Choosing a Career Path

Rob - author of the lesson plan   Rob | December 06, 2023
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Life Choices, Work, Human Resources
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
A diverse group of individuals engaged in a discussion about career options and the importance of language learning for advancing careers.

Lesson Overview

When choosing a career, don't settle; aim for the stars! In this lesson, students will discuss career and professional development and describe different situations connected with promotions and career changes. This lesson features a video about career advice. Students will learn and practice vocabulary relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will understand the concept of career development through a video on career advice, focusing on identifying their passions and unique skills.

  • Speaking: They'll engage in discussions about career goals and the importance of finding a balance between passion, skill, need, and compensation.

  • Vocabulary: Essential vocabulary related to career planning, professional development will be introduced and practiced.

  • Homework: Students will complete tasks including filling in blanks with the correct verbs, matching quotes to the speakers, and determining the truth of statements about career development.


It’s time for a career change! How to get started? What's your passion? What are you good at? Watch this video to receive career advice from a YouTube influencer and relationship expert, and discover more.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

aim for the stars [idiom]: set one’s goals and ambitions very high; try to attain or achieve something particularly difficult
personal development [noun]: the process of improving oneself through activities that develop a person’s capabilities and potential
promotion prospects [noun]: the chances an employee has for promotion or for gaining a better position, often in the same company
outplacement [noun]: a service that helps laid-off or terminated employees find a new job
secondment [noun]: a period when an employee is sent to work somewhere else
transferable [adjective]: able to be passed or moved from one person or organization to another and used by them
relocation [noun]: the action of moving to a new place and establishing one's home or business there
sideways career move [noun phrase]: moving across a company or industry to another role, but at a similar level of responsibility and pay
dead-end job [noun phrase]: a job in which there is little or no chance of career development and advancement into a better position
appoint [verb]: assign a job or role to (someone)
tweak [verb]: improve by making small changes to (something)
call it quits [idiom]: stop or abandon something; quit or give up
hand in one’s notice [expression]: officially tell one’s employer that they intend to leave their job after a certain amount of time
line up [phrasal verb]: arrange, organize, or plan
learn the ropes [idiom]: learn how to do something new
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