IELTS Cue Card # 200 - Describe something you want to do in the future

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

Describe something you want to do in the future.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • when you want to do it
  • how you want to complete/achieve it

and explain why you want to do it.


Model Answer 1:
There are so many things in life to do and see except, of course, the problem is that we just don’t have “unlimited” time in our hands. However, as far as I am concerned, I think that I have already figured out what I really want to do in the future.

“Traveling”, and only more and more travelling is what I want to do in the future, in the next 20 years or so, before I completely retire from the professional world except, of course, the problem is we can’t really move even an inch in these days and eras without money. So, the plan, for now, is to work as hard as possible and save up as much money as possible also at the same time.

Of course, the good thing is I have already decided what I really want to take as my profession, which is to start a small business, as I have never really felt good about having a “9 am to 5 pm” kind of job for the rest of my life. Besides, owning a business firm allows a person to take a certain level of calculated risk and liberty to earn money in a legal way which may not always be possible if we have a “regular” job. So, anyway, having my own business is what I want to do, not only to earn a living but also learning and reading about different countries, so that I know exactly which places are good for travelling.

I want to travel around the world mainly because I have long, from my childhood, been fascinated by different cultures, traditions, religions and lifestyles, and there is no better way, in my humble opinion, to learn about them without travelling extensively. Besides, travelling to different places has always made me feel relaxed and recuperate from the monotonous life of our daily hectic work schedule. Finally, travelling just might also allow me to explore the possibilities of even further business opportunities so that I can actually earn more money while doing the travelling also at the same time.


Sample Answer 2:
Everybody has plans and/or expectations for the future. Though the future is uncertain and often unpredictable, I believe that our future greatly depends on our planning and actions. Well, in the future, I want to run a mega shopping mall business where my involvement would not be mandatory every day to run the daily business, and I would enjoy my time visiting different places in the world.

After I finished my graduation from college, I started working for a small company, and I have worked there for a couple of years. Now I am working in a multinational company. I have planned to work till I become 36 and then I will take early retirement. The money I will inherit and the amount I am currently saving per month should allow me to start a business then.

I have planned to start a big shopping mall. I will have my close relatives as the employees and authorities of the business and initially, I will work in this shopping mall for 2-3 years to make it run smoothly. When the business would go on with its own path, I will enjoy my vacation and visit different renowned and beautiful cities of the world. I will visit Asia, Europe, Russia and many more places.

Hopefully, I will enjoy retirement and trips. Though I am not sure about the future, I have already planned for it. Because I believe proper planning and initiations are half of the task done. I have already taken some steps towards achieving my future plan.


Tips for answering this Cue Card Question:

You can mention what you want to do anytime in the future. This topic has not asked what you would do after you get 50 or so. For this, you can even talk about things you are planning to do in the near future. A very good answer to this topic can be "I want to go to a foreign country to finish my Masters and PhD from a reputed university and then return to my country and start a business/ do a job.

Following are some of the ideas for you to pick from to answer this topic:

  • I will migrate to a foreign country and start my career there.
  • I will run a small business in my hometown.
  • I will establish a school in my hometown.
  • I will retire early and visit different places.
  • I will fully spend my time with my family members and would get involved in farming.
  • I will start a job and would work as an executive.
  • I will purchase a house in my hometown and would start living there.


If you prepare for this cue card topic you should be able to answer the following cue card topics also:

1. Describe your future plan.
2. Describe what you will do after your retirement.
3. Describe a thing that you want to do in the future.
4. Describe your plan for a business you want to run.
5. Describe what you want to do in the future.
6. Describe one of your dreams.
7. Describe a plan you have.


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