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Work Essay Ielts

One of the biggest problems IELTS Students have with IELTS Speaking is they do not have enough vocabulary.

This can be a huge problem if you do not understand what the examiner is asking you!

So, we have slowly been putting together interesting “topical” posts to help you build and develop your IELTS speaking vocabulary so you can understand key issues.

To start with, let’s take a look at some phrases.

10 IELTS Phrases for Work

Here are some interesting work phrases from the infographic.

  1. commute to work = take the bus, train, or drive to work regularly
  2. periodically check your email = regularly do something
  3. walking meetings = have a meeting walking around, not sitting down at a desk
  4. achievable objectives
  5. collaborate with others = work together
  6. feel good factor = something that makes you feel good e.g. helping others is a feel good factor
  7. bite the bullet = do something unpleasant or difficult e.g. You have to bite the bullet and tell her the truth.
  8. mind-numbing tasks = something very repetitive and boring
  9. get bogged down = get stuck
  10. variety is the spice of life = doing different things makes your life interesting

IELTS Speaking Questions

IELTS Part 1 Speaking Questions

Well, usually I commute to work. I usually cycle every day in the morning and the evenings if the weather is fine. If it isn’t, I take the bus.
What equipment do I need? Well, like most people I use a computer and I get lots of emails that have to answer. I periodically check my emails because I don’t like to do it all the time.
I suppose one thing that I really don’t like about my job is entering data. I work in customer service so every day I have to enter in lots of data about the customers. I have to be careful to get it right, but it isn’t hard. I would call it mind-numbing. Totally dull.

IELTS Part 3 Speaking Questions

If you ask me, the most respected job is a doctor. I think this is because everyone knows it takes a long time to become a doctor, and also that doctors have to make very important decisions. For example, if they get a decision wrong, maybe someone will die. Another job that a lot of people look up to in my country are the police. In my country, the police are not armed, what I mean is, they don’t have guns, so they have to be very careful and very brave.
Actually, I don’t know if you can do much to make the work less boring. But people can try to make work more fun. For example, people can collaborate and solve problems together rather than by themselves. And they can try to bite the bullet and do the worst jobs early in the day while their brains are fresh. Finally, one idea is reduce the time people spend in meetings. If all meetings were walking meetings, people would get fitter and the meetings would be shorter too!

IELTS practice essay questions about work and employment.

Some employers want to be able to contact their staff at all times, even on holidays.

Does this development have more advantages than disadvantages? (Reported 2017, GT Test)


More and more people are moving away from an agricultural background to relocate to cities in order to look for work.

What will be the consequences of this? What solutions can you offer? (Reported 2017, Academic Test)


Completing university education is thought by some to be the best way to get a good job. On the other hand, other people think that getting experience and developing soft skills is more important.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.


First impressions are important. Some people think that doing well in interviews is the key to securing a good job.

To what extent do you agree?


Finding job satisfaction  is considered to be a luxury in many developing countries.

Why do you think that is?

Do you think job satisfaction is important?


Many people find it hard to balance their work with other parts of their lives.
What are the reasons for this? How can this problem be overcome? (Reported 2017, Academic Test)


Doctors, nurses and teachers make a great contribution to society and should be payed more than entertainment and sports celebrities.

Do you agree or disagree ? (Reported 2017, Academic Test)


Many children are encouraged by their parents to get a part time job in their free time.

What are the advantages and disadvantages to children of doing so?


In many developing countries, there is an increasing movement of workers from rural areas into the cities.

Why do you think this happens?

What problems can this cause?


In some developing countries, it is difficult to get good teachers to work in rural areas which can have a negative impact on the education of children in those rural communities.

Why do you think good teachers do not want to work in rural areas in developing countries?

What could be done to solve this problem?


Having a good university degree guarantees people a good job.

To what extent do you agree?


The number of people working online from home has grown in some countries.

What advantages and disadvantages can come of this trend?


Some people with a good education and experience in their field decide to move abroad to work.

Why do you think that is?

What problems does this cause?


Paying all workers the same salary in a company promotes harmony and respect amongst colleagues.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


Getting promotion is one of the biggest drives for people to apply themselves and work hard in the modern work place.

Why do you think people are so driven to get promotion?

What other factors influence people to work hard?


Bringing in foreign workers to fill positions that domestic workers are unwilling to do can cause problems in the local community and should therefore be stopped.

Do what extent do you agree with this?


Some people think that employers should ensure a supportive and pleasant work environment where each employee is respected and valued equally while others think employers should focus instead on providing better facilities and equipment.

What is your opinion?


Some people think that people should choose their job based on income in order to provide security for their family.

Do you think money is an important factor when choosing a job?

What other factors should be considered?


Reported essay questions are from students who have taken their IELTS test. These questions may vary slightly in wording from the original question. 


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