Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Job Satisfaction as a Nurse

Can you remember being sick and getting special care from someone? We have all been sick in our lives, and someone has taken care of us! Some people learn that taking care of sick people is the perfect job for them. There will always be sick people, so if taking care of the sick is interesting to you, that's great. You can take science classes, get some training, and get a good job. 

In this interview, you will listen to a public health nurse who takes care of people who are sick with one disease: tuberculosis. This is a very contagious and serious disease. He also says you need to be patient to do this job! Patience is part of many jobs. He will explain his education, experience, and responsibilities. He enjoys people, and he enjoys the challenge of communicating with people. 

In the United States now, many people believe we will have a shortage of nurses for a long time. So if this work interests you, you can take some science classes, and talk to some more nurses about their jobs. Find out about the salary and working conditions. If this looks like the career for you, you can get started with classes soon. We have nursing programs at City College and at San Francisco State University. You don't have to go far away to study! Nursing is a great career for men and women, too. 

Monday, March 10, 2008

Working as a Bookkeeper

Our last job video introduced you to a job in transportation. Our bus driver told us that we would need to be very patient to do this job and we would need to think about safety all the time. In this video interview, you will meet someone who is good at working with numbers in an office. She enjoys puzzles, and getting details in correct order. What about you, are you good at details? Do you love to get everything "correct?"

Everyone needs to take care of money. Bookkeepers and accountants are important in many kinds of business. They need to know something about computers in most offices, and they need to enjoy doing careful work. Sometimes they need to work long hours, but they always need to be correct. 

After you watch this video, you can think about this kind of work for yourself or someone that you know. Talk with a classmate about the answers for the questions below. You can watch again, and fill in the missing words to work on your listening skills. Click here for the listening exercise.

Listening for Information – Political Bookkeeper
After you listen, talk with a partner in class to check your answers. 

1. What is her name and what’s the name of her job?

2. What is a political bookkeeper?

3. How long has she been working in this job?

4. What experience did she have before that helps her in this job?

5. What training or education did she have that helped her in this job?

6. What classes, or training would she suggest for someone interested in this job?

7. And what kind of person would be good for this job?

8. What’s the most fun part of her work?

9. What’s the most challenging or difficult part of her work?

10. What is her busy period at work?

11. What is special or unique about her job?