IELTS Writing Task 2 essay with model answer

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic

Some people choose a career according to the social status and salary-it will give them. Others choose a career according to whether they will enjoy the work. 

Which do you think is the best way to choose a career? 

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer:

In today's world, selecting a career is a very important decision that individuals have to take in order to be successful in life. Some believe that individuals should follow their passion, while others think that certain career fields will bring more money and fame which is far more important than enjoying what you pursue. I strongly agree with the latter viewpoint. 

It is often said that doing what you like will always keep you motivated throughout the course of your career. But, it may take many years before monetary success is attained. Musicians and artists are some examples of professions that arise from passion and love towards music and act. However, such hobbies are not acceptable as a career field in my home country, Malaysia. The underlying reason for such behaviour is that music and art are not considered as a proper job. Furthermore, people in my country believe that individuals who pursue such fields, bring shame to their families. Thus it is evident from the above that most people give utmost priority to social status compared to their own niche interests. 

On the other hand, it is arguable that some individuals shape their own future in accordance to the remuneration to be received. In Malaysia, given the country's consistently bad economic performance, individuals are forced to sustain and feed their families by opting for the highest paying jobs. Jobs such as doctors, lawyers, surgeons and engineers not only bring luxurious incomes but also add reputation and fame to their families. To top it off, in Malaysia, children are brought up from a tender age with the mindset to achieve the career pathways determined by their parents. 

In short, although selecting a career out of passion may seem motivating and enjoyable, at the end of the day family expectations, social status and salary brackets are preceding factors for one to choose a suitable career. 

Total Words: 315

Task Achievement: 9

Coherence & Cohesion: 9

Lexical resources: 9

Grammar: 9

Overall Score: Band 9



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