Changing careers

Lesson plan overview

This Business English lesson is about changing careers. It is ideal for business professionals who are considering making a career change. II is focused on speaking.
It can be combined with the following lessons: “Start and grow your side hustle”, “Apprenticeships vs university”, “The importance of company culture”, “Phrasal verbs: change and innovation”, and “Idioms: entrepreneurship” and “Idioms: burnout“.

Speaking: First, students look at 7 statements and decide whether or not they are true for them and for their current job. After that they discuss the statements with a partner, giving reasons are examples for their answers. Next, students look at the differences between a job change and a career change and decide what are the characteristics of each transition. Then they look at 7 scenarios and decide what action (changing careers or jobs) will be more appropriate in each case. After that students discuss a few questions related to career changes.
Vocabulary: Students look at a few situations and work out what is described in each one (side hustle, upskill, job shadowing, internship). Then they discuss how each of these things might be useful for a person who is looking to change careers. This task is similar to speaking task 3 of Cambridge First and Advanced exams.
Video: Students watch a video “How to change careers at 30” and complete 2 tasks.
The last task is focused on speaking: students imagine they are looking for a career change and discuss a few questions in pairs or small groups.
The conversation cards provide additional speaking practice.

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Vocabulary matching


The first time you watch the video, pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the following words:

Once you conduct the self-assessment process, you’re probably going to find some themes, some threads, some patterns, and you could also determine what is transferable.
Probably you will have to revamp your résumé, so keep in mind a resume is not a mini autobiography, but a résumé is a relevant marketing document.
But don’t just rely on your résumé.

Comprehension questions

In-class activities

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