IELTS Cue Card Sample 412 - Describe your dream job
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe your dream job.
You should say:
- what qualification or experience you would need for this job
- what the job would involve
- what you think the most difficult thing about the job would be
and explain why it is your dream job.
Model Answer 1:
Today I am going to talk about my dream Job for the future. I am going to tell you what the job is, the sort of experience and qualifications I might need to do it, then what it involves including what might be the most difficult thing about the job. I think it will be pretty obvious why it is my dream job, but I’ll explain that too. My dream job would be to be a travel writer!
Travel writers are often self-employed. They travel the world to interesting places and then write magazine, newspaper and internet articles about their experiences. In terms of qualifications, I think that’s less important than having a portfolio of examples of your work that show you are a really good writer. Having said that, possibly qualifications that provide a good basic level of English language are useful, and maybe even creative writing or journalism courses might help you to build confidence and develop a writing style
To do this job you have to be willing to go to lots of new places. You also need to be able to write fluently and in different styles for different publications. Travel writers must be very flexible, as you might need to go to difficult or uncomfortable places and to travel at short notice.
The most difficult part of the job? Well, it’s not very well paid, so often travel writers need to have another job a well, because, unfortunately, you can’t really make a living out of this type of work. Also, even if you are successful, it would be quite an unsettled way to live, it would be hard to maintain friends and pursue hobbies if you are moving around all the time … mind you, I think that would be a small price to pay to be part of such a fantastically interesting and stimulating profession!
The reason I would like to do this job so much is that I love going to new places. For example, earlier this year I got to go to Vietnam to work as a TEFL teacher, that was a new and wonderful experience for me. I would so enjoy telling other people what it was like and encouraging them to go on an adventure of their own. I also like communicating ideas in writing, it would be wonderful to make a living out of the two things I enjoy most – travel and writing!
Unfortunately, there are very few opportunities to make a living as a travel writer, so I think it might have to stay as my dream Job, rather than my actual job! Even so, I think it is important to have a dream, because otherwise how can you ever have a dream come true!
[ Written by - Lucy Marris: Careers Adviser (UK), TEFL teacher (Vietnam) ]
Cue Card Answer 2:
My dream job? Easy. I’d like to work in wildlife conservation. I’ve thought about it quite a lot, so I can tell you all about the qualifications and experience that can help you get a ‘foot in the door’ what the job might involve and the difficult parts of it too. I’ll try and explain why it would be, for me anyway, a dream come true to be doing it.
There are lots of different ways to be involved in wildlife conservation all over the world. You might be trying to save rhinos from being poached in South Africa, or looking after injured wildlife like hedgehogs or foxes in the UK. Wherever you want to work, and whether it is with just one species (like elephants) or whole ecosystems (like keeping the arctic or desert free from the impact of man) a lot of the principles are the same. You have to demonstrate commitment through practical experience. In practice, this means volunteering. It might be helping with a local conservation charity, maintaining woodland habitats for example by removing non-native species and keeping trees healthy through appropriate pruning. It could be volunteering in a more hands-on way with animals, helping care for seabirds affected by oil pollution, or it might be through looking after other mammals, working at a riding stables or farm. This experience shows that you quite literally don’t mind getting your hands dirty and have some physical stamina too –working outdoors for wildlife conservation can take you to some quite demanding environments, and it is hard work. However, as well as this practical experience, qualifications are helpful too.
Environmental qualifications help you understand how habitats and ecosystems fit together. Science courses in biology and botany help enormously, but so too might a politics or economics course. If you take the example of rhino poaching this is not a ‘simple’ matter of protecting individual animals or even their habitats, it is also about understanding the global business of dealing in rhino horn, why it is in demand and how this demand might be stopped. Fund raising skills are needed, and IT and communication skills too to help charities and NGOs explain their causes. Wildlife conservation is a multi-disciplinary endeavour, many people are needed, from different countries too.
In terms of what the job involves, it can be very diverse. It involves all aspects of managing and protecting the local environment wherever in the world that might be. It could be educating local people about their wildlife and encouraging them to understand why it is important to preserve it. It might involve practically managing the habitat, planting trees or clearing paths. It could involve observation and monitoring to see what wildlife is present and whether or not populations are thriving or struggling. It could be working in a remote island or forest locations, or in more urban habitats where the interests of wildlife and people clash as their territory encroaches on one another.
The role is exciting, but I think it could be really difficult too. Many animals are at risk of extinction and sadly not all people want to preserve them. It would be heart-breaking to work to protect an animal, like a rhino and then to have it poached and killed just for its horn. It must take enormous tenacity to pick yourself up and keep on going after a setback like that, and yet that is what is happening all the time to people in South Africa working to protect the precious few rhino that are left. I also think it would be very difficult when the interests of people are at odds with those of animals and the wild environment. In some parts of the world, animals are really threatened – like the gorillas in Rwanda, who are terribly endangered. However, the people who live around the forests which the gorillas inhabit are themselves suffering. They have endured war and poverty, they too need the resources of the forests in order to survive. That is a truly difficult test for conservationists. How to protect the animals but look after local people with justice and compassion too. If my family were starving I would see that as a greater immediate priority than saving a gorilla I had never seen, but the crisis for the gorillas is real all the same. Solutions that help both man and wildlife to thrive alongside one another (maybe through tourism, so people benefit from the continuation of the species) are most needed.
I think it would be a really interesting role to help preserve rare and endangered species for future generations in their natural habitats rather than just in zoos. For me, a ‘dream job’ would be one that I could be proud to say I did, and which in some small way made the world a better place for my time spent on it. However, I think it would be a troubled dream because it is a very difficult one to succeed in. I think sometimes trying to save animals from extinction is as futile as trying to hold back the tide of the seas, however, I still think it is important to try. If we give up now then extinction is the only possible outcome, if we all keep on trying to preserve habitats and the animals that live within them, perhaps we can have a brighter future for us all?
[ Written by - Lucy Marris: Careers Adviser (UK), TEFL teacher (Vietnam) ]
Sample Answer 3:
Everyone dream to have a good job. I am not an exception in this case. I also have a dream job and it is to be a well-reputed banker. Thank you for expressing my about my dream job and I will describe it in brief here.
Usually, a banker needs to have some special degrees in Finance or Management. An MBA is a suitable one. Further, there are some other professional courses are also available like Bank Management etc. to reach the job. I have completed my MBA and pursuing another degree to make my dream come true. But it is really difficult for a woman to achieve her dream job and this is for extensive competitions in the sector. A large number of women like me are after the job and hence the scopes are limited. However, I am trying my best to reach the goal and someday I definitely will be with my dream.
The job would involve a good number of tasks and responsibilities. In fact, there is no specific limit for the job but there are some ideas about it. I think the job might want me to do some of the documenting of the clients’ transactions, assist is account opening with the bank, distribution of money to the clients or the real owner and more other. In fact, I have to remain busy round the day with numerous types of works and responsibilities. Sometimes, I may need to move out of the bank for some official purposes. The bank may also send me to get training on other banking issues. Arranging for remittance transfer and monitoring online transactions etc. are some of the notable tasks that a banker needs to do usually. There might be some exceptions as well. So, I am preparing for the responsibilities.
The most difficult thing about the job is to get it. Generally, banks recruit with recruitment examinations. The candidates have to appear in the recruitment exams, and then they are asked for formal interviews with the authority (if they can pass the written tests). Finally, the recruitment is completed. But this is not as easy as it sounds. The recruitment test takes place for hours. It needs lots of preparations. In fact, applicants who are weak in mathematics and accounting are unable to pass the tests. Besides, the test also comes with analytical ability analysis. As a candidate, you need to pass all the segments. Then comes the oral test. The Human Resource department is responsible for arranging the written and oral tests. If I can cross both the barriers, I can have the job.
Baking is my dream job for several reasons. First of all, this is a secured job. I know there are lots of troubles with this profession, but there are fewer chances of losing the job. Besides, the remuneration that I will get is smart enough to lead a decent life. Moreover, I like to have some challenges in my career and profession. Banking is one of the professions that comes with some specific set of challenges. As a woman, I am able to undertake them and could exercise my mental faculty to the largest extent. Based on the grounds, banking has become my dream job.
I want to be a dietitian
I love writing and reading so...
I dreamed a lot about my future job...
What will my future job be?
Who doesn't have a future dream?
Being an air traffic controller
Nowadays most people have a dream job they would like to do in their lives. My dream job is to be an air traffic controller.
When I was a little girl I wanted to be a famous singer. Together with my friend, we dressed in my mum’s clothes, we put on some make-up and we imagined that we were on a concert singing for the crowds of our fans. The brushes were our microphones and our fans were dolls and teddy bears. After some time I gave up the idea of becoming a pop star.
When I was in primary school I changed my mind and decided to become a dietitian who advises people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. I got interested in cooking and healthy food. I started to read a lot of books and watch TV programs that were related to this topic. I became more aware of the influence of nutrition on people’s lives and being a dietitian has become my new life goal.
Now I’m a student of a lower secondary school and I already have a clear outline of my professional path. To start off my career I have to finish a secondary school and pass Matura exams with flying colours. I would like to go to a technical secondary school where I can gain professional knowledge and experience at the same time. Then, I would like to study food and nutritional science at the university to get a diploma in Dietetics. With a bachelor degree I will be able to work either in private practice or under contract with health care institution.
I will strive hard to make my dream come true because I deeply believe that this job will give me a lot of satisfaction. I want to help people with eating disorders and provide nutrition and health advice for infants, children, adolescents and adults. By doing my job well, I will improve the quality of people’s lives and change their habits which will contribute to a better and happier world.
When I was a kid I wanted to be a footballer, like my fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo.
I wanted to be a astronaut, like Neal Armstrong. It was the picture that I wanted to see. I wanted to be someone famous, someone with power.
I wanted to make a difference... I wanted to be someone’s idol. Now? Now I want to be a Sports Journalist.
I want to fly around the world to see and analyze the best’s football games.
One of the best things about this job it’s that the people read, listen and interpret what you've just written. You could make the difference with just one simple text, with one simple analysis. I want to write to the Portuguese sports newspaper “A Bola”.
I have the passion for this dream job because of my grandfather.
He loves football, he loves to talk about football and he doesn’t survive if he doesn’t buy the sports newspaper. He loves to read the news.
This is one of the things that you need to have to be a good Sports Journalist: you need to love what you do … I love football... it’s one of the most important things in my life.
The other thing is that you need to know how to write good articles.
I love to write, I love to read … but not books!
I love to read the sports newspaper, just like my grandfather.
I love to write poems, stories … I know that if I become this sports journalist that I want to be it’s very difficult to have a family because as I already said sometimes you have to get out of your country.
But I'm sure I'll be prepared to deal with all difficulties!
(Rio Maior, Portugal)
When I was a child I always wanted to have many jobs. I wanted to be a hairdresser, make hairstyles for princesses and queens. That's what I did when I played with my brothers and with my grandmother.
There were times when I wanted to be a teacher. I wish I could give a good future for the students and encourage them to want to learn new things.
I confess I always thought about being a scientist, discovering the cure for AIDS, discover a parallel universe and invent cars that move at the speed of light.
I liked to be a singer, be on the stage with many people around screaming my name, and have a band famous for giving many concerts. Later understood that singing was not for my voice and I sometimes just sing in the shower that my sister does not appreciate.
Photographer was also one of my many wishes, I wanted to film beautiful views and take creative pictures of strangers or friends.
For a few years I wanted to be a beautiful model and parading on catwalks best known in the world, with fabulous clothes designed by famous designers.
As I love ice cream, I thought about selling ice cream and give it for free to children, adults and seniors a fresh and tasty ice cream.
Now I imagine me a doctor, well known internationally for my experience and for my talent. I also like to build a private hospital and have a hobby on the Arts. All this was fantastic, but it's just a very complicated dream that needs some magic and a lot of work and dedication.
As you can understand I had a lot of dream jobsas I grew up but now I'm working hard to follow my last one!
(Rio Maior, Portugal)
When I was a child I dreamt , as most of the boys do, of becoming a footballer, a national hero or a famous sportsman admired by millions. But as I was growing up my dreams were changing too. Under the influence of my experiences I changed the way of perceiving life. I noticed that it is the most precious and at the same the most fragile gift you were given at birth and that it should be cherished at every moment. I realized that my dream is to become a doctor.
I’m certain that this is the right career for me. I possess a lot of features of character which are essential in this profession. I am hard-working, responsible, sensitive to other people’s needs and I have nerves of steel which enable me to stay cool in any critical situation . What is more, I can show compassion, respect and empathy and this is what all patients want a physician to express. I perform well in science and have scientific interests which I explore with enthusiasm and passion.
I am only a teenager now and I am aware that there is a long and bumpy road to success in this profession. First, I have to finish middle school and then go to a secondary school. There I will focus mostly on biology, anatomy, chemistry, physics and foreign languages such as English and Latin. Then I should study medicine at the university and choose the faculty. I’ve already decided to become a surgeon.
I observed surgeons’ work at the hospital where my little sister was operated on. She was diagnosed with a serious congenital heart disease. The surgeons saved her life then and they gained my respect and admiration.
I feel through my experiences that the role of the doctor is right for me. I want to pursue it with passion and make a difference in the lives of others. I will practice medicine ethically and honestly and act according to the Hippocratic oath.
I will do my best to make my dream come true.
I'm sixteen and like a lot of people or teenagers of my age, I don't really know what my job in the future will be...
I'm going to be honest with you all: I've got a few ideas or possibilities. I want so succed in life so I'm definetly going to study a degree at university -my parents aren't rich but they could support me economically. I might study law, as my father did. I'm quite intelligent, well not like Einstein but I consider myself to be fairly intelligent so I could be a good lawyer.
It could be a good idea but... I don't imagine myself sitting down in an office every day of my life, I need more action, so ''My dream job" would be being a detective or police inspector! I constantly imagine myself entering into houses investigating the crime scene or capturing burglars...
I think I will study at Seville University, do you know where Seville is? It´s the capital of Andalusia, not far away from where I live. I can speak two languages quite well -English and Spanish, and I also practice martial arts. In less than a year´s time, I will have a black belt in Taekwondo, so as for being active and speaking languages I have no problems but I´m a bit lazy so I have to study a lot to build my dream-job...
Abraham Jurado -Spain
Lots of people dream with having a lot of money, others with travelling and others with finding the love of their lives. My dream for the future is to have a happy family, fulfill myself personally and finding the ideal job, but when I think about a job I wonder ‘what is my dream job?’ And sadly, after a long time thinking, I can't find the answer to this question.
When I was a little girl, I had a dream; everything was easier, I knew I wanted to be a clown to make all the kids in the world happy, and while I was making my dream come true one day I was a doctor, another day I was a cleaner, another day a vet...
However, when you get older and more mature you realize that you can't have a different job every day. So now I'm in process of finding that job, what I can do every day of my life without getting tired, that job that I love, a job that will make me happier. It´s difficult to find it because I can't see myself working as anything, I only guess myself travelling around the world, meeting new cities, new cultures.
When I find that job in what I can do that thing, I'll do anything to get it because it will be the basement of my happiness and if any day I start thinking it´s impossible to reach it, I´ll think in a famous phrase from a film that says: “Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it!”
My dream job - Reflexology
What I want to be when I grow up? A reflexologist. What is that? Let me just explain.
Reflexology is an alternative form of medicine in which the healer applies special pressure on and massages the feet, hands, ears, face even the tongue and nose of a patient. Its target is to maintain balance in the human body which can be achieved through relaxation.
Reflexology offers a great number of benefits. First of all, it relieves stress and tension by releasing the therapeutic powers of a human body. Moreover, it brings balance and harmony to the system and paves the way for self-healing. More specifically, it improves circulation, enhances the immune system, balances hormones and removes toxins.
However, critics believe that reflexology is unreliable, because it can not treat certain conditions or diagnose medical cases.
In addition, it has been given a bad name due to people who didn‘t know how to practise it properly and who caused more harm than good.
To sum up, I believe that reflexology deserves to be treated as a true science. Lots of studies have shown how beneficial it can be for the human body even in very difficult cases. Let me just mention the fact that in Great Britain it is part of the national health system and that I truly want to become a reflexologist, because I really want to help people relax from their exhausting routine and forget for a short while their stresses.
Air traffic controllers are people trained to maintain the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic in the global air traffic control system. The position of air traffic controller is one that requires highly specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. Controllers apply separation rules to keep aircraft at a safe distance from each other in their area of responsibility and move all aircraft safely and efficiently through their assigned sector of airspace, as well as on the ground.
Because controllers have an incredibly large responsibility while on duty (often in aviation, "on position"), the ATC profession is consistently regarded around the world as one of the most challenging careers, and can be notoriously stressful depending on many variables (equipment, configurations, weather, traffic volume, human factors, etc.).
Many controllers, however, would cite high salaries and a very large and privileged degree of autonomy as major advantages of their jobs.
The reason I have chosen this job is because I find it challenging but I was also influenced by my dad who is an air traffic controller in the air forces. In my opinion, to be an ATC in the air forces is very difficult because it is too stressful and demands a great deal of responsibility. So I think that ACT is a dangerous and difficult job but it is very exciting too.