Describe an ambitious person you know - Cue Card # 679

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

Describe an ambitious person you know.

You should say:

  • who the person is
  • how you know this person
  • what his/her ambition is

and explain how important his/her ambition is.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

People have ambitions, big or small, in their lives, and they all try to materialize them as best as possible in order to gain personally mostly. But, having ambitions for a noble purpose in order to make a difference in society is not something we always get to see unless we meet a young entrepreneur like “Rabbi Chaudhury”.

I have known Rabbi, a great friend of mine, from my early high school days as a hard-working and brilliant person who has always preferred to think “out of the box” when trying to provide solutions to any problem, be it personal or professional. Being the child of a rich man in his small town, Rabbi has always had pretty much all the means at his disposal to enjoy a great life in a big city among many riches and luxuries after finishing his tertiary education and getting a steady job, and that’s exactly what his parents expected also. But, Rabbi didn’t exactly want to go that route, as he always hid an ambition in his mind to set up a small “garments” factory there. So, anyway, once my school friend finished his university education, he started to convince his parents to go along with his “ambitious plan”, but unfortunately, his parents kept protesting that idea vehemently as they didn’t want the talents of their child to a “complete waste”. However, Rabbi’s parents eventually gave in to the constant request of their beloved child.

Rabbi’s plan to set a garments factory in his little town was an important step to deal with the demographic changes effectively by encouraging young people to remain there, as the town was losing on its young population so that they don’t have to move out of the area to find steady jobs. Besides, it would create a great opportunity for the community members to interact with each other on a more personal level in a town which has remained rather divided for long along an “invisible” cultural and religious line. Finally, the plan would provide a general boost to the economy of the town.

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