Retirement & Retrenchment – A Business English Class

Various news sources agree that millennials will change careers at least 4 times. In this context, I had a discussion with Phillipe, one of our advanced, French students, about the various ways people can leave a job. We discussed retrenchment, which means that the employee loses their job through no fault of their own but rather because the company no longer requires that position to be filled. In most cases, people receive a payout when they are retrenched. Retirement refers to a person reaching retirement age and leaving their job because they will no longer be working but will be enjoying their retirement whilst living off a pension or an income derived from their investments. When an employee is “fired” because of failure to effectively perform their job, we call it dismissal. Resignation means that a person has chosen to leave their job in order to pursue another job or become self-employed. People usually need to serve a notice period when they resign, it is not as easy as saying, “I quit!” and walking out the door.

This is an example of a business English class based on the students interests, needs and the natural flow of conversation. A lot of the time we prepare material in advance and send this to our students before the class, so they can practise at home and get ready for the lesson. Other times, we simply start a discussion and we see what naturally comes up. You’ll notice that lots of useful vocabulary was highlighted in this class – words that are necessary when talking about later phases of one’s life and career. This class was given by one of our highly skilled teachers who works with high-level students – Teacher Candice.

Question: If you could continue to work till the day you die, would you choose to do so or would you rather retire? Why or why not?

Exercise: Make some example sentences with the words that are in bold above. You’re welcome to post them in the comments below and we’ll offer you some corrections and feedback.

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