Describe the job you have - Cue Card # 339
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe the job you have.
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:
Today I am going to talk about my current job when I am at home in the UK. I will tell you what the job it, what it involves, why I chose it and why I am interested in the role. My job title is Careers Adviser. I do not think you have this job role in Vietnam! A Careers Adviser provides information, advice and guidance to help people make realistic choices about their education, training and work. I work at a university, but some Careers Advisers work in schools.
My job involves talking to students about their ideas for the future. I help them to identify what skills they have and link this to possible career ideas. Because there is only one of me, and there are a lot of students I also deliver a lot of group work sessions for students. For example, I might run a series of workshops on topics such as Employability: Understanding your skills; How to research career ideas; Where to look for jobs; How to write a great CV or How to do well at Interviews.
If I’m very honest I didn’t really choose my job, it chose me! When I was a student I had no idea what I wanted to do. I did lots of different jobs and wasn’t very happy in any of them. Then I went to meet a Careers Adviser, and thought ‘I’d love to do that’. Spend my day talking to people about how they can get from where they are now to where they’d like to be in the future!’
To become a Careers Adviser I had to do one year’s training full time, and a further year ‘on the job’. Later on, I did another postgraduate course to gain even more knowledge.
The job is rewarding and fun, but it can be hard too. I like to help people and I enjoy discussing their ideas. The best bit of the job is when a student I have been working with comes and tells me because of my help they have got a job that is the first step on the way to a brilliant future career! I hope one da all of you get your dream jobs too.
[ Written by - Lucy Marris ( UK) ]
Sample Answer 2:
I presently work with one of the largest food shops in the USA as a part-time salesman. This is an interesting job for me, and I am involved with the job for past one and a half years. The working hours are convenient for me. I will narrate the job and other matters now and thank you for asking my such a remarkable question.
I have the job of a salesman. I do the things that an ordinary salesman does. But the job is interesting in some other senses. Meeting with newer people is my hobby. Being a salesman, I got this opportunity to meet with people every day. I observe them and get amazed with the ways they talk and act. In fact, this is a kind of observation that I like to do most. I need to remain busy with selling purposes and thus I have plenty of chances to meet and greet people of different strata who come at the shop.
My duties at the shop are limited. I need to stand behind a counter and serve with the necessary orders from the customers. Sometimes, I also assist the customers with suggesting the best types of foods marking their needs and requirements. Besides, I am also responsible for collecting the payments from them. This is a flexible job for me and provides with some special opportunities as well. My other responsibilities also include being alert about fraudulent activities. Once I detected a fraud who tried to escape without paying the price of the purchased products and since then it has been assigned to me. In fact, I use my observation power for this purpose. At the end of the day, I return home by executing all my responsibilities.
I have picked this job considering some important issues. This is a convenient job for me. As I am a student, I am unable to hold a full-time job. It will hamper my academic activities. Further, my parents will also disallow me to get involved into a full-time job. By the same time, it is also hard to get a full-time job for an undergraduate like me in the USA. The job market is shrinking in the country which is also responsible for me to get a part-time job. The most important thing about the job is that it provides me a lot of flexibility. If I need to attend classes in the evening, I inform my supervisor on the previous day and he arranges everything. Then I attend the shop in the morning. But my usual hours begin at 4.00 PM and ends 9.00 PM. But there are no such flexibilities in a full-time profession. Moreover, the payment that I get as salary is enough to support my educational expenses and others.
As I have already mentioned, I love to observe people and try to guess about them. This is the job that wants me to interact with lots of people every day. So, I have the chance to observe them. On the other side, I get a decent salary as a part-timer and get the payment before the pay day. This is an important aspect for me to bring under consideration. After completing my graduation, I will seek for something else and till then, I have the plan to continue the job. I am in love with it.
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