How to turn a (band) 6.0 into a 9.0: IELTS Task 2 Essay lesson

Sample essay below.

Do you feel it is better to have a job that you love or one that makes more money? Discuss both views and give your opinion.

For some people the sole criteria for choosing a job is that of the salary offered, while others think that it is best to love the job you do. I would argue that although money is important, other factors such as job satisfaction are the best determiners when taking a job.

It is obviously important to receive a reasonable wage or salary for the work that you do. People have to pay their bills, eat, shop, and do all the other things in life that would be impossible without money. However, once these basic needs are met, the question is how much money does a person really need and what are they prepared to do to get it? For example, many city bankers make a great deal of money but they have to work very long hours a day, every day, and the resultant pressure has driven some to suicide or depression and other mental illnesses.

For many people however, job satisfaction is the driving force behind what they do. Many people work in sectors such as medicine, or charity organisations where the salary is not so high, however, for those Drs, nurses, and charity workers, the reason they do what they do is to help others. They want to make a difference in the world, not merely take from it. Another reason is that, if you enjoy your job, you are likely to not think of it as work. For example, to mention a quote attributed to Confucius “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”.

In conclusion, although the amount of money a job pays is certainly important, in my view job satisfaction is or should be the prime motivator when considering employment choices.

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