Cue Card Sample

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 this person is
  • how you know this person
  • what his/her ambitions are

and explain how important his/her ambitions are.

[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 1:

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 always has 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, which he eventually did. Now he dreams to expand it even further.

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. It helped 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 has also created 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 by an “invisible” cultural and religious line. Finally, the plan has and would continue to provide a general boost to the economy of the town.


Model Answer 2:

An ambitious individual I admire is my colleague, Alex, and for this topic, I have decided to talk about him and his ambitions. But, before anything, I would like to thank you for this interesting topic. I'd like to mention that I've had the pleasure of working with Alex for the past two years, and his drive and determination never cease to impress me.

Who this person is:
Alex is a dynamic and motivated colleague whom I met when we both started working at the same company. From the beginning, it was evident that he possessed a strong sense of ambition and a clear vision for his professional growth and development.

How you know this person:
I got to know Alex through our work interactions and team projects. Over time, we developed a good rapport and became friends both inside and outside the office.

What his/her ambitions are:
Alex's ambitions are multifaceted and extend across various aspects of his life. Professionally, he aspires to climb the corporate ladder and eventually hold a leadership position within our company. He is committed to continuous learning and skill development, often pursuing additional training and certifications to enhance his expertise in his field. Personally, Alex is also passionate about philanthropy and community service, actively volunteering his time and resources to support various charitable causes and initiatives.

And explain how important his/her ambitions are:
Alex's ambitions are incredibly important to him as they serve as guiding principles that drive his actions and decisions. His unwavering commitment to his goals motivates him to work diligently, overcome obstacles, and persist in the face of challenges. Moreover, his ambitious pursuits not only benefit him personally but also contribute positively to our workplace culture and the broader community. So, I think that his ambitions are immensely important. 

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