Tuesday, July 29, 2014

There's Nothing Wrong with Being a Banker . . for a little while! Business English Lesson

There's Nothing Wrong with Being a Banker . . for a little while! Business English Lesson

There are many professions that get a bad rap.  One of them is to be a banker.  It has the reputation of being very dry, working with numbers all the time,  being very straight-laced, and never cracking a smile.
But some people find banking to be a very nice, well paid career and stay with it for a few years, others get the bug and stay forever.  Which are you?


Read this article and then answer these questions with your English Teacher.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/upshot/theres-nothing-wrong-with-being-a-banker.html?_r=3

Key Terms
dull
recruit
 entry-level
miserable
risk-conscious
deleterious effect
analytical skills
communication skills
replicated 
internal approvers
 qualitative
quantitative
concise
subsequent
zoning and density
fodder
 tangible results
fostered bubbles
 risk-averse
soul-sucking


Questions
Why does the author go into banking in the first place?
Do you think he did it for the right reasons?
What did banking teach him?
How did he use those skills in his later jobs?
Why does he feel that his work added to society?

How did you find your current job?
Did you plan your career?
What are your plans for the future?
Will you stay in the same field, or change to a different career?
Are you earning enough money?  What would you do if you are bored with the job?

Have you ever had a problem with a bank?
Have you ever lost a lot of money in a bank?
Have you ever applied for a mortgage?

What do you feel about dealing with bankers?


Case Study
You are now a college graduate, and undecided about which industry to work in. What skills do you have? What skills do you want to have?  How can you get those skills?  List the pros and cons of your industry.  Play the role play with your English teacher.

Good luck!

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach, Professional English Teacher 

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