GS 120L: Lesson 4

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Speaking Partner Appointment: Strengths

Read the following paragraphs to your speaking partner.  Read them one time through, and discuss pronunciation, unfamiliar phrases, or vocabulary words.  Discuss what you think the reading is about.

What You're Good At

It is difficult to make choices, especially when it comes to deciding what work you'd like to do for the rest of your life. There are so many opportuniites that it's easy to become overwhelmed simply by the sheer number of options. Did you know, for instance, that the Dictionary of Occupational Titles published by the U.S. Department of Labor has more than 60,000 entries? That's a lot of possibilities!

Although career decisions are difficult to make, it is worthwhile to choose wisely. If you can place yourself in a job you enjoy, going to work each day will be a pleasure. If you hate your work, the days will drag on and on. So what makes the difference? Good jobs and satisfying careers do not just happen. You can't just walk aimlessly in any direction and hope to end up at the right destination. It takes planning.

(from Norman C. Hill, "What You're Good At," New Era, January/February 1985)

You may want to discuss the following:

  • Discuss with your speaking partner what you can do now to prepare for your career, whether you are already doing what you want or planning to do something in the future.
  • Discuss all of the jobs that you have had (parttime, full-time, volunteer).
  • Discuss the skills each of these jobs required.
  • What job gave you the most satisfaction?
  • What skills are necessary to be successful at the job you are most interested in pursuing?
  • Discuss with your speaking partner where you would go to develop the necessary skills.