Describe a well-paid job that you think you would be good at. You should say:
What the job is
What qualifications are required for this job How this job is different than other jobs And say why you would be good at this job.
Well now I would like to tell you about my ideal occupation in the near future that I’ve done quite a lot of research about. I want to become the first Vietnamese male IELTS examiner in Hanoi. You know the title “the first Vietnamese IELTS examiner” was taken a couple of months ago by an IDP female teacher, otherwise it would be my initial goal. Truly sad!
Anyway, so I actually did my homework and googled the process as well as requirements. In order to accomplish my ambition, I must have at least a bachelor degree and a TESOL degree which stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Totally achievable, in my opinion. In addition, after submitting the application form, followed by an interview in person, applicants are obliged to complete a mandatory training for 160$. Seems like a lot, but you see, hard work pays off.
If I become an examiner, my current salary would quadruple from 10$ to 40$ per hour. I will also have the bragging right with all of my colleges and I believe these two reasons alone are quite enough, right? That would be the end of my story and thank you for spending two minutes listening to what you have already known and been through.
- What kinds of jobs can also get high salary in your country?
As in other nations, how high a person’s salary is determined by their time and efforts. It is not unrealistic that doctors or CEOs of certain corporations receive significantly higher incomes compared to other professions because they have to spend years honing their skills and accumulating hands-on experience before practicing their career. Besides, celebrities like MCs or comedians also have a handsome salary since they contribute greatly to our lives. Just imagine how life would be if there are no comedy shows or reality programmes.
- Do people who have different levels of income feel happy about how much they earn?
This is a fascinating question, really. The discrepancy in income levels generally reflects the degree of happiness a person may feel. This is due to the fact that when people have the
means, they can easily afford high-quality services and enjoy their life better. They can go to the cinema with their buddies to watch a blockbuster or hang out at some coffee shops. These things make people satisfied in life. On the contrary, if people can’t take their mind off stuff like how to earn a living to support their family financially, definitely they sense no happiness in this life.
- What do you think employers (or supervisors) can do to help motivate their employees to perform better at work, besides giving them a pay raise?
There is a number of ways that bosses or supervisors can adopt to raise their employees’ morale and enhance the overall work productivity apart from offering them higher salary.
I guess the most effective approach would be for companies to organize annual excursions so that their workers can socialize with one another and cultivate team spirit while they can escape from the stress for a while. The second one is that more a flexible working schedule should be brought in as this would allow workers to have more quality family time and a worry-free set of mind at work.
- Do you think it is good to change jobs frequently?
If I have to choose, the answer would be no. Instead of job-hopping on a frequent basis, it would be better if we reflect on our interests or make greater efforts and determination in what we are doing. This helps us to have an overall picture of our genuine abilities and better adapt to an environment for longer stay. Another plus point is the promotion prospects are more promising if we set our heart on staying at the same place because the more we work, the more hands-on experience we gain. This makes us qualified for a pay rise or a good promotion
- If someone feels bored in their job, is it easy for them to change a different job? Definitely Yes, It is not uncommon that many people change their occupation simply because they can derive no sense of satisfaction in what they are doing. If your job only means getting up early and rushing to the workplace and nothing else to you, the chances are that you will make more mistakes while working on your assigned tasks or lose your temper on a daily basis. So, leaving your current post and going to somewhere with more fresh challenges turns out to be the choice that fills you with energy and eagerness to contribute.
- What should schools do to help students survive in society well?
There is a whole lot of stuff schools and teachers can do to enhance their survival rate of students when they leave the protection of teachers and step into society. The first meaningful thing is that teachers should give more practical lessons besides the solely theoretical curriculum the kids learn at school. For example, guiding them how to do first aid can help them rescue others from drowning when they go swimming, or how to protect themselves during a sexual intercourse. This essential knowledge is what truly helps students not to get lost in the big world out there.
- What kinds of jobs are unpopular in Vietnam?
Well to the best of my knowledge, I would say that like other nations, Vietnamese people have different occupations to make ends meet these days. I can only tell which one is popular. So if you ask me the opposite, the answer would vary. To be honest, being a nurse is the least popular job among people at my age.
- Why do many young adults keep changing their jobs?
There are a couple of reasons explaining why the youths today are constantly moving to different places of work. The main cause is not enough income. As many companies give a low pay but require them to work harder, young people have no choice but quit their current job and look for other positions that can give them some sense of satisfaction. Another reason for job-hopping is that some people can’t find a suitable work environment and try different workplaces to find out their own interests, which is really important for long-term commitment.
- How to find a perfect job?
Frankly speaking, a perfect job is not one that gives you a lot of money. Rather it’s the one that gives you a sense of satisfaction. This is because when you are working in an environment where you can receive support from your boss, nice treatment from your colleagues or annual pay rise, the chances are that you would love to stay their longer and contribute wholeheartedly to the wellbeing of the company. As an expected result, you will think that what you have is an ideal, a dream job
- Would you ask your parents for advice about work?
Since my parents and I have different occupations, frankly speaking I am a office worker and my parents are manual laborers, So, you can see there is no point in asking them about what I should do when I come up a against a certain issue at the workplace.
However, in some cases, tips from parents are especially practical. For example, when I attend the birthday of my boss and didn’t know what to give, I asked my dad and followed his advice. The result is that I gained respect from my boss thanks to my parents’ tips. After all, we all work under someone.
- Would you like to apply for challenging jobs or common jobs?
Personally speaking, I would love to take up the challenge and see where my limit lies.As I’m quite an adventurous person and willing to take risks, I will definitely choose challenging position. By working in an environment that I haven’t got used to yet, I can explore my potential and see my strengths and weaknesses. For example, as an officer, I wanna try higher position to test my management ability and see what I need to improve in the future.
- What is your opinion regarding different jobs and the different payment received for doing them?
It’s something that’s normal I think; jobs which can be done by anyone don’t usually pay much, simply because so many people can do them, employers don’t need to pay more than the absolute minimum.Then there are jobs which only a few people can do, either because of the skills or knowledge required to do the job, and employers have to pay more for these types of jobs because the higher payment reflects the scarcity of individuals who are able to do them.
It’s basically the law of supply and demand, just as it would apply to any other product. The labor market is subject to the same law, the more common the job skills are, the less the job pays, and the rarer the job skills are the more the job pays.
- Is it possible to eliminate this kind of discrimination?
Unless all jobs are made the same – the answer is no, different pay rates will always apply to different jobs depending on the level of expertise needed. Clearly an easy job which requires little or no training or education will never pay as much as a difficult or dangerous job which needs the individual to be highly trained or educated to do it. Nothing in life works like that.
- Do you think it is necessary for a company to encourage its employees?What are some of the motivational factors for workers to perform well in their work?
Yes I do believe it is essential for a company to push their employees to achieve high productivity and work performance. I suppose the most common ones are money, satisfaction, recognition and personal self-esteem. Different people are motivated by different factors and while we all like to be paid for the work we do, it’s not always the most important factor.There are many people who put social factors such as being part of a team, contributing, and helping others as greater priorities than simply earning money.Then there are people, who perform well in the hope that their efforts will be recognized by management or their boss, or they simply take pride in doing their job well, or they seek promotion or greater responsibility within the company.
- In your opinion, where does such inner motivation come from?
- Sometimes it comes from a need, such as wanting to prove to others that you can do something well or better than other people. Some people are naturally competitive and it is this which drives them to perform better than other people at work. Many people who come from humble backgrounds are motivated to perform well at work so they can build a better life for themselves and their family in the future. In other cases, it may simply be just a desire to earn more money so they can be financially better off in the future.
- How do you think companies could improve the job satisfaction levels of underpaid workers?
I’m not sure that’s possible. I mean, if they are underpaid, they obviously get paid less than they think they should, but employers are not going to pay more than is absolutely necessary for any employee – most low paid jobs can be done by almost anyone, so investing additional resources to try and make employees happier makes the cost of the employees higher.
- Other possible questions:
Do you think it is fair that some people can get high payment but not very work hard?
Do you think you want to be taking up this job?
Which occupation should be given a better pay?