6 Where is the following piece of writing from? ‘The large hall means the Brighton Centre would make an ideal venue for our conference.’ a A story b

62. Where is the following piece of writing from? ‘The large hall means the Brighton Centre would make an ideal venue for our conference.’ a) A story b) An informal letter c) A business report READ EACH SECTI ON CAREF ULL Y AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS BASED ON EACH TEXT For the following questions answer: • TRUE if the statement agrees with the information • FALSE if the statement contradicts the information • NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this Everybody who experiences a new culture suffers from culture shock to some degree. The first thing to do is remember who you are and that you have a lot to offer your new culture. Other people from your culture can provide support and familiarity but don’t rely on them too much .This is a unique experience so you should immerse yourself and learn as much as you can. You will especially need to learn the language. Get used to the slang and the speed native speakers speak. Even people who have studied a language for many years are often shocked at how little they know. Don’t worry it will get easier! Culture shock is a form of stress and exercise can help reduce this. Find out where you can swim or join a gym. If you like team sports you will be able to meet new friends with common interests .If you are not sporty try an arts class or any other hobby where you can meet other people and unwind. There will be lots of things you want to do and places to explore but remember to try to relax as well. Remember it won’t always be easy but neither will it always be hard. You are not alone in feeling culture shock – it’s natural – so allow your- self to feel sad. It’s important to keep in contact with friends and family and with the internet, messenger and cheap phone cards it is easier and cheaper than ever. Take control! If there are things you don’t like about your new culture, find ways to avoid them and concentrate on the things you enjoy and are interested in. Think about why you came to the country in the first place and what you want to achieve there. Your goals may change or you might not achieve them all but the important thing is to enjoy the moment as much as you can. 63. The best way to learn a language is to live in a country that speaks that language. a)True b) False c) Not given 64. Socialising can help reduce culture shock. a)True b) False c) Not given 65. Try to like everything about the new culture. a)True b) False c) Not Given QUESTIONS 66-70 New graduate new job. Summer turns most people’s thoughts to holidays, but those leaving university or school will be thinking about the big, wide world of work. Whatever job you decide to tackle first, it will prove to be a valuable training ground. Filing or typing memos may not be your idea of a great career move, but be prepared to learn these lowly tasks. You may have a top degree, but no boss will hire you if you can’t answer the telephone in a proper manner. Most graduates and school leavers will be coming into the employment market in the summer, so competition will be tough. Start searching sooner rather than later. You should highlight any work experience you have and say you are keen to learn. It also helps to research the firms and what the job involves. Remember that most junior hiring decisions are made on personality. Firms are looking for reliable, conscientious and punctual employees. While most employers want junior staff to take the initiative and be receptive to their ideas, you must be realistic about timeframes for promotion. And even if you end up spending your career doing something other than your first job, bear in mind that you will learn very useful and often transferable skills in the process. 66. The writer points out that in a first job you have to... a) use your qualifications. b) expect to do menial jobs. c) be good at communication d) go through rigorous training 67. What should jobseekers do? a) Make sure they know the competition b) Work in a temporary summer job first c) Show evidence of any previous positions d) Apply for a range of jobs 68. The writer warns people in their first jobs... a) not to want to move on too quickly b) not to waste time learning nontransferable skills c) they should be model employees to make an impression d) that they will have to accept the company’s ideas Aim to be hired by the firm that has the best reputation for employee train- ing. At the interview you should ask about what sort of experience you will gain. The faster you can pick up the experience, the faster you can move up the corporate ladder. A good company will start you in a ‘proper’ job, which is mixed with technical and personal training. As well as learning computer and other professional skills, good firms also offer training which focuses on interaction with colleagues. In many com- panies trainees are allotted a ‘mentor’, a senior member of staff not their immediate boss who they can consult on difficult areas. New employees are encouraged to socialize and network with other trainees, which is again an- other way of finding support and advice but this time through their peers. In fact once installed in your new position, the first thing is to work out the pecking order. Many people try to deny it but office politics does exist. If you’ve never been in a work environment before, use your first job to learn about how to handle it or how to avoid it. 69. The writer suggests that if you get a job with a company which offers training, you will... a) gain worthwhile experience quickly b) benefit from its good reputation c) meet senior people d) be trained in the latest technology 70. What are new employees advised to find out about initially? a) The way to process new orders b) The times of breaks c) The office hierarchy d) The schedule for the office gym

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