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Words and terms frequently used when talking about work
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Mindmap: WORK vocabulary topic for IELTS SPEAKING
Work: Sample questions and answers for IELTS speaking exam
- Describe the company or organization you work for.
-I work for the Energy Development Corporation (EDC); it is a company that focuses on the development of renewable energy.
- What is your position?
-I am part of the geophysical survey team, I am a geologist
- What are your responsibilities?
– Our team is tasked to identify if a significant resource is present, as well as to collect and analyze samples within the area.
- What do you like about your job?
-The best thing about my job is that I could travel and discover places in which I otherwise wouldn’t
5. What do you dislike about your job?
Conducting projects in far-flung areas means being away from my family for several days. This time, I couldn’t spend time with my wife and kids. I miss them so much.
6. How many hours do you work each day?
-When I am in a field work; we spend several hours traveling to the area, the survey usually last for a couple of days sometimes in a weeks’ time. When there is no field work, I work the usual 8am to 5pm office work.
7.What would be your ideal job?
-My ideal job would be something that always brings something new, not a repetitive monotonous work. I get to do what I have to do and be good at it, but nevertheless provide adequate returns to my personal life.
Describe the job you would most like to have. You should say:
- what this job would be
- where you would work
- which qualifications you would need and
- explain why you would like to have this job most.
I actually realized this passion, a little late in life. I wanted to become a chef in a professional kitchen. Eating food is great, but the process of food preparation and the skill it requires to do that is what I find more intriguing.
I could probably enjoy working and being trained in fine dining restaurants or some cruise ships that offer a variety of international dishes. I would like to get to know different cultures all over the world through food. I think it is one of the aspects that distinguish countries.
To be able to be a chef, I need to have an educational background in culinary arts or professional cookery. I also need to go undergo training in various restaurants to be able to apply the knowledge and information I gathered from the school. A chef is also creative because he is also the one who arranges and presents food that is served.
The kitchen is the only place I have ever felt like I really belong. I love the heat and the pressure.
- Which jobs would you say are most respected in your country?
If I were asked what the most respected jobs in the country are, I would have to say it would be professional careers such as the fields of law, medicine and engineering. It is the “mainstream choice” and common understanding of parents what they would likely have as a career for their children, simply because of its high projected income and career growth.
- Some people say it’s better to work for yourself than be employed by a company. What’s your view?
I would have to say that I agree with the Chinese billionaire Jack Ma. For young people, it is wise to go to a small company because in a big company you are working as part of a system and you are doing specialized repetitive tasks. But when you go to a small company, you’ll learn the passion, the dreams and you’ll learn to do a lot of things at one time.
As you grow, focus on learning and in gathering and developing your skills. When you think you have learned enough, that is the time when you have to think clearly – if you want to be an entrepreneur and to work for yourself.
- What changes in employment have there been in recent years in your country?
There has been a rejuvenation of the “entrepreneurial spirit” in our country; more and more people are involved in starting their own businesses. The “start-up” community is now more alive than ever, even college students launch their start-up businesses while in a university. Even though there is a high failing rate of start-up businesses; still, people are starting to take risk and put their ideas into creation.
Key vocabulary: Definitions and examples
someone who got promotion is given a more more important job in the same organization
Do they get promotion or change jobs?
to give money in exchange for goods or services
She refused to let me pay for the taxi.
work that is done regulary to earn money
Afterlanding a job in an off-licence straight out of school, he was initially baffled, butintrigued all the same.
a person or organization that buys goods or services from a store or business
He will usually refer the customer to someone in his firm who isan expert in that field
the amount of work to be done by someone or something
To cope with the increasing workload our staff has grown from about 350 to about 1,000, which makes us by far the largest ombudsman scheme worldwide.
an individual’s work and life roles over their lifespan.
Most young people today , whatever their background , see school as a passport to a good career.
any or all locations or environments where people are employed
People with a job spend a lot of time at their workplace so a healthy workplace is vital to their health.
monthly (yearly) payment that you earn from your job
Apprenticeships areoften a great way to earn a salary or receive an allowance while learning newskills and gaining qualifications.
a fixed regular payment, typically paid on a daily or weekly basis, made by an employer to an employee
The basic state pension is just 15.9 per cent of the average wage, compared to 18.4 per cent 57 years ago.
relating to manual workers
Workplace automation has eliminated many of the jobs that enabled blue-collar workers to join the middle class.
relating to those who work in an office
White-collar workers are evaluated based on performance.
to take time off
to stop working for a short time
Taking time off is one of the best ways to re-engage your mind and make yourself more productive.
to take unpaid leave
if you take leave you stay away from work usually because of holiday or ilness, without getting paid
Can he afford to take unpaid leave?
Paid absence from work specifically to recover from illness.
Sick leave is usually 1- 1 1/2 days per month.
PART OF SPEECH
When getting home from work, the first thing you tell your partner is the best thing that happened that day
Work on it in the morning before your work day.
What is the most effective way to enhance working memory?
Promotions in Army are to higher ranks and not to a different organisation.
to get promoted
Helping your manager get promoted is useless.
Their average basic pay is approximately 300 pounds per month.
People do pay for quality.
Are astronauts well paid?
A 2012 NASSCOM survey reveals that 83% of Indian engineering graduates are unfit for employment.
To get a sense of the cause of unemployment, it helps to understand excess capacity.
The best employees are multipliers who make others more productive, and next are the adders (workhorses).
My employers, the University of Bristol, own the intellectual property rights for this article.
I explained again : about my job description , custom and practice and my right to do the work for which I was employed .
There are lots of ways to describe being self-employed and it will totally depend on the person that you’re speaking to.
I was unemployed for almost a year after graduating.
Sales and earnings are two different things.
What is the best career advice for a software developer to earn higher total compensation?
Colonel Spratt highlighted the importance of the qualification for people planning a career in marketing.
Like student nurses, there are no jobs for them when they qualify.
The English Department employs well qualified and experienced tutors and as a result has always enjoyed a high success rate in examination results.
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right person for the job
This topic on IELTS blogs
- IELTS Speaking Part 1: “work” topic [ielts-simon.com]
- IELTS Speaking Practice: Work – part 1, 2 and 3 sample questions [ielts-academic.com]
- IELTS Work Vocabulary [ieltsspeaking.co.uk]
- IELTS Speaking: Job [ielts-exam.net]
- How Can A Monotonous Job Be Meaningful? [npr.org]
- TAS 125: (Success Leaves Cues) Scott’s Complete Story and Path of Becoming an Enterpreneur [theamazingseller.com]
- 48 Days To The Work You Love [gspn.tv]
- I’m not very smart, but I work extremely hard. Will I be able to succeed ? [quora.com]
- What do you do when you oversleep for work? Take urgent leave? [quora.com]
- Nigel Marsh : How to Make Work-life Balance Work [TED TALKS]
- Scott Dinsmore: How To Find Work You Love [TED TALKS]
- Mike Rowe: Learning From Dirty Jobs [TED TALKS]