Some People Think That Young People Should Be Ambitious. Others Believe That It Is Fine If Young People Do Not Have Big Aims in Life.

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WRITING TASK 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people think that young people should be ambitious. Others believe that it is fine if young people do not have big aims in life.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Question and model answer taken from Thomson exam essentials IELTS Practice Tests M. Harrison & R.Whitehead.

Most parents want their children to do well in life and so it is understandable that they expect them to be ambitious. A lot or parents who do not have much money and are not at the higher levels of society want their children to do better in life than they did, to have opportunities they did not have, to have better jobs than they did and to have money to buy things that they could not buy. It is natural for them to think in this way, and therefore it is hard for them to accept it if their children do not have big things in life that they want to achieve.

However, not everyone can be successful in life. Not everyone is clever enough to get a highly-paid job and not everyone is capable of achieving what their parents would regard as success. Some young people would rather be happy and live a relaxed life than spend all their time trying to achieve ambitions that they might not be able to achieve anyway. And lots of people do not find anything that they desperately want to achieve. They are happy to get ordinary jobs, earn a living and enjoy themselves with their friends and family.

In my opinion, it is understandable that a lot of parents want their children to be ambitious, but it is also natural that not all young people are ambitious. Your youth is a time for enjoying yourself, and there is no reason why everyone should have big goals in life. There are more important things.

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