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List of vocabulary to describe your job

1. to be stuck behind a desk

–> holding a job which is all desk work.


Writing test:

Sales jobs often involve quite a bit of running around America, which is perfect for those who don’t want to be stuck behind a desk under the boss’s watchful eye.

Speaking test:

Candidates: I don’t want an office job and spend all day stuck behind a desk.

2. one of the perks of the job

–> an advantage or something extra, such as money or goods, that you are given because of your job.


Examiner: What do you like most about your job?
Candidates: In fact, my school is trying to attract good teachers with lucrative income and many good office perks. For me, as an educator, being an inspiration to young talents is just one of the perks of the job that I appreciate most.

3. have a heavy workload

–>When you have a ton of stuff on your to-do-list and have to accomplish it within a specific amount of time.

4. overwhelming workload = have a heavy workload

5. Hectic schedule

–>full of activity, or very busy and fast

6. Up to my ears in something

–>Completely overwhelmed with work or other responsibilities

7. Meet the deadline

–> to finish something by or before it is due.


Speaking test:

Examiner: Some people say it’s better to work for yourself than be employed by a company. What’s your opinion? (Part 3)
Candidates: To be honest, it can be said that working as a full time employee is really stressful.  Two years ago, I had a hectic schedule and was up to my ears in heavy workloads to meet deadlines when I was working for an international corporation. Therefore, although it is challenging to run my own business, I do feel far more comfortable with it.

8. tempting offer (n)

–> tempting is attractive and makes people want to have it. Tempting offer is something attractive that someone says they will give you or do for you such as high salary or perks.


Speaking test:

Examiner: Do you work or are you a student?
Candidates: Well, after graduating in economics, I got a very tempting offer from an investment bank and accepted it. I have worked for the bank till now.

9. A minimum wage

–>is the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet their basic needs.


Writing test:

Governments set up a minimum wage level which makes sure that citizens share a standard living level.

10. lucrative job/career

–>is job or career that can lead to a lot of profit or wealth.


Writing test:

Apart from generating lucrative jobs for students, universities also benefit the nation by creating educated societies, containing an immense pool of critical thinking individuals, who can contribute towards social development by their expertise.

11. a dead-end job

–>a job in which there is no chance of progressing to a better, more important job


Speaking test:

Examiner: Describe your job?
Candidates: Well, working as a teacher brings me an immense amount of job satisfaction which makes me happy all day. I can get out of being stuck in a rut and the dead-end job as an office worker which I used to be before.

12. rewarding job

–>giving you a good feeling that you have done something valuable, important, etc. : giving you money or profit.


Speaking test:

Examiner: What do you like about your job?
Candidates:  Well, working as a teacher is not only a respectable job but also a rewarding job which helps me support myself and my family. Moreover, being an inspiration to young talents is one of the perks of the job that I appreciate most.

13. Workaholic

(adj) working most of the time and finds it difficult to stop working in order to do other things

(n) A person who is addicted to work is called a workaholic


+ A Workaholic economy

+ A workaholic like his father, John worked in the fields from sun up to sun down

14. A high-powered job

–>A job that is important and powerful in a company or organization.


Having a high-powered job is a dream of numerous of people in the world

15. working long hours = the frequency of long working hours


Writing test:

Research is clear that working long hours does not always yield the highest output or efficiency.

16. hierarchical

–>A hierarchical system or organization is one in which people have different ranks or positions, depending on how important they are.


University is the highest layer of the hierarchical school system.

17. pecking-order

–>The pecking order of a group is the way that the positions people have are arranged according to their status or power within the group.


In many countries there is a pecking order to the universities, with a few high-status institutions at the top, turning out an intellectual elite and attracting the best minds in teaching and research.

18. Repetitive (adj)

–>Something that is repetitive involves actions or elements that are repeated many times and is therefore boring.

19. Monotonous (adj)

–>Something that is monotonous is very boring because it has a regular, repeated pattern which never changes

20. Mechanical (adj)

–>to describe something related to machinery or tools.

21. Glamorous (adj)

–>charmingly or fascinatingly attractive, especially in a mysterious or magical way.

22. unglamorous (adj)

–>NOT charmingly or fascinatingly attractive, especially in a mysterious or magical way

23. enviable (>< Unenviable) (adj)

—>Enviable things are so desirable that everybody wants them.  Eg: A high-paying job is enviable.

24. soul-destroying

–>Activities or situations that are soul-destroying make you depressed, because they are boring or because there is no hope of improvement.


One of the most soul-destroying things is traffic congestion.


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