Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card Sample 101 - Describe the job/ career you have or hope to have

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

Describe the job/ career you have or you hope to have.

You should say:

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

and explain why you like this job or interested in it.

[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: 

Having a father who has to transfer from one place to another because of his job can be frustrating and rewarding at the same time, depending on how we view things in life. But, as for me, I have always loved it when my father moved to another place. In fact, I actually used to get bored of a place if my father lived there for more than a couple of years. Having seen my interest in travelling to different places, my father once joked with me saying that I should become a "Travel and Tour Guide" when I grow up. And, interestingly enough, I actually liked what my father told me then. But little did I know at that time that I would actually fulfil the "wish" of my father after 16 years by becoming a Travel and Tour Guide. 

Well, what can I say? I just love to see what this beautiful world has in store for us, and I just don't think that there is a better way to do it than choosing a career path which pays us to do the things that we actually love! After all, how many people can resist a job which involves guiding a group of cool and curious people to see the fantastic places in this world?  

I am probably one of those few lucky people in this world who has a job that always keeps him interested in his next assignment or task. And it means that when I get to stand up in front of a group of new people from a different land/country every once in a while and empower them with the coolest information about a prospective tourist spot or attraction, I know that I have earned their faith. But, I think, the best and the most rewarding part of my job is when I also get to become just like another tourist with my tourist companions in order to encourage them to view the "treasures" of this world through their own eyes instead of how I present them.

Then, of course, trying to have a little "chit-chat" with them by "butchering" their languages (despite my best efforts) during the tours is no less rewarding either, given how they wish sometimes that their tour guides would speak in their languages instead of English. Finally, after a day-long tour of sight-seeing and enjoying very good local cuisines at a very affordable price, when I see my "tourist cohorts" admiring me in smiles and getting ready for the next day "adventure", I know that I deserve the satisfaction of a job well done.

Model Answer 2:

I have recently finished my graduation from university and my major was computer science. I would like to work as a software developer (more commonly known as 'programmer') in a reputed software company and that's the career I want to have. I have learned a few programming languages, web and database applications and hope to work as a junior programmer for approximately two to three years. I hope I would be able to become a skilled programmer after a few years.

The job of a programmer involves understanding how software and database are designed, writing codes and then debugging them to make the required software or web applications. For that, a programmer needs good code-writing experience and understand the requirement of the software. From a retail shop to the nuclear research centre, everywhere computer software is used and I want to work for a company that makes software for large-scale clients. The programmer has to make sure that the software runs without any glitches and it is time and cost-efficient. They also need to be a good team member as a large-scale software is developed by a team of people rather than an individual programmer.

I chose it mostly because of my educational background and personal interest. Since I have studied in computer science, naturally I would want to work on something that relates to my education and skills. Secondly, I have a passion for writing software codes. I have already developed some small utility tools and web-based software and learning software development methodologies. Now I want to create some larger-scale software, or at least be a part of the team, that would help me gain valuable experiences to enhance my career in the future. 

I believe someone should work in an industry that relates to his/ her skillset and synchronises to his/her interests. The software programmer's job perfectly suits my enthusiasms and academic study. Furthermore, the prospect of this job is very high and a good programmer earns more than employees of many other industries. I am sure I will enjoy working in this sector than anywhere else and that's why I want to work as a programmer. 


Sample Answer 3:

I want to become a famous journalist in the future. Thanks a lot for allowing me to talk about my dream job. 

The job responsibilities of a journalist involve collecting and writing the authentic and latest news, analysing information, writing editorials and collecting news that would be important for people. This is an honourable and noble profession as it often contributes to fighting evil and restoring justice in society. As a journalist, the person has many liabilities towards the mass people, society and humanity. He/she is a true soldier of society whose responsibility is to represent the truth. Time to time, he/she has to take immeasurable risks to collect news and let people know the truth.

I like the idea of having a challenging job that will enable me to use my determination, creativity, integrity, honesty and curiosity to do something better for the people and society. The career as a journalist seems to be the perfect opportunity to fulfil my vision and aspiration to serve ordinary people in my country. It will allow me to travel extensively, be the first to witness interesting events and enjoy access to restricted places and events. 

The challenge, excitement, commitment and the opportunity to serve people are the main reasons I am interested in having my career in journalism. The job of a journalist is respected by all and an honest journalist can serve his/her nation to a great extent. Considering all these factors, I wish to become a good journalist.

Similar Cue Card topics:

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe a challenging job or career you know about.
  2. Describe your dream job.
  3. Describe a career you want to have in future.
  4. Describe a career you would like to have.
  5. Describe an interesting job you know about.
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