Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card Sample 371 - Describe a paid job you did or someone you know did

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

Describe a paid job you did or someone you know did.

You should say:

  • what the job was
  • how you/this person found this job
  • how long you/ this person had this job

and explain how you/ this person feel(s) about this job.

Sample Answer 1:
Thanks for the opportunity you gave me to talk about this topic. Actually, I am doing my post graduation in a university now and I worked in a local Web design and Hosting company for about one year after I finished my graduation. I would like to talk about this job experience I have. In fact, this is the only paid job I have ever done so far.

I joined this company as a junior executive and when I left the job I was working as an Executive officer. As the company business was related to website designing, hosting and networking related services and I was an executive there but not a designer or programmer, my main responsibility was to promote their services, managing existing clients and giving some technical feedbacks over phone and email.

I learned about this job from an online job portal and their advertisement stated that fresh graduates could apply. I went through their other job requirements and it was a good match for me. I applied online and in a few days, I was called for the interview. After two weeks they gave me a call and asked me whether I wanted to join their company or not. I accepted their offer and joined this company in earlier January 2014.

I did this job for about a year as I remember leaving this job in the early February of 2015. After I got enrolled in my MBA, I found it very difficult to manage my time both for the office and classes. I had to decide and I preferred to pay full attention to my studies and left the job.

My experience in this company was very pleasant. Indeed, I learned a lot about the client communicating, handling their queries and complaints, promoting different packages this web hosting company offered and the technologies related to the designing and hosting. Besides, I was lucky to work with some great colleagues including many designers, developers and system administrators. The working environment was very friendly and I never felt stressed working there. The professional knowledge and experience I gained from my first job in this company would be very important in my career, I hope.

I had to work many long hours and that’s something I often had to struggle with especially after I got enrolled in my Master's degree. I remember working till midnight sometimes when there were issues related to a server or hosting. Sometimes deadlines were very frequent for various clients and I had to work without any day-off. Apart from these negative aspects, I enjoyed my job and the salary was very satisfactory. I even got two salary increments in one year and that was very encouraging for me.


Sample Answer 2:
Managing a part-time job is really difficult in Athens. But luckily I got the job of an assistant to the library executive at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The job paid me well. In fact, it was the source of income for me to meet my daily needs and expenses.

The job was about assisting the library executive in all possible ways regarding the dissemination of books and other reading materials. In fact, I was the key person to be reached before getting any book issued from the library. The job was a perfect one for me. I was looking a suitable job during the entire graduation period but could not manage one. Later, I got this job as I applied for it. But getting the job was really troublesome for me. I had to beat some other candidates to get the job though I could not perform the duties for a long time.

Since I had been seeking a suitable part-time job to be self-reliant, I used to explore on all the possible job seeking websites including the one of my university. I heard that my university often recruits its students in some part-time activities and pays sufficient amount of money. So, I was seeking such a suitable option. I was undergraduate and it was not possible for me to get involved into any full-time activities. After waiting for a long time, I found the job advertisement on the university website and applied for it. Considering my backgrounds and academic result, they allowed me to appear in the written test. I passed the exam and appeared for the final approach. With my skills and smartness, I managed to get the job finally by beating five other candidates.   

It is sad that I could not have the job for a long time. I had graduated in the next semester and applied for a full-time job. So, I served as the assistant for next four to five months after getting the job. The time was really interesting and enjoyable. I used to attend the library from 4.00 pm and stayed there for 8.00 pm. I was assigned for a four-hour duty in a day. But the remuneration that I received in exchange for my service was worth my hard work. I was able to manage all my expenses and stopped taking financial assistance from my family. Though they are solvent enough to carry expenses of five other girls like me, but it was my self-respect that did not allow me to take any more support from family. By the same time, dad was happy with such a decision. In fact, he always wanted to see me in a position where I could live with respect.   

At present, I miss the job much. I have joined a multinational company here in Athens after the graduation and the facilities are far better than that of my university library. But still, I miss the days of a few months ago when I started for the library at 3.30 pm and reached there before my duty hours began. Often I read books on varied interest and discussed the themes and plots with the library executive. He was a gentleman indeed. Besides, when I bought some small presents for my mum and dad, they also became happy and their smile gave me much pleasure. Actually, those were the golden days of my life. I really miss the days!


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