IELTS Writing Task 2 #12

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people argue that it is more important to have an enjoyable job than to earn a lot of money. Others disagree and think that a good salary leads to a better life.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

model answer:

Everybody knows that you need money to survive, but it is often said that money does not bring happiness. Although the ideal situation may be to have an enjoyable job that also provides a good salary, this is not always possible. It is important to remember that some people might not have a choice of jobs because they did not have the chance of a good education or because they have a large family to support. Nevertheless, I would prefer to have a job that I can enjoy if I could.

On the one hand, life is easier for those who have plenty of money as they can do what they want and do not have to think constantly about whether they can afford something or not. In addition, earning a good salary makes it easier to be healthier because you can eat good food and join a gym.

On the other hand, some people spend large sums of money without thinking about it. However, they could manage with less money and have a better life by taking a job they enjoy or by working fewer hours. I have observed that in families who go on expensive holidays and always have a new car, it is often the father who works such long hours that his children rarely see him. In my opinion, this is not an attractive lifestyle and it would be better if he found a less well paid job that enabled him to spend him to spend more time at home.

To sum up, I think it is more important to have a job you enjoy if you can afford it. In my view, most people need less money than they think because they waste a lot on buying things they do not need.

(297 words)

Stephen C says:

I think it was nicely written. Here’s my shot at it. I’d appreciate it a lot if anyone could give me their thoughts. Thanks! –

A perfect job is where you get paid at a premium doing what you love. A lot of times this is just an ideal scenario that many would hope and wish for. In reality though, choosing to do what you love is often compromised by the necessity to earn and provide for the needs of yourself and of your love ones. Still, the author believes that we work to live and not live to work. Doing a job that pays just enough to meet your needs is better than striving to earn the big bucks and living unhappy and unsatisfied with your day’s work.

Getting a job is important because nothing is free. Specially in developing countries, more often that not, the pressing need to buy food or clothing or shelter or medication precedes all preferences of how to meet the day’s need. Choosing which kind of work or job is a privilege and not necessarily an option. Impoverished people have to simply work and do what they must in whichever way they can. In these cases, the need takes top priority than the want to do something else to earn.

On the other hand, to some people who could easily provide the needs of themselves and their family’s, it may be thought the question of doing what they want versus what earns them more money becomes more of a free choice. In such cases, the only real dilemma is whether they would want to cut on their shopping lists and live simple enjoyable lives. Usually, as is the case, following your passion is ignoring your wallet. But if you are still earning enough to live simply and be happy for the most part of your day, it would still be worth it.

Ultimately, work is all but a means to living. The author believes that if you can persist to follow your passion without compromising the basic needs of your family then there should be no doubt that you must do what you love. It is worth noting that following one’s passion need not to equate to living simply or conservatively. In fact, many have triumphed over their financial needs by following their passions. To conclude, one such story to remember is that of Sylvester Stallone. He has been born poor and had lived his young adult years without nothing save for his passion to be an actor. There was even a time in his life when he had to sell his dog out of hunger. But he insisted on his dream, despite the hunger, the many rejections and the countless failed attempts, until his time came and all his dreams through following his heart was realized.

Ruslan müəllim says:

That is good pattern which embrace the topic accurately. It was used wide range of vocabulary, however the structure has prepared poorly. It would be better that writer had to write personal idea in extra paragraph and gave conclusion. Overall it is good.

waelmili says:

realy helpful thanks alot!