A Boom in Continuing Education
From the graph, we can learn the number of continuing education participants has kept increasing from 1998 to 2013 in X city. In 1998 there were only 20 thousand people taking part in the continuing education, but in 2003 the number grew to 60 thousand, and in 2008 140, and by 2013, the number has reached 210 thousand.
The following reasons are responsible for this boom in continuing education. Firstly, during work many people begin to realize what they have learned in schools is far from enough. So they turn to continuing education to gain more knowledge and skills. Secondly, as the science and technology in China are developing very fast, adults after graduation have to refresh themselves. Last but not least, in modern society, those without bachelor's degree or above are less competitive.
As far as I am concerned, the boom in continuing education is a necessity. It provides those on-the-job people with chances to get advanced degrees and gain more knowledge. In brief, as our society develops, more and more people will receive continuing education in the future. (180 words)
participant n. 参与者
be far from enough 远不够
as far as I am concerned 就我而言
necessity n. 必需品，必需
provide... with... 给某人提供某物
on-the-job adj. 在职的
advanced degree 高学历
in brief 简言之
Complacency is the enemy of study. 学习的敌人是自满。
There is no royal road to learning. 学无坦途。
There are tricks in every trade. 各行各业都有诀窍。
由表中可知，X市接受继续教育的人数从1998年到2013年一直在不断增加。1998年，仅有2万人接受了继续教育，但2003年，这个数字增加到6万； 2008年，接受继续教育的人数增加到了14万； 到了2013年，这个数字已达21万。
1. In 1998 there were only 20 thousand people taking part in the continuing education, but in 2003 the number grew to 60 thousand, and in 2008 140, and by 2013, the number has reached 210 thousand. 1998年，仅有2万人接受了继续教育，但2003年，这个数字增加到6万； 2008年，接受继续教育的人数增加到了14万； 到了2013年，这个数字已达21万。
2. Firstly, during the work many people begin to realize what they have learned in schools is far from enough. 首先，在工作中许多人开始意识到自己在学校里学到的远远不够。
We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.