Here is the complete essay which is more than the minimum number of words (250) you have to write in an IELTS exam.
“Many young people today leave their own countries to work abroad. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of working abroad and give your own opinion.”
It is now fairly common for young people to leave their own countries in order to find work abroad. As with most important decisions, there are both advantages and disadvantages to this. This essay will look at some of the pros and cons of living and working in a foreign country.
The financial aspect to migrating might well be the most important consideration. A young person who lives in a developing country can earn more if he or she works in a country with an advanced economy. Currencies in such countries tend to be stronger than in the migrant’s homeland and so money can be sent back to families in the form of remittances. These will enable the family to have a better standard of living.
A second advantage to working abroad is that one gets to meet new people and make new friends from different cultures. This can be exciting and will broaden one’s horizons and outlook.
However, there could also be a number of disadvantages. First of all a young person might find that although wages are higher than in their own country, so is the cost of living. It might, therefore, be difficult to make ends meet. This might mean that no (or very little) money can be sent home and this might lead to feelings of regret and guilt at having left.
Secondly, while it may be that at first a young person might be excited about being in a foreign country, ultimately he or she might suffer from culture shock, which can be extremely unpleasant. The person might wish to return to their own country but perhaps this is financially impossible. Homesickness is a very common feeling.
These negative feelings might also occur if the migrant meets people, perhaps colleagues, who are racist and resent foreigners. Although people are generally tolerant, some people are not.
There are both advantages and disadvantages for young people who work abroad. However, I believe that the advantages by far outweigh the disadvantages, as the experience a young person gains from working abroad and becoming independent will be invaluable.