IELTS Speaking about Work

What do you do?

Let me put it this way, I wake up in the morning and after the sip of tea its almost all day long I sit in front of the laptop. I am a web designer professionally and its more like telecommuting.

What are your responsibilities?

Well, as a teacher my most common role in the classroom is to teach IELTS skills to my students. I am supposed to prepare a curriculum which I must follow meeting the guidelines. I teach in many ways including lectures, small group activities, through websites and hands-on learning activities.

Mentoring is a natural role taken on by teachers, whether it is intentional or not and I am not far away too. Mentoring is a way by which I encourage students to strive to be the best they can. This also includes encouraging students to enjoy speaking. Part of mentoring consists of listening to students. By taking time to listen to what students say, teachers impart to students a sense of ownership in the classroom.

How many hours do you work each day?

Years back, with exempt jobs I used to keep close to 48/week, with how flexible I am being a reflection of how flexible the employer may be. As long as I don’t have a problem with having to be out due to a family emergency I don’t have an issue working longer on occasion to get a major project done. However, I learned to be very strict after switching my employer about 10 times some of whom  not only encouraged working longer but demanded we never be below 48/week regardless of how much we had worked in the pay period and they even went as far as enforcing it as minimum of eight hours per workday. But today its just five hours from 7 to 12.

Do you enjoy your work?

Well, to be honest with you after bumping to 9 different organisations, finally I found my best fit, oh yeah, I love my job very much because people care about me as a person not as a mere employer along with my hefty professional growth. Above all those  genuine spirits of cooperation and shared goals all revolving around helping the customer is the principle reason that makes me wake up ear;y in the job, which I couldn’t find in any other companies.

If you could change your job or profession, what would you do?

Well, I’m not sure to be honest. You can hate your job and not think of a better one but then I guess you can love it to and still want to do other things. Personally, I’m somewhere in the middle, sometimes I wonder what would happen if I did go into a different career. I’ve had the privilege of being supervised by an engineer (as well as a chemical biologist), and I will admit that when I go into engineering I’m fascinated by structure and building. I do often wonder what would have happened if I had gone this way in life… But right now I couldn’t name another job I’d rather be doing than science. In a year’s time (when I finished my PhD and have to get a real job) I might have a better answer!!!

I hope that helps otherwise.

Describe the process of getting a job in your country.

It can seem silly, but I think culture affects relationships more than we realize. It even determines the way people find jobs or at least it does in my country. Generally, some positions are by exam, but there is an official search for most professional positions. We advertise on our website and some other websites, job is the forefront player, occasionally in the paper or academic publications. We get a lot of resumes for every job opening. Hiring committee members individually score every resume on each hiring criterion.Then the committee meets and argues about each candidate until they agree on the scores. The top few are called for interviews, and the committee recommends one of them for hiring. But, if you know someone you can skip this hustle and get the job with ease.

What do you dislike about your job?

I never really thought about bad things there. It was an enjoyable experience to work with the people at that job. Everyone got along, knew their jobs, helped each other when someone needed help. I just looked forward to a similar experience here. Well, I am a bit money minded so my employers mus have used that as the pull factors…

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