6 Waiting for a job

Jock had run into Pam on the way home from college, and she had told him that Mr. Cook, the father of Ron, a mutual friend of theirs, was starting up a new computer software firm. Pam thought that Mr. Cook might be needing students to work in
the factory for the summer and suggested that Jock apply, since he wanted to make as much money as possible in the vacation. Jock had acted on her suggestion immediately and had put in for a job as a programmer. He was now waiting to hear if he had got a job. Up till his year he would have been able to fall back on a job in his brother-in-law’s paint factory if nothing else was available. However, his brother-in-law had had to shut down the factory earlier in the year because the business was losing money at an alarming rate. It was financially essential for Jock to work during the vacations, and he was banking on getting a job from Mr. Cook. He had tried several
local firms for work, but they had all passed him over. Jock was reluctant to contact Mr. Cook and try to pin him down about the job, as he needed to know as soon as possible. He had just decided that he would ring Mr. Cook the following day when he received a letter saying that Mr. Cook was prepared to take him on as soon as term ended. Naturally, he was extremely relieved.

 

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6 Waiting for a job

Jock had …     ….    Pam on the way home from college, and she had told him that Mr. Cook, the father of Ron, a mutual friend of theirs, was ……..   ..    a new computer software firm. Pam thought that Mr. Cook might be needing students to work in
the factory for the summer and suggested that Jock apply, since he wanted to make as much money as possible in the vacation. Jock had …..    ..   her suggestion immediately and had …    ..   …   a job as a programmer. He was now waiting to hear if he had got a job. Up till his year he would have been able to ….   ….    ..   a job in his brother-in-law’s paint factory if nothing else was available. However, his brother-in-law had had to ….    ….    the factory earlier in the year because the business was losing money at an alarming rate. It was financially essential for Jock to work during the vacations, and he was …….     ..   getting a job from Mr. Cook. He had tried several
local firms for work, but they had all ……     him ….  . Jock was reluctant to contact Mr. Cook and try to …    him ….    about the job, as he needed to know as soon as possible. He had just decided that he would ring Mr. Cook the following day when he received a letter saying that Mr. Cook was prepared to ….    him ..   as soon as term ended. Naturally, he was extremely relieved.

 

 

 

Conversation Questions

 

Have you ever run into someone on holiday?

What are the problems that people face when starting up a company?

Whose advice do you always act on?

What do you have to take into account when putting in for a job?

What do you have to fall back on if you lose your job/you can’t finish your education?

What are the most common reasons for businesses shutting down?

Can you bank on your best friend’s support no matter what?

Why are senior employees passed over in family run businesses?

Have you ever had to pin someone down just to get a definitive answer?

Would you take on a woman who you knew was planning to have a baby in the near future?

 

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