Writing Task 2: Staying in one job

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QUESTION: People have different job expectations for jobs. Some people prefer to do the same job for the same company, whereas others prefer to change jobs frequently.
Write about the advantages and disadvantages of each viewpoint?

You should write at least 250 words.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

SAMPLE ANSWER:

In the past, a worker who stays in one occupation for a long time is seen as responsible and driven, while those who jump from one career to the other are viewed as irresponsible and lacking focus in life. However, nowadays, people are starting to lose such attitudes, and there are those who opt to change jobs regularly. Still, there are those who prefer not to. This essay will explore both benefits and setbacks of these opposing ideas.

One of the main benefits of staying in one job is job security. Frequently changing employers often brings about instability. Take for example, a person who works for a business company who would like to shift to the fashion industry. Not only will this person have to think about adjusting to a new working environment, but the person may also have to worry about losing a steady source of income for a period of time, living accommodations, and possibly taking some additional classes or training in order to gain the appropriate skills to perform a new job. Staying in the same company will avoid these problems. Another advantage that can be gained from changing occupations is that one is able to gain expertise in their chosen field. This in turn may enable them to ascend from one position to a higher one. For example, an employee who has been working for a company for more than five years may be promoted to a managerial position.

However, working for a single company and in a single career can hinder a person’s growth. This is because although doing the same job for a long time leads to proficiency in that subject, it also limits a person’s opportunity to explore other career options that can possibly improve their skill set. To illustrate, a person who worked as a cook for several years is an expert on meal preparation but lacks skill in carpentry. Meanwhile, a person who worked as a cook for some time and then shifted to the construction industry has both skills in cooking and building houses.

On the other hand, shifting jobs frequently has several advantages. One, a person increases their employability by having a diverse skill set. Working in several occupations often means that a person has many skills. Such people are viewed as well-rounded and dynamic; therefore, many career opportunities may be available for them. Aside from that, a person who changes jobs often is exposed to different work environments and more people, which leads to a wider social circle and potentially more friends.

A setback of frequently changing careers, however, is that a person becomes a jack-of-all-trades and lacks expertise in a specific field. This can become an obstacle in finding employment.

In conclusion, both career ideologies have equal benefits and drawbacks, but personally, I prefer to stay in one job as this will give me a more secure future compared to frequently shifting from one job to another.

SCORE: 8

WORD COUNT: approximately 498

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