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5 Things Successful People Never Do

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There are a million things that contribute to your success: your attitude, your people skills, and your ability to lead, listen, and take responsibility, to name a few.

Why Successful People Leave Their Loser Friends Behind

Reading: Why Successful People Leave Their Loser Friends Behind

We all want to be amazing. We all want to be successful, happy, and regarded as important figures in our fields. I am sure that you’ve heard all of the keys to success before: planning, hard work, perseverance, etc.

But today we are going to look at the one factor that will likely make or break your success: the people you surround yourself with.

Master Class "Interview in English: Top 10 questions"

Interviews are a stressful experience, which makes even the most confident of us weak in the knees. If you add the language element into the equation, as a non-native speaker, it makes the interview process an even bigger hill to climb. While you can never prepare for everything when it comes to interviews, nor have the perfect interview, the key to mastering interviews in English is anticipating as many different scenarios as possible and preparing for them.

Master Class "Interview in English: Career goals"

There’s an American saying – “You don’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” The same is true for our lives and careers – you won’t be able to change, grow and improve unless you know who you are. To find your professional identity, it is important that you yourself have a good understanding of your values, priorities, personality and goals and match these to the kind of career that would be best for you. The questions we ask here will help us in this. 

Master Class "Interview in English: Speaking about yourself"

Interviews are a stressful experience, which make even the most confident of us weak in the knees. If you add the language element into the equation, as a non-native speaker, it makes the interview process an even bigger hill to climb. While you can never prepare for everything when it comes to interviews, nor have the perfect interview, the key to mastering interviews in English is anticipating as many different scenarios as possible and preparing for them.

Career and Job Search

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Imports versus Domestic

Questions for discussion:

  1. Have the sanctions affected you? If so, in what way ? 
  2. Have you seen the impact of of food import bans? 
  3. Why do you think people prefer Western products (food/cars/electronics)?
  4. Do you think sanctions were reasonably imposed by the west?

  5. Do you think sanctions are here to stay? 
  6. Do you prefer to holiday abroad? If so why or why not? 

Crisis

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Crisis

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Business

Questions for discussion:

  1. Are you interested in the world of business?
  2. Do you think you have a good head for business?
  3. What kind of business would you like to start?
  4. Do you think anyone can start their own business?

Professional Identity

Choosing a profession

  1. What is your profession? What personality traits one should have to get it?
  2. What influenced your career choice? By what criteria did you make a choice?
  3. What kind of talents does a person need to be a professional in your field of work?
  4. What are your talents? How do you utilize your potential at work? Which of your talents do you develop just for yourself as a hobby (if you have one)?

Retirement

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the age for mandatory retirement in your country?
  2. At this stage of your life, are you beginning to make plans for your retirement years? Why?
  3. What would be a perfect retirement for you?
  4. Ranging from 1-10, 10 being the highest, how would you rate your career? Why?

Charisma & Leadership

1. What is charisma for you? How would you describe someone who is charismatic?

2. Name three famous people that you think are charismatic and why?

3. Do you think charisma can be developed?

4. What does the word “leadership” mean to you?

5. Do you think being a leader is genetic or do you think that it is something that can be learnt?

6. Do you see yourself as a leader?

7. What qualities does a leader need to have?

8. Do you think to be a good leader you need to have integrity?

Work & Happiness

1. Is it necessary for human beings to work to be happy?

2. Would an increase in salary motivate you to work longer hours at a job that you don’t like?

3. How would you motivate yourself to do the job that you don’t like?

4. Some psychologists suggest try to remember what the person wanted to do when they were a child to find their “dream” job, do you agree with this technique?

5. Do you think that woman and man approach the same work differently? Do you think they handle stress in a different way?

Dreams and Goals

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you think our dreams shape our personality?
  2. Do you think your dreams are shaped by the society you live in?
  3. What do you want to achieve in the next ten years?
  4. If you were able to put five people in a room that you would like to be like, who would that be and why?

Job Interview Questions

Questions for discussion:

  1.  What is your ideal job? What country would you like to work in?
  2.  What do you think is the worst job in the world?
  3. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
  4. Give an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work?

Godess shift: women leading for change

1.Give us some examples of how women being in leadership positions is
changing the world.

2. When looking a the role of women in society, how is the time we're
in now different from previous times in history?

3. Who are some of the women who've helped create this change?

4. How do women in leadership positions lead differently from men?

5. What are some of the obstacles to leadership that are unique to women?

6. Tell us some stories from your experience that illustrate those problems.

Corruption

Questions for discussion:

  1. What kinds of corruption are there in your country?
  2. Has corruption affected your life?
  3. Why do you think people are corrupt.?
  4. Can corruption be a good thing?
  5. How do you reduce corruption?
  6. Which countries have a lot of corruption?
  7. What can you do about corruption in your country?
  8. How do you remove corrupt employees from their jobs?
  9. What is the largest bribe you have paid?
  10. Can corruption be a good thing in some societies?

Creativity

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No matter what line of work you’re in, chances are the daily grind of schlepping to work (even if it’s just down the hall) and toiling away in an open office to do a job that doesn’t exactly tickle your fancy every day is enough to stifle your more creative urges.

Unemployment

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is unemployment a great problem where you live now?
  2. Do you know people who have lost their jobs recently?
  3. What do you think the role of the government is in regulating the unemployment situation in this country?
  4. How should the government help people who have lost their jobs?
  5. Describe an employee whom the employer will never fire.
  6. When is the best time for a person to start looking for a job?

To Live and Survive in the Office

1. Do you believe that in the office there are sharks, donkeys, jackals and other animal-prototype employees? What kind of workers do you notice in your office? In which spheres you can find them in abundance?

2. What are the skills/traits of character that annoy you most in your colleagues? What do you like in your colleagues? What kind of colleagues do you ignore? What type are those colleagues?

3. How to survive in a company: common rules and general practices?

Women and work

Overtime, women have become more powerful in the working world. Today we see women in positions which at one point used to be male-dominated, like lawyers and doctors. Women are trying to become more successful at work but still face an extraordinary dilemma: Family or Work? They try to sequence between the two, but it is still hard… Read the full article or download it in Word format below.

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Dress code

Reading: Swedish male train drivers wear skirts after shorts row


A dozen male train drivers in Sweden have circumvented a ban on shorts by wearing skirts to work in hot weather.

The workers, who operate the Roslagsbanan line north of the capital Stockholm, have been wearing skirts to work for the past two weeks.

Employer Arriva banned the drivers from wearing shorts after taking over the running of the line in January.

But the company has given the men its blessing to wear skirts, according to local newspaper Mitti.

Jobs

Questions for discussion:

  1. What kind of jobs have you had (part-time and full-time)?
  2. Are there many good job vacancies for you in your country?
  3. What is your dream job?
  4. What jobs do you do at home?
  5. Are there jobs that are only for women or only for men?
  6. How many jobs do you think you’ll have in your life?
  7. Are there any jobs you would refuse to do, regardless of the pay?
  8. Is being a rock star or sports star a job?
  9. What do you think the job of being an English teacher is like?

Leadership

Questions for discussion:

  1. What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘leadership’?
  2. Do people automatically have leadership or must they learn it?
  3. Why is good leadership important?
  4. What do you think of the leadership of your country?
  5. What is the most important thing a leader must remember about leadership?
  6. Have you ever been in positions of leadership?
  7. What leadership quality do you most value/admire?
  8. Who in the world do you think possesses the greatest leadership skills?

Relationship at Work

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do love affairs at work happen so often?
  2. Why do love affairs rarely end up as a marriage?
  3. Have you ever been in love or dated with your colleague? Or do you know such a story? Did it end up well?
  4. Why do many companies prohibit love affairs between the workers of the company and between the workers and clients/ partners? Is it only because the bosses want their employees be lonely and spend all their time at work?

Writing a CV

1. Why do you need a CV? Can you get a job without one and how?
2. Why do you need a covering letter? What do you write in a covering letter?
3. What should a student write in a CV? What should they put first? What should they hide?
4. What should one write in a CV of a person with a 1-2 years’ experience? 3-4 years’ experience?
5. What should you write in a CV if you want to change your professional sphere radically?
6. What should you write in a CV apart from working experience?
- contact info (cell ph #, email, address)
- personal info (marital status, kids, etc.)

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?

Time Management

Questions for discussion:

  1. What's time management for you? Do you think it's really useful and needed? What are the good and bad sides of TM, in your opinion?
  2. Are you often late? Are you annoyed when somebody else is late? What are the drawbacks of losing time on waiting for somebody? Do you think being late depends on the person or on the situation?
  3. In your opinion can TM be applied only at work? Do you need it in your everyday life?
  4. How do you proiritise tasks when there is a lot to do?

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