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Teachers work in schools. They help their students to learn. They order books, explain lessons, give homework, and correct papers. At the end of every term, they grade their students.
One kind of doctor is a surgeon. He works in a hospital. The surgeon operates on sick people; he repairs their bodies. After the operation, he orders medicine. The surgeon watches his patients until they are well.
A businessperson works in an office. He plans business activities. He prepares reports and goes to meetings. He learns about buying, selling, and producing things. A businessperson must hire workers to help him.
A firefighter tries to prevent fires by inspecting buildings. He asks people to make their houses safe from fire. When a fire starts, he rides to the building in a fire engine. Firefighters hurry to put out fires and to save people.
I am the manager of the loan department of a large bank in Los Angeles. I guess I’m pretty conservative. I usually wear a three-piece suit to work. I like plane shirts, striped ties, and regular black shoes.
I’m a lawyer with a firm in Boston. I’m really interested in clothes. I usually wear a suit, and I like colorful shirts and patterned ties. I often wear suspenders, too.
I’m a marketing executive with a large advertising agency in Chicago. I like to look professional, so I usually wear a suit with a medium-length skirt, and a simple blouse. I like strong colors: red or purple are my favorites.
I work in the mailroom of a Wall Street firm. I wear casual clothes: an open-neck shirt, or T-shirt, and jeans, and sneakers. Anything comfortable. Oh, and I always wear an earring – some of the older guys don’t like it.
Graphic designer Donald Altman, age 36.
It takes me about an hour to get to work. A few years ago, the company introduced a system of flexible working hours. We say the time we want to start and finish. We still work a thirty-five hour week, of course, but we can get in as late as 10:00in the morning and leave as early as 4:00 in the afternoon. It makes things a lot better for everyone. I think the working week will get shorter in the future, as more and more work will be done by computer.
Aerobics instructor Sue Coward, age 27.
I teach 5 classes a day and work one Saturday a month. My busiest times are early mornings, lunchtimes, and late afternoons – in fact, the times when everyone else isn’t working. People today try to find time to get exercises as a way to stay healthy. That’s good news for me! I think the next generation of office workers will work more form home, especially if they use a computer. I don’t think the working week will become any shorter, but we’ll spend less time at the office.
Factory worker Ken Davison, age 24.
I have to get work by 8:30. We have a fifteen-minute break at 10:15. Lunch is at 12:00. The afternoon usually goes very slowly, and when I hear the factory siren at 4:45, I’m first through the door. Some of the guys work overtime if they can, in the evenings or at weekends. They are usually the ones with families so they need the money. Things won’t change much for people like me.