How Not to Ruin Your Career

Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Social Media, Work, Human Resources
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Students engaged in a lesson about appropriate workplace behavior, discussing the impact of social media posts on their careers while watching a related video.

Lesson Description

"Could a selfie ruin your career?" In this lesson, students will discuss the meaning and importance of work ethics and talk about appropriate behaviors in the workplace. This lesson features a video about how posting on social media could affect your career. 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

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To discuss the topic of work ethics and appropriate behaviors in a workplace

  • To learn and practice new vocabulary words relating to the topic


Have you ever stopped to think, “Should I post this on social media?” or “Will posting this selfie affect me in the future?” Watch this video to learn about the best practices relating to social media for employees and people looking for a new job.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

work ethic(s) [noun]: a set of values centered on the importance of doing work and reflected especially in a desire or determination to work hard; moral guidelines or traits that a person or organization has
professionalism [noun]: the competence or skill expected of a professional
unethical [adjective]: not morally correct; wrong
punctuality [noun]: the fact or quality of being on time; not early or late
construe [verb]: to interpret a word or action in a particular way
in a bad light [idiom]: in a way that makes someone or something look bad
confidential [adjective]: intended to be kept secret; private or personal
moral principles [noun]: guidelines that people live by to make sure they are doing the right thing
blood, sweat, and tears [idiom]: extremely hard work or effort
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