Destination of Anthropology Graduates IELTS

Lilie King

Lilie King

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The chart below shows what Anthropology graduates from one university did after finishing their undergraduate degree course. The table shows the salaries of the anthropologists in work after five years.

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 15 Test 4 Writing Task 1.

the chart below shows what anthropology graduates from one university

Sample Essay

The pie chart displays what one university’s graduating Anthropology students went on to do after completing their undergraduate degree, while the table illustrates how much the anthropologists who found jobs earned after 5 years.

Overall, the majority of the graduates had full-time jobs. In addition, while a significant proportion of the freelance consultants and government employees earned at least $75,000, only roughly half of the private sector employees did.

Just over half of the graduates went on to work full-time, compared with only 15 percent working part-time and 12 percent unemployed. Those who did full-time postgraduate study and those who did postgraduate study while working part-time each only made up a small minority of the graduates, at 8 and 5 percent respectively.

Moving on to their salaries, 80 percent of the freelance consultants earned at least $75,000, half of whom were in the highest salary range of more than $100,000. Although there were also 80 percent of the government employees making no less than $75,000, a relatively high proportion of the government employees, at 50 percent, earned at least $100,000. In comparison, only 55 percent of those working for private companies made a minimum of $75,000. The proportions of the freelance consultants and government employees who were in the lowest salary bracket of $25,000 to $49,999 both stood at only 5 percent, versus 10 percent for those employed in the private sector.

How to Vary Your Language

full-time work -> to work full-time

52 percent of the graduates worked full-time.

part-time work -> to work part-time

15 percent of the graduates worked part-time.

part-time work+postgrad study

Those who did postgraduate study while working part-time only accounted for 5% of the graduates.

Those who did postgraduate study and also worked part-time only accounted for 5% of the graduates.

Those who did postgraduate study and at the same time had part-time jobs only accounted for 5% of the graduates.

government sector -> government employees

80% of the government employees earned at least $75,000.

private companies -> private sector employees

55% of the private sector employees earned at least $75,000.

$25,000-49,999

5% of the government employees were in the lowest salary range of $25,000 to $49,999.

5% of the government employees earned between $25,000 and $49,999 after 5 years’ work.

$100,000+ -> a minimum of $100,000 /at least $100,000 /no less than $100,000

50% of the government employees made a minimum of $100,000.

How to Group Data

Pie Chart

For the pie chart, I grouped “full-time work”, “part-time work”, and “unemployed” together because they are all about “work”.

I also grouped “full-time postgrad study” and “part-time work+postgrad study” together because they are all about “study”.

I didn’t write about “not known” because this category isn’t important at all.

Table

The table has a lot of data. The key here is to include all three types of employment.

Each type of employment has 4 pieces of data. You can only include 2-3 pieces of data for each type of employment.

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The question below is also about the destinations of graduate students. You can try to answer it using the language learned in this blog post.

2 Responses

  1. Hello, I want to ask about the tenses you used in this writing. Why do you use past tense while the charts do not provide any specific time?
    Kindly wait for your answer. Thank you 🙏

    1. Hi, Riri. The question uses the past tense “did”. It says “the chart below shows what Anthropology graduates from one university DID after…”

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