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零距离美语会话[职业]Lesson 1:How is your job search going

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Unit 5   Employment
One      How is your job search going?

 1    Introduction
The textbooks and classes in school and college can only teach some of the materials for work.  Because each different job has slightly different policies and procedures.  A new employee needs to know how the office or job works.  Some of these are quite specific, while others are so mundane1 that older workers might forget to show new employees what occurs.

 2   Sample Sentences
1.   She was given some quick training at the vocational school.
2.   The volunteers are in training.
3.   There is a program for people like me who are willing to teach, but need certification.
4.   It is not unusual for people to change careers.
5.   I am old-fashioned; I want to stay in one job.
6.   What benefits does your company offer?
7.   I’m applying for the cashier position.
8.   Americans are easily adaptable2 to working with new technologies.
9.   What should happen to employees who get caught lying about their education on their resumes?
10.  I’m looking for work as an electronics assembler.

 3   Conversations
1.  The right attitude.
A.  How is your job search1 going, Janet?
B.  I found the ideal position. I’m working for a plumbing2 company.
A.  Are you serious? You studied mathematics at college for four years, and now you have a job working with your hands!
B.  Plumbing3 work requires mathematics knowledge, and creativity. I love this job.
A.  I can see that. But I didn’t know you had experience in that line of work.
B.  I didn’t, but I applied4 for an apprenticeship3, and since I studied math, AND I have a good attitude4, my application was accepted.
A.  Congratulations! You do have the right attitude.
Helpful Information: 
Many westerners believe a good attitude is the most important requirement in getting a good job and other things are just secondary.

2.  Looking for a new career.
A.  I’m sick of my job, I always have to work late at night, and the company keeps me working in the office.
B.  Why don’t you find a new career where you can do what you enjoy; being outside working during the day?
A.  What do you suggest?  I can’t afford to quit my job until I get a new one.
B.  Maybe you have two choices. You could attend school during the day, or you could get a position that provides training.

3.   Working after retirement5.
A.  I can’t wait to retire.
B.  And then what?
A.  And then I’m moving to Florida where I can play golf all day, every day!
B.  That sounds boring to me.
A.  What do you plan on doing after you retire?
B.  Yes, I think I will do something new. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I’m willing to begin studying to teach.
A.  I admire your energy, Ruth. You are young at heart.

4.  Getting certified6.
A. Lester, you are really fantastic at automobile7 repair.
B.  Thanks, June. But I think I need to be certified as a mechanic5 before I’m allowed to repair cars for a living.
A.  That’s not a big problem. There are many small schools for adults like you who can study to be certified.
B.  I guess I never thought of that before.
A. And you can easily get a student loan6 from a vocational school7, or from the government.
B. Wow, you’ve inspired me to do something!


 4   Words and Expressions
1. job search    求职
2. plumbing  铅管业;铅管工的工作
3. apprenticeship  学徒身份,学徒期
4. attitude 态度,意见,看法
5. mechanic 机械工,修理工,技工
6. student loan     学生贷款
7. vocational school   职业学校


1 mundane F6NzJ     
  • I hope I can get an interesting job and not something mundane.我希望我可以得到的是一份有趣的工作,而不是一份平凡无奇的。
  • I find it humorous sometimes that even the most mundane occurrences can have an impact on our awareness.我发现生活有时挺诙谐的,即使是最平凡的事情也能影响我们的感知。
2 adaptable vJDyI     
  • He is an adaptable man and will soon learn the new work.他是个适应性很强的人,很快就将学会这种工作。
  • The soil is adaptable to the growth of peanuts.这土壤适宜于花生的生长。
3 plumbing klaz0A     
  • She spent her life plumbing the mysteries of the human psyche. 她毕生探索人类心灵的奥秘。
  • They're going to have to put in new plumbing. 他们将需要安装新的水管。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 applied Tz2zXA     
  • She plans to take a course in applied linguistics.她打算学习应用语言学课程。
  • This cream is best applied to the face at night.这种乳霜最好晚上擦脸用。
5 retirement TWoxH     
  • She wanted to enjoy her retirement without being beset by financial worries.她想享受退休生活而不必为金钱担忧。
  • I have to put everything away for my retirement.我必须把一切都积蓄起来以便退休后用。
6 certified fw5zkU     
  • Doctors certified him as insane. 医生证明他精神失常。
  • The planes were certified airworthy. 飞机被证明适于航行。
7 automobile rP1yv     
  • He is repairing the brake lever of an automobile.他正在修理汽车的刹车杆。
  • The automobile slowed down to go around the curves in the road.汽车在路上转弯时放慢了速度。
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