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How to answer the question – What do you do?

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In this spoken English  lesson, Ceema is going to tell you how to answer a very basic question “what do you do? During an English conversation Often, people get perplexed as they don’t know how to frame a proper answer to such a question. When you are asked such a question, people want to know your work profile, the kind of job you are involved in.

You can start your answer by saying:

I work at, I work in, I work for or I work with.

When you use ‘I work at or I work for’, you are going to tell them the company’s name you are working for.
Example: I work at Apple corporation
OR
Example: I work for Citibank.

I work in or I work on can be used in many ways

I work in is used to talk about the exact place you are working for.
  • Example: I work in an office.
  • Example: I work in a school.
  • Example: I work in a factory.
  • Example: I work in a boutique.
  • Example: I work on a farm (if you are a farmer)
  • Example: I work on a construction site.
I work in can also be used to name the city or country you work in.
  • Example: I work in Paris.
  • Example: I work in America.
  • Example: I work in the UK

I work in can also be used  when you are talking about a specific department of a company.

  • Example: I work in the HR department.
  • Example: I work in the Marketing department
I work in can be used when you are talking about a specific area of expertise.
  • Example: I work in consulting. (as your area of expertise is consulting)
  • Example: I work in law.
I work for is used when you want to say you are directly working for an important person:
  • Example: I work for Tom Cruise.
  • Example: I work Steven Spielberg
I work with is used in two different ways:
When you work with objects of work or the things that you work with.
  • Example: I work with computers.
  • Example: I work with clothes.
I work with is also used when you talk about the specific kind of people you work with.
  • Example: I work with students of special needs.
  • Example: I work with engineers or architects.

For those who do not have a job could say:

  • Example: I am unemployed.
  • Example: I am between jobs.

There are some people who work for themselves. So your answer could be:

  • Example: I am self employed
  • Example: I own a small business

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