GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 94
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Many students do some kind of paid work while they study. And this often results in lack of time for studies and constantly feeling under pressure.
Do you think students should never work while they are still in schools or colleges?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Many pupils get engaged in paid work while studying in a school or college resulting in less study time and thereby being stressed out incessantly. While I admit that such an early engagement in work activities can be detrimental to students’ development in certain ways, I think that work experience helps many students positively.
To commence with, many students get involved in part-time jobs while in school or college to help them pay for their tuition, books, and living. Some others are up to gaining some sort of practical experience. But working to earn money costs the time required to study. Consequently, these students do not have enough time to prepare themselves for exams. This can lead to anxiety and stress which eventually results in mental illnesses, like depression and anxiety, for example, which in turn harms the overall development of students. Many students find the burden so overwhelming that they decide to drop out. However, for some students, who can manage a balanced-life between their education and work life, often end up gaining professional experience which is crucial for their future career.
Considering the pros and cons, I unstintingly support getting engaged in jobs while studying. But students should get involved in jobs which provide them with invaluable experience to facilitate their personal development. In fact, these jobs equip them to practice a broad range of necessary competencies for their future career. For instance, students, through part-time work, can learn how to communicate with people from different walks of life, which in turn helps them learn how to be sensitive to cultural differences in the workplace. Thus, students can hone interpersonal skills through part-time jobs. In addition to this, students also learn to manage their money. When students start earning money on their own, they tend to become more prudent to spend their hard-earned cash.
In fine, while in some cases, students’ involvement in paid work can hamper their personal development, I go on arguing that students should be allowed to do part-time jobs on the condition that it does not interfere with their academic life.