Describe an unpleasant job you did

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe an unpleasant job you did

You should say:
What was the job?
When you did it?
Why did you find it unpleasant?
How you felt about it?

Note: 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


There are many reasons for doing a job. I believe there are only a few people in the world who are happy with their job and position. Some people do work for money so that they can provide a good life to their family while some do the job to get experience because, in some professions, the experience is necessary.

What was the job?

Here I am going to talk about a job which I did but I was not happy with that work and environment. After completed master degree I want to purser my career as a teacher and I selected a school which located in my hometown for a job.

When you did it?

There were many requirements to join the school and I fulfil all except one, and that was an experience which I didn’t have.

So to get teaching experience, I joined a local school for one year just for the experience. I was not too fond of that school, but I didn’t have any choice.

Why did you find it unpleasant?

There were many things about the school which I did not like first was the building which was not airy, and classrooms were tiny. The playground was very small. The second thing is staff members except for three to four teachers everyone pulls another’s leg in front of the principal

How you felt about it?

So I went to school every day and concentrate on my work. I felt thrilled when I completed one year because I know I am eligible to join that school which I wish. So that was the job which I did, but I am not happy with it.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe an unpleasant job you did”.

1. How modern technologies influence people?

Technology influences people in many ways. It saves people’s time by making things easier. For example, banks use accounting software to count the cash, which works with full accuracy and quickly. Technology not only makes professional work easier but proves very beneficial in household chores also, for example, microwaves, washing machines, and much more.

2. Do people now work less than in the past because of technological progress?

I think no because a few decades ago people hardly finish their one task in the whole day, but now people start more than one job at a time and finish it before the time.

3. Will people work less in the future?

I do not think so. People will increase their work because their desires are growing day by day, which require more money, so for that, they will increase their working hours.

4. What makes people successful?

Well, I believe two things are essential first is hard work and luck. The combination of both things makes people successful.

5. Do successful people have different abilities?

Yes, successful people have different qualities such as work hard, creativity, patience. These abilities make people successful. Some people have different qualities, but they use it in the wrong direction, which spoils their future.

6. Are the genetics of successful people different?

Those who achieve success because of their talent such as singing or dancing do have some of the skills passed on to them in their genes. However, it is not always the genes which make people successful, it is the hard work and dedication towards their work which leads them to success.

7. How innovations influence global progress?

Innovations influence global progress in many ways. It is because of the innovations in technology that today the whole world has shrunk and people are connected to each other like never before. The whole world is uniting hands to fight against the problems affecting people all over the world.

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