Tom’s career

When Tom left school he applied for a job in the accounts department of a
local engineering company. They gave him a job as a trainee. Tom worked
hard and his prospects looked good. After his first year, he got a good
pay rise, and after two years he was promoted. After six years, he was
the boss of the accounts department with five other employees.

By the time Tom was 30, however, he decided he wanted a fresh challenge. He was keen to work abroad, so he resigned from the company and started looking for a new job with a bigger company. After a couple of months, he managed to find a job with an international company which involved a lot of foreign travel. He was very excited about the new job and at first he really enjoyed the travelling, but…

After about six months, Tom started to dislike the constant moving around, and after a year he hated it. He hated living in hotels and he never really made any friends in the new company. Unfortunately, his work was not satisfactory either and he was finally sacked a year later.

After that, Tom found things much more difficult. He was unemployed for over a year. He had to sell his car and move out of his new house. He had to accept a part-time job on a fruit and vegetable stall in a market.
To his surprise, Tom loved the market. He made lots of friends and after two years he took over the stall. Two years later, he opened a second stall, and after ten years he had fifteen stalls.
Last year Tom retired at the age of 50, as a very rich man.

Glossary 

to apply for – ucházet se o, žádat o
a trainee – praktikant
prospects – vyhlídky
a pay rise – zvýšení platu
to be promoted – být povýšen
however – nicméně, ale
a challenge – výzva
to involve – zahrnovat
unfortunately – bohužel
satisfactory – uspokojivý
to be sacked – být vyhozen
a stall – stánek
to take over – převzít

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