IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic & Questions about Work with Band 8.0+ Sample Answers

Q1: Are you a student or are you working?
Well, for the past couple of years, I’ve been working as an auditor at KPMG, which is among the top 4 auditing firms in the world. I love my job, and I think it’s a very interesting line of work.

Line of work (phrase) the work that a person does regularly in order to earn money

Q2: What do you like about your job?
Well I guess the thing I like most about my job is the salary. I make what I’d consider is a lucrative income, which means not only is it enough to cover my bills, but there’s also some extra to spend on whatever I want. So on payday, I often treat myself to a meal at a high-end restaurant or splurge on a nice shirt.

Lucrative income (phrase)

High-end (adj) the most sophisticated, and typically the most expensive product in a line

Splurge on something (phrase) to spend a lot of money on someone or something

Q3: What do you dislike about your job?
You know, I’d have to say the overwhelming workload is something I am not a fan of. I mean, I’ve got a very hectic schedule, which means I’m always up to my ears in deadlines. That leaves me with very little quality time for family and friends. In the future, I might look into another job that is a bit less stressful.

Overwhelming (adj)  very intense

Hectic (adj) busy

Up to my ears in something (phrase) busy doing something

Quality time (phrase) time during which one dedicates oneself to a person or activity

Q4: What do you do after work?
Well, when we get off work, my colleagues and I usually hit the bar and grab a couple of drinks and maybe a bite to eat if we’re feeling up to it. It’s great fun, and a fantastic way to unwind.

Hit the bar (phrase) to go out, to go for a few drinks

Grab a bite to eat (phrase)  get something to eat

Up to (doing) something (phrase) well enough, or good enough to do something

Unwind (verb) relax

Q5: Do you miss being a student?
I surely will miss my student life once I get involve in the workplace. For me I think when I’m a student, at least I have someone guide me, whereas at work mostly you must guide yourself. The academic environment appears to be a comfort zone for me, while I’m sure I’ll struggle with fitting in the working environment.

To get involve in (v) to become a part of (an organization)

To fit in (v) to become suitable or appropriate for Sth or SO

==> Useful tip for Speaking Part 1:

Try to use collocations/idioms in your IELTS Speaking test to increase your IELTS Speaking score. For example:
– In terms of work ==> line of work | schedule ==> hectic schedule | up to one’s ears in something
– In terms of money: income ==> lucrative income | cover bills | splurge on
– In regard to going out: hit the bar | grab a drink | grab a bike, etc

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