talking about your job

Talking About Your Job

Jack: Hi Peter. Can you tell me a little bit about your current job?

Peter: Certainly! What would you like to know?

Jack: First of all, what do you work as? What's your job?

Peter: I work as a computer technician at Schuller's and Co.

Jack: What do your responsibilities include?

Peter: I'm responsible for systems administration and in-house programming.

Jack: What sort of problems do you deal with on a day-to-day basis?

Peter: Oh, there are always lots of small system glitches. I also provide information on a need-to-know basis for employees.

Jack: What else does your job involve?

Peter: Well, as I said, for part of my job I have to develop in-house programs for special company tasks.

Jack: Do you have to produce any reports?

Peter: No, I just have to make sure that everything is in good working order.

Jack: Do you ever attend meetings?

Peter: Yes, I attend organizational meetings at the end of the month.

Jack: Thanks for all the information, Peter. It sounds like you have an interesting job.

Peter: Yes, it's very interesting, but stressful, too!

Talking About Your Job

Pavlo: Hi Nikolay. Can you tell me a little bit about your current job?

Nikolay: Certainly! What would you like to know about by job?

Pavlo: First of all, what do you do mainly? What's your job?

Nikolay: I work as a back end designer at Universal Chips.

Pavlo: What does back end designer in your industry mean?

Nikolay: Back end designer means that I work with projects developed by front end designers. I take their designs and get them ready for tape-out.

Pavlo: What does tape-out mean?

Nikolay: Tape-out means that we have created a schematic layout to create tape masks to transfer designs to silicon wafers for production in fabs.

Pavlo: What I'm really interested in is, what are you doing exactly as a back end designer? I don't get it!

Nikolay: It's complicated! But to simplify, I take text descriptions from the front end designer and transform the design into schematics.

Pavlo: How do you take the text descriptions and transform them into schematics?

Nikolay: First, this text description is written in a special language. The tools I'm using understand this language. After a number of iterations, I have a layout of the schematic.