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The principal of a local college has asked you to write a report on the advantages and disadvantages of working abroad in the summer holidays. She would like to know if the college should recommend 'working holidays' to its students.
A report on students' experiences of working abroad
Currently, approximately 25 per cent of Hawthorne College students work abroad during the summer break. This report aims to show the benefits and drawbacks of working overseas in order to decide whether the college should recommend the experience to its students.
To prepare for this report, a sample of 100 students were interviewed, 23 of whom had worked abroad. This is a summary of their comments.
According to the students interviewed, working overseas during the summer holidays can bring several benefits. Most of all, students can improve their foreign language skills by working in a non-English speaking country. This may help them get a better job in the future. Additionally, learning about a different culture and way of life makes people more open-minded. A further advantage is that students may become more confident when they learn practical skills to help them live independently later in life, for example, finding accommodation and cooking for themselves.
However, a large number of interviewees mentioned drawbacks as well. Students who need to study over the summer will find it difficult to do so while working abroad. Most significant of all are finance issues: only a minority of students are able to afford travel expenses, accommodation and visas. In addition, students may have to take low-income jobs if they are not fluent in the local language, so they may struggle to cover their expenses.
Conclusion and recommendation
Working abroad may improve students' language skills and confidence. However, students often need to earn money during the holidays to support their studies and working abroad may not provide the opportunity to save. Also, the cost of travel means that only students who are able to afford it have the chance to do this. Therefore, the college should only recommend working abroad if there is financial support from the college for students that need it.
- The basic structure of a report is usually the same:
- Introduction (including the purpose of the report and how the data was collected)
- Findings (including benefits and drawbacks if appropriate)
- Conclusion and recommendations.
- Use headings for each section.
- Use formal vocabulary (e.g. Currently, ... / in order to ... / Therefore, ...) to give the report a formal style.
- The ideas and conclusions should be objective. Use non-personal subjects (e.g. This report aims to … ) and passive structures (e.g. 100 students were interviewed).
- You can also use may to show that something is not certain (e.g. This may help them get a better job in the future).
I had the opportunity to live in another country where English is its main language. I wasn't able to speak any english before that, indeed I had been thinking I would never speak english. Well, currently I´m not fluent in english but at least I was able to have a job interview in english and got the job I wanted.
I think the government and universities, college should support to the students who want to work abroad as volunteers. They should give scholarships to students for working abroad and studying communications skills, language skills and other social skills.
Yes, I would love to work abroad during holidays, but there are some things for me to consider. First, I must plan my schedule well as I have to study on holidays as well; there must be some time allowed to study. Second, I have to buy the tickets and reserve the accommodation in advance to get a discount since I'm not in a good financial state. On top of all of that, working overseas on holiday is really beneficial. It gives me the opportunity to broaden my view, which is a skill that can be gained by reading books, but experiencing yourself -directly- is much better as most books are biased, naturally. Plus, I broaden my connections which brings me more readers -for my studies- and I think will provide more job opportunities in the future.
Hello, why isn't there an article, 'the' before 'students' in the sentence 'Therefore, the college should only
recommend working abroad if there is financial support from the college for students that
need it.' ? The writer mentions a specific group of students.
You could use an article here. If you say 'the students that need it' then you are clearly talking about a specific group of students in a specific case. If, on the other hand, you do not use an article then you are making a more general statement which applies not only to these students and this situation but to students in general now (this group) and in the future. In other words, if there is no article then you are discussing a general rule rather than a one-off situation.
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Thanks a lot Peter!
I would love to study and work abroad, It would be a huge stepping stone. If I were given a chance to study or work abroad, I would definitely grab that opportunity.
yes ,for sure.
Yes, I would like to work abroad during my holidays.
Absolutely, that's reason I'm doing hard work in my English language. I'm improved a lot since 5 months. I'm interested in live in abroad because unfortunately in my country many unusual things happen frequently.