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Describe a challenging profession you know about

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 313 with Model Answer:

Describe a challenging profession you know about.

You should say:
  • what profession it is
  • what challenges it involves
  • if you want to be in this profession
and explain why this is a challenging profession.  

[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:
Umpiring in cricket is one of the most challenging professions I have ever known. In fact, this is one of the toughest professions I have come across in my life. Thank you for such a nice topic, and here I will describe how being an umpire in cricket is so tough and challenging.

Umpires are usually ex-cricketers or experts in this sport who are responsible for making important decisions throughout the competition and their decisions make the game fair and enjoyable. It is such a challenging profession because it demands extensive knowledge of cricket, adherence to guidelines imposed by ICC, the governing body of international cricket, utmost patience, nonchalant attitude and unaltered precision. There is hardly any scope for distractions or mistakes as a single mistake can make an umpire a villain or subject to criticism to millions of people in just a few seconds! Moreover, they need to keep their focus on everything and that makes things more challenging. The umpire is also responsible for looking after the stepping of the bowlers which requires sharp eyes. Declaring a batsman out is another challenging task for them.

To be frank, I am not eligible for the position of a professional umpire in cricket. This is an intricate job, and I lack the skills and expertise that are required to be an umpire. Even though I have played some cricket in my locality, I have never been a player in professional cricket. So, this is not a profession for me.

I have already given some reasons why becoming an umpire and being successful in it is so hard. I will give a few more reasons why this is one of the most difficult professions I know about. First, umpiring is a challenging profession because they need to decide everything in no time. There is no scope for taking some time and then making a decision. It had to be instantaneous and of course correct as there is no scope for an error. A few mistakes can ruin their whole career. Moreover, this is not a career where people can come with some basic training or skills. It takes years of experience, keen eyes, great mental faculty and sound knowledge of cricket to become an umpire.

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