to jump ship: meaning and explanation

To jump ship = to leave an organisation, usually in order to get a better position elsewhere. This expression  is informal and has slightly negative connotations as it communicates the idea of abandoning your responsibilities. e.g. Companies are having to resort to expensive loyalty schemes to reduce the number of people jumping ship.

Have a go at these micro-dictation exercises to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Listening exercises

Micro-listening #1

Accent: Australia

If continues for I wouldn’t see more .
If the freeze continues for another then I wouldn’t be to see more people ship.

About the sentence

…I wouldn’t be surprised to see

I wouldn’t be surprised is a good alternative way of saying that you think something is a likely or probable outcome. e.g. I wouldn’t be surprised to see our costs go down even further over the rest of the year.

Micro-listening #2

Accent: England (RP)

ship when I serious were going .
I to jump ship when I how serious the cuts were going to .

Micro-listening #3

Accent: North America

It’s employees companies to frequently they climb .
It’s common for employees large companies to frequently ship as they climb the ladder.

About the sentence

…as they climb the career ladder

The career ladder is the sequence of jobs or positions from the lowest paid/least responsibility to the highest paid/highest responsibility.

We use the metaphor of climbing this ladder when talking about making progress in your career, and the idea of getting your foot on the career ladder when talking about starting your career. e.g. Getting a paid internship with a large HR firm really helped me to get my foot on the career ladder.

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