Session 21

Should your job be your vocation?
Today we are discussing whether it is a good thing for people to dedicate themselves to their jobs.

మీరు చేస్తున్న ఉద్యోగంలో వృత్తి పట్ల నిబద్దత ఉండాలా?
ఇవాళ మనం వృత్తి పట్ల ఎంత నిబద్దత ఉండాలి? ఉద్యోగానికి ఎంతవరకు అంకితమవ్వాలి? లాంటి విషయాలను చర్చిద్దాం.

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Activity 1

Should your job be your vocation?

Look at the Session Vocabulary – make sure you know what these words and phrases mean:

  • sacrifice
  • expectations
  • caring professions


How many extra unpaid hours do teachers in the UK work each week (According to British trade unions)?

a) 3.5 hours
b) 8.5 hours
c) 12.5 hours

Listen to the audio and take the quiz.

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హలో బాగున్నారా? English Together కార్యక్రమానికి స్వాగతం. ప్రస్తుతం చర్చల్లో ఉన్న ఏదైనా ఒక అంశం గురించి మీరూ మాట్లాడాలనుకుంటున్నారా? దానికి ఉపయోగపడే భాషను మీరిక్కడ నేర్చుకోవచ్చు. నేను సౌమ్య. ఇదిగో నాతో పాటూ…

Hi, I’m Phil

And I’m Tom, hello everyone!

ఇవాళ్టి కార్యక్రమంలో ప్రజలు తాము చేస్తున్న ఉద్యోగాల గురించి ఏమనుకుంటున్నారు అనే అంశం గురించి చర్చిద్దాం.  ఒక టీచర్ గురించి కథనాన్ని విందాం. దానికి ముందు ఇవాల్టి ప్రశ్న: బ్రిటిష్ ట్రేడ్ యూనియన్స్ ప్రకారం యూకేలో టీచర్లు వారానికి చేసే అదనపు పని గంటలు ఎన్ని?

a) 3.5 గంటలు

b) 8.5 గంటలు

c) 12.5 గంటలు

Guys, what do you think?  

Wow… did you know I used to be a teacher? I think it's high, I'm going to go for 12.5 hours.

I also used to be a teacher as well, Phil and teachers definitely work a lot. 12.5 hours seems like quite a lot though, especially if we're talking about every week. I'll go for 8.5 hours.

సరే వింటూ ఉండండి, జవాబు తరువాత చెప్తాను. Chicago కు చెందిన LaShonda Carter, BBC World Service  ప్రోగ్రాం లో మాట్లాడుతున్నారు. విందాం. ఈవిడ ఒక టీచర్.

News Insert
Miss Carter, when you went to the job fair, you didn't just pop by and take the baby for an hour or two, what happened?

Initially Larisha has just reached out and was like you know if you could just paypal me some money then I'll be good and you know, me and the baby, you know we'll just get on the bus and I was like, no y'all and I are not getting on public transportation, I told her I will come and get her and then gave her a ride to the job fair and I just sat in the car with the baby. This is what real educators do and we never get recognition, people don't know what we do for students, you know sometimes out of our own pockets, sometimes you know we don't have it and we make sacrifices because we love all of our students and we want them all to be successful. We don't get paid a lot for what we do and we don't do it for the pay, we do it out of the kindness of our hearts.

What do you think of that story?

Wow, that's a pretty inspiring story – some people really do find their vocation.

Having a vocation – vocation అంటే తమ వృత్తి పట్ల నిబద్ధత కలిగి ఉండడం.

Yeah, I think teaching is one of those jobs where people see it as more of a vocation than as a job.

I think you're right, teachers often put themselves out for their students, but I've got a few questions about that.

You don't think Miss Carter should have put herself out for her student? Put yourself out అంటే త్యాగం చెయ్యడం.

Don't get me wrong, that's an amazing story and she sounds like an amazing teacher – it's definitely a really heart-warming story. But I'm a little bit worried about the expectations that we put on people like teachers, nurses or doctors. At the end of the day, these are jobs and people need work-life balance

Work-life balance అంటే మనం చేస్తున్న పని లేదా ఉద్యోగం, దాని బయట జీవితం..వీటి యొక్క సమతౌల్యం. Do you think these expectations can affect people's work-life balance? 

Yes, I do – I wonder if it's putting too much pressure on people? 

You might have a point, but if you work in a caring profession, it's natural to feel empathy for the people you work with – I can totally see why people put themselves out for others. 

Empathy అంటే సహానుభూతి. Do you think people need to be empathetic to work in those jobs?

Yes, and I think we should just be happy that people like Miss Carter are out there – there's so much bad news around, let's just celebrate stories like this one.

Ok, let's find out the answer to the quiz now – యూకే లో టీచర్లు నిర్ణీత పనిగంటలులను మించి వారానికి ఎన్ని గంటలు over time చేస్తున్నారు? జవాబు C –  వారానికి 12.5 గంటలు.

So maybe we should celebrate this story – but still be concerned about work-life balance.

You can't just enjoy good news can you, Phil?

Right, we’re out of time so let’s just look at the words we’ve been talking about today – vocation అంటే తమ వృత్తి పట్ల నిబద్ధత కలిగి ఉండడం; put yourself out అంటే త్యాగం చెయ్యడం; work-life balance – పని లేదా ఉద్యోగం, దాని బయట జీవితం..వీటి యొక్క సమతౌల్యం and empathy – సహానుభూతి. Thanks for joining us and see you next time for more English Together.

Meaning and Use

vocation (noun)

A vocation is a job or role, which someone feels they are particularly suitable to do. They may also have a strong desire to carry out this work.

  • I love being a teacher – I've found my vocation.
  • Many people who work as doctors are motivated because they feel that it is their vocation.
  • It often takes people some time after they leave school to find their true vocation.


put yourself out (verb)

To put yourself out for something or someone is to make sacrifices for something or someone.

  • Many teachers put themselves out for their students.
  • I don't mind putting myself out for my friends.
  • I study a lot, you have to put yourself out for your career if you want to be successful.


work-life balance (noun)

Work-life balance refers to how much time someone spends working in relation to their leisure time.

  • Having a good work-life balance is important to me, I never work at the weekends.
  • I'm earning good money in my new job, but I've lost my work-life balance – I'm too tired to do anything else.
  • I'm worried about my work-life balance – I just can't stop thinking about work.


empathy (noun)

Having empathy means that someone can imagine how someone else feels and share their feelings.

  • Nurses have to have empathy for their patients.
  • Managers who have empathy for their staff can be better at motivating them.
  • Empathy is an important quality for people working in the caring professions.

Check what you’ve learned by selecting the correct option for the question.
సరైన జవాబును గుర్తించి మీరింత వరకూ నేర్చుకున్నదానిని చెక్ చేసుకోండి.

Should your job be your vocation?

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Do you think that it is important that teachers put themselves out for their students. Do you think that they should try to maintain a work-life balance or do you think it is better to be devoted to your vocation? Join us for our next episode of English Together when we will learn more useful language and practise your listening skills. 

Join us for our next episode of English Together when we will learn more useful language and practise your listening skills.
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Session Vocabulary

  • vocation
    వృత్తి పట్ల నిబద్ధత కలిగి ఉండడం

    put yourself out
    త్యాగం చెయ్యడం

    work-life balance
    ఉద్యోగం-జీవితం..ఈ రెండింటి సమతౌల్యం




    caring profession
    జాగ్రత్తగా చూసుకునే వృత్తి