TOEFL independent writing test 1 with sample essay
26 Mei 2022
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
It is better to have a job that you enjoy to do rather than a job with high income.
Give reasons and details to support your answer.
Many people think finance is the most important element to have a good life. Therefore, a lot of workers are willing to dismiss their family, friends and even current health to get a job with high salary. From my point of view, I disagree with this notion because satisfaction in job, family relationship and life without depending on medical support are more valuable than money if people want to own a healthy and happy life.
To begin with, satisfaction in job is more important than the amount of salary people receive. Nowadays, people tend to stay in offices eight hours or more a day. It is considered that workers spend most of time in life to work and work. As the saying goes, “when work is a pleasure, life is a joy; when work is a duty, life is slavery”. Therefore, there is really no worse thing than facing a boring work day by day. However, getting a satisfactory job is not easy because of outside effects. By having too high expectation, some parents, by chance, make pressure on their children to take a high salary job as soon as graduation, even these jobs are not suitable with them. For instance, my cousin wanted to be a bicycle athlete as her career after graduating from high school, while her parents wanted her to go on learning higher to get a high salary job in future. At the first time, her mother tried to persuade her to change mind with many reasons such as salary, promotion and gender. Ignoring these things, my cousin still pursued her obsession devotedly to give a demonstration of her satisfactory job. With her passion, she got a lot of awards and certifications of honor in World Olympic Games and SEA Games. As a result, her family was proud of her so much, and my cousin herself was happy with her life as well, in spite of receiving a little money from these competitions. From that day, she has never complained or regretted about her life because she vitally got the satisfaction in job, her dream job.
In addition, having a high salary job causes family relationship injury that may make effects on mental health. If people claim that a successful business always has a wonderful life, I think they may make a mistake. With a successful person, a big challenge may be not the way to solve a financial problem, but to harmonize his work and family. In fact, both of them take people a lot of time to build and maintain. Yet, it seems to be a gap between family and work that makes harmonization harder. As a successful business with high wage job, I must work more than eight hours per day, hang out to drink with my boss or other cooperators frequently for relationship and promotion even if these things are harmful for health. Consequently, business takes me away from my family because I no longer attend family’s events even a meal. My daughter and son consider me as a guest in their home, no responsibility, no love from them. Therefore, by pressure of work and depression from family, my health becomes worse and worse. The saying “money makes the mare go” is useless, because I lose my family and health.
Finally, the much more money people receive the more stress they get. Many studying/studies claim that stress is the main reason for some physical and mental problems such as depression, anoxia, and insomnia. This symptom, in particular, is more serious with the youth. They are easily attracted by work with high wage, so they are committed to work willingly without taking care of their health. There is a common thinking that through earning a lot of money, people can enjoy life completely. Personally, enjoying life completely means owning a healthy life without being affected by any equipment such as medicines, pacemaker or crutches. Instead of working day and night for earning more and more money, people can spend some hours with family to do housework or take a “pack back” tour on holidays. I believe that people will be more laid back, physical and mental well-being after these activities. In fact, the best things in life are free, and healthy and happiness are the things. People really do not need to be rich to be healthier.
In brief, I strongly disagree that we need to have a job that earns a high salary to be physically and spiritually happy and healthy. My mother told me that “shrouds have no pockets”. Thus, the important thing is how we enjoy this life healthily with a happy family, satisfaction job and independent from medical supports. The high salary job is not a main factor to live, just a goal to try and live better.