IELTS Task 2: Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches

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DungMai

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Some people think high school graduates should travel or work for a period of time instead of going directly to study at university.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. You should write at least 250 words.


After graduating from high school, it is highly recommended that students spend time travelling or working instead of applying for university education immediately. Both approaches, in my opinion, have their advantages and disadvantages.

It is undeniable that taking a trip before university or entering a volunteer work offers valuable experiences as well as small amounts of money. Travelling independently or working within a group would sharpen one's life skills and communication skills; and the money one earns might cover one's university expenses in the future.
However, many high school graduates might be confused with the academic environment after taking a period of time for travelling or working. A gap year, for instance, can make students' line of study interrupted and the students themselves forget some academic knowledge.
Regarding the option of going to the university directly, a higher salary rate and employment chances are the benefits for undergraduates. Generally, all employers would pay much higher and offer more diverse placements to those who have qualified for a university degree than that offered to those who lack higher education and professional training.
On the other hand, entering university directly after leaving high school could be the wrong choice for students who are unclear of their preferred careers and financially unprepared. These students may choose the wrong career paths since they have yet to discover what particular jobs entails or whether they are suitable. Taking student loans could also become an issue for undergraduates who could not pay back with their low income.

In conclusion, high school graduates could either travel or work for some time or go to university directly. Either the choices, they should weigh up the pros and cons of both approaches before making decisions.
 

englishgeek

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It is undeniable that taking a trip before university or entering a doing volunteer work offers valuable experiences as well as small amounts of money. Travelling independently or working within a group would sharpen one's life skills and communication skills; and the money one earns might cover one's university expenses in the future.(1)

However, many high school graduates might be confused with the academic environment after taking a period of time for travelling or working. A gap year, for instance, can make students' line of study interrupted and the students themselves forget some academic knowledge.

Regarding the option of going to the university directly, a higher salary rate and employment chances are the benefits for undergraduates. Generally, all employers would pay much higher and offer more diverse placements to those who have qualified for a university degree than that offered to those who lack higher education and professional training.

On the other hand, entering university directly after leaving high school could be the wrong choice for students who are unclear of their preferred careers and financially unprepared. These students may choose the wrong career paths since they have yet to discover what a particular jobs entails or whether they are suitable. Taking student loans could also become an issue for undergraduates who could not pay back with their low income.

In conclusion, high school graduates could either travel or work for some time or go to university directly. Either the choices, they should weigh up the pros and cons of both approaches before making decisions.

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(1) Usually you don't earn income from volunteering, so I would avoid talking about it otherwise it sounds like you don't know what volunteering is.
 

DungMai

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It is undeniable that taking a trip before university or entering a doing volunteer work offers valuable experiences as well as small amounts of money. Travelling independently or working within a group would sharpen one's life skills and communication skills; and the money one earns might cover one's university expenses in the future.(1)

However, many high school graduates might be confused with the academic environment after taking a period of time for travelling or working. A gap year, for instance, can make students' line of study interrupted and the students themselves forget some academic knowledge.

Regarding the option of going to the university directly, a higher salary rate and employment chances are the benefits for undergraduates. Generally, all employers would pay much higher and offer more diverse placements to those who have qualified for a university degree than that offered to those who lack higher education and professional training.

On the other hand, entering university directly after leaving high school could be the wrong choice for students who are unclear of their preferred careers and financially unprepared. These students may choose the wrong career paths since they have yet to discover what a particular jobs entails or whether they are suitable. Taking student loans could also become an issue for undergraduates who could not pay back with their low income.

In conclusion, high school graduates could either travel or work for some time or go to university directly. Either the choices, they should weigh up the pros and cons of both approaches before making decisions.

Feedback

(1) Usually you don't earn income from volunteering, so I would avoid talking about it otherwise it sounds like you don't know what volunteering is.
Thank you for your comments and corrections.
 
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