Letter Writing # 210 - Letter from a friend for advice about whether to go to college

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You recently received a letter from a friend asking for advice about whether to go to college or to try to get a job. You think he/she should get a job.

Write a letter to this friend. In your letter:

  • say why he/she would not enjoy going to college
  • explain why getting a job is a good idea for him/her
  • suggest types of job that would be suitable for him/her

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ...................,


Sample Answer 1:

Dear James,

Hope you are doing great and thank you for writing to me. You have asked for my advice regarding the next step in you should take - either to join a college or alternatively get a job. I would suggest that you should gain some work experience before pursuing higher education.

As I personally know you, you would not enjoy going to college right now because you have always wanted to work and what better time can it be to work than now? I personally feel getting a job is a better idea for you as it would expose you to the real business world which you can capitalise in your education since you are interested in studying in business administration.

I joined university just after finishing high school and consequently, I couldn’t get any job experience in my field which I often regret. I believe you should not make the same mistake and instead take the opportunity to gain some valuable skills such as delegating tasks, managing time, meeting deadlines and working in a team. The job experience will enhance your decision-making and presentation skills. Moreover, it will open doors for better job opportunities in the future.

I feel you should work in a large retail shop as a salesperson or perhaps join a small company that serves customers directly. It makes sense as it would be easier for you to find such a job in your city and it would let you understand the business frame closely.

I hope my suggestion would help you decide what is best for you.

Warm regards,



Sample Answer 2:

Dear David,

I have received your letter, and I am so glad that you all are doing fine. Also, I thank you for taking me into confidence in order to consult about a decision as important as either getting a job or going to a college.

While I consider both propositions to be very crucial for personal and professional growth, I think that timing and personal circumstances are also important when taking such an important decision. And, knowing you personally for quite some time, I don’t think that timing and circumstances are exactly on your side as far as the issue of going to a college is concerned. In fact, I know, how you don’t like doing so much homework and love to explore new places and opportunities. So, I would suggest that you should gain some job experience before you start college.

You should get a job as a front desk agent at a hotel because I know how outgoing personality you really are, and how you like to meet and talk to different kinds of people. After all, a hotel is a place which is visited by all kinds of new people almost every day. I wish you very best of luck.

Warm regards,


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