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Future Plans for Maria

Maria talks with Alex about what she would like to accomplish in the future.

Alex: So Maria, what are your future plans?

Maria: Future plans, that's a big question. I would like to have an nice career. I'm not really sure what it would be. I would love to be a CEO of some place, some place big but I don't need to. I just want to have a prestigious job because I'm that kind of person and I want to have a nice pay and I want, I think it's more important to me to have, it keep on being interesting. I'm very afraid of just ending up with a job that just bores me to death or something. I do want a family. I hope I'm about to find the guy I will have a family with in the next couple of years because otherwise I'll have to start looking and I'd rather have the love at first sight thing or just like having it be normal instead of just having to look for it like those desperate women you see in the TV. Have a nice house maybe in Denmark I'm not sure. I love big cities and Copenhagen is awesome but I'm not sure if it's big enough for me. I might go to Tokyo, a place I studied Japanese and I might go to or I might go to another European country. I have something with Holland. I keep getting friends from Holland or connections and I get attracted to Dutch people for some reason so Amsterdam is a choice. My parents wouldn't mind me going to Amsterdam. They want me close. I just, I don't know, I would like my future to be kind of unclear.

Alex: OK.

Maria: Because I have friends who've known they wouldn't want to be a doctor or a nurse or a teacher since they were five and that's just I need to be able to change whenever I can.

Alex: Do you think you would change your career if you felt that it got too boring or...?

Maria: I don't think I know I will change. I will just say phew.

Alex: So you'd want to be able to fit your work to your life as opposed to the other way around?

Maria: I might be a little self-centered because I have to be satisfied. I can't just, I have had jobs like part time jobs or very short time jobs just because I had time and I get impatient very fast if it's not, if it doesn't work for me I just hate getting up in the morning and if it's going to be my life. Studying and having a part time job you can live with it. You can live with a bad job but having to do it every day, having to do a bad job every day just like it seems pointless to me.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson



I just want to have a prestigious job, because I'm that kind of person.

When something is 'prestigious,' it is respected and usually of high quality. Notice the following:

  1. Oxford is a very prestigious university.
  2. They are very rich, so they live in a prestigious neighborhood.

bores me to death


I am very afraid of ending up with a job that just bores me to death or something.

When something 'bores you to death,' you find it very boring. Notice the following:

  1. I like to play soccer, but watching it on TV just bores me to death.
  2. The teacher is really old-fashioned and his lessons bore his class to death.



They are like those desperate women you see on TV.

A 'desperate' person has a need or desire that urgently must be fulfilled. Notice the following:

  1. He lived alone and was desperate to find a wife.
  2. She is desperately looking for a new job.



I might be a little self-centered, because I have to be satisfied.

When someone is 'self-centered,' they only think of themselves. Notice the following:

  1. She is too self-centered to be a good parent.
  2. Most people are self-centered when it comes to their money.



Having to do a bad job every day seems pointless to me.

When something is 'pointless,' it is not effective or worth one's time. Notice the following:

  1. It is pointless to have a passport if you never leave the country.
  2. It is pointless to eat healthily if you smoke a lot of cigarettes.

Vocabulary Quiz

prestigious • death • desperate
self-centered • pointless
  1. He works at a law firm.
  2. It is to study when you are really, really tired.
  3. Lonely people are often to find love.
  4. Most romantic comedies bore me to .
  5. He is very , because he only thinks of himself.
Answer the following questions about the interview.


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