IELTS Topic: Work
Why you need to be able to talk about
work and jobs
O Work is one of the most common topics in
the IELTS exam. You are very likely to be
asked about it.
O It is most common in the IELTS Speaking
O It could appear in any of three sections of
the speaking test:
O Part 1 and 2: Personal experience
O Part 3: General discussion
O In part one you may be asked some
simple questions like:
O “Do you have a job?”
O “Do you work or are you a student?”
O As you are students, you can say you
don’t work and are in full-time education.
O However, if you said yes, you may be
O “Why did you choose that job?”
O “Do you enjoy your job?”
O “Do you get along well with your co-
O “What responsibilities do you have?”
O “What would you like to change about your
O In Part 2, you may be asked about:
O A job you have done in the past
O A job you would like to do in the future
O Your dream job
O An interesting/challenging job you know
O Here’s an example:
Describe a job that you would like to do in the
You should say:
O what the job is
O how much training would be necessary
O what is so special about this job
and explain why you are attracted to this job
O These topics may be raised in the IELTS
Speaking Test Part 3, or the Writing Test
O You will be asked about difficult social or
O Possible topics:
O Sexual equality
O Should men and women get paid the same?
O Can men and women do the same work?
O Should people be forced to retire at a certain
O Work-related health
O What can employers do to safeguard their
employees’ health or reduce workplace
O Other workplace issues:
O What are the advantages and
disadvantages of wearing uniforms at
O Will more people work from home in the
O Should co-workers spend their leisure time
O What do you do? What’s your job?
O I’m a dentist.
O I work as a lawyer.
O I work in an insurance company.
O I’m unemployed right now.
O Be prepared to give more details:
O Tell me about your job.
O My job involves… ing
O My job involves giving presentations.
O My job involves meeting people.
O My job involves tracking sales.
O I have to … and …
O I have to fix computers and set up networks.
O I have to meet guests and organize files.
O What are your career plans? What job do
you want to do?
O I’m hoping to be a chemist.
O I’m studying to be an accountant.
O I plan on becoming a programmer.
O As you are students, you may also say:
O After graduating, I’d like to…
O Tell me about the job you hope to do.
O You have to… and …
O You have to call people and collect
O You need to have …
O You need to have patience.
O You need to have a lot of energy.
O You need to be …
O You need to be cautious.
O You need to be highly motivated.
O Note: We use “you” to refer to people in
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Questions and Answers
1. Complete a mind map for a job you
would like to do.
2. Ask your partner questions about the job
they have chosen.
O Example: What sort of personal qualities
do you need to do this job? Why?