Describe the career you hope to have in the future - Cue Card # 338

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

Describe the career you hope to have in the future.

You should say:

  • what the job is
  • what is involves
  • why you chose it

and explain why you are interested in this job.


Model Answer 1:
I have thought of having different careers in the future, but none of them has remained viable for me for long due to the demand of time and situation. But, there is at least one career that has left its distinct appeal in my mind as an interesting career choice, and today, I would like to talk about that here.

Anyway, this career, I have in my mind as a future career choice, is an International Relationship Analyst. Now, there is no doubt that this is certainly a very challenging career choice, and that’s probably why not too many people find it as appealing as many other jobs.

But, I think that the world today needs many more competent international relationship analysts because the world, and its countries, today is in much more chaotic situation than it was even before 20 years or so. And that’s probably why we can see that there are so many small pockets of war in different parts of the world. But, when there is no war, there are always efforts of the stronger countries to exploit the small and weak countries economically, culturally. Luckily, however, an expert international relation analyst can help the world get rid these issues by properly understanding the dynamics of the relationship among the countries while opening up new channels of effective communication among them. Besides, his or her role would also be to find the areas on which countries can cooperate with each other instead of focusing on their differences.

By the way, this future career choice of mine wouldn’t only help countries to eliminate their differences, but also will help me develop a better understanding about the tradition, culture and lifestyles of different groups and ethnicities.

Anyway, I am interested in this career because I truly want to make a difference in this world by bringing people together in harmony from diametrically opposite ends. Besides, this career would also allow me to travel to different countries which I have always wanted.


Sample Answer 2:
Today I am going to talk about my Dream Job for the future. I am going to tell you what the job is, what it involves and why I’d like to do it. My dream job would be to be a travel writer!

Travel writers are often self-employed. They travel to interesting places and then write in magazines and newspapers. They also write articles about their experiences and publish them online. To do this job you have to be willing to go to lots of new places. You also need to be able to write fluently and in different styles for different publications. Travel writers must be very flexible, as you might need to go to difficult or uncomfortable places and to travel at short notice. Often travel writers need to have another job a well, as, unfortunately, you can’t really make a living out of this type of work.

The reason I would like to do this job so much is that I love going to new places. Coming to Vietnam has been a new and wonderful experience for me. I would enjoy telling other people what it was like and encouraging them to go on an adventure of their own. I also like communicating ideas in writing, it would be wonderful to make a living out of the two things I enjoy most – travel and writing!

Unfortunately, there are very few opportunities to make a living as a travel writer, so I think it might have to stay as my Dream Job, rather than my Real Job! Even so, I think it is important to have a dream, because otherwise how can you ever have a dream come true!

[ Written by - Lucy Marris ( UK) ]


Sample Answer 3:
Selecting a career is one of the most difficult things in life. If you cannot select the right path, you are to regret for the rest of your life. Considering all the issues, I have selected my future career. After completing my academic studies, I will move to make my dream come true. I want to be a noted musician and now will describe the issue here.

The job of a musician is not so easy as it appears. We are highly amazed by the songs or music we listen in different places or occasion. But few of us know that it is really difficult to make the tunes with attractive rhythms. In fact, it is hard to operate all the musical instruments and composing song lyrics is more difficult. This is a type of challenge that everyone cannot confront. So, I have decided to be a musician and create some of the best music of the time.      

To be a musician, one needs to focus on some specific issues. First of all, knowledge of musical instruments is a must. The knowledge should be complete. The musician should be able to play almost all types of instruments spontaneously. On the other sides, the musician should also be skilled in creating unique lyrics. Music composition is the other preferable activity for the musician. So, it appears that the musician is involved with a good number of activities. Once the activities are done perfectly, there are chances that the musician would be able to create something special for his/ her audience. By the same time, the musician should also need to practice a lot with the instruments. When the musician will be performing at any venue, he should play the instruments in the right way. And thus, there are no alternatives to practising.

I have chosen to be a musician in my career for various reasons. I love music. Listening to music is my greatest hobby. Based on the hobby, I have started thinking to take it as my career. With the thought, I planned accordingly and dreaming of being a reputed musician. By the same time, I have started learning several musical instruments. I have started learning to play guitar and drums. Gradually, I will move for other instruments like flutes etc. Classical music attracts me more but in the present age, the demand for classical music is on the decline. So, I will try to focus on the other demanding aspects of music. I do not wish to earn money from this job as I have plenty of wealth from my family. This is a passion for me. I want to spread my tunes across the country and the world as well. With the dream to be a famous musician, I have taken this career.       

This is an interesting job in many aspects. When someone becomes a musician, the majority of people become familiar with the person. S/ he is treated with respect. By the same time, it brings huge fame for the person which is not possible for any ordinary individual to gain. Influencing people is the other outcome of this profession. When you will talk in any forum, your statement will be prioritised. Actually, the fame you will have will make you acceptable to all strata of society. You will have access to anywhere you want and life will be easier and enjoyable for you.


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