The 2020 pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus has changed the way many of us work. Some people have lost their jobs, some of us have been working from home and some jobs may disappear completely.
In this episode, we talk about jobs that no longer exist, new jobs that could soon disappear and which jobs may be in demand in the future.
Voice message from Nicolás from Colombia
A long time since I last reached out to you.
Uncommon professions – biomedical engineering (taking importance lately – growing importance, becoming increasingly important, increased importance)
To be laid off. to lose your job, to get the sack, to be fired, to be made unemployed, to be on the dole, to be made redundant, to be let go, to be dismissed, to be on furlough – in PASSIVE form here (with verb “to be”). NB. I was sacked by my boss (passive) = My boss sacked me (active).
A furlough is “a temporary layoff from work.” People who get furloughed usually get to return to their job after a furlough.
Production line worker
Shopkeepers & Shop assistants
Kings, Queens & Royals
Prostitute – said to be the oldest profession of all!
New Jobs (If you’re wondering what to study at university……..!)
Online meeting facilitator
Private car hire driver
Virtual teams consultant (Pilar Orti – https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/ )
User Experience Design (UX or Interaction Design)
Stem Cell Researcher
Waste Management Consultant
Jobs that may possibly disappear
Car park attendants
Farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers
Office clerks (filing, photocopying, data entry etc)
Workers in the postal service
Teachers (AI algorithms – Cambridge English Write & Improve, speech recognition, online learning with Youtube, podcasts etc)
Are there any jobs you’d like to disappear? Why?
Are there any new jobs that you think are unnecessary or unhelpful?
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On next week’s episode: Keen, Enthusiastic and Eager
The music in this podcast is by Pitx. The track is called ‘See You Later’
2018 Martin de Boer – Mixed Pleasures (NiGiD)
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