• Add more arguments to the lists you made in Ex. 2a.
6 Choose the best option(s) to translate the word pressure.
7 Which word could replace the word benefit in the text?
8 What do you get when you finish university?
9 Do career prospects refer to
a) the present?
b) the future?
10 Translate the phrase earn a good living.
11 If you work part-time do you work eight hours a day?
12 If you have some work experience you
a) have worked
b) are going to work
Great to hear from you! You're lucky with your English weather. Can you believe that there's still snow on the ground here? I can't wait for spring to arrive!
I know how you feel about all that pressure to decide on a career. My parents are always going on about the benefits of studying for a degree and I don't think I have much choice. I'll be in the 10th grade next year and I guess I'll have to start preparing for the university entrance exams. Here in Russia, parents have a big say in their children's career prospects. My dad wants me to study law, but I'd rather go in for ! something involving computers. You can earn a good living in information technology in Russia.
If I were you I'd probably try to keep on with school and try to find out what your real strengths are. You don't want to end up doing a job you hate. And you can always do a part-time job to get some work experience and earn a little money. I'm sure you'll have made up your mind what to do by the time you leave school. Why is it that adults these days always want to push us? It's so difficult to do things for yourself, isn't it?
Anyway, if they leave you in peace for an hour or two, don't forget to write to me and tell me what you decide. And stay cool!
PS. There's a Beatles revival concert in St Petersburg next week and I'm going with some friends. Can't wait! I'll tell you about it next time.