drawing of a monitor   Module 1 – Unit 8:  Language Focus

Talking about Professional Choices

Think about where you are in your professional life and complete the self-assessment exercise below. For each item, circle the number (1-4) that best describes you. Then, look at all your answers in the chart and complete the statements that follow.

Self-Assessment: Professional Change

4=very true    3=somewhat true     2=only a little true     1=not true at all

I like to change jobs often.

I get bored easily with the work I do.  

I often take on leadership roles.  

I am assertive about seeking promotions at work.

I like managing people. 

I always set new career goals for myself. 

I am more ambitious than most people I know.  

I like taking classes to keep up-to-date in my  profession.

I always get along with my supervisors and try to see things from their point of view.

I expect to move up in my field at least two more times before I retire.

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In my professional life, I am the type of person who _____________________________
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I feel that making changes in my career is ____________________________________
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What have been the main choices and changes you’ve made in your career?
Create your own professional timeline, with key stages in your career up to the present.

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Now add a future point in your timeline, based on a hidden talent or passion you have.
Then write at least four sentences about your professional choices using past, present, present perfect, and future verb tenses.

  • __________________________________________________________________________________________
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  • __________________________________________________________________________________________
  • __________________________________________________________________________________________