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More Job Stories

Here’s another job story for you, this time from a Class 3P student. After reading to story, take the quiz to test your understanding:

Recollections of Impressive Jobs in China

Zu Jia Wang

A long time ago, I had three very impressive jobs in China that I still remember. Right now, I’d like to recollect them.

The first impressive job was working in the desert in Xinjiang for a summer. The weather was hot and dry. The water was poor and salty. By day, the temperature was high. You were very thirsty, and needed to drink a lot of water. But you didn’t have any sweat on your body because the sweat evaporated very quickly. The water was too salty and bitter to drink. In the desert, you couldn’t walk far from your tent, or you would be lost.

At night, the temperature dropped very low. One night, it happened to blow hard with sand, and broke our tents. Everybody had a lot of sand all over their bodies. Luckily, it was easy to be gotten rid of, because the sand was so dry.

The best time was nightfall. You felt comfortable and watched the sky, stars, and satellites.

The second impressive job was working on the Yangtze River from Shanghai to Chongqing, about 2,400 kilometers. Different from the last job, the water was rich and soft. We lived on a new ship and looked like tourists watching the scenery and cities on both sides of the river. One day, when the ship reached the point where the river and Dongting Lake meet, the wind, rain, and waves were so strong that the ship almost sank. Right now, I’m still afraid of it. We preferred to live on land more than on the river.

The third impressive job was working on a farm in Hubei province for a year and a half. I learned how to plough the field with an ox. At first, it was very difficult to learn. The land on the mountain was hard and sticky. The weather in the winter was cold and wet with a little rain. The ox walked very slowly and breathlessly. After I had learned to do it, we moved to the plains where the environment was better.

Those three jobs impressed me forever.

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Job Stories

Classes 3A and 3P recently wrote about their current or past jobs. Read an example below from a Class 3A student and take the quiz afterwards to test your comprehension:

My Current Job

Cecilia Amaya

I am a home health aide. I work for Premier Home Health Care. I am a person who likes to help others. I enjoy spending my time with people who need my help. My patient is a nice person; every day he is waiting for me happy with a smile when he sees me. He just speaks Italian and English, so I try to practice my English with him. It’s funny because he corrects me every time I don’t pronounce a word correctly. His family is nice to me. I feel like one of their relatives.

I enjoy my job and enjoy practicing my English with my patient. But the first day I felt nervous because I didn’t know who my patient was. But days later, I felt better because he is a good guy. Some days we play bingo and sometimes he talks to me about his life. When he was a child he lived in Pennsylvania with his parents and eight siblings.

We also do exercise and watch TV shows and TV news in English. When he feels sad, we look at photos and he tells me about many trips he took in his life. He went on many cruises and went to many different countries. He was a person who did everything himself but now he needs help all the time because ten years ago he had a bad stroke. But day by day he tries to exercise, take medication, feel happy, enjoy time with his family, and be more optimistic about his life. God bless him and his family. I hope I can work a long time with him.

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Job Fair Photos

On Monday we gave you a video, and today we’re giving you some photos from our First Annual Job and Resource Fair we held last Friday:

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Job and Resource Fair

The University Settlement Adult Literacy Program organized its 1st Annual Job and Resource Fair on Friday, May 5th, 2017 at the Houston Street Center. The objective of the fair was to increase employment and education opportunities for our students. The event hosted numerous employers/schools to promote their career opportunities and school programs to our students. The participating organizations were:

ASA College

Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)

Henry Street Settlement

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

University Settlement’s Human Resources

Workforce 1 Career Center – Washington Heights

Workforce 1 Career Center – Upper Manhattan

Workforce 1 Industrial & Transportation Career Center

 

 

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Ready to Work

Workforce One Workshop

Last week several of our Level 3 students attended a workshop at the Upper Manhattan Workforce 1 Center about preparing for job interviews. They also applied to use Workforce 1’s job search services, which is why they have the blue cards. Way to go!

About Workforce 1:

Workforce1 is a service provided by the NYC Department of Small Business Services that prepares and connects qualified candidates to job opportunities in New York City. We make strong matches for both candidates and employers by using a unique combination of recruitment expertise, industry knowledge, and skill-building workshops to strengthen candidates’ employment prospects.

How do we do it? We develop relationships directly with businesses that are hiring, then we get a deep understanding of what they’re looking for in a candidate. We use that understanding to help you  connect to the right employer – and then succeed by putting your best foot forward.

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Looking for a Job?

 

Individuals interested in registering with the Department of Sanitation of New York can do so at their local district garage, weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. The list of garage locations can be found at www.nyc.gov/sanitation. Snow laborers will be paid $13.50 per hour, and $20.25 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week, an increase from the previous year.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to work in the United States, and capable of performing heavy physical labor.

All applicants must bring: Two small photos (1 ½ square), original and copy of two forms of identification, and a Social Security card.

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Looking for a $ummer Job?

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From the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development:

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August.  Participants work in a variety of entry-level jobs including:

  • Government Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Summer Camps
  • Non-Profits
  • Small Businesses
  • Law Firms
  • Museums
  • Sports Enterprises
  • Retail Organizations

SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy and opportunities to continue education and social growth.

Programs are located in community-based organizations in all five boroughs of New York City. Youth can apply for the program online or at a community-based organization during the application period.  Participants are selected by lottery for the program.

Specialized programming for disabled, foster care, runaway/homeless and court-involved youth are also available.

Click here to learn more!

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