Lesson 31: Your First Job

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Dialogue

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: your first job. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Kevin and Dorothy are talking about their first job.

Kevin:
Dorothy, do you remember your first job? I worked full-time in a supermarket.
Dorothy:
Yes, I worked part-time while I was studying at the university.
Kevin:
What was your job title?
Dorothy:
I worked as a Library Assistant. It was a desk job.
Kevin:
How much were you paid?
Dorothy:
My hourly wage was $10 per hour.
Kevin:
Were you paid weekly?
Dorothy:
Actually, I was paid semi-monthly.
Kevin:
Did you enjoy working with your co-workers?
Dorothy:
Yes, I did. We worked well as a team. Teamwork is very important.

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

full-time (adv) lasting all your working hours, which in the US is about 8 hrs/day
He works full-time at a clothing store. He works eight hours a day.
part-time (adv) only some part of your working hours
She works part-time as a hairstylist. She normally works four hours a day.
job title (n) the name given to your job
My job title is English Tutor.
desk job (n) work that is done mainly at a desk; sitting down
A receptionist has a desk job.
paid (adj) receiving money for work
I”m paid $100 a day to wash cars. 
wage (n) the amount of money a worker is paid based on hours worked
My wage is $20 per hour.
weekly (adj) done once a week
They clean their house weekly.
bi-monthly (adj) done twice a month
I have semi-monthly meetings with my boss.
co-workers (n – plural) the people you work with
Her co-workers are eating lunch.
teamwork (n) work together in a group
Teamwork makes my job easier.

Exercise

Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Do you like your job?
    1. It’s not my dream job, but I get paid well.
    2. I’m trying to find another job.
    3. Your answer:
  2. Can you tell me about some of your co-workers?
    1. One of my co-workers comes to work late a lot.
    2. I have one co-worker who never takes a break.
    3. Your answer:
  3. Can you describe your current job?
    1. I’m an English Teacher, and I work five hours per day.
    2. I work full-time as a chef at a big restaurant.
    3. Your answer:
  4. Do you like your boss?
    1. My boss is a nice person, and he’s easy to talk to.
    2. I wish I had another boss. My boss doesn’t help his workers.
    3. Your answer:
  5. What are some jobs you think would be fun?
    1. In my opinion, it would be fun to be a construction worker.
    2. I would enjoy being a language teacher.
    3. Your answer:

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Tell me about your first job.
  2. Do you think teamwork is important? Why or why not?
  3. Do you like a desk job or a job where you are active? Why?
  4. Would you like to be paid weekly or bi-monthly? Why?
  5. Tell me some other job titles? (For example, Accountant)

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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