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Are you fed up with hearing that question?

Well, you could be asked it in your speaking exam! Or, you could hear young people discussing their plans in the listening exams, so you need to know this vocabulary!

Here are some useful phrases to help you get started:

Je travaillerai et je gagnerai de l'argent I will work and earn money
Je resterai au collège I will stay at school
Je voudrais faire... pour mon bac I would like to do A-Levels in... (name of subjects)
Je continuerai mes études à un autre collège I will carry on studying at another school
J'étudierai... I will study... (name of subject)
Je voudrais devenir... I would like to be a... (name of job)

All these phrases, except for the last one, are in the future tense. You use this tense to say what you are going to do tomorrow or next week.

Not only may you be asked what you will be doing, you could also be asked what you would like to do. You used the future tense when saying what you will be doing. To say what you would do, you use the conditional tense. If you're O.K. on the future tense, then it's a piece of cake!

Instead of saying "je... ai' you say "je... ais "

For Example:

I will stay = je resterai.

I would stay = je resterais.

Here are some phrases that may come in useful:

Je gagnerais beaucoup d'argent I would earn lots of money
Je travaillerais à l'étranger I would work abroad
Je trouverais un emploi intéressant/varié I would find an interesting/varied job
J'aurais de longues vacances I would have long holidays
J'irais à l'université I would go to university
Je travaillerais en plein air I would work in the open air
Je travaillerais dans un bureau I would work in an office
Je travaillerais avec des animaux I would work with animals

You may be asked in your speaking exam about your future plans or about what career you would like to follow. Here are some examples of the types of questions you may meet, together with some ideas to start you off thinking about your own answers...

Questions:

1. Qu'est-ce que tu feras l'année prochaine?

2. Quelles matières étudieras-tu?

3. Qu'est-ce que tu voudrais devenir? Pourquoi?

4. Que font tes parents dans la vie? Comment trouvent-ils leurs emplois?

5. As-tu un petit emploi? Combien gagnes-tu?

6. Aimes-tu l'emploi? Pourquoi/pourquoi pas?

Answers:

1. Je resterai l'année prochaine dans le lycée.

Or

Je ferai un stage.

Or

Je voudrais continuer à un autre collège.

Or

Je travaillerai et gagnerai de l'argent.

2. Je ferai un baccalauréat en anglais, allemand, maths et chimie. Je voudrais étudier l'allemand à l'université, parce que je voudrais travailler à l'étranger.

3. Je voudrais devenir journaliste parce que j'aime travailler avec des gens.

4. Mon père est employé bancaire et travaille dans une grande banque au centre-ville. Il trouve le travail très intéressant. Ma mère est infirmière et travaille dans un hôpital. Elle trouve le travail èpuisant.

5. Je suis serveuse et èpuisant chaque samedi dans un restaurant. Je gagne trois livres par heure.

6. Le travail est ennuyeux et exerçant. Je fais des économies pour les vacances. Je reçois aussi dix livres par mois de mes parents. Je dépense mon argent de poche pour des magazines.

Careers could also come in a role-play situation. You may have to be interviewed for a summer job, in which case you would probably have to answer straight forward questions about your personal details and qualities.

You may also have to talk about your work experience. Here are some ideas:

1. Où était ton stage de travail? J'ai travaillé dans un magasin de mode au centre-ville.

2. Comment était ton stage de travail? Le travail était èpuisant. Les personnes étaient très agréables.

3. Peux-tu décrire ton jour de travail? Le jour a commencé à neuf heures. Vers onze heures et demie j'ai eu une pause-café et vers une heure et demie la pause de midi. J'ai mangé un sandwich et j'ai bu un Cola.

Read the word in the blue circle at the bottom of the following diagram and tick one of the three boxes below the pictures to show which job it applies to. Mark your answer each time before you go on to the next question:

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The good thing about the topic of careers is that it is very straightforward to use more than one tense in your writing.

Present Tense

You can say what part-time job you are doing at the moment.

You can talk about:

  • Pay
  • Your colleagues
  • Hours of work
  • Your opinion - do you like or dislike it?
  • You can talk about the jobs that members of your family have and what they think about them.

    Perfect Tense (past tense)

    You can describe a job you have had in the past.

    You can talk about:

    • Your working hours - when did they start and end?
    • The food - what was it like?
    • Your colleagues - did you get on well with them?
    • Whether you enjoyed the job?

    Future Tense

    You can talk about your future plans.

    You can talk about:

    • Your plans for next year - staying on at school?
    • Going to college
    • Getting a job
    • The subjects you are going to study and why you've chosen them
    • Any training you are going to do
    • The career you would like to follow and why

    There are plenty of opportunities to give your opinions, which will help you to gain extra marks for content.

    Remember to check all the usual things:

    • Spelling
    • Adjective endings
    • Try and use a comparison if you can (one job was better than another because...)
    • If you are writing a letter - appropriate beginning and endings.

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