IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic : Job/Work

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Topic : Job/ Work

  1. What work do you do?
  2. What are your responsibilities?
  3. Why did you choose this job?
  4. Is there some other kind of work you would rather do?
  5. Describe the company or organization you work for.
  6. Do you enjoy your work?
  7. What do you like/dislike about your job?
  8. (Possibly)Do you miss being a student?
  9. What are the advantages of having your own business rather than working for someone else?
  10. What do you see yourself doing in the next 10 years?

Sample Answers

1.What do you do?

For the past few months, I’ve been working for The Guardian as a news editor. This is my first job ever, and I’m working hard to contribute to the success of this prestigious newspaper.

2. What are your responsibilities?

As a part-time editor, I am responsible for editing news related to current affairs as well as collecting information for the newspaper edition.

3. Why did you choose to do that type of work (or, that job)?

I guess it’s mainly because of job flexibility & my passion for journalism. To be more specific, this job is unlike the nine-to-five work schedule, enabling me to find a better balance between work and life. Besides, this job gives me opportunities to pursue my dream to become a journalist.

  • Job flexibility (expression) gives employees flexibility on how long, where and when they work.
  • Example: Job flexibility plays an important role in retaining employees.
  • Nine-to-five work (phrase) the normal work schedule for most jobs
    Example: George joined a nine-to-five work and was happy with it.

4. Is there some other kind of work you would rather do?

At present, I don’t think I’m able to dedicate myself to any other job. It’s the experiences and opportunities I can gain that matters to me. 

  • To dedicate (v) devote (time or effort) to a particular task or purpose
  • Example: John dedicated his evenings to his daughter.

5. Describe the company or organization you work for.

The Guardian is a national British daily newspaper which offers free access both to current news and an archive of three million stories. In April 2011, MediaWeek reported that The Guardian was the fifth most popular newspaper site in the world. I believe that the Guardian is the inspirational workplace for all people who dream of becoming a journalist.

6. Do you enjoy your work?

I do, most of the time. Contributing to the news production for a world-class newspaper gives me a sense of satisfaction and pride. 

  • World-class (adj) of or among the best in the world
    Example: Tom built a new hotel with world-class facilities

7. What do you like/dislike about your job?

Well, the perk of being a news editor is that you’ll surround yourself with exciting news daily. What I don’t like about this job is that I have to do a thousand edits to get to the final one that meets the requirement of my boss. Sometimes I feel a bit overloaded with tons of tasks.

  • Perk (n) an advantage or something extra that you are given because of your job
  • Example: The new job offer contained a lot of perks.
  • Overloaded (adj) to give excessive work, responsibility, or information to
    Example: The boss always overloaded his employees with work.

8. (Possibly)Do you miss being a student?

I missed student life once I got involved in the workplace. I think when I was a student, I had someone to guide me, whereas at work you must guide yourself. The academic environment was a comfort zone, and I struggled to fit in the working environment.

  • To get involve in (v) to become a part of (an organization)
    Example: Sheethal never got involved in cooking.
  • To fit in (v) to become suitable or appropriate 
    Example: Tom tried to fit in with his friends.
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