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Exploring Career Options

Sarah is a sixth form student. She can’t decide what she would like to study when she finishes her A level exams. She goes to the career department in her school to ask for some advice. She speaks to Mr. Jackson about her options…

Sarah: Hi, Mr Jackson. I’m really struggling to decide what course to apply for at university - Can you help me?

Mr. Jackson: Of course, I can, but you don’t have much time to think it through! You really need to decide soon, so that you can apply before the deadline which is at the end of this month. What do you enjoy? What are your strengths?

Sarah: Mm… I really enjoy learning languages and I feel that it comes naturally, but my mum is doctor, and she really wants me to study medicine at university.

Mr. Jackson: Well, if you think ahead to the future, can you see yourself as a doctor?

Sarah: No… I can’t…

Mr. Jackson: Studying languages can open many doors, you know. You could teach languages, travel around the world, and use your skills in any job. How do you feel about teaching?

Sarah: I’d love to be teacher, but I don’t think I have enough confidence.

Mr. Jackson: You’ll gain confidence at university! The best advice I can give you, is to use your strengths and do what you enjoy!


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Exploring Career Options


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To run up against

To experience something difficult and unexpected.

The politicians ran up against strong opposition from the people.

To wrestle with

To try very hard to deal with a problem or a difficult situation.

I wrestled with the decision for a few months before deciding to quit.

To think through

To carefully consider the possible results of doing something.

I need some time think this through before making a decision.

To knuckle down

To start working or studying harder.

He’s going to have to knuckle down if he wants to pass the course.

To talk over

To discuss a

problem or situation

with someone.

We talked over the

issues in the

meeting before

making a decision.

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