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[Rajsee P] Writing Practice Test 1 15967

Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You work for an international company, and would like to spend six months working in its head office in another country.

Write a letter to your manager. In your letter:

  • explain why you want to work in the company’s head office for six months
  • say how your work could be done while you are away
  • ask for his/her help in arranging it,

You should write at least 150 words.

Writing Task 1

Dear Sir,

I recently checked the company website and came across the initiative taken by the management. As per the guidelines mentioned, I'm writing to put forth my interest to work at the company head office in Chicago for six months.

Let me explain this in more detail. As you know, I have completed two years working with the company, and per company policy I was promised to be sent to Chicago on accomplishing the targets within the first 2 years. This exposure will provide more learning opportunities and help me pursue my passion for marketing.

I will make sure that me being away does not affect the team's productivity. Therefore, I would suggest that we hire someone for a temporary period. I will train them to the best of my abilities to mitigate pressure on the team. Also, since I will be working in the head office, I will be available for any questions or help via email or even text.

I request you to please consider my interest and hope to hear back soon.

Sincerely,

Rajsee

Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Some businesses find that their new employees lack basic interpersonal skills such as cooperative skills. What are the causes? Suggest possible solutions.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience

You should write at least 250 words.

Businesses have discovered that new employees lack basic interpersonal skills such as cooperative skills. Cooperative skills include teamwork, dealing with conflicts of interests and constructive criticism, and ability to make independent decisions. This essay will discuss the major causes and potential solutions to this problem. Education/ grading systems and competition are two main causes. These are intertwined and go hand in hand.

The education system solely focuses on individual performance and grades students based on the same. Students are reluctant to get exposed to multiple opinions, and choose to stay in their comfort zones. Since there is no constructive criticism among students, they lack basic decision making skill in the workplace. The education system teaches them to work against each other rather than working together in teams. This is where competition comes into play.

Students are highly exposed to competition, which is why they haven’t learned to work in teams. For instance, schools and colleges mostly offer individual assignments to students, which does not promote teamwork and respecting different opinions and mindsets. However, this can be mitigated by emphasising the need for working in groups. Working in teams opens doors for different minds to collaborate and pitch their opinions. There may be conflicts in opinions, but this helps in better decision making and finding a midway to solve a problem.

To conclude, education systems need to develop proper learning criteria which are subjective to both personal growth of an individual and growth of a team as a whole by promoting including group activities and assignments. Collaborative skills should be taught and practiced in schools and colleges.

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