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This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay from the real test related to job satisfactory and security.

It is a tricky question because both sides are tough to argue.

I did something interesting with my opinion as well that you can check out below.

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Dave

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay Audio: Job Satisfaction/Security

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Job Satisfaction/Security (Real Past IELTS Exam/Test)

Some people argue that job satisfaction is more important than job security, while others believe that they cannot always expect job satisfaction and a permanent job is more important.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Real Past IELTS Exam/Test

Some make the pragmatic argument that in an uncertain job market, security ought to be valued over satisfaction. In my opinion, those with families cannot be reproached for this view but it is generally more important to enjoy your job and spread goodwill.

Workers with dependents rightly value a consistent paycheck and benefits over all other factors. If someone is just starting out in a labour of love such as becoming an artist, they may struggle initially to bring home enough money to make ends meet every month. They might not be able to send their children to good schools, live in a good neighborhood, and keep everyone in the house reasonably well clothed and fed. Even if they can manage that, it will place incredible mental stress on not only them but also their spouse and children. Research has shown these deeply ingrained anxieties from childhood can persist throughout adulthood.

It is nonetheless more important to pursue a job that is fulfilling. The vast majority of the world dislikes their job and a large percentage of these people have difficulty reconciling their frustrations with their day-to-day temperament. An unhappy employee is more likely to be short with co-workers, complain to friends, and resent their family for the burden they must shoulder for their welfare. More of this persons daily interactions will be negative and this adds up over years to create the greatest global repository of ill will. Free up the same person to enjoy their job and there is a strong chance they will suddenly brighten the days of those around them.

Overall, fomenting good humour is more important and only in very rare family situations should an individual persist in a job for its stability. Many recognise this once it is too late and they already have an expensive lifestyle to maintain or their best working years are behind them.

Word Count: 315

Analysis

1. Some make the pragmatic argument that in an uncertain job market, security ought to be valued over satisfaction. 2. In my opinion, those with families cannot be reproached for this view but it is generally more important to enjoy your job and spread goodwill.

  1. Paraphrase the overall topic of the essay for your first sentence.
  2. Give your opinion – here mine is somewhat on both sides but I still choose overall job satisfaction.

1. Workers with dependents rightly value a consistent paycheck and benefits over all other factors. 2. If someone is just starting out in a labour of love such as becoming an artist, they may struggle initially to bring home enough money to make ends meet every month. 3. They might not be able to send their children to good schools, live in a good neighborhood, and keep everyone in the house reasonably well clothed and fed. 4. Even if they can manage that, it will place incredible mental stress on not only them but also their spouse and children. 5. Research has shown these deeply ingrained anxieties from childhood can persist throughout adulthood.

  1. Write a topic sentence with a main idea at the end.
  2. Here I begin with a hypothetical example.
  3. Develop the example with specific details.
  4. Keep developing by detailing the results.
  5. Add in more of the result to fully develop it.

1. It is nonetheless more important to pursue a job that is fulfilling. 2. The vast majority of the world dislikes their job and a large percentage of these people have difficulty reconciling their frustrations with their day-to-day temperament. 3. An unhappy employee is more likely to be short with co-workers, complain to friends, and resent their family for the burden they must shoulder for their welfare. 4. More of this persons daily interactions will be negative and this adds up over years to create the greatest global repository of ill will. 5. Free up the same person to enjoy their job and there is a strong chance they will suddenly brighten the days of those around them.

  1. Another topic sentence with a clear main idea at the end.
  2. Here I explain my main idea and set up my argument to follow.
  3. I use another hypothetical example to develop my point.
  4. Develop your example with specific detail.
  5. Finish develop it by stating the result.

1. Overall, fomenting good humour is more important and only in very rare family situations should an individual persist in a job for its stability. 2. Many recognise this once it is too late and they already have an expensive lifestyle to maintain or their best working years are behind them.

  1. Repeat your opinion.
  2. Add in a final thought or extra detail to finish your essay.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

Some make the pragmatic argument that in an uncertain job market, security ought to be valued over satisfaction. In my opinion, those with families cannot be reproached for this view but it is generally more important to enjoy your job and spread goodwill.

Workers with dependents rightly value a consistent paycheck and benefits over all other factors. If someone is just starting out in a labour of love such as becoming an artist, they may struggle initially to bring home enough money to make ends meet every month. They might not be able to send their children to good schools, live in a good neighborhood, and keep everyone in the house reasonably well clothed and fed. Even if they can manage that, it will place incredible mental stress on not only them but also their spouse and children. Research has shown these deeply ingrained anxieties from childhood can persist throughout adulthood.

It is nonetheless more important to pursue a job that is fulfilling. The vast majority of the world dislikes their job and a large percentage of these people have difficulty reconciling their frustrations with their day-to-day temperament. An unhappy employee is more likely to be short with co-workers, complain to friends, and resent their family for the burden they must shoulder for their welfare. More of this persons daily interactions will be negative and this adds up over years to create the greatest global repository of ill will. Free up the same person to enjoy their job and there is a strong chance they will suddenly brighten the days of those around them.

Overall, fomenting good humour is more important and only in very rare family situations should an individual persist in a job for its stability. Many recognise this once it is too late and they already have an expensive lifestyle to maintain or their best working years are behind them.

Answers

pragmatic argument practical reasons

uncertain job market difficult to get/keep employment

valued over satisfaction considered more important than fulfillment

reproached questioned/criticised about

generally more important overall matters more

spread goodwill make other people happy

dependents rightly value people who rely on them justifies their choice

consistent paycheck steady employment

benefits advantages

over all other factors more important than anything else

starting out beginning

labour of love something you have passion for

struggle initially have a tough time at the beginning

bring home enough money make a large enough salary

make ends meet earn just enough

send their children to good schools enroll their kids in quality schools

reasonably well clothed and fed enough clothing and food

manage deal with

place incredible mental stress put a lot of pressure on

not only them but also both

deeply ingrained anxieties psychological trauma

persist throughout adulthood continue as they become adults

pursue chase

fulfilling satisfying

vast majority most of

reconciling make consistent

frustrations anger

day-to-day temperament daily mood

short rude/angry with

resent hold a grudge against

burden weight to carry, responsibility

shoulder carry

welfare good of those involved

adds up combines to

greatest global repository of ill will stores up a lot of hostility

free up allows for

strong chance might happen

brighten make happier

fomenting good humour creating happy interactions

rare family situations uncommon problems at home

persist continue

stability safe and secure

recognise acknowledge

expensive lifestyle to maintain costs a lot for rent, expenses

best working years are behind them no longer in their prime

Pronunciation

prægˈmætɪk ˈɑːgjʊmənt 
ʌnˈsɜːtn ʤɒb ˈmɑːkɪt
ˈvæljuːd ˈəʊvə ˌsætɪsˈfækʃən
rɪˈprəʊʧt 
ˈʤɛnərəli mɔːr ɪmˈpɔːtənt 
sprɛd ˈgʊdˈwɪl
dɪˈpɛndənts ˈraɪtli ˈvæljuː 
kənˈsɪstənt ˈpeɪˌʧɛk 
ˈbɛnɪfɪts 
ˈəʊvər ɔːl ˈʌðə ˈfæktəz
ˈstɑːtɪŋ aʊt 
ˈleɪbər ɒv lʌv 
ˈstrʌgl ɪˈnɪʃəli 
brɪŋ həʊm ɪˈnʌf ˈmʌni 
meɪk ɛndz miːt 
sɛnd ðeə ˈʧɪldrən tuː gʊd skuːlz
ˈriːznəbli wɛl kləʊðd ænd fɛd
ˈmænɪʤ 
pleɪs ɪnˈkrɛdəbl ˈmɛntl strɛs 
nɒt ˈəʊnli ðɛm bʌt ˈɔːlsəʊ 
ˈdiːpli ɪnˈgreɪnd æŋˈzaɪətiz 
pəˈsɪst θru(ː)ˈaʊt əˈdʌlthʊd
pəˈsjuː 
fʊlˈfɪlɪŋ
vɑːst məˈʤɒrɪti 
ˈrɛkənsaɪlɪŋ 
frʌsˈtreɪʃənz 
ˈdeɪtəˈdeɪ ˈtɛmpərəmənt
ʃɔːt 
rɪˈzɛnt 
ˈbɜːdn 
ˈʃəʊldə 
ˈwɛlfeə
ædz ʌp 
ˈgreɪtɪst ˈgləʊbəl rɪˈpɒzɪtəri ɒv ɪl wɪl
friː ʌp 
strɒŋ ʧɑːns 
ˈbraɪtn
fəʊˈmɛntɪŋ gʊd ˈhjuːmə 
reə ˈfæmɪli ˌsɪtjʊˈeɪʃənz 
pəˈsɪst 
stəˈbɪlɪti
ˈrɛkəgnaɪz 
ɪksˈpɛnsɪv ˈlaɪfˌstaɪl tuː meɪnˈteɪn 
bɛst ˈwɜːkɪŋ jɪəz ɑː bɪˈhaɪnd ðɛm

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay Pronunciation: Job Satisfaction/Security

Vocabulary Practice

Some make the p_________________ that in an u_________________, security ought to be v_________________ . In my opinion, those with families cannot be r_________________ for this view but it is g_________________ to enjoy your job and s_________________.

Workers with d_________________ a c_________________ and b_________________ o_________________. If someone is just s_________________ in a l_________________ such as becoming an artist, they may s_________________ to b_________________ to m_________________ every month. They might not be able to s_________________, live in a good neighborhood, and keep everyone in the house r_________________. Even if they can m_________________ that, it will p_________________ on n_________________ their spouse and children. Research has shown these d_________________ from childhood can p_________________.

It is nonetheless more important to p_________________ a job that is f_________________. The v _________________ of the world dislikes their job and a large percentage of these people have difficulty r_________________ their f_________________ with their d_________________. An unhappy employee is more likely to be s_________________ with co-workers, complain to friends, and r_________________ their family for the b_________________ they must s_________________ for their w_________________. More of this persons daily interactions will be negative and this a_________________ over years to create the g_________________. F_________________ the same person to enjoy their job and there is a s_________________ they will suddenly b_________________ the days of those around them.

Overall, f_________________ is more important and only in very r_________________ should an individual p_________________ in a job for its s_________________. Many r_________________ this once it is too late and they already have an e_________________ or their b_________________.

Listen and check:

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay Audio: Job Satisfaction/Security

Listening Practice

Watch the video below to review about this topic:

Reading Practice

Read an interesting article from The New York Times on a related topic:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/02/21/magazine/elite-professionals-jobs-happiness.html

Speaking Practice

Answer the following questions from the real speaking exam:

Work (NEW BOOKLET)

  1. Why did you choose your job?
  2. How much work do you do in a week?
  3. Do you have to work on weekends as well?

Writing Practice

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