IELTS SPEAKING PART 2: Describe a time you give advice to others

Describe a time you give advice to others.

You should say:

  • to whom you gave the advice
  • what advice you gave
  • why this person needed your advice
  • and how you felt about this advice


I would like to talk about a time when I gave my younger sister advice to choose her major in college. She was an up-and-coming high school student. She kept her nose to the grindstone all year and passed the college entrance exam with flying colours. It was not difficult for her to get into one of the highly reputable universities in Vietnam, but the problem was that she didn’t have a clue regarding choosing the best college major for a lucrative career. She told me that Business Administration was considered to be the top priority in my parents’ eyes. However, she had no interest in pursuing studies in this field. I offered her advice, saying that she should choose marketing because I consider this major can stand her in good stead when she looks for a job after college. In addition, job opportunities would be abundant if she chose this major. On top of that, the ability to earn a substantial living is another perk for those who graduate with marketing degrees. The average earnings of marketing executives can be a whopping $100.000 per year, which is far beyond what many people earn with more advanced degrees. After listening to my words, she felt she was kind of enlightened. I wouldn’t say my advice was very great, but at least it may be helpful in the long run.


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