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Looking for a change?

Do you ...

feel you're running the risk of losing your job?

count the days, months and years for your retirement?

want to work with what you really love and not have to worry about tomorrow?

feel like not going to work in the morning?

start missing deadlines, avoiding meetings or call in sick?

If you answer yes to most of the questions above, then you are part of an increasing number of people who face a
a dilemma between building a successful career and making a difference in this generation

Making a career move or change implies in at least 3 or 4 major factors. Complete the sentences with the words below.

lead - balanced - pleasure- whole - desire- survive - pain - affect

  1. The ... of loss is twice as much as the ... of gain.
  2. The need to ... is usually much stronger than the ... to ... a balanced life
  3. Changing jobs not only will ... the decision-maker but also the ... family.
People who find it hard to make a career change suffer from what experts call LOSS AVERSION.

Have you ever decided to make a career change, despite fearing what you had to lose?

Making a successful career change requires some important considerations. The most important ones can be found here.

So, are you prepared to change your career and live new challenges?


Maria said…
I think it1s very difficult to change a career, because I'm afraid to affect my family.
Anonymous said…
I think you`re right, Maria.
Stability has been considered priority for those who are looking for a job.
Angela said…
For those who are thinking about making a career change, here are some questions asked in a job interview.
Be prepared to answer them.

What interests you about this job ?
Why should we hire you?
Why are you the best person for the job?
What applicable attributes / experience do you have?
How can you contribute to this company? What can you do for this company?
How would you describe yourself?
What challenges are you looking for in a position?
Why were you fired?
What did you like or dislike about your previous job ?
Describe a typical work week.
Do you take work home with you?
How many hours do you normally work? How would you describe the pace at which you work?
How do you handle stress and pressure?
What motivates you?
What do people most often criticize about you?
Do you prefer to work independently or in a team? Give some examples of teamwork.
How do you evaluate success?
Is there anything I haven't told you about the job or company that you would like to know?
What are your goals for the next five years / ten years?
What are your salary requirements both short-term and long-term?
Anonymous said…
Things to think when looking for a job:

work hours, shift hours, taking work home, travelling to other countries, stability , fringes, benefits, health insurance, risks and security, stress and deadlines, promotions, retirement plans

Do people take them into consideration ???
Anonymous said…
I think most people don+t take the time to consider all the perks, just the salary. They forget that the salary is not the only deciding factor.
Angela said…
Don`t say that a person is unemployed. It`s politically incorrect.

Say that he/she is "between jobs".
I`ve just learned the expression with João in Conversation Master at Cultura Inglesa.

That`s the way they speak in America not to offend minorities.
It`s part of inclusive language.

Political correctness definition:
(adjectivally, politically correct; both forms commonly abbreviated to PC) is a term which denotes language, ideas, policies, and behavior seen as seeking to minimize social and institutional offense in occupational, gender, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, certain other religions, beliefs or ideologies, disability, and age-related contexts.
Extracted from Wikipedia
The perfect employee said…
I liked the tips for job interviews.

Here`s my answer to the question:
How would you describe yourself?

I`m determined, enthusiastic , challengeable, organized, competent, adaptable, curious, efficient , capable, cooperative, diligent, punctual, daring, dynamic, energetic, cheerful, a good listener, sympathetic, tactful, diplomatic, discreet, decorous, peaceful, unbiased, coherent , detailed, encouraging, good-humored, talkative, ambitious, self-confident, coherent, trustworthy, patient and resilient

Summing up : I`m perfect for any job
Anonymous said…
Hi, Mr Perfect employee!
You forgot to list your best quality:

Anonymous said…
I feel like a dog chasing its own tail - doing the routine over and over. The only thing that keeps me on the job is the people I work with, who are the best so far.
Angela said…
"a dog chasing its own tail".

I loved the methaphor!

What do you do, by the way?
Anonymous said…
I'm a mechanical engineer
Angela said…
A mechanical engineer?

I read that mechanical engineers are characterized by personal creativity, breadth of knowledge, and versatility.

Are you complaining about "routine"???

Well, at least, you don`t have to take work home, correct tests and attend long school meetings, as we teachers usually do.
Anonymous said…
Has anybody already thought about taking a sabbatical year?

Experts say that it helps you leapfrog career and gain perspective on life.
Anonymous said…
Engineers - people think we have an exciting routine.

We all have our heavy loads, right?
Angela said…
Well, I think we can see advantages and disadvantages in all professions, jobs and occupations.
Have a look at some jobs considered the worst ones in Britain. After reading the description I think we won`t complain about our jobs any more.

A guard at Buckingham Palace

It is regarded as one of the worst jobs in the British Army. Besides the fact that they have to stand for hours, no laughing allowed, they also have to look their best. Soldiers spend several hours each day cleaning and pressing their uniforms and polishing their boots in preparation for one of the many kit inspections that they are likely to face before taking up their positions outside one of the royal palaces. Any soldier whose turn-out is less than immaculate is likely to face a variety of punishments.

Roadkill Remover

Pretty self-explanatory. Roadkill collectors not only have the job of peeling the remains of dead creatures in decay off the road in various states, they also get to do it while braving oncoming traffic

Deodorant Tester
Deodorants are designed to reduce perspiration and mask unpleasant bodily odors. How do you test them? Easily – by smelling subjects’ underarms and comparing the results with other subject. If sniffing people’s armpits all day long doesn’t seem to you like a very pleasant job, this is because it isn’t. Not only it is gross but you actually have to be all professional about it – taking notes, observing subjects, comparing results, etc.

Flatulence Analyst
There are some weird research jobs out there but we think this one is the weirdest. The team of Minneapolis gastroenterologist Michael Levitt, is looking for assistants that will voluntarily inhale and evaluate “gases” emitted by subjects who have consumed nearly half their weight in pinto beans. The goal of the experiment is to study symptoms of intestinal health

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Maria said…
I don't know which is the worst . These are terrible jobs, uff...

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