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Everybody’s good at something!

 

Do this personality test and find the right job for you..

 

1\ A friend is having problems writing a plot summary for a book report. She asks you to help her. What would you do?

a)      Help her after school. Tell her to phone you if she needs any more guidance.

b)      Give her a model paragraph and tell her the names of some helpful books.

c)      Suggest ways to write a clear, accurate summary.

d)      Tell her to make a timetable so she can finish the plot summary and book report on time.

 

2\ You are working for an institute that gives aid to the poor in a small village. Your boss tells your team to repair an old pump near a river. What would you do?

a)      Ask the villagers what they want. Ask them to give you advice.

b)      Choose a certain job that you think you could do well, such as collecting date. Then plan how you could do the job well.

c)      Try to improve the design of the pump. Look at the river and see if there is a better place to build the pump.

d)      Ask everybody in your team to do certain jobs. Make sure they know what to do. Choose one of the hardest jobs for yourself to set an example.

 

3. You are on a school trip and the coach has an accident when a deer runs across the road. .No one is hurt, but you are stuck on a forest road with no traffic. It is getting dark and it has started to snow. What would you do?

a) Talk to anybody who looks afraid or worried. Tell them not to worry.

b) Keep calm. You know that the situation is not really dangerous and somebody is going to get help.

c) Tell your friends a story, while you are waiting for help.

d) Take charge of the situation. Ask a small group to go to the nearest village to get help. Tell everybody on the bus to put on more clothes to keep warm.

 

4. Last week your teacher asked your class to perform a short play for the school. So far, nothing has been done and there are only ten days until the performance. What would you do?

a) Offer to take part and ask others to do the same. Help people to learn their lines.

b) Organize some of the practical things, such as costumes, scenery and sound effects.

c) Think of topics for the play. Write the dialogue and show it to the class.

d) Offer to direct the performance. Choose people for different roles.

 

LESSON 3

 

As a child, Wang Junyan never dreamed of becoming a famous person on TV. “I never thought about going on TV because my family didn’t even have one until I was in junior high school!” she explained. Now Wang Junyan is the presenter for Universe TV’s news programmers. I  asked her she had achieved success and she told me that being curious, working hard, and believing in what was true made her the success she is today.

“It was my mother who taught me to be curious. She had a great love of everything in the universe and she taught me to be interested in mankind and nature, everything from plants to insects,” Junyan told me. “We would look in old nests to find birds’ feathers and we would even turn over stones to look at the little creatures there. I loved doing that,” remembered Junyan. She said, “My mother was a strong character. Although there were lots of difficulties to overcome, she never let her problems defeat her. She worked extremely hard to support me through school and during my time at Fudan University in Shanghai. Her attitude towards life will never stop influencing my thought and actions.”

After gradating from university, Wang Junyan became a reporter for a local newspaper. She said she chose to be a journalist because it is important that people grasp what is going on around them. I asked her if there was any special moment that made her realize this and she replied that it was after she was asked to inspect the company and catch the guilty people. “That is when I realized the importance of being a journalist,” said Junyan.

“Writing that report wasn’t easy, but I realized that people needed to know and so I didn’t give up,” Junyan told me. This paid off because she won an award for the report. “I discovered then that as long as I am committed and never give up I will be able to produce high quality reports.” That’s exactly what Wang Junyan had been doing as the face of Universe TV.

I asked Junyan what she liked most about her job and she said that although there wasn’t much glory in a reporter’s existence, she found it interesting and challenging. “I meet a lot of people and go to many different places. I’m never bored with this job!” She added that as a reporter she needed many different skills and was constantly challenged to learn new things. Finally, I asked her if after many years she still felt curious. Smiling brightly, she told me, “Nothing that I learned from my mother has ever left me. Today when I’m looking for stories, I still feel like I’m turning over stones to see what might be hiding beneath!”

 

 

LESSON 4  Survival of the fittest

Between now and the 21st century., citizens of the world’s richest and most advanced nations will find it more and more difficult to keep up with the demand for change. For them, the future will arrive too soon.” So begins Alvin Toffler’s book Future Shock, written back in 1970.

Now people are beginning to pay attention to Toffler’s ideas because the speed of change is becoming increasingly fast. It is sometimes difficult to work out the patterns of change. What should you do? (1)__________. Take a deep breath and try to get a sense of the good things the future has to offer.

You don’t need to be Einstein to predict the job areas which will be most affected by such change. Jobs in farming, coal mining and heavy industry are decreasing rapidly. (2)________________.

Without doubt, the number of jobs in information technology will multiply. There are currently over 100.000.000 computers in the world and by 2020 there will be 10 times more. (3)__________.

There are also many other important changes taking place. First, fewer and fewer people will have a “job for life”. (4)_____________. According to Mark Hastings of the Institute of Management, in the future, people will organize their working life around a variety of jobs, instead of working just for one division or branch of accompany.

Similarly, companies will operate in different ways. People will move around to do different jobs, rather than moving up in the company as before. Many more people will work for small, dynamic companies which can respond quickly to changes in the market. Other people will give up working for a boss and start their own businesses. All this means that companies will require people who are flexible and can work on their own. (5)__________________.

Good communication skills will be extremely important. According to Dr Laurence Lyons of Future Work, women will be envied because they have an advantage in this area. James Traeger, spokesman of government training organization, explains that many men will have to be retrained. “It’s not about making men more like women, but helping men to communicate as well.”

Businesses will certainly become more international. English will probably remain the international business language, so don’t bother learning Russian or Spanish. (6)_____________.

Above all, a manager will need to feel comfortable working with people form other countries and continents.

     New technology is the driving force behind these rapid changes, so don’t get left behind. You don’t need to become a computer expert, but you must consider improving your computer skills. Work with more than one program in case you have to use them at work, and try to read about new technology.

     There is no doubt that all this new technology is changing the way new work and offering many other ways of working. Rather than going into an office, a lot of people are connected to the Internet and now work from home. Working like this allows you to live where you want, to continue your studies and to enjoy the comfort of having a lot more free time. However, with all this change, let’s hope that it also helps the in poor countries where slave labour still happens. For the citizens of these nations, the future can’t arrive soon enough.

 

 

 

 

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