Talking About Your Job - Business English Dialogues

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Read the dialogue featuring a computer technician who is being interviewed about his job responsibilities. Practice the dialogue with a friend so you can feel more confident the next time you speak about your job. There's a comprehension and vocabulary review quiz following the dialogue. 

Talking About Your Job

Jack: Hi Peter. Can you tell me a little bit about your current job?

Peter: Certainly What would you like to know?


Jack: First of all, what do you work as?

Peter: I work as a computer technician at Schuller's and Co.
Jack: What do your responsibilities include?

Peter: I'm responsible for systems administration and in-house programming.
Jack: What sort of problems do you deal with on a day-to-do basis?

Peter: Oh, there are always lots of small system glitches. I also provide information on a need-to-know basis for employees.
Jack: What else does your job involve?

Peter: Well, as I said, for part of my job I have to develop in-house programs for special company tasks.
Jack: Do you have to produce any reports?

Peter: No, I just have to make sure that everything is in good working order.
Jack: Do you ever attend meetings?

Peter: Yes, I attend organizational meetings at the end of the month.
Jack: Thanks for all the information, Peter. It sounds like you have an interesting job.

Peter: Yes, it's very interesting, but stressful, too!

Useful Vocabulary

computer technician = (noun) a person who programs and repairs computers
day-to-day basis = (noun phrase) every day
glitch = (noun) a technical problem, possibly hardware or software related
good working order = (noun phrase) in good condition
in-house = (adjective) work done by the company itself rather than a third party
need-to-know basis = (noun phrase) someone is told about something only when necessary
organizational meeting = (noun phrase) a meeting focusing on the structure of a company or project
stressful = (adjective) full of stress making someone nervous
to be responsible for = (verb phrase) to have a duty to do something, have a responsibility for a specific task
to develop = (verb) take an idea and improve it into a product
to involve = (verb) require things to be done
to produce reports = (verb phrase) write a report
to work as = (phrasal verb) used to express the role of a person in a company 

Comprehension Quiz

Are the following statements true or false? 

  1. Peter is responsible for managing other computer technicians. 
  2. He usually doesn't have to deal with minor glitches. 
  3. Peter's responsible for helping staff with computer issues.
  4. He develops software to sell to other companies.
  5. Peter has to attend a lot of meetings.

Answers

  1. False - Peter needs to help other staff members by providing information.
  2. False - Peter states that there are lots of system glitches.
  3. True - Peter provides information on a need-to-know basis.
  4. False - Peter develops software for in-house programs.
  5. False - Peter only needs to attend a monthly organizational meeting. 

Check Your Vocabulary

Provide an appropriate word to fill in the gaps below. 

  1. I think you'll find this computer in _________________. I checked it yesterday.
  2. He's been asked to ___________ a new database to keep track of our clients.
  3. I think we can find somebody ________ to do that. We don't need to hire a consultant.
  4. I've had such a ____________ day! It's been one problem after another!
  5. Unfortunately, our computer has a ___________ and we need to call a computer ___________.
  6. I'll give you information on a ___________________. Don't worry about studying up on any procedures. 
  1. I have a ___________ for you to do. Could you get last quarter's sales figures for me?
  2. I have an _________________ at two o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
  3. Peter is _____________ for making sure that are systems are up and running.
  4. You'll find that this job will ___________ a lot of research, as well as travel.

Answers

  1. in good working order
  2. develop
  3. in-house
  4. stressful
  5. glitch / technician
  6. need-to-know basis
  7. task
  8. organizational meeting
  9. responsible
  10. involve

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