by Liz Walter
It is common to ask young people about their hopes and plans for the future. This post looks at some words and phrases you can use to respond to such questions.
I’m hoping to become a vet.
I’d like to live abroad for a few years.
To talk about things you think you would like, you could say that you are attracted by something: I’m attracted by the idea of working for an international company.
You could also say that something appeals to you (or of course that it doesn’t appeal to you): Having children doesn’t really appeal to me.
I don’t see myself as a teacher / working in an office.
I imagine myself living in the countryside.
To talk about specific jobs or career areas, we often use the verb go into or work in:
I’m planning to go into nursing.
I’d like to work in IT.
More formally, we say we want to pursue a career in something: I hope to pursue a career in journalism.
To express less specific plans, we could say something to do with, something connected with or (slightly more formally) something in the field of: I think I’d enjoy something to do with animals. I’m hoping to do something in the field of medicine.
We might talk about the general characteristics we want from a job, such as the flexibility to allow you to change the amount you work or the times you work, or the stability of a job you are unlikely to lose for any reason.
We could say that a job gives us scope for something we want, meaning that it makes it possible: I’d like a job with scope for creativity/learning new skills.
The words short-term, medium-term and long-term are useful for talking about the future. We can use them as adjectives or in the phrase in the short/medium etc term: One of my short-term goals is to learn to drive. In the long term, I’d like to set up my own business.
And finally, if you don’t know what you want for the future, a useful phrase is keep your options open, which means to wait before you make a choice: I’m not sure if I want to be a lawyer, so I’m keeping my options open at the moment.