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

Today you’ll learn band 9 vocab. and ideas for IELTS questions about employment and work.

This topic comes up all over the exam!

Example questions:

Speaking Part 1

Have you ever had a full-time or part-time job?

Speaking Part 2

Describe a a part-time job you would like to have.

Speaking Part 3

What are the benefits of working part-time instead of full-time?

Writing Task 2

Should teenagers be required to have part-time jobs?

Writing Task 1

Percentages of people having part-time and full-time jobs

Click here for idioms related to work.

Here in the U.S., part-time is defined as anything less than 40 hours a week, but this may vary from country to country.


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Today, we’re getting super specific about part-time vocabulary.

cobble together– bring together disconnected pieces

I cobble together more than 40 hours a week from various part-time job.

freelancer– person who does a very specific skill, like app development, and does project-based, contract-based work; often creative skills and tech skills

Today, freelancing is a viable option for many people, as finding work online is becoming easier.

gig economy– online marketplaces where a person, a freelancer, can hire themselves out for various tasks or specific jobs

Today, the gig economy is strong, as peer to peer marketplaces, like Uber, Lyft, Task Rabbit and, are becoming normal.

(Homework for you! Research recent news about ‘gig economy’ controversies, especially with Uber.)

Use these phrases to describe part-time work situations that you are familiar with, and remember them for your next IELTS Exam!

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