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Describe a person you would like to study or work with

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 353 with Model Answer:

Describe a person you would like to study or work with.

You should say:
  • who this person is
  • what this person does
  • how long you have known him/her
and explain why you want to study/ work with this person.

[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:
I have been really lucky to have a number of friends, relatives, acquaintances and co-workers who are wonderful people both personally and professionally. While I would like to work with all of them in a professional set-up, the name of one particular person should be specially mentioned here.

He is none other than my own uncle. He is in his late 30’s, but, after knowing him for about 25 years, since my early childhood, I have no hesitation to describe him as an “evergreen” person, who never gets tired of working. Of course, some people would say that there are many people among us, who never get tired of working, and therefore, there is nothing really so special about my uncle. Well, there is indeed something special about my uncle because I have seldom seen him running late for his work (when leaving his home) or returning home late in his last 10 years of professional life as a Senior Accountant.

Now, if such a sense of punctuality and great time management don’t make him special, then organizing some of the most “untidy” rooms in the world, courtesy to some “unruly” nephews like me, for about an hour after his work, surely would. If, even this type of sense of ‘caring’ doesn’t make him a perfect candidate to be considered as “special”, then doing grocery every other morning, before hitting the road for office, for a family of 15 persons (yes, we live in a joint family), would almost certainly make him special.

Now, do I need to mention even some more reasons, other than the fact that he has a great sense of time management, responsibility and caring, for which, I would like to work with this person? Well, if the answer is "yes", I would say that his ever-smiling face, positive attitude to life, high level of self-confidence (but not “boasting” about anything), honesty/truthfulness, tactfulness (but not “shrewd”), and remaining calm in hostile situations are also some of the reasons, for which, I would certainly like to work with my uncle.



Model Answer 2:
Mr Robertson is the CEO of my office and a hard worker. I have never seen such an active person so far in my career. He has an outstanding skill to impress people with his speeches and he never argues with people even if they are wrong. Though he works in the same company where I am employed, I would like to work closely with him as I believe it would give me a valuable opportunity to learn many things from this exemplary person.

I work in a local manufacturing company in New York City and Mr Robertson takes care of the company. Though I've seen him only a few times, I do not doubt that he is a great leader. He is also an influential member of the local business association. So, he passes a very busy time.

I have known him for almost five years now. In fact, it is my first job at his organization after my graduation, and I have been continuing here without looking for any other job. And I wish to work here as long as I can. During this time, I have met him a few times. Each time I've met him, I have learned something new.

Working with Mr Robertson will enrich my knowledge and skills. Besides, he is supportive of his staff and loves to share his experience. Finally, I want to work with Mr Robertson to learn his leadership and visionary qualities.

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