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"The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream "

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  • Topic of this Week: "CAREER CHOICES - Follow your passion or follow your ability? (October 17, 2021)"

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    CAREER CHOICES - Follow your passion or follow your ability?
    (the topic was once discussed on SEPTEMBER 22, 2016)

    Making a career choice is more than just landing a job. It is a decision that has a huge impact on our lifestyle and the way we achieve our lifetime goals. But how can we decide on a career path when our academic performance suggests an option but we desire otherwise?
    Imagine you make it through four years of college and get your degree; you graduate and get a job in a related field. But years later, you realize it was actually a mistake. What you are doing is not what you actually want to do. You feel bad having to get up each day and go to a job you do not like.
    That scenario is not rare. For many people, it may take years or more to find out what they are good at, and sometimes, their skills and abilities may not equal their interests and passions. That is one reason why many college students change their major halfway through college, and many never do the jobs related to their majors after graduation.
    The fact is that you cannot be successful at something you are not interested in, but if you have no special skill in something you are passionate about, you can be discouraged; your passion can be drained, and it can be another dilemma.
     
    QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
    1. Are you doing what you love for a living?
    2. Why do people sometimes do the jobs they hate?
    3. How do we know if a job is our true calling?
    3. What should we do to make a smart career choice?
    Topic maker: Giang Hải Đăng
     

    Enjoy and have a fruitful discussion!

     

     

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    Help me!

    (23:17:30 PM 18/03/2014)

     When you want to help someone, how do you make your offer in English?

    There are a lot of different ways to offer your assistance. Which phrase you should choose depends on the situation. Here are some English phrases for offering help that you should definitely know! They're arranged roughly in order from most casual to most formal.

    1. I'll (do something).

    This is a really simple, casual way to offer to help someone. Use this phrase when you're pretty sure that the other person will be happy to receive your help.

    I'll go pick up all the stuff we need.

    I'll hold the door open for you.

     

    2. Let me (do something).

    If you want to be a little more polite, but still very friendly, use "Let me..."

    Here – let me adjust the seat for you.

    That's a good question. Let me find out for you.

     

    3. Why don't I (do something)?

    Sometimes you're not quite so sure that your help will be welcomed. In that case, "Why don't I..." might be a better choice than the previous two expressions.

    Why don't I send you an email outlining what we talked about today, and you can just respond to that?

    You can also say "Why don't we...":

    Why don't we exchange business cards?

    Even though "Why don't I..." is phrased as a question, it's pronounced as a statement. Your voice doesn't rise at the end.

     

    4. Do you want me to (do something)?
       Do you want (something)?

    If you're even less sure about your offer, then you should ask and wait for an answer. The phrase "Do you want...?" is a good choice.

    Do you want me to take over?

    You can also leave off "Do" at the beginning in spoken English:

    I'm headed out to grab some lunch. You want me to pick you up something?

    You want to meet up after class and go over it?

     

    5. Would you like me to (do something)?
       Would you like (something)?

    Similar to "Do you want me to...", this phrase is a little more formal.

    Would you like me to close the window?

    You might use "Would you like me to..." with customers, or with relatives who you don't see very often.

     

    6. I can (do something).

    You can also make polite offers with "I can..."

    For example, an employee in a clothing store might say this to a customer:

    I can assist you with that.

    Or you can say to a guest in your home:

    I can adjust the temperature, if you want.

     

    7. Can I (do something)?

    In formal situations, you can offer help by asking "Can I...?" It makes it seem like you're really happy to help. This is a good choice for social situations like having guests in your home. 

    Can I get you something to drink?

    Can I recommend the Cabernet Sauvignon?

     

    8. I'd be happy to (do something).

    This is another formal phrase. You can use it in business and professional situations.

    We have a few more minutes, so I'd be happy to take some questions from the audience.

    I'd be happy schedule a time to meet and talk with you about it.

     

    9. May I offer you (something)?

    This is a very formal way to make an offer. It sounds fancy.

    May I offer you a complimentary dessert?

     

    There are no hard-and-fast rules about when you can use each phrase and when you can't. But hopefully this article will get you started on picking the best phrase for each situation.

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