Funky Phrasals
 
 
 
 
 
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Careers


PART 1: TO GET IN, TO TAKE OVER

 

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VICKI: Do you have a glittering career? Is it all you even dreamed it would be? Well-paid, nice office, company car?
MATT: How are you getting on at work?
VICKI: How well are things going for you at work?
VICKI: Maybe you've been lucky enough to land a dream job in your ideal company.
MATT: You've got your dream job. Mind you, it was difficult to get in.
VICKI: It was difficult to get employed by that company.
MATT: But you got through the interviews and tests.
VICKI: Yes you managed to pass the tests and were successful in the interviews, and...
MATT: you got in!
VICKI: So...Matt, how are you getting on at work?
MATT: How am I getting on? Oh, fine. In fact, I've just been promoted.
VICKI: Oh, so you've got a more important job now - that's great. You really are heading for the top!
VICKI: A word of warning though! Once you've been promoted you may find you have to work harder and harder, and work longer and longer hours.... before you know it the job can take over your life!
MATT: Actually, you could be right, I think this job is taking over my life!

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PART 2: TO SLOW DOWN, TO BURN OUT, TO RUN OUT OF

 

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VICKI: Now stop worrying about your job Matt
MATT: But I really do think this job is taking over my life. I've got to slow down
VICKI: Yes you need to stop working so hard otherwise you?ll be too tired to do anything.
MATT: That's right - if I don't slow down, I'm going to burn out...
VICKI: Exactly - and if you burn out through working too hard, you won?t be able to do your job properly anyway!
VICKI: So, pace yourself - work more slowly. Don't run out of steam before you get to the top!
MATT: You're right, I don't want to run out of steam - I don't want to use all my energy before I can get promoted again.

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