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're doing great, and thank you for writing to me. You've asked for my advice regarding the next step you should take - either to join a college or get a job. I'd like to suggest that you should gain some work experience before pursuing higher education.

As I personally know you, you'd not enjoy going to college right now because you've always wanted to work and what better time can it be to work than now? I personally feel that 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're interested in studying 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'll 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've received your letter, and I'm 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'd 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 you have an outgoing personality, and 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 the very best of luck.

Warm wishes,


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Dear Brian,

It's really great to receive a letter from you yesterday. I am delighted that you and Jenna are doing well. We'd plan for a family
get-together very soon.

By the way, I understand that you are in a dilemma whether to fulfil your ambitions on getting a Master degree from Oxford University or to get a job. Knowing about the current economic crisis which we are undergoing and keeping in mind that Jenna is currently
unemployed, I suggest that you must find a new job soon. That way, it'd help you to become financially stable.

I have already forwarded your profile to my company's hiring team to get you a suitable role. I am sure these awful times would be over soon. There are a plethora of options that can be planned in the future to fulfil your desire for higher education which we can discuss when we meet in person.

Awaiting for your response. And please let me know if you need any help without any hesitation.

Warm wishes,