Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

In today’s episode we’ll give you the specific vocabulary words you need to get an 8 or higher when you get questions about work and the workplace.

Work and the workplace is a topic that is all over the IELTS Exam.

Here is a question from one of our listeners:

“I know that terms related to jobs are common on IELTS. I would like you to explain these experience levels people always find when they are searching for a job such as “entry level,” “associate,”senior,” “mid-senior,” and “internship.”

Our listener wants to understand these vocabulary words a bit better when it comes to work titles.

These vocabulary words will be found in Listening sections 1 and 2.

They could be on the Reading test.

They are very useful in Speaking Part 1 and Speaking Part 3 and Writing Task 2.


  • Entry level: The beginning position. Someone who is just starting out with the company. This is not a high paying position.
  • Senior: You rarely enter at the senior level. It usually has to do with how long you have been with the company.
  • Novice: A newbie. You know nothing. You are completely new to something. This is similar to an entry level position.
  • Amateur: You are doing something but not getting paid for it. It doesn’t mean you are bad at something.
  • Associate: This might be used in a law firm for someone who is new to a firm. We also use it as a partner in business. We might say “Let me refer you to my associate.”
  • Intern: A college student who wants experience in their career path by working for free in a specific company.


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