Working From Home and Career Opportunities

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 27, 2020 and last updated on July 14, 2023

The topic of working from home and career opportunities serves as an engaging conversation topic for English learners, fostering language improvement in various ways. Discussing remote work allows learners to practice expressing their opinions, describing advantages and disadvantages and exploring the changing dynamics of the workplace. They can expand their vocabulary related to careers, technology and work-life balance. Moreover, this topic encourages critical thinking, problem-solving and discussing the impact of remote work on individuals and society.

Engaging in conversations about working from home enhances English learners’ language skills while exploring a relevant and timely subject.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Working From Home and Career Opportunities

The concept of working from home has become increasingly prevalent, opening up new career opportunities for individuals across various industries. Embracing remote work allows professionals to break free from traditional office environments, providing flexibility, work-life balance, and reduced commuting stress. Remote work also enables access to a global talent pool and facilitates collaboration across borders. However, challenges such as maintaining productivity, establishing boundaries and potential isolation must be considered.

Exploring the topic of working from home and career opportunities allows us to examine the evolving nature of work in the modern era.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • employer (noun)
  • employee (noun)
  • promotion (noun)
  • advice (noun)
  • chance (noun)
  • point of concern (idiom)
  • scupper (verb)
  • take into consideration (idiom)

Conversation Questions

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  • What are the advantages of working from home?
  • What are some challenges or disadvantages of remote work?
  • What are the benefits of working from home for the employer?
  • Is remote work more beneficial for employees or employers?
  • How does working from home impact the ability to collaborate with colleagues?
  • Do you think working from home can increase or decrease productivity? Why?
  • Do you work from home?
  • Do you prefer working from home or working in a traditional office? Why?
  • Is working from home a sustainable and long-term option for all career fields?
  • Should remote work be the default option for companies, with in-person work as an exception?
  • What are some essential skills and qualities needed to succeed in a remote work environment?
  • Do you think that working from home reduces your chances of promotion?
  • What advice would you give to people working from home that don’t want to miss any opportunity for a promotion?
  • Should companies offer flexible remote work options to attract and retain talent?
  • Does working from home improve or hinder work-life balance and mental well-being?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.