IELTS Writing Task 2 : Sample 29

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In today's job market it is far more important to have practical skills than theoretical knowledge. In the future, job applicants may not need any formal qualifications.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Write at least 250 words

Response 1

Dexterity can only go so far with job applications in a world of increasingly dextrous machines. That being said, I disagree with the theory that job applicants may not need any formal qualifications in the future. However, let us discuss aspects of both topics in order to better understand my opinion on the matter.

On the one hand, being skilled with using said hands is not a common trait amongst people. Not everyone can perform the tasks of a regular labour worker, despite how undermined such jobs may be. The importance of practical work is something that cannot be ignored, and the opinion some people may have about the lack of intellect that goes into such jobs is highly inaccurate. Many medical experts would agree with the fact that working with one's hands is very mentally stimulating, in other words: it's good for the brain. Additionally, people that are more physically oriented in career matters, and otherwise, stand a better chance at remaining fit, as opposed to people who simply work with papers or computers.

On the other hand, it cannot be disputed that the world around us is ceaselessly being modernized and easing into a more technology-oriented era. In such a world, theoretical knowledge is invaluable. Hard labour will not and cannot operate complex machinery that comprises of a couple of simple yet complex pushes of buttons. Increasing reliance on numbers and words is apparent in today's society, though the means of achieving knowledge of said things can be rather pricey and subject to strict requirements.

In conclusion, it is exceedingly foolish to rule out either practical or theoretical skill when, in fact, the two are codependent, no matter the age.

Written by Wardah Razzaq.