We all want to choose a career that will make us happy, but how can we know what that will be? In fairness, how are you supposed to know if you will be happy as an investment banker or artist or a professor, if you haven't actually done any of these things yet? Who has ever, in the history of mankind, taken a job and had it turn out exactly as they imagined it would?
So if passion and expected happiness can't be your guides, what can be? Well, you can begin by choosing a career that fits well with your skills and values. Since you actually have some sense of what those are (hopefully), this is a good starting place. But a bit less obviously, you also want to choose an occupation that provides good motivation for you as well.
There are two ways you can be motivated to reach your goals. Some of us tend to see our goals as opportunities for advancement, success and rewards. The rest of us see our goals a being about security - about not losing everything we've worked so hard for. So, if you are starting a new venture, make sure that you've got a healthy balance of promotion and prevention.
I. READING COMPREHENSION
1. Are the following statements TRUE or FALSE? Copy the evidence from the text. No marks are given for only TRUE or FALSE.
A. Is is not always easy to decide what career to follow.
B. In order to make a good career choice, you can begin by considering what you are good at.
2. In your own words and based on the ideas n the text, answer the following questions. Do not copy from the text.
a. Mention two reasons what the author of the text believes it is hard to make a career choice. PAR. 2
b. Explain two manners of achieving your objectives and choosing the rigth career. PAR.3-4
II. USE OF ENGLISH3. Find the words in the text that mean:
a. puzzling (paragrapg 1) confusingb. matches (paragrapg 3) fitsc. achieve (paragraph 4) reachd. risky activity (paragraph 4) new venture
4 Complete the following sentences. Use the appropriate form of the word in brackets when given.
a. Usually people are motivated (motivate) by both promotion and prevention.c. Nobody is to blame for making a wrong career choice. It is a difficult to be sure about what you want to do when you are very young.d. In Spain there are many places where you can find career advice.e. Complete the following sentence to report what was said.
- "Choose a job you love", John told Jennifer.
- John told Jennifer to choose a job she loved.