IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Present Situation (Employee) as a Social Worker in Australia

 

Working and Studying Person Scenario in Australia

  • Master’s degree in Social Work as International Student
  • Graduated in 2023 from XYZ University.
  • I started working as a Social Worker in Aug 2023
  • Have to get 7 bands in IELTS or more to register as a Social Worker
  • Want to apply for PR in Australia
  • Engaged Fiance is a Doctor in her home country

 

Q: Do you have a degree? If so, when and where did you graduate?

A: Yes, I have a Master’s degree in Social Work. I graduated in 2023 from XYZ University.

Q: What impressed you most when you were at university?

A: I was most impressed by the comprehensive curriculum and the practical training opportunities. The faculty members were highly experienced, and we had access to excellent resources and support systems.

Q: Do you still remember your school days?

A: Yes, I have many fond memories of my school days. They were filled with learning, making lifelong friends, and participating in various extracurricular activities.

Q: What do you do for a living?

A: I work as a social worker.

Q: Describe your job in detail.

A: As a social worker, I provide support and assistance to individuals and families in need. My duties include conducting assessments, creating care plans, offering counseling, and connecting clients with necessary resources. I also collaborate with other professionals and organizations to ensure comprehensive care for my clients.

Q: Is your job important to you?

A: Yes, my job is very important to me. It is fulfilling to help people improve their lives and overcome challenges. My impact on individuals and communities gives me a great sense of purpose and satisfaction.

Q: If you could, would you change jobs?

A: Currently, I am very passionate about my job and have no desire to change it. However, I am always open to opportunities for professional growth and development within the field of social work.

Q: Are there possible changes that could affect your job in any way?

A: Changes in government policies, funding for social services, and societal needs could affect my job. Staying informed and adaptable is crucial in my field.

Q: Could you tell me something about your family?

A: I am engaged, and my fianc√© is a doctor in our home country. We are both committed to our professions and are supportive of each other’s career aspirations.

Q: How does your family feel about you going abroad?

A: My family is very supportive of my decision to work and live in Australia. They understand the opportunities it provides for my career and personal growth, although they do miss me.

Q: What are your main responsibilities?

A: My main responsibilities include assessing clients’ needs, developing care plans, providing counselling and support, and coordinating with other service providers to ensure clients receive comprehensive care.

Q: What do you do every day?

A: Every day, I meet with clients, conduct assessments, provide counselling sessions, follow up on care plans, and coordinate with other professionals to ensure my clients receive the necessary support and services.

Q: What are your duties?

A: My duties involve conducting client assessments, developing and implementing care plans, providing emotional support and counselling, and liaising with other service providers and agencies.

Q: What is your daily routine?

A: My daily routine includes starting my day with client meetings and assessments, followed by creating and updating care plans, providing counselling, and collaborating with colleagues and other professionals. I also spend time documenting and reporting on client progress.

Q: What does your job involve?

A: My job involves providing emotional and practical support to individuals and families, conducting needs assessments, developing care plans, offering counseling, and working with other professionals to ensure comprehensive client care.

Q: How many people does your firm employ at present?

A: My organization employs around 50 people, including social workers, counsellors, administrative staff, and other support personnel.

Q: Can you have some time off whenever you want?

A: While I can request time off, it usually needs to be planned in advance to ensure that client care and team responsibilities are covered. Emergency situations are exceptions where immediate time off might be granted.

Q: Why don’t you apply for another job?

A: I am currently satisfied with my job and the opportunities it offers for professional growth. The work is fulfilling, and I am committed to positively impacting my clients’ lives.

Q: Have you filled in the application form?

A: I have filled in the application form for registration as a social worker in Australia. I am preparing to take the IELTS exam to meet the required band score.

Q: If they offer you a well-paid job, will you take it?

A: Yes, if the job aligns with my career goals and offers good prospects for professional growth, I would certainly consider it.

Q: How much holiday do you get?

A: I get around four weeks of paid holiday per year, which allows me time to relax and spend quality time with my family and friends.

Q: What are the regular working hours for most office jobs in your country?

A: Normal working hours for most office jobs in my country are typically from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday.

Q: What kind of jobs get very high salaries in your country?

A: Jobs in fields such as medicine, information technology, finance, and engineering tend to get very high salaries in my country. Senior management positions also command high salaries.

Q: What is the minimum income tax amount you must pay?

A: The minimum amount of income tax varies based on income levels and government regulations, but generally, a certain percentage is deducted from salaries as income tax.

Q: What jobs often involve shift work? Would you like to do one?

A: Healthcare, emergency services, and hospitality jobs often involve shift work. Personally, I prefer a standard working schedule as it allows for a better work-life balance.

Q: Is flexi-time common in your company?

A: Flexi-time is uncommon in my organization due to the nature of our work and the need for consistent client support. However, some flexibility is provided when needed.

Q: What are your working hours?

A: My working hours are generally from 9 AM to 5 PM, but I often work extra hours when there are urgent client needs or additional support is required.

Q: Do you work any overtime?

A: Yes, I occasionally work overtime, especially when there are urgent client needs or if additional support is required to meet deadlines or provide comprehensive care.

Q: When were you last promoted?

A: I have not been promoted yet, as I started working as a social worker in August 2023.

Q: Why did you apply for this job?

A: I applied for this job because it aligns with my passion for helping others and positively impacting their lives. It also offers opportunities for professional growth and development in social work.

Q: Why did you resign?

A: I have not resigned from my current job. I am focused on gaining experience and meeting the requirements for permanent residency in Australia.

Q: Did you do any training courses for this job?

A: Yes, I completed various training courses in social work practices, counselling techniques, and client management during my Master’s degree program to prepare for this job.

Q: Have you been promoted since you started in the company?

A: Not yet, but I am working hard and hope to be promoted in the near future based on my performance and contributions to the organization.

Q: Do you normally get a good pay rise at the end of each year?

A: As I have recently started working, I have not yet experienced the annual pay rise cycle. However, I am hopeful that my performance will be recognized with a pay increase.

Q: How do you feel about your future prospects in the company?

A: I feel optimistic about my prospects in the organization. There are opportunities for further advancement, and I am committed to continuing my professional development.

Q: Are you happy with the job, or do you feel it is time for a fresh challenge at another company?

A: I am happy in my current job and focused on gaining experience and developing my skills. However, I am open to exploring new challenges and opportunities in the future, especially if they align with my career goals.

Q: Are you usually busy at work?

A: I am usually quite busy at work, managing multiple clients and ensuring they receive the necessary support and services. There is always something to address or improve upon.

Q: What do you find difficult about working there?

A: The most challenging part of my job is managing the emotional and psychological impact of dealing with clients’ complex situations. It requires a lot of empathy and resilience to provide adequate support while maintaining my own well-being.

Q: Can you describe your place of work?

A: My workplace is a community centre equipped with private counselling rooms, meeting spaces, and administrative offices. It provides a welcoming and supportive environment for both clients and staff.

Q: What do you like about your job?

A: I enjoy the opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives. The work is challenging but rewarding, and I appreciate the support and collaboration with my colleagues.

Q: Do you usually cover for a colleague when he is on leave?

A: Yes, we have a system in place to ensure that client care continues smoothly when a colleague is on leave. Team members often step in to cover essential tasks and maintain service continuity.

Q: How do you find visiting a lot of people/clients?

A: Visiting clients can be very rewarding. It provides valuable insights into their living conditions and needs, which helps in delivering better support. However, it can also be time-consuming and requires effective time management.

Q: Who will take your place when you leave? How do you feel about this?

A: If I leave, a colleague from my team will likely take over my responsibilities. I feel confident about this transition as we work closely together and share knowledge to ensure continuity in client care.

Q: What kind of jobs are you good at?

A: I excel in jobs that involve helping others, problem-solving, and emotional support. My skills are well-suited to roles that require empathy, communication, and collaboration.

Q: Can you tell me about your boss? What kind of a person is he/she?

A: My boss is a dedicated and experienced professional who is very supportive. She encourages continuous learning and development and maintains an open-door policy for discussing concerns or ideas.

Q: Have you ever had any serious problems at work?

A: Thankfully, I haven’t encountered any serious problems at work. There have been challenges, but they were manageable and provided learning opportunities.

Q: Do you work at the moment? Tell me about the work you do.

A: Yes, I am currently working as a social worker. My work involves assessing clients’ needs, providing counselling and support, developing care plans, and collaborating with other professionals to ensure comprehensive care.

Q: Have you ever had any other jobs?

A: Before becoming a social worker, I worked part-time jobs during my studies, but this is my first full-time professional role since graduating.

Q: Would you like to do the same job as your mother/father?

A: My parents worked in different fields, but I admire their dedication and work ethic. While our professions are different, their commitment to their careers has been an inspiration to me.

 

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