Should you change your career?

If you should change your career, that is something only you can answer and nobody else. No one in any forum can answer it for you and my blog also won’t answer that. It’s odd right because the title says so? I tell you why; I don’t know you and answering such an important question without knowing you, sounds completely wrong. Now, of course, I want to help you, even though I don’t know you. So with this blog, I want to make you aware of some factors that may influence you in your decision unconsciously.

Sometimes we have studied and worked in a field for many years. As a result and the older we turn, we become experts in a certain field. Because of that, it can make us feel comfortable to stay and we also enjoy the idea of the perks that often come with growing in a career “a higher salary” for example, or a different position “being a manager instead of an entry-staff”. These are externalities though, and if you don’t like your career, then these externalities won’t compensate for your level of dissatisfaction with the general career. That’s a bit of what keeps you drained when you come home.

Now you could think okay, but well you succeeded in this career and a different career is really new so you don’t know if you succeed there. The reality is that if you succeeded somewhere, a place that even does not seem to fulfill you, then you likely also succeed somewhere different and even more, if that place fulfills you. It’s a bit like not feeling drained of your energy that will be compensated with long hours of TV or shopping, but the energy used may make you feel a bit tired, but in a good way.

If you already know that you are unhappy with what you have, then why not go for something that could make you happier?

Yet, you may still think that you won’t succeed and that the stakes are too high because you would be new to something new. Here, the reality is that you already have certain skill sets that made you be in a career not of liking. Now, when you switch a career these skill sets don’t suddenly vanish into thin air, but they can often be used for a different job or career path as well. It means that often we think there is a clear-cut, a start 0 – a reminder of being a pre-schooler again, when in fact it’s not a start zero. A cashier with a beautiful soul will probably do a fantastic job in another profession in which talking is just as important. Or a chemist might do a great job as a doctor, because of his skill set to understand synergies and systems.

For this paragraph, I randomly forgot what I wanted to write about, which reminds me that we often don’t know what the future will bring, even if we had it planned out well or imagined it to be different. For example, studying Y to become D, but then realizing that D is not what we want and we want to do K instead now. Likewise, we don’t know if K will satisfy us, but at least we know that D does not. So doing the mathematics of staying in D vs K, we likely lose if we stay with D (adding a year of big fat energy – and that year after year until we retire and then die).

Now, should you change your career? I really don’t know that, but it may be suitable to identify factors that make you stay;

  • Do you want to stay because of externalities like perks and a position?
  • Do these externalities compensate for that feeling of feeling drained?
  • What scares you about staying? Is it because of what others think of you, or maybe what you think of yourself? And if you stay, because you don’t want to disappoint anyone (it happens), what about disappointing yourself?

Lastly, oftentimes we think that we have only one life, which makes us want to plan our life. The reality is that we have only one life, which means that if we plan our life and do what we think we should do, or what is expected, or follow how we imagined our career to play out, then we likely have missed out on the opportunity that life has to offer itself. It means, that if you don’t dare to fail, or risk being happy – in a new career – then with certainty you will stay in a career in which you will stay with certainty unhappy.

Of course, there are more factors to career changes or not, which makes me write; I would like to hear and chat with you. What makes you think or not think about changing a career?

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What Vocabulary is Important for me?

The type of vocabulary important for you is the vocabulary that is important for you. No one can tell you, because only you know what vocabulary you need for your everyday life. At the same time, you probably don’t know it yourself, because you tend not to pre-plan vocabulary for the day. In contrast, vocabulary is created and so different needs for vocabulary and phrases themselves accompany us every day.

There tends to be not “the” vocabulary to master a foreign language, but the vocabulary in which you master your own language in a foreign language. At the same time, you need vocabulary you don’t know you need. Here, “the” vocabulary is a reference to language situations that cannot be planned and that often cause insecurities or the well-known language anxiety in everyday language situations.

In order to learn vocabulary specifically, it is important that the vocabulary has personal meaning. Unfortunately, in secondary language learning, this meaning is often taken away. This is done by students learning phrases and vocabulary that often fit ideal situations or situations where conversations can be kept short or are not really meant to take place. Such an example is a PowerPoint presentation, where you can learn the language by heart, similar to a poem.

Analytical English Class.

The problem with finding and learning “the” vocabulary is often that it is idealistic and secondly that it offers little room for deviation. This arises from becoming fixated on the vocabulary that has been learned. If I have learned to say “Please have a seat and Would you like a cup of tea?” I have not learned not to say it but to say what fits for the moment “I am tired today. I went to karaoke last night!” as an example.

Pre-learned phrases can snag us a bit of authenticity and therefore the possibilities that could arise from our vocabulary. “Oh you went to karaoke? I love this! I did karaoke months ago and had such a great time. How about having our business chat over karaoke instead of coffee downstairs?” “Oh, really? Sounds great to me. What song are you into?” or depending on your personality ” I’d like a karaoke session with you too, but I prefer having the meeting at the office, because I can focus better. Would you be up for both?” “Yes sure.”

What vocabulary is important for you? Find out with me. My English lessons are integrated into everyday life as much as possible, so that we can find out vocabulary and phrases that suit you and, above all, are important. Because I do not actively provide curricular and vocabulary lists, we work out both passively. The advantage of this is learning with conversational insecurities and confidently approaching individual vocabulary and phrases – with my help. The result is an authentic appearance in the foreign language, which often makes it easier to maintain relationships and individual (business) needs in the other language.

Let’s Talk about Burgers! – Business English Made Easy.

When a student for Business English signs up for my Business English Classes, they tend to expect „The Business-English“. So, for new students it can be a bit confusing to talk about general interests or what comes to mind. Like I mentioned in other posts, my students can talk about what comes to mind, because it makes learning relevant to them and then very fast. Often unexpected conversations occur, and here they get real-life authenticity.

Ok, ok. The title says „Let’s Talk about Burgers“ so whats‘ that got to do with Business-English?

Generally students tend to seperate „Business English“ from other forms of „English“, which means they think there is „one type of grammar and vocabulary“ for Business English and other „grammer and vocabulary“ for non business-English. I’d think that too to be honest, but it is not like that.

One word can be used for different meaning(s) in different contexts

We have solely one set of grammar rules for tenses and sentence structure. It’s universal, which means that if you can talk about your interests correctly in terms of sentence structure and tense, you can also talk about work or other topics correctly too. It’s not seperated, but integrated.

Let’s say you love Burgers and pop into my Business-English class. Naturally you wouldn’t talk about Burgers, because it just doesn’t seem suitable, but I make it suitable for you. I have you describe it and we dive very deep in to the meaning o fit. And I have mentioned, if it has meaning to you, you learn quick and you also don’t forget it.

Ok the burger! Ever looked at one? So what’s it like? You don’t like it? Why don’t you like it? And you like it? What about do you like? You find some conversations centering around when in the -past- burger was eaten so here lots of grammar potential for past tense hops in or future tense – when will you eat it next?  And here question and answers make it into the class room that indeed, you can harmonize for your business meetings

  • When will we meet next? (When will you eat burger next?)
  • The meeting felt tense, today. (The atmosphere in the restaurant felt tense.)
  • Excellent layers on the PowerPoint. (The Burger had many layers).
  • I don’t like the new acquisition. (Oh, you acquired fries in addition to your burger).
  • Send me the invoice immediately. (You were hungry, so you wanted burger immediately.)
  • It’s not suitable to meet a client today, unless the client visits our office. (Adding nutella to a burger seems not suitable, unless you like it of coures).

Curious to be my Business-English student ? Sign up for a free class. I make sure to always help you understand how to use specific interest related vocabulary in your business context. First step; let’s get you there easily.

P.S. I don’t teach grammar rules or vocabulary. In my classes you learn it naturally like your first language.

The role of Ideals in learning a Second Language

Often we compare our language to an ideal language and the greater the comparison, the more we feel that the foreign language already spoken is not good enough. The greater the ideal, the larger the gap of feeling inadequate. Such a gap creates insecurities and through these insecurities, fear arises. If this gap is reduced, fear or language-related anxiety often is too.

Language ideals are different and can be cultural, linguistic, and professional. Such an example is the “American or British” accent. Both often serve as the ideal. For example, in Germany we tend to not learn English with an American accent in school, but Cambridge English. It sets Cambridge English as the ideal and the more different our accent to it, the more one feels alienated from such ideal.

Obama speaking with an American Accent. His accent is good enough to be president.

Learning a second language often approaches an ideal. Many curricular offer ideal vocabulary, language usages, and ideal grammar. However, if it is ideal for the curriculum, it may be less so for you. On the contrary, this tends to create insecurities in practice. This happens even more, when the ideal does not match your own or is less likely. For example, having a different accent can be ideal too; many of my students learn fast when I adopt their accents.

In Business English, distinctive ideals are often taught. This means that students tend to learn specialized vocabulary and phrases. If you approach the ideal of specialized vocabulary and sentences, you are approaching “the” ideal, but at the same time, you are distancing yourself from your own. The risk is that the gap mentioned above will develop and anxiety will arise.

Language-related anxiety can be reduced by expressing ourselves as we are. Therefore, in my English classes, I make sure that you can express yourself in your personality. It is not important to me that you have perfect grammar or a vocabulary list, but that you feel satisfied with your expression. By analyzing your language and focusing on you, I help you achieve this. Good grammar and vocabulary come automatically.

I am looking forward to meeting you.