Work and Career based life skills

Career & Work

Teamwork, communication, decision making, problem solving:  when it comes to the world of work, having the right blend of life skills can make all the difference. For employers, finding people who are the right fit for their organisation and can contribute to their company’s success means finding candidates who can employ these life skills alongside their technical and educational qualifications.

From understanding the challenges presented by different jobs to building a standout CV and preparing for a job interview, this month’s resources focus language learners on the real-world skills they need for employability and career success.

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Beyond: Be assertive

What does it mean to be assertive? In this activity, students reflect on the behaviour demonstrated in the video and discuss the differences between aggressive, passive and assertive communication.

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Open Mind: Preparing for a job interview

Preparing for a job interview can be nerve-wracking, even for the most experienced professionals. Help your students get ready for that all-important first interview with this lesson around typical interview questions.

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In Company 3.0: Where do you work?

Taken from the Starter level of In Company 3.0, this lesson encourages students to discuss different jobs and companies, using questions with do/does.

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Lesson: Career & Work

Offering an opportunity to discuss some of the different life skills covered on the site, this lesson explores what life skills are necessary for different careers. Featuring an IQ and EI test, students evaluate the importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace.

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For Fun: Guess the Word Puzzle

Each of the picture clues in this puzzle represents a different life skill for the workplace. Can you work out what the pictures mean and guess the correct word?

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Interview: Richard Oakes

As a guitarist and vocalist in the rock band Suede, Richard Oakes has had phenomenal career success. In this interview, Richard looks back at how his experiences have shaped his career and how life skills have had an impact on him on and off tour.

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Lesson: Career / Work

What do you look for in a career? Which skills are required for different jobs? Developing key vocabulary on the topic of work, this lesson encourages students to examine what they want in a career and focus on the real-world skills they need when applying for a job.

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Lesson: Skills and Attitudes

Your attitude in the workplace can be just as important as your skill. By brainstorming and working as a team, students develop an awareness of the skills and attitudes needed for a successful career.

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For Fun: Wordsearch

Can you complete this wordsearch to find 15 work-related words? Read the definitions and find the correct words to describe different ways of working.

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For Fun: Work wheels

Can you identify the eleven jobs from the skills and attributes needed? Find the answers on our word wheels about work!

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Onestopenglish Lesson: CV Builder

Creating a successful CV is a valuable first step to getting the job you want. Whether your students are looking for a new job or working in recruitment, this lesson is designed to help them create a real CV and understand the qualities and skills job-seekers need when applying for a specific job.

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Onestopenglish Lesson: Who gets the money?

Can you present and defend your ideas in a working environment? In this lesson, students role-play presenting business plans to the rest of the class in order to 'win' charity funding.

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Featured Quotes

"One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."

- Anonymous

"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."

- Aristotle


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