Mom, my teacher wants us to tell the class about where our parents work.
What will you tell them about your parents?
I will tell them that my dad is a chef and cooks in a nice restaurant.
And what will you tell them about me?
I don’t know because I’m not sure where you work.
I work from home.
I thought a real job meant you go somewhere else to work.
Not all work is done like your dad’s job.
What kind of work do you do from home?
I am a medical transcriptionist.
What does that mean?
It means that I listen to a doctor talking about a medical report and then I write it down for them.
Why doesn’t the doctor write it down himself?
Doctor’s are very busy with patients and don’t have time to write everything down.
Why is it important to write it down at all?
So the doctor’s have something to look at the next time they see their patient.
You do all of this here at home?
Yes, I receive the tapes of the doctor and then I write them down on our computer.
Do you get paid like dad does at his job?
Yes, I get a paycheck for my work every two weeks.
Why do you want to work at home?
It is better for me because I am able to work my own schedule.
Why is that important?
The freedom of making my own hours gives me more time to take care of my family.
Now I understand and can explain it to my class.
My sister will be working abroad for the next year.
What does it mean to work abroad?
She is travelling to another country to work.
Why doesn’t she stay here to work?
She has always wanted to travel to other countries.
Which country is she going to?
She will spend her first six months in Australia.
What kind of work does she do?
She is a nurse, so she will be able to find work easily.
Can she not find work in this country?
Yes, she is already employed with a hospital.
Are they making her work abroad?
No, this is something that she wants to do and volunteered for it.
How is she going to pay for all the travelling expenses?
There are certain programs that specifically help people that are working abroad.
Why does she want to go to Australia?
She wants to meet new people, eat new foods and explore a new land.
Where will she go after her six months in Australia?
She hasn’t decided yet, but she might go to China.
Are nurses the only ones that work abroad?
No, many occupations travel to different countries, especially teachers.
I can understand why a nurse would go, but why a teacher?
Many countries like to hire teachers to teach a foreign language.
So a teacher from England would teach English in China.
Exactly, and a teacher from China would teach Chinese in England.
It sounds very exciting. I’m going to see if my job can go abroad!