The Career Ladder
Getting a job
When Paul left school he
applied for (= wrote an official request for) a job in the accounts department
of a local engineering company. They gave him a job as a trainee (= a very
junior person in a company). He didn't earn very much but they gave him a lot
of training (= organised help and advice with learning the job), and sent him
on training courses.
Note: Training is an
uncountable noun, so you cannot say 'a training'. You can only talk about
training (in general), or a training course (if you want to refer to just one).
Here you can use the verbs do or go on: I did/went on several training courses
Paul worked hard at the
company and his prospects (= future possibilities in the job) looked good. After
his first year he got a good pay rise (= more money), and after two years he
was promoted (= given a higher position with more money and responsibility).
After six years he was in charge of
(= responsible for/the boss of) the accounts department with five other
employees (= workers in the company) under him ( = under his responsibility/
Leaving the company
By the time Paul was 30,
however, he decided he wanted a fresh challenge (= a new exciting situation).
He was keen to work abroad, so he resigned from his company (= officially told
the company he was leaving his job; you can also say 'he quit the company') and
started looking for a new job with a bigger company. After a couple of months
he managed to find a job with an international company which involved (=
included) a lot of foreign travel. He was very excited about the new job and at
first he really enjoyed the travelling, but...
After about six months, Paul
started to dislike the constant moving around, and after a year he hated it; he
hated living in hotels, and he never really made any friends in the new
company. Unfortunately his work was not satisfactory either and finally he was
sacked (= told to leave the company/ dismissed/given the sack) a year later.
After that, Paul found things
much more difficult. He was unemployed (= out of work/without a job) for over a
year. He had to sell his car and move out of his new house. Things were looking
bad and in the end Paul had to accept a part-time job (= working only some or
the day or some of the week) on a fruit and vegetable stall in a market.
To his surprise, Paul loved
the market. He made lots of friends and enjoyed working out in the open air.
After two years, he took over (= took control of) the stall. Two years later he
opened a second stall, and after ten years he had fifteen stalls. Last year
Paul retired (= stopped working completely) at the age of 55, a very rich man.