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:

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 have started my 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,


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