Describe a part-time or short-term job you would like to do in a foreign country.
You should say:
What the job is
Where you want to do it
When you would to go there
And explain why you would like to do that job
I’d like to work as a tour guide. This may sound strange, but I have a few friends who while living in England actually got tour guide jobs for local National Heritage places, like parks and gardens that have old manor houses and stately homes and things like this. You see, there are a lot of Chinese tourists in many places overseas nowadays, and they often don’t speak very much English, and English speakers rarely speak any Chinese. So, I would like to learn about a place of national interest in a foreign country and get a job as a tour guide for Chinese tourist groups there. I’m really interested in history, you see, and I’m also really keen on improving my English, so I think that being a tour guide in an English-speaking country would combine these two interests very well. I could read the books about the tourist site, make notes, then translate them into Chinese and practice how I would show the places to Chinese tourists - you know, pick out the key facts and historical details of the places that I think would most appeal to a Chinese audience and talk about them. I’m also quite an extrovert person and I’ve always liked jobs that involve a degree of walking around, ‘teaching’ people things, telling amusing jokes and entertaining people. Tourists also like to be entertained a little bit too, so I’d be sure to find some amusing facts about the place and slip these into my talks. So, I think it would be the ideal job for my in the summer in a foreign country and I’d learn a lot as well as earn some money and enjoy entertaining the groups that I am responsible for. I think I could find such a job by looking online, or maybe calling the various tourist sites in the city where I’d like to find work. It would depend on where I could study overseas – first I’d get a place in a university, like York, for example, then contact the tourist sites in that city and apply for jobs. I think this is how my friends did it when they worked as tour guides during their summer vacations during their overseas study.
1. What kind of short-term jobs can we do when we go abroad?
There are a number of part-time or short-term jobs people can do when they’re overseas. I have friends who have done all sorts of things, usually quite menial jobs that are low-paying, but sometimes more interesting and stimulating jobs too. I think the most interesting ones I have heard about are jobs in a library or at local tourist sites – some of my colleagues have worked as tour guides part-time during the summer holidays. That’s one example of a short-term job that I think could be rewarding. Others worked in voluntary schemes, sort of charities, helping at orphanages or animal shelters. I can’t really think of any more examples, but I do think that part-time work can be beneficial for students and teach them responsibility, self-discipline and enable them to learn a little bit about working with others.
2. Why do you think some young people like to work abroad today?
I think some people enjoy the novelty of being in a foreign environment, meeting new people and learning new things. When we are in another culture we tend to learn a lot just in daily life – whether it’s simple stuff like everyday living and shopping and interacting with people in daily life, or more specific skills that one may learn working in a foreign company where the company culture is different, maybe the management style is different and the whole interaction with employees. I think working abroad can be rather challenging actually, and some people enjoy these challenges and benefit from them immensely, whilst others find them too overwhelming and intimidating and don’t enjoy them at all. Like a lot of things in life, it depends on a person’s personality, their ambitions and the things they enjoy doing in life.
3. Do Chinese parents encourage their children to work abroad?
I am not sure to be honest. Some parents do and some parents don’t. It totally depends. I think that some parents think it’s a good idea that their children do some part time work during the holidays if they are staying for the summer in the country in which they are studying, whilst others prefer their children to come home to see them and spend time with them because they’ve missed them throughout the rest of the year. There are parents who also feel it’s character-building and good for a person’s experience and confidence to take on some kind of work overseas between their studies. Life is often about experiences, and the more experiences you have the more mature, open-minded and understanding you can be about other people and life. So some parents encourage their kids to gain such overseas work experiences so that they develop new skills and become more mature about the international working world.
4. Are there any policies in China encouraging young people stay domestically to have a job?
I honestly don’t know to be perfectly honest. But I think that to a certain degree it’s good that people return to their home countries to work and contribute to their society. I’m not sure if there are any specific policies that encourage young people to do this, but I’d say it was a good thing that the skills we learn overseas are brought back home and used to help contribute to the growth of their home country.