Mrs Uyên Bùi (9.0 Speaking) – Chuyên viên học thuật của Ielts I-Ready
Work or Study
Are you working or are you a student?
- I am currently employed and working as a marketing specialist for a digital marketing agency.
Why did you choose to do that type of work (or that job)?
- I chose to work in the field of marketing because of my fascination with the ever-evolving digital landscape. Marketing combines creativity with analytical thinking, and I enjoy the challenge of developing strategies to connect businesses with their target audiences in the digital realm. Moreover, I find it fulfilling to witness the tangible results of effective marketing campaigns.
Is there some other kind of work you would rather do?
- While I am satisfied with my current role, I do hold an interest in exploring opportunities in the nonprofit sector, particularly in roles related to social and environmental causes. Combining my marketing skills with a passion for making a positive impact on society would be a rewarding endeavor. However, for now, I am dedicated to honing my marketing expertise and contributing to the success of my current organization.
Do you like to spend your free time with families or friends?
- I value spending my free time with both my family and friends, but if I had to choose, I would say that I enjoy spending time with friends slightly more. It’s not to diminish the importance of family; it’s just that with friends, I often engage in shared interests and activities that are particularly enjoyable.
What do you do in your free time?
- In my free time, I like to engage in a variety of activities. I’m an avid reader, so I often have a book or two that I’m immersed in. Additionally, I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and playing sports, as well as creative pursuits like painting and writing. I also use some of my free time for volunteering, as I believe it’s important to give back to the community.
Do you spend your free time at home or outside?
- I like to strike a balance between spending my free time at home and outside. On some days, I find solace in the comfort of my home, where I can read, write, or work on personal projects. On other days, I prefer being outdoors, exploring nature, or engaging in social activities with friends. The mix keeps my free time vibrant and fulfilling.
Describe an occasion when you received incorrect information
A few months ago, I was planning a weekend trip to a remote hiking trail I had never visited before. To gather some information about the trail, I decided to rely on an online hiking forum known for its user-generated reviews and recommendations.
I came across a post that claimed the trail was relatively easy, with well-marked paths and accessible even for novice hikers like myself. The reviewer also mentioned that it would take about two hours to complete the hike, making it suitable for a day trip.
Excited by this seemingly trustworthy information, I set out on the journey with my hiking gear. However, upon arriving at the trailhead, I quickly realized that the information I had received was far from accurate. The trail was significantly more challenging than described, with steep inclines, rocky terrain, and sections that required climbing.
As I continued along the trail, I also noticed that the path wasn’t well-marked, leading to moments of uncertainty about the correct route. What was supposed to be a two-hour hike turned into a much longer and physically demanding ordeal.
Feeling frustrated and somewhat anxious about my situation, I eventually managed to complete the hike, albeit later than expected. It was an exhausting experience, and I couldn’t help but feel let down by the invaccurate information I had relied on.
This incident taught me the importance of cross-referencing information from multiple sources, especially when planning outdoor activities or making important decisions. It highlighted the potential pitfalls of relying solely on user-generated content online, as experiences can vary widely from person to person.
Do you think that people are more likely to believe true or false information these days? Why or why not?
- People’s likelihood to believe true or false information can vary, but in the age of the internet and social media, misinformation can spread rapidly. This is partly because false information often appears alongside genuine content, making it challenging to discern. People may also be more susceptible to believing false information if it aligns with their preexisting beliefs or emotions. However, critical thinking skills and media literacy can help individuals evaluate information more effectively.
In your opinion, what are some of the consequences of misinformation in society?
- Misinformation in society can have significant consequences. It can lead to public confusion, erode trust in institutions and media, and even have real-world impacts, such as influencing elections or public health decisions. Misinformation can also contribute to the polarization of society by reinforcing existing biases and beliefs, making it harder to find common ground on important issues.
How do you verify the accuracy of information that you come across online?
- Verifying the accuracy of information found online is crucial. To do this, I usually follow a few steps: first, I cross-reference the information with reputable sources to see if it is consistent across multiple outlets. Fact-checking websites can also be helpful. Additionally, I consider the credibility of the source itself and whether it has a history of providing accurate information. Finally, I critically evaluate the content for any logical inconsistencies or red flags that might indicate misinformation. Developing strong critical thinking and media literacy skills is essential in the digital age.