Listening – Business English on the Move – Test Mid 1

You hear two people talking about their work as website designers. Choose the answer (A, B or C) which fits best according to what you hear. There are two questions for each speaker. 

1 How does the man feel about the work?

A He finds the creativity stimulating.
B He would like to use his academic training more.
C He gets most satisfaction from being part of a team.

2 What do they both think about the job?

A It’s a difficult career to get started in.
B It’s important to be able to work flexible hours.
C It’s a poorly paid job for the amount of work involved.

Listen to the same text again and fill in the blanks with the missing words:

M: As a kid, I was always A. ………………… …………………… on computers, so ended up doing a degree in computer science. Though strictly speaking it isn’t necessary for this job, it did mean I could B..………………. ……………. ………………….. …………. What companies want is people who can come up with ideas. I C ………… ………….. ……………………. from that side of it, even when it’s hard. It’s a fluid working environment, so hours D ………………….. ……………………. and can be long in relation to the salary. I generally like to work on my own, but a web designer can’t produce E……………. …………… ……….. ……………………………, because by its very nature it’s a collaborative effort.
F: I didn’t go the university route but worked part-time with different companies and made F……………. ……………. ……………………… who’ve come in handy – G………… ………….. …………….. in the door. H ………… ……………… …………………… – then I got a full-time job offer that got me I.………… ………….. ………………………… It wasn’t easy, and considering what you put in the job’s not J ………… …………… ………………………… that people assume it is – at least not at the beginning! I supplement it by writing reviews of other people’s sites, but I enjoy the flexibility. I like working with other people, and that’s key.

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