take the profession of a teacher, for example. I think that a good teacher of English should possess the following qualities: a good command of English, a tactful way of dealing with pupils, an even temper and a cheerful manner, a good sense of humour and imagination. It’s common knowledge that an ignorant teacher teaches ignorance, a fearful teacher teaches fear, a bored teacher teaches boredom. But a good teacher has a great influence on his pupils’ lives. So it is an incredible responsibility to be a teacher.)
What questions will you ask your future employer about your future job?
Give me some advice on what I need to think about when choosing a job.
When choosing a job you should ask yourself if you are suitable for it. You should also find out if you are expected to possess certain qualities needed for the job and whether you will be able to develop these qualities in the process of training and education. It is necessary to consider all pros and contras so as not to regret your decision afterwards. Actually, it’s not a pleasant thing to stay all your life in the job which you don’t like. So the most important thing is to have interesting and creative work. And if it’s well-paid at the same time, then it looks even more attractive.
Some people think that it is necessary to have a good command of a foreign language to get a good job. Do you agree with this?
At present many professions, such as a pilot, a programmer, an engineer, a businessman and many others, require a working knowledge of at least one foreign language. All sorts of diplomatic, business and cultural contacts involve the use of foreign languages. English is the main language of communication in such areas as science, computer technology, mass entertainment and international tourism. So if you have a good command of a foreign language, you will have many more job opportunities.