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Task 2 Essay: University Education (NEW)

Question: Some people believe that studying at a university or college is the best route to a successful career. Do you agree or disagree?

Band 8+ Sample Answer:

(Intro) The question of whether tertiary education is the best path to reach success in one’s profession is the subject of much debate. While I accept that there are clear advantages of pursuing higher education for some young people, I also believe that there is no single route to success.

(Body 1) Undeniably, graduating from a university or college is beneficial for job applicants. Firstly, an academic qualification is a minimum requirement in some specific fields. For example, it is virtually impossible to become a doctor or a teacher if a job seeker does not have the relevant qualifications since the fundamentals taught at university. Secondly, in today’s increasingly competitive job market, having a university degree can set these candidates apart from those who only possess lesser qualifications, and therefore increase the chance of getting a job with a lucrative income and good career prospects.

(Body 2) Despite these powerful arguments, I would contend that there are many alternative and equally effective options. One option is vocational training institutions where learners have the chance to acquire first-hand experience and become skilled in a well-paid career such as an engineer, plumber or electrician. This would be an ideal choice for school leavers who lack an academic mindset. Another option is to become an entrepreneur by starting their own business. For example it has become trendy for young people in Vietnam who fail their university entrance exams to turn their attention to developing a business selling food or other products online through social media groups or shopping platforms.

(Conclusion) In conclusion, although I agree that higher education can bring competitive advantages when job hunting, I believe that it is not the best way for everyone, as vocational courses and start ups gain provide invaluable skills and experience that can be the foundation of a flourishing career. High school graduates should assess their on their own circumstances and abilities to choose the most appropriate path. (316 words)

Words: Student essay, corrected & upgraded by Nick Kemp, former IELTS examiner.

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