“Choose a job you love
and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius
to four people talking about their jobs and match them to the four sentences. Listen as many times as necessary.
to the speakers again and read the transcription. Use a good dictionary to check the meaning of
words you are not familiar with.
Look at the following groups of words and find the word which DOES
NOT fit. Follow the example.
take care of
put up with
waste of time
*'Put up with'
means 'aguantar', and is not usually used to describe job
Read the paragraphs and change the form of the verbs in
brackets if necessary. Follow the example.
(get up) quite early every day and we are often expected
(work) in all weather. It’s a physical job, but we work in a
team and I’m used to
(be) tired at the end of a hard week.
I love the fact that no two days are ever the
same. It’s very rewarding
(see) people learn and develop. I get a great sense of
satisfaction when people know something which they
(not know) before the
lesson started, and that maybe I
(had) something to do
Telecommuting is great for my situation because
my wife (work)
part-time and I’m often
(leave) with the baby and some household jobs like shopping, and
(do) the washing and
cleaning. I don’t mind
(do) it as long as I get some peace and quiet in the evening and
do 4 or 5 hours on the PC.
One thing that bothers me is the shift work, and
also government cuts (be)
really (influence) the
way we do our job. I don’t know how it
(affect) us in the future, but it’s become more and more
difficult over the last few years to give people the proper care and
medical attention they need.
I don’t mind
(travel) in every day
because I can (read) a
book or (have) a good
chat with a couple of neighbours who also commute from our village. My
work involves a lot of organisation and telephone work. I need
(be) on top of things
all the time and know what my bosses need in order
(do) their jobs
properly. My job only
(not make) the coffee
Now match a person (a-e) to a paragraph (1-5)
Decide if the following sentences are true or false. Follow
Example: A wage is money you earn which
is usually paid every month into your bank. Money you earn which is usually
paid every week in cash - wage
1. If you are out of work, you don’t have a job.
2. If someone asks you what your hours are, they want to know
what time you usually start and finish work.
The word for a document, diploma, certificate etc. which shows that a
person is able to do a particular job is experience.
4. If you apply for something, you ask for it in a formal way.
5. When you speak to someone face to face to see if you are good
for the job and if the job is good for you, it’s called an interview.
6. Money you earn which is usually paid every week in cash is a
7. To commute means to work together as part of a team.
8. The ‘extra’ things in a job such as a company car, travel and
hotel expenses, health insurance etc. are called bribes.
9. The positive things you expect from your job in the future are
10. If you get promotion, you advance to a better, higher
11. A position or post is a place or job occupied by a person.
12. When you are told to leave your job you get the fire.
13. A reference is a report (usually written) about someone’s
14. Someone who pays other people to do work is an employee.
15.Retirement - This noun means that you have to leave your job
because you are not very good at it.
16. The money the government gives you when you stop working (if
you have paid your taxes!) is your state lottery.
What do you do? literalmente ¿Qué haces /
qué es lo que hace? se interpreta como ¿cuál es tu/su profesión? (What's
- En Inglés existen varias palabras para referirse al trabajo /
Work / Job. Se diferencian en que work es incontable y
job es contable: I've found work/a new job at the university. He encontrado un
trabajo en la universidad.
¡Cuidado!: Work=trabajo; works=obras, fábrica, taller. Employment(más formal) se usa para referirse a la condición de
los que tienen empleo, aunque se trate de empleos
ocasionales, inestables o a tiempo parcial: Many students are in part-time employment in summer / Muchos
estudiantes tienen trabajos a tiempo parcial en verano. Occupation se utiliza como término oficial ante la
administración (en impresos, formularios, etc.): Occupation: engineer / Profesión: ingeniero. Profession refiere las profesiones que requieren de un título
universitario: The medical profession / la profesión médica. Trade se emplea para referirse a los oficios que requieren una
formación específica: He's an electrician by trade. Es electricista de profesión. (Trade
union = Sindicato)