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Discussing Future Careers

Sam and Amy are in their final year of secondary school. They are discussing their career


Sam: Hi, Amy! I can’t believe this is our last year of school! Have you thought about your

future career?

Amy: Yes, I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently. I’m planning to go to the University of

York to study business management.

Sam: Sounds ambitious! I can see you running your own business some day!

Amy: Really? Well, that’s my goal. I’ve always been interested in business and I’m good at

managing my finances too. In the future, I want to be financially well-off rather than just

living from hand to mouth.

Sam: Me too – who wouldn’t? Well, I believe you’ll achieve your goals because I know how

determined and hard-working you are.

Amy: Thanks for the encouragement! Have you thought about your future career?

Sam: Well, I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but I haven’t decided yet… I’m thinking

about taking a gap year to help me figure out what I want to do.

Amy: Or you could see the careers advisor to explore different options? By the end of this

year, you should have a clearer idea of what you want to do…

Sam: Yes - I’ll do that and if I still can’t decide, then I’ll take a gap year.

Amy: Well good luck and keep me posted!

Sam: I will. Good luck to you too!

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Discussing Future Careers


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To set about

 To start to do


  1. I have no idea how to set about changing the wheel on my car.

  2. I tried to apologise but I think I set about it in the wrong way.

To look ahead

To think about what

might happen in the


I’m trying to look ahead to see how I can expand the business.

To think ahead

To think about what

might happen in the


It’s time to think

ahead and plan

what we are going

to do this year.

To carry something out

To do or complete


I’m planning to

carry out more

research on digital

technology for


To look forward to

To be exciting about something that is going to happen.

I’m really looking forward to going on holiday this summer.

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