Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 230 - An important decision you might have to make in the future

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an important decision that you might have to make in the future.

You should say:

  • what the decision will be about
  • how you will make your decision
  • what the results of this decision are likely to be

and explain why it will be an important decision.


Model Answer 1:
Life is all about adaptation and adjustment to the changing circumstances. So, we have to make numerous decisions in our life, and today, I would like to talk about one such decision which I might have to make in the future.

The decision, I might have to make in the future, is a big one because it involves my career. Actually, currently, I am working as a software developer, and I have to spend a huge part of my day at my job. As a result, I don’t really manage to make even remotely enough time for my social life which would allow me to spend some quality time with my family and friends. On top of that, sometimes, after returning from work, I become so tired that I don’t have the energy or motivation to take care of other priorities in life.

By the way, this has been going on for almost 5 years which can be demoralizing and crippling sometimes, both physically and mentally. Of course, I have already tried to make some changes and adjustments in my life in order to minimize the negative effects of work, but nothing so far has seemed to have worked in my favour as far as the work-life balance is concerned. So, I guess, I better start to make some plans and make some decisions for a possible career change in the future before it becomes too late. Of course, the possible change would hurt me a little financially, but for the sake of my physical and mental health, I should be ready to make that little sacrifice.

Well, it will be an important decision, primarily because I would need to learn new things and prepare my mind to deal with a new work environment. Besides, it would also significantly affect the way I think about my life and career by setting aside the old ideas and old ways of life. Finally, the decision would redefine my relationship with the people around me in a big way.


Sample Answer 2:
Thank you very much for this great topic. The important decision that I might need to make at some point in my life is related to choosing a place to live in after I retire from my job. To be more precise, I will need to decide whether I would return to my hometown after my retirement or stay in the metropolitan city where I currently live in. This is a big decision to make and involves careful planning.

I am not much worried about it yet as I believe I still have many years to make the final decision. But without any doubt, this would be tough to determine as it not only involves me and my preference but also my family and their choices. I would wait until I get to the point when I finally decide to retire. I have a plan to retire early, perhaps before I turn 50, and I am working towards it. I believe many other events, that are yet to come, might also influence my decision.

If I decide to spend my post-retirement age in my hometown, where I was born and where I spent my childhood, I will have an opportunity to stay close to nature and have a life away from hustle and bustle of busy city life. There I will have many relatives and friends whom I have known for my whole life. On the contrary, if I stay in the city, I will have a busier life and I might even plan to start a small business of my own.  

This would be a huge decision for me to make as it would determine what I will be doing and how I will be leading my life at that time. A place where we live has a huge impact on our well-being, earnings and even mood. Thus, no doubt, it is going to be a very significant decision to make.


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