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From the Ted Talk by Sarah Ellis and Helen Tupper: The best career path isn't always a straight line

Unscramble the Blue Letters

SE: We were motivated by how far and how fast we could progress, and we thought that our route to the top would look something a bit like this. And in those first few yreas of work, we were all about promotions and pay rises. We were preoccupied by the positions that we held and how senior our job titles sounded. And on the surface, everything seemed to be on track. But we started to get the sense that the ladder might actually be hiondlg us back. The obvious next step wasn't always the most appealing, and we were both excited about ernlpoixg opportunities that weren't naesisrcley based on what we'd done before. It wasn't what we'd anticipated, but our cerears had started to look and feel much more like this. sqguilgy.

Open Cloze

SE: We were motivated by how far and how fast we could progress, and we thought that our route to the top would look something a bit like this. And in those first few _____ of work, we were all about promotions and pay rises. We were preoccupied by the positions that we held and how senior our job titles sounded. And on the surface, everything seemed to be on track. But we started to get the sense that the ladder might actually be _______ us back. The obvious next step wasn't always the most appealing, and we were both excited about _________ opportunities that weren't ___________ based on what we'd done before. It wasn't what we'd anticipated, but our _______ had started to look and feel much more like this. ________.

Solution

  1. necessarily
  2. holding
  3. careers
  4. years
  5. exploring
  6. squiggly

Original Text

SE: We were motivated by how far and how fast we could progress, and we thought that our route to the top would look something a bit like this. And in those first few years of work, we were all about promotions and pay rises. We were preoccupied by the positions that we held and how senior our job titles sounded. And on the surface, everything seemed to be on track. But we started to get the sense that the ladder might actually be holding us back. The obvious next step wasn't always the most appealing, and we were both excited about exploring opportunities that weren't necessarily based on what we'd done before. It wasn't what we'd anticipated, but our careers had started to look and feel much more like this. Squiggly.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
career possibilities 4
squiggly careers 2
career ladders 2

Important Words

  1. anticipated
  2. appealing
  3. based
  4. bit
  5. careers
  6. excited
  7. exploring
  8. fast
  9. feel
  10. held
  11. holding
  12. job
  13. ladder
  14. motivated
  15. necessarily
  16. obvious
  17. opportunities
  18. pay
  19. positions
  20. preoccupied
  21. progress
  22. promotions
  23. rises
  24. route
  25. senior
  26. sense
  27. sounded
  28. squiggly
  29. started
  30. step
  31. surface
  32. thought
  33. titles
  34. top
  35. track
  36. work
  37. years