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Building a career

Questions for discussion:

  1. What’s a career in your opinion? What do you think of career-oriented people? Is it good or bad?
  2. Do you consider a successful career only the one that ends at the very top of a career ladder, like CEO or President of a company?
  3. What do you think of a person who has spent all their life in one and the same company? Or at the same post?
  4. Does one need to be ambitious to build a career? What do you think of ambitious people? What’s the attitude to ambitions abroad?
  5. Do mistakes help build or ruin a career? What kind of mistakes can one afford not to spoil all one has achieved? 6 At what stage of career are major mistakes still affordable?
  6. Keith Ferrazzi in his bestseller Never Eat Alone promotes networking and advises to:
  7. * find a mentor
    * find a mentee
    * organize dinner parties
    * attend conventions and conferences.>
    What do you think of it? Is it possible? Does one really has to spend time on that instead of a good business school for example? Do you believe in networking as a means of building a career?

  8. In your opinion how can one balance career and family life? Is it possible at all?
  9. May a businessman be a procrastinator? What’s procrastination for you? Is it really bad to procrastinate?
  10. What ways of fighting procrastination can you name?
  11. What ways of enjoying procrastination for a rick businessman can you think of?
  12. What kind of skills do you need for a career? (Speaking foreign languages, analytic mind, being able working under stress, etc.)

Vocabulary

  • Mentor - a wise and trusted counselor or teacher
  • Mentee - a person who is guided by a mentor
  • Procrastination - putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention

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