"And what would you like to be when you grow up?" seems to be a favourite question with adults who want to make "light" conversation. Usually, my answer is "I don't know really". This reply might bring sadness in their eyes as they are saying "A big boy like you must know what he wants from life."

Is it a disaster if a 13-year-old cannot make up his mind about his future occupation? Rather upset, I went to talk to a vocational counsellor. "You mustn't worry about it," said Mrs. Jennis. "You can take your time. There are about 20.000 registered occupations at the moment, so it can’t be easy to make a decision."

20 000 occupations! On top of that, there are new occupations registered every year. So, for the time being, the job of my dreams may not exist at all! Mrs. Jennis told me that, as a first step, I must answer three questions that she provided for me. These are: What do you like doing? What are you good at? What are your hobbies? Well, I could spend the whole day with the gang; I occasionally write letters to friends (and articles for the school magazine!); I must have a football match at least twice a week and watch it on TV at least three times a week! So, should this mean I can become a sports journalist? Who knows! But now I am certain about the fields I am interested in: sports and writing.

You can't get the picture about what the occupations really are about, according to their names only. You should talk to people and ask them questions like: Can you work in teams? Can you do your work from home? Must you have special training? Must you put in extra hours? Their answers may help you get a better idea of the job.

The last question to ask yourself is perhaps the most important. Why do you want to work? Would you like to earn a lot of money, have long holidays or travel around the world? Most people would like all that. But people also work to create new things, to be useful to society, to help others. In a nutshell, to make the world a better place. We could do a lot in this field, don't you think? Now, it's easier for me to think about my future profession. And do you know what your ideal job is?


Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):
adult - odrastao čovek
reply - odgovor
sadness - tuga
disaster - katastrofa
vocational counsellor - savetnik za profesionalnu orijentaciju
occupation - zanimanje
decision - odluka
step - korak
gang - grupa prijatelja, banda (kol.)
training - obuka, trening
field - polje (rada)
article - članak u novinama
society - društvo
search - tražiti
grow up - odrasti
seem - izgledati
make up one's mind - odlučiti se
take one's time - imati vremena, bez žurbe
exist - postojati
provide - obezbediti, spremiti
put in - dodati
get the picture - razumeti nešto, shvatiti
earn - zaraditi
Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):
light - lak
future - budući
upset - uznemiren
registered - registrovan
for the time being - za sada, privremeno
occasionally - povremeno
at least - barem, najmanje
extra - dodatni, prekovremeni (rad)
useful - koristan, od pomoći
on top of something - povrh svega
at all - uopšte
according to - na osnovu, sudeći po nečemu
in a nutshell - ukratko



Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):

adult – grownup   
reply – answer, response
sadness – unhappiness
disaster – catastrophe
occupation – vocation, calling, profession
decision – conclusion
step – move
gang – group, crowd
field – discipline
article – editorial, newspaper column, column
society – people, humanity


search – examine, explore
grow up – grow, mature
seem – appear, look
provide – supply
put in – add
get the picture – understand
earn – make money


Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):

light – undemanding, easy, simple
future – prospective
registered – documented
occasionally – at times, from time to time
extra – additional
useful – helpful


at all – the least bit, in the least
in a nutshell – in a few words; concisely




Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):

adult - adolescent, infant
reply - question, request
sadness - happiness
disaster - success, miracle
occupation - avocation, entertainment, fun
decision - weakness, indecision
step - stop
gang - individual
training - ignorance
field - entertainment, pastime, hobbys

search - find, ignore
seem - be real
make up one's mind - reject, refuse
take one's time - worry, be active
exist - cease, depart, die
provide - disapprove, neglect
put in - deny
get the picture - misunderstand, misinterpret
earn - spend


Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):

light - difficult, heavy, serious
future - past
upset - calm
occasionally - always, constantly, usually
at least - completely, totally
useful -useless, worthless

in a nutshell - lengthy, wordy

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