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This is my IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay on the topic of jobs and studying abroad from the real IELTS general training exam.

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IELTS Essay: Jobs and Studying Abroad

In an era of globalization, some people think that studying abroad is the best way to attain a well-paid job while others believe other options are better.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Some today would argue that the rise of globalization necessitates studying abroad if an individual desires a stable career path. In my opinion, though this is an ideal route to success, there are superior methods.

Those who argue in favor of studying abroad make the contention that it allows a person to network and understand the world better. The majority of students who study in other countries are leaving less developed nations to study in more affluent countries. When studying abroad, not only will they be exposed to other cultures and ways of living, but they are also likely to make key connections that can help them in the future. After graduation, they can rely on their network when applying for jobs, starting businesses, or simply seeking advice. Without these advantages, a person will have a more difficult time attaining a well-paying job.

However, the surest pathway to success is to gain experience in any given profession, regardless of the location. A person who is studying and working abroad faces roughly the same obstacles when applying for jobs. If they remain in their country of origin, they will not only understand the local market better but also possess inherent advantages in terms of language, culture, and family support. Many of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world and highly-regarded executives studied and work in their native country. For instance, in Vietnam there are numerous start-up businesses that identify local needs and work to meet demand, oftentimes without the benefit of an education abroad or even an advanced university degree.

In conclusion, most individuals studying abroad are more likely to succeed because of other factors and therefore most individuals should pursue different means of securing stable employment in today’s volatile employment market. Governments should naturally support individuals in these matters.

Analysis

1. Some today would argue that the rise of globalization necessitates studying abroad if an individual desires a stable career path. 2. In my opinion, though this is an ideal route to success, there are superior methods.

  1. Paraphrase the overall essay topic.
  2. Write a clear opinion. Read more about introductions here.

1. Those who argue in favor of studying abroad make the contention that it allows a person to network and understand the world better. 2. The majority of students who study in other countries are leaving less developed nations to study in more affluent countries. 3. When studying abroad, not only will they be exposed to other cultures and ways of living, but they are also likely to make key connections that can help them in the future. 4. After graduation, they can rely on their network when applying for jobs, starting businesses, or simply seeking advice. 5. Without these advantages, a person will have a more difficult time attaining a well-paying job.

  1. Write a topic sentence with a clear main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your main idea.
  3. Develop it with specific or hypothetical examples.
  4. Keep developing it fully.
  5. Short sentences can make your writing clearer.

1. However, the surest pathway to success is to gain experience in any given profession, regardless of the location. 2. A person who is studying and working abroad faces roughly the same obstacles when applying for jobs. 3. If they remain in their country of origin, they will not only understand the local market better but also possess inherent advantages in terms of language, culture, and family support. 4. Many of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world and highly-regarded executives studied and work in their native country. 5. For instance, in Vietnam there are numerous start-up businesses that identify local needs and work to meet demand, oftentimes without the benefit of an education abroad or even an advanced university degree.

  1. Write a new topic sentence with a new main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your new main idea.
  3. Include specific details and examples.
  4. Add as much information as you can and make sure it links logically.
  5. Finish the paragraph strong.

1. In conclusion, most individuals studying abroad are more likely to succeed because of other factors and therefore most individuals should pursue different means of securing stable employment in today’s volatile employment market. 2. Governments should naturally support individuals in these matters.

  1. Summarise your main ideas.
  2. Include a final thought. Read more about conclusions here.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean? Make some notes on paper to aid memory and then check below.

Some today would argue that the rise of globalization necessitates studying abroad if an individual desires a stable career path. In my opinion, though this is an ideal route to success, there are superior methods.

Those who argue in favor of studying abroad make the contention that it allows a person to network and understand the world better. The majority of students who study in other countries are leaving less developed nations to study in more affluent countries. When studying abroad, not only will they be exposed to other cultures and ways of living, but they are also likely to make key connections that can help them in the future. After graduation, they can rely on their network when applying for jobs, starting businesses, or simply seeking advice. Without these advantages, a person will have a more difficult time attaining a well-paying job.

However, the surest pathway to success is to gain experience in any given profession, regardless of the location. A person who is studying and working abroad faces roughly the same obstacles when applying for jobs. If they remain in their country of origin, they will not only understand the local market better but also possess inherent advantages in terms of language, culture, and family support. Many of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world and highly-regarded executives studied and work in their native country. For instance, in Vietnam there are numerous start-up businesses that identify local needs and work to meet demand, oftentimes without the benefit of an education abroad or even an advanced university degree.

In conclusion, most individuals studying abroad are more likely to succeed because of other factors and therefore most individuals should pursue different means of securing stable employment in today’s volatile employment market. Governments should naturally support individuals in these matters.

Answers

For extra practice, write an antonym (opposite word) on a piece of paper to help you remember the new vocabulary:

argue make the point that

rise of globalization more and more countries interacting and influencing each other

necessitates makes it needed to do this

studying abroad learning in other countries

desires hopes to, wants to

stable career path good job

ideal route best way

success achievement

superior methods better ways

those who argue in favor of people who support

contention argument

allows permits

network people that you know

understand the world better learn more about life

The majority of most of

leaving less developed nations going away from poorer countries

affluent countries rich nations

exposed to be able to learn about

ways of living culture

make key connections network

graduation leaving school

rely on depend on

applying for making applications for

seeking advice looking for ideas

Without these advantages not having these benefits

difficult time attaining a well-paying job hard time getting good employment

surest pathway best way

gain experience have time doing things

any given profession a job

regardless of the location wherever you are

faces roughly the same obstacles has more or less similar challenges

remain stay

local market the place where you live

possess inherent advantages has intrinsic benefits

in terms of concerning

family support family members who can help

entrepreneurs people who start businesses

highly-regarded executives well-known businesspeople

numerous start-up businesses many new companies

identify local needs find out what people want

meet demand supply products and services

oftentimes usually

without the benefit of not having the advantage of

even an advanced university degree despite a masters or PhD

pursue different means of look for varied ways of

securing stable employment getting a good job

today’s volatile employment market nowadays difficult job market

naturally support normally help

in these matters in terms of these issues

Pronunciation

Practice saying the vocabulary below and use this tip about Google voice search:

ˈɑːgjuː 
raɪz ɒv ˌgləʊb(ə)laɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n 
nɪˈsɛsɪteɪts 
ˈstʌdiɪŋ əˈbrɔːd 
dɪˈzaɪəz 
ˈsteɪbl kəˈrɪə pɑːθ
aɪˈdɪəl ruːt 
səkˈsɛs
sju(ː)ˈpɪərɪə ˈmɛθədz
ðəʊz huː ˈɑːgjuː ɪn ˈfeɪvər ɒv 
kənˈtɛnʃən 
əˈlaʊz 
ˈnɛtwɜːk 
ˌʌndəˈstænd ðə wɜːld ˈbɛtə
ðə məˈʤɒrɪti ɒv 
ˈliːvɪŋ lɛs dɪˈvɛləpt ˈneɪʃənz 
ˈæflʊənt ˈkʌntriz 
ɪksˈpəʊzd tuː 
weɪz ɒv ˈlɪvɪŋ
meɪk kiː kəˈnɛkʃənz 
ˌgrædjʊˈeɪʃən
rɪˈlaɪ ɒn 
əˈplaɪɪŋ fɔː 
ˈsiːkɪŋ ədˈvaɪs
wɪˈðaʊt ðiːz ədˈvɑːntɪʤɪz
ˈdɪfɪkəlt taɪm əˈteɪnɪŋ ə wɛl-ˈpeɪɪŋ ʤɒb
ˈʃʊərɪst ˈpɑːθweɪ 
geɪn ɪksˈpɪərɪəns 
ˈɛni ˈgɪvn prəˈfɛʃən
rɪˈgɑːdlɪs ɒv ðə ləʊˈkeɪʃən
ˈfeɪsɪz ˈrʌfli ðə seɪm ˈɒbstəklz
rɪˈmeɪn 
ˈləʊkəl ˈmɑːkɪt 
pəˈzɛs ɪnˈhɪərənt ədˈvɑːntɪʤɪz 
ɪn tɜːmz ɒv 
ˈfæmɪli səˈpɔːt
ˌɒntrəprəˈnɜːz 
ˈhaɪli-rɪˈgɑːdɪd ɪgˈzɛkjʊtɪvz 
ˈnjuːmərəs ˈstɑːtʌp ˈbɪznɪsɪz 
aɪˈdɛntɪfaɪ ˈləʊkəl niːdz 
miːt dɪˈmɑːnd
ˈɒfntaɪmz 
wɪˈðaʊt ðə ˈbɛnɪfɪt ɒv 
ˈiːvən ən ədˈvɑːnst ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsɪti dɪˈgriː
pəˈsjuː ˈdɪfrənt miːnz ɒv 
sɪˈkjʊərɪŋ ˈsteɪbl ɪmˈplɔɪmənt 
təˈdeɪz ˈvɒlətaɪl ɪmˈplɔɪmənt ˈmɑːkɪt
ˈnæʧrəli səˈpɔːt 
ɪn ðiːz ˈmætəz

Vocabulary Practice

I recommend getting a pencil and piece of paper because that aids memory. Then write down the missing vocabulary from my sample answer in your notebook:

Some today would a_____e that the r________________n n____________s s_______________d if an individual d_________s a s_______________h. In my opinion, though this is an i___________e to s________s, there are s______________________s.

T___________________________f studying abroad make the c____________n that it a_______s a person to n__________k and u___________________________r. T________________________f students who study in other countries are l___________________________s to study in more a_______________s. When studying abroad, not only will they be e_____________o other cultures and w________________g, but they are also likely to m_____________________s that can help them in the future. After g_____________n, they can r________n their network when a______________r jobs, starting businesses, or simply s_________________e. W______________________s, a person will have a more d__________________________________________b.

However, the s__________________y to success is to g_____________e in a_______________n, r___________________n. A person who is studying and working abroad f___________________________s when applying for jobs. If they r_______n in their country of origin, they will not only understand the l____________t better but also p__________________s i___________f language, culture, and f______________t. Many of the most successful e_____________s in the world and h_____________________s studied and work in their native country. For instance, in Vietnam there are n__________________________s that i_____________________s and work to m____________d, o_____________s w_______________________f an education abroad or e_______________________e.

In conclusion, most individuals studying abroad are more likely to succeed because of other factors and therefore most individuals should p__________________________________________t in t_________________________t. Governments should n______________________t individuals i_____________________s.

Listening Practice

Learn more about this topic by watching from YouTube below and practice with these activities:

Reading Practice

Read more about this topic and use these ideas to practice:

https://www.educations.com/top-10-lists/top-10-places-to-study-abroad-global-18096

Speaking Practice

Practice with the following speaking questions from the real IELTS speaking exam:

School

  1. Did you like your school when you were a child?
  2. What did you learn about?
  3. Did you have a favorite teacher?
  4. Are there many rules in schools in your country?

Writing Practice

Practice with the related IELTS essay topics below:

Globalization is positive for economies but its negative sides should not be ignored.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


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