Part 1 - sample questions
- Do you work full-time or part-time?
- What's your job / What do you do (for a living)?
- What do you enjoy most about your work?
- What are the main tasks/duties in your job?
- Is there anything you would like to change about your job?
- What would be your ideal job?
Part 2 – sample task card
Describe the job you would most like to have.
You should say:
- what this job would be
- where you would work
- which qualifications you would need
and explain why you would like to have this job most.
Part 3 – sample questions
- Which jobs would you say are most respected in your country?
- Some people say it's better to work for yourself than be employed by a company. What's your view?
- Do you agree that some jobs are still more suited to either men or women?
- Do you think schools provide enough advice and support to students about their future careers?
- What changes in employment have there been in recent years in your country?
- Do you think more people will work from home in the future?
- Can you think of any disadvantages of working from home?
- to apply for a job / post / promotion
- to get / have a part-time/full-time job
- to work in [field / place]
- to work for [a company]
- to specialise in [field]
- to be a qualified [job]
- to work shifts / unsociable hours
- to get / have an interview
- to be shortlisted for an interview/job/post
- to be demoted / promoted
- to be transferred / to put in for/request a transfer
- to be fired / sacked / dismissed
- to be made redundant
- to get/take voluntary redundancy
- to retire / to be retired
- to get a pension / to be a pensioner
- the perks of a job (benefits)
- to work from home (home-working)
- to be self-employed / to work for yourself
- to work/do flexi-time / overtime
Useful linkers for sequencing ideas
- firstly / first of all…
- another point / reason / example is…
- lastly / finally….
What changes have there been in recent years in employment in your country?
I think there have been many changes in the types of jobs that people do nowadays compared to 20 or 30 years ago. First of all there are much fewer jobs related to heavy industry such as mining or ship-building or even manufacturing. Secondly, there has been a big increase in the number of jobs in the service and leisure industries like shops, gyms, and hotels. And finally, since the launch of the internet there has been a big surge in the number of jobs related to IT, such as web development and design.