Lyons tells Umemura and Garcia about a working dinner he’s recently attended at which members of a business organization asked him and other executives about how
intern to turn college students into excellent interns. He adds that internship gives students huge advantage in finding jobs after graduation. And says nearly 40% of this year entry level positions werewill be taken by former interns.
Now This is the topic that's
beenbeing discussed with great energy inand by many people, that many people are strongly interested in. Whether to focus on stimulus measures or austerity policies has been a hot topic in Europe, for example.
Pick someone's brain about:
The image here is going through someone's brain to get ideas or information from them. A friend of mine is a veteran political reporter, it's very interesting to talk to him to pick his brain on issues like national security.
There's also the expression, rack one's brain, which means try hard to remenber something or think of something. As in I've racked my brain but I can't think of a good example sentence for rack one's brain.
Lyons uses this to mean excellent, superior. You hear about outstanding students, outstanding food. If you read an excellent report, you could tell the person who wrote it, outstanding work, really outstanding.
Outstanding can also mean, unpaid or unsettled as in, outstanding bills or outstanding debts.
Give someone a head start:
A head start is an early start that gives someone an advantage in someway, originally the expression is from horse rac
esing. If I say I want to get a head start on this report, then I want to start early so I am sure to make the deadline, have plenty of time gatheringto gather the information that sort of things.
In the hope:
NowWell this means we do something hoping it will result in some outcome, leavelead to some outcome. For example, she is taking anone extra work in the hope of impressing her boss. Or he's studying French in the hope of being transferred to Europe.
Entry level position:
Lyons's using entry level to mean the lowest level job in the company or field
thandone by people when they first enter that organization or field. It can be hard to get by on an entry level salary for example.
Entry level can also refer to a product that has relatively simpler features and
costlesscosts less than other models and types. You could say, XYZ Technology 's just released a new entry level tablet computer a priced at just 200$.
This means possible, potential. If you have a meeting with a prospective client, then you have a meeting with someone who may become a client.
Any number of:
Garcia is using this expression to mean many, as in there are any number of places where we can have lunch this area is full of great restaurants.