Have you chosen your future career?

Use these expressions to speak about choosing a career

1.After finishing the eleventh form I’d like…

  • to enter a university (an institute, a college, a vocational school)
  • to choose the profession I feel called to
  • to go straight to work after school
  • to work as a …
  • to become a …
  • to study by correspondence
  • to find a job to my liking
  • to choose a career to my calling.

2. It’s not a simple matter to choose a career, I’m in two minds which career to choose.

3. First I made up my mind to become a … and then I changed my mind.

4. I think I’d like to be…

5. I have a good head for all exact sciences.

6. I am good at humanities.

7. My parents (teachers) have advised me to become …

8. I’ll take examinations in…

9. If I pass the examinations, I’ll enter a university.

1o.If I fail the … exam, I’ll have another try.

11. There is a lot of competition to enter …

12. This work offers more opportunities.

13. To get good wages

14. The wages depend on the qualification and the length of service.

What’s an Occupation?

An occupation is a business, trade or employment that occupies one’s time either permanently or as a hobby. It’s an activity of any kind for which a person has the necessary qualifications and training: “I am by occupation a teacher, and he is by occupation a taxi-driver.”

What is a “trade“? A “trade” is a way of making a living, especially a handicraft. He is a carpenter (a tailor) by trade. Shoe-making is a useful trade. Trade schools teach different trades, for example: cooking, furniture-making, operating different machines. In these schools you can get training in any trade you ay choose. There are many trades; all of them are important and useful. Why not learn the trade of a fitter, a turner or a brick-layer after you finish school? Workers of these trades are always in great demand.

What is a “profession“? It is an occupation, especially one, requiring advanced education and special training. For example: the law, architecture, teaching, medicine. He is a lawyer by profession.

Some of you may already know what occupation you wish to follow, what you will be by trade or profession. Others of you have not yet made your decision. There are so many different trades and professions today, that it is not easy to decide.

Memorize These Sayings and Phrases

  1. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
  2. Promise little, but do much.
  3. Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.
  4. Actions speak louder than words.
  5. As you make your bed, so you must lie on it.
  6. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
  7. No pains, no gains.
  8. A cat in gloves catches no mice.
  9. Business before pleasure.
  10. Practice what you preach.
  11. Deeds not words.
  12. As you sow, you shall mow.
  13. To lie down on the job (to fail to work as hard or as well as you should)
  14. A fat job (a good job)

My Future Profession. Read and make up your own dialogues.


– Have you chosen your future profession?

– Strange as it may seem, I haven’t yet.

– Well, I think it’s natural that you should hesitate. There are so many occupations, that it is not easy to decide.


– Have you heard the news?

– What news?

– Nick has made up his mind to try to enter the teacher’s college.

– Oh, my! It’s unbelievable that he should become a teacher. He hates children.


– There’s no doubt that she should become a doctor.

– Why do you think so?

– I’ve known her for many years as a very kind-hearted girl. Besides she comes from a doctor’s family. For several generations they all have been doctors.