Topic: Work & Employment

IELTS Writing Task 1 – Model answer

Here is the answer to last week’s question (see the bar chart here):

 

The bar chart in figure 5 compares Americans between the ages of 20 and 29, in terms of sex and insurance status, who were unable to afford medical care in 2008.

It is clear that the uninsured were least likely to get medical attention when required, and irrespective of insurance, women had less access to healthcare. It is also noticeable that uninsured women comprised the majority of population who did not get medical attention when they needed it.

If one considers all Americans in this age group – regardless of coverage status – the chart shows that 9.6 percent of men couldn’t afford medical care while 10.6 percent of women faced the same problem.

However, there was a stark difference in numbers according to insurance status. Among the privately insured, only 4.3 percent of men and 5.6 percent of women were unable to get medical care, while the number of uninsured Americans who couldn’t afford medical care was nearly five times as much. (161 words)

 

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.10

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Women should have an equal role alongside men in both police and armed forces. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions . I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.7

Another great video from our friends at Ted Ed. This one deals with a common topic that comes up in IETLS Writing Task 2 and IELTS Speaking Part 3 – work and employment. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

 

What makes us feel good at work?

Dan Ariely explains the driving force behind those who truly enjoy work. And the answer is not money.

 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of giving gendered toys (pink kitchen sets to girls, blue cars to boys) to children? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.7

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Some people believe that studying at university or college is the best route to a successful career, while others believe that it is better to get a job straight after school. Do the benefits of gaining work experience at a young age outweigh the drawbacks?

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions here. I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.6

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

As most people spend a major part of their adult life at work, job satisfaction is an important element of individual well-being. What factors contribute to job satisfaction? How realistic is the expectation of job satisfaction for all workers?

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions. I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Q.7 – Model answer

Here is the answer to the question I posted last week. 

New technology can both benefit and harm the scope of employment. There are numerous jobs that have been created due to technology in many fields since new inventions have led to roles that were not previously needed.  Developments in fields such as biotechnology, intellectual property and computer engineering have led to a variety of jobs that were not foreseeable. Such developments then create a foundation for further progress and in such a cycle, jobs will always be needed to keep up with the current technology.  The patterns of employment have also changed with today people working for employers and organizations that are situated on the other end of the world. Since we are now able to communicate globally, there is a lesser need for employees to be located in the city of the business they are working. Flexible options such as work from home and video conferencing have increased the ease of working. It is easier to gain information about things not known to us such as studying abroad and so, more people are working beyond their natural environment and getting jobs in situations they could not have known without such technology.

There is no doubt that evolving technology can also signify a decrease in the demand for human labor. Industries that now rely on machinery or technological processes can eliminate human interaction such as the surge in online shopping cuts retail jobs. We are more independent today with all the facilities available to us that we do not need the services of others as much in some industries such as travelling for example. While travel agents were the norm before, today with the Internet we can book and plan our own trips.

So, new technology impacts each sector in a diverse way and it could either be beneficial for some and detrimental to others.

 

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.3

Here’s a great video I came across the other day. It explores questions of gender, socialization and equality – all three are popular topics in IELTS exams. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

Some study that I used to know

This video articulates the frustrations of both students and teachers and examines the shallowness of education dished out in high school.

If you enjoyed the tune, listen to Gotye’s original song on YouTube. What would you change about high school? Share your ideas in the comments below.

 

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.3

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Some people believe that the salaries paid to professional sportspeople are too high, while others argue that sports salaries are fair.
 Discuss both views and give your opinion.

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions here. I’ll post a model answer soon.