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The World of

Work
Talking about your job:
What do you do? I’m a …
What’s your job? I’m responsible for…
Where do you work? I’m in charge of…
What line of work are you in? I report to…
What does your job involve? I prepare/ produce/ give/ generate/ develop/
create/ make/ sell/ monitor…
I liaise with/ communicate with…
I own a company that…

 Good job  Bad job


good hours/ work-life balance long hours
long holidays/ generous holiday low holiday entitlement
entitlement low paid/ pays peanuts
well paid/ remunerated hazards
a lot of benefits and perks boring/ dull/ stressful/ hard work/
rewarding/ satisfying/ fulfilling/ draining
challenging/ demanding/ exciting/ oppressive atmosphere/ low morale/
motivating dead end job
nice work environment/ good
atmosphere/ high morale If you pay peanuts, you
opportunities for advancement get monkeys!

Match the words in column A to the


words in column B:
A B
1. fire ___ A. contract, hire, recruit, take on
2. meeting ___ B. dismiss, sack, let go, make (someone) redundant
3. employ ___ C. create prepare, produce, develop, generate,
4. employee ___ D. remunerate
5. job ___ E. duties, tasks, assignments
6. pay (verb) ___ F. talk, conference, get together
7. pay (noun) ___ G. worker, recruit, veteran, old hand
8. boss ___ H. post, position, role
9. responsibilities ___ I. wage, salary, benefits, income, perks
10. make ___ J. manager, superior, director, employer

How many people does your company employ?


Does the company take on a lot of new recruits each year?
Who generates new business?
Is there a high staff turnover or are there a lot of old hands? Why?
Which department holds the most meetings? Why?
What are the perks of your job? Are there any hazards?
How are tasks assigned amongst the staff?
How to get a job:
covering letter interview vacancy contract Curriculum Vitae qualifications
job advertisements training job offer application form psychometric test

Stage 1: Study to obtain the necessary ………………and complete your vocational…………………….


Stage 2: Prepare your……………………which summarises your skills, qualifications, training and work
experience.
Stage 3: Search the ………………………for a suitable ……………………… in your chosen field.
Stage 4: Complete an ……………………….. or send your CV with a…………………………………………
Stage 5: Attend an …………………………….and perhaps complete a……………………………… .
Stage 6: Receive a………………………………
Stage 7: Accept it and sign a ………………………..

The World of Work Crossword


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ACROSS DOWN
3. A letter that accompanies your job application. 1. A new employee.
4. To remove someone for your company. 2. A CV.
5. To employ someone. 6. Good things about a job.
8. Without a job. 7. Degrees, certificates, professional titles and so
9. No longer needed by a company. forth.
10. Abilities. 11. Someone who works for you.
12. Responsibilities. 13. A danger relating to a job.
14. An unfilled position. 16. The manager.
15. Where an accountant works.
17. Someone you work for.
18. Mental tension.
What's it like to be.. a Chef working for Jamie Oliver?

My vitals
Annegret De Waal
Head Chef/Food Champion (Jamie-speak)
Jamie Oliver Recipease, London
Age 29

My background
I was born and bred in Somerset West, South Africa. Completed culinary art training in South Africa
and moved to London in 2004. My work experience includes: Eastwell Manor in Ashford, various
gastropubs across London including The Castle in Notting Hill and the Star Bar and Brasserie in
Aldgate. Then I joined Jamie Oliver's Fifteen as a chef de partie and then became Head Chef/Food
Champion at Recipease.

My head said
Food and wine have always been therapeutic for me from a very young age as I spent a lot of time in
the kitchen with my father who owned a vineyard back home. I knew it was going to take a lot of hard
work to be a chef but I am passionate about food and enjoy cooking as part of a better lifestyle.

My heart said
.. take a chance, work hard and stand my ground against the boys in the industry. The world of
cooking is a tough gig for girls but I grew up around animals, hunting and shooting so I know my way
around an animal and I love to butcher. My butchery skills speak for themselves and can silence
the boys in the kitchen.

My job involves
.. a whole bunch of stuff as my philosophy is to adopt a hands-on approach so I'm often doing
whatever is needed. Generally it involves managing a kitchen team, prepping for classes, teaching
classes, public cooking demonstrations as required and some admin to ensure the smooth
operation of Recipease and maintaining a happy kitchen.

My highlights
Doing something I love every day makes me feel lucky. On top of that it is extremely rewarding to
teach others. I had a teenager come up to me after a Kids Class and tell me that he thought my class
was fantastic and that he had learnt greater food appreciation and skills for life. Wow - that makes me
feel pretty good. Meeting Jamie was pretty amazing too. He is exactly like you see him on TV - a
really really nice, down to earth guy who has such a great attitude to food and cooking for the ordinary
person. Jamie also makes a point of taking care of his staff so we all feel valued.

My lowlights
I've worked some ridiculously long hours (7am-11pm) for next to peanuts. It is also true that some
chefs live up to their bad reputations and can be brutally demanding, uncompromising and vocal. I've
had one chef throw a series of soup bowls at me when I wasn't doing a good enough job. I've also
butterflied my hand open with a knife once - ouch. All part of the job I guess - as they say, what
doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

My ideal job
At some point in the future I’d like to run my own baking business - maybe wedding cakes from
home or my own cookery school? I'm pretty happy where I am and wouldn't trade it for the world.

My last word
Find something you love and are passionate about in life and go for it. The hard work will eventually
pay off even though it may feel so distant at the time.

http://40notsosingle.blogspot.com.es/2011/07/whats-it-like-to-be-chef-working-for.html
Key:
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1. fire B. dismiss, sack, let go, make (someone) redundant
2. meeting F. talk, conference, get together
3. employ A. contract, hire, recruit, take on
4. employee G. worker, recruit, veteran, old hand
5. job H. post, position, role
6. pay (verb) D. remunerate
7. pay (noun) I. wage, salary, benefits, income, perks
8. boss J. manager, superior, director, employer
9. responsibilities E. duties, tasks, assignments
10. make C. create prepare, produce, develop, generate,

Stage 1: Study to obtain the necessary qualifications and complete your vocational training.
Stage 2: Prepare your Curriculum Vitae which summarises your skills, qualifications, training and work
experience.
Stage 3: Search the job advertisements for a suitable vacancy in your chosen field.
Stage 4: Complete an application form or send your CV with a covering letter.
Stage 5: Attend an interview and perhaps complete a psychometric test .
Stage 6: Receive a job offer.
Stage 7: Accept it and sign a contract.

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