IELTS Writing Task 2 #206

IELTS Writing Tips

  • You only have a few minutes to plan your answer. You need to get used to writing short notes. As far as possible, write just one word to remind you of each idea you have. This way you maximize your thinking and planning time.
  • You need some variety of ideas. An answer based on only one or two ideas is likely to be weak.
  • You may not have very many ideas, but 250 words is not a long essay.
  • You need to choose your best arguments and drop the weaker ones.
  • Make your points stronger by giving examples to support them.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

The most important consideration when choosing any career or job is having a high income.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Model answer

It is widely accepted that, for most people, their daily working lives will not be spent in their dream jobs. Despite this, I do not feel that people should instead prioritise becoming a high earner above all other concerns.

To begin with, I strongly believe that people need stimulation in their daily working lives in order to feel a sense of reward. Very few of us can go through an entire career staying in a position or an industry that we find boring purely for the financial incentive. Secondly, there are so many people who see their working life as a search for fulfilment and contentment in helping others, rather than a search for wealth. It seems unlikely that the priority for, say, every nurse or teacher in the world is to become well-off, and jobs such as these are rarely extremely well-paid.

Despite this, some would argue that those people who have families to support should always prioritise earning a high income; after all, it means securing their children's future. Others point out that, as the job market becomes increasingly unstable across the globe, it is vital to earn more and therefore save more. However, I do not agree that a good salary should necessarily be the number one concern for everyone. Too many people become preoccupied with the next pay rise or career move, and eventually become unhappy or even depressed, neither of which helps them to save or to provide for their family.

In summary, earning as much money as is humanly possible should not be anyone's main concern. Granted, it arguably brings financial stability, for individuals and for their families, but it is simply not worth tolerating a lifetime of unhappiness at work purely for the money.

(291 words)