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Careers

Overview

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Choosing the right career path can be an extremely difficult decision for young people who have little life experience.

Many people struggle to find a career path they are happy with, and more often than not settle for any job that pays a decent salary.

There are many factors that people should consider when choosing a career with salary being just one of them. People should also consider education requirements, potential job opportunities and whether they actually have a real passion for the career in question.

It is also important to consider not just what your prospects are of finding a job now, but also what the future holds and whether the job opportunities in the industry are likely to be growing ten or twenty years from now.

Vocabulary

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  • career path (noun)
  • crucial (adjective)
  • likely (adverb)
  • consider (verb)
  • take into account (phrase)
  • settle for something (phrasal verb)
  • factor (noun)
  • take something into consideration (phrase)
  • problematic (adjective)

The Main Question

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What should young people consider when choosing a career path?

Let's Talk More!

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Careers
  • Are you happy with your career choice?
  • What did you decide to follow the career path you have taken?
  • Is your career what you expected it would be when you were younger?
  • What would you like to change about the industry you are working in?
  • If you could go back in time would you change your career path?
  • Would you ever consider changing your career?
  • Why is changing a career so scary for many people?
  • If you had to change your career now, what would you do?
  • What do you think is a good career path for youngsters nowadays?
  • Do you think it's important that young people get advice and guidance when choosing a career?

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