IELTS Cue Card: Describe an unusual job

Describe an unusual job

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 220 with Model Answer:

Describe an unusual job you think you would be good at.

You should say:
  • what the job is
  • what kind of works it involves
  • what type of people do this job
and explain why you think you would be good at it.

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

Model Answer:
Selling hot dogs on the streets is something unusual for a person like me. In fact, I am highly skilled in persuading people into something and if I am assigned to sell hot dogs in the streets, I think I would be more successful than the professional vendors.

Singapore is the city where people around the world come to visit and most of them are the shoppers. They like to take their meals on the streets when they are shopping. So, selling street foods, especially hot dogs, is a great business with low investment. But everyone cannot play the role of a perfect street vendor. There are some specific arts and skills required for the task. Most of the sellers are not that much educated and often they are unable to deal with the foreign visitors. So, most of the street vendors, selling hot dogs, cannot shine in their business. But if an educated person like me is involved here, the business will shine greatly.


Selling foods on the streets of Singapore is unusual for me. I am from a wealthy family and have recently completed my graduation. My dad is planning to take me in his export-import business. So, if I get involve into selling street foods like hot dogs, they will discourage me from the business. But as I can see, there are lots of options for me to shine on the business. Firstly, most of the hot dog sellers are unable to speak a standard form of English. They try to communicate with the clients by exchanging gestures which is inappropriate for the business growth. Besides, the majority of the street food shops do not have cleanliness which is a must to attract the tourists and visitors. Though some of the vendors have some sitting arrangements in small scales, they are unable to serve all the clients simultaneously which is a barrier for client satisfaction. Overall, the street vendors lack the knowledge about client satisfaction. If all the tasks could be done together, the chance for success is more than anything in this business.

The street foods are sold by lower-middle class of people. They use carts to carry the store and open their shops besides some large streets or before any reputed shopping malls. They keep a standard distance with the main streets so that the stores do not block the roads. If they block roads and set their shops, they are to be accountable to the municipal authority. So, they are highly aware of the issues. Selling foods on the streets have become a family business for some of the sellers. They prepare the foods at their home round the day and sell those at the night, or they prepare the foods at the night time and sell those at the day time. They cannot make a good profit from the business as they cannot grab customers in their stores. They are unaware of the approaches and they could have some business if some shoppers luckily visit their shops for foods.

I am a business graduate and have theoretical knowledge about business. I can make some business models as well with the existing street food shops and if the models could be implemented in the right manner, undoubtedly the businesses will grow to a large extent. I would be good at selling the hot dogs on the streets and before the shopping malls as I will adopt some innovative measures for increasing my sale of foods. I will advertise for the foods I am selling and definitely, I will use English as most of the tourists are out of Singapore and are familiar with this international language. I will add the price and quality of the hot dogs. Some sitting arrangements will be made and I will underscore the issue of modernity. I will arrange for cleanliness of the store. Some soft drinks would also be arranged with the hot dogs so that the clients could remove their thirst with the foods.