Shortcut: English and the Media (pp. 182-183)

If you have decided on a future career in the media, you will find that you have a lot of different job possibilities. Many of these jobs are very exciting.

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The course you have chosen will be the first step towards a wide variety of media related professions.

A good command of English is expected of you in most of these jobs. Many companies operate on the international market, and the only global language is English.

You may even find that you need to use English when working in Norway. A lot of magazines, articles, manuals and instructions are not translated into Norwegian.

The aim of the vocational part of this book is to give you words and phrases that are necessary in the media.

In the following chapters you will meet four different teenagers who want a future career in the media. Kaja is a Norwegian exchange student in Minnesota, USA. Jenny from Birmingham, England, is just starting as an apprentice sound technician. Tommy from Sydney, Australia, is learning to be a film director. Sean from Galway is aiming for a job as a journalist.

Shortcut activity

The following statements may be true or false. Correct the false ones in your own words.

a There are no good jobs in the media.

b You may go on to a career in the media.

c You need to speak English in a media-related job.

d Many companies operate on the international market.

e You do not need to speak English if you work in Norway.

f You will meet four teenagers in four different English-speaking countries.