Describe a Risk you Have Taken Which had a Positive Result- IELTS Cue Card
- 1 Sample Answer
- 2 Part 3 – Follow up Questions
Describe a risk you have taken which had a positive result.
You should say
- What was it?
- Why did you take it?
- What was the result?
- How did you feel about it?
Every major decision we take in our lives has repercussions either way. People hardly come across choices that do not involve a certain degree of peril. However, alternatives that entail a greater magnitude of risk also accord higher returns. One such instance where I decided to go with the riskier alternative and was rewarded handsomely was when I let go of a seemingly lucrative job offer.
When I was looking for full-time employment after I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, the amount of experience I had was almost negligible. Although the recruitment cell of my college brought several companies who wanted to hire freshers, I did not find a job role that suited me well. Finally, after almost two months of searching, I came across an organization that was actively recruiting freshers for the role of Business Development Executive. It was a well-paid position, considering the amount of experience required to be eligible for it. I applied for this position and was selected. However, at the very last moment, I decided to let go of the offer since I wanted to work as a Content Writer.
The decision seemed risky at the moment but eventually turned out to be the right course of action. Soon, I was selected as a Content Writing intern at a reputable organization which ultimately led to a full-time position at the company.
The whole experience turned out to be a vital lesson for me, and I learned that even in the face of hardships, we should not overlook our goals.
Meaning: an unintended consequence of an event or action, especially an unwelcome one.
Eg.: The declaration of war by Russia on Ukraine will have serious repercussions.
Meaning: involve (something) as a necessary or inevitable part or consequence.
Eg.: This route might entail unknown risks and hurdles.
Meaning: to a large or generous degree; substantially.
Eg.: They were compensated handsomely for their work on the project.
Meaning: so small or unimportant as to be not worth considering; insignificant.
Eg.: Although the plan seemed to be profitable, the result was negligible.
Meaning: having a good reputation.
Eg.: Professor Ray was a reputable man in his community.
Part 3 – Follow up Questions
Why do some people enjoy extreme sports?
Extreme sports is a widely popular phenomenon across the world. This particular niche has gained significant popularity over the years. One of the main reasons people get involved in such sports is the adrenaline rush that such activities provide. Some people also prefer to become extreme sports athletes due to their lack of fear, which in turn makes them exceptionally good.
Are action films popular in your country?
Yes, action films are immensely popular in my country. The film industry in India is divided based on the regional languages spoken. However, one thing that is common across all segments of the Indian film industry is the adulation for the action film genre. Action films in India are known for their over-the-top fight scenes and paradoxical action sequences. Nevertheless, such movies are extremely successful in our country.
Do you think it is a good thing if a leader likes to take risks?
One of the most crucial duties of a leader is to make decisions for their entire team. Often, leaders are faced with a tough decision between two or more alternatives that involve the risk of failure or undesired consequences. However, they must also have enough conviction and confidence in themselves and their team to make unpredictable choices that offer profitable results. Thus, I believe that it is prudent for a leader to take risks when necessary.
Do you think men and women will make different choices of risk-taking?
It is not a hard and fast rule that men and women will always make different choices when a certain degree of risk is involved. In many instances, a man and a woman might incline toward the same alternative. I believe that the nature of a person has a more significant impact on the proclivity of a person to take risks than their gender. That being said, women tend to be more reasonable when dealing with uncertainty than men in many cases.
Meaning: denoting products, services, or interests that appeal to a small, specialized section of the population.
Eg.: The aim of the company was to penetrate this unexplored market niche.
Meaning: excessive admiration or praise.
Eg.: The adulation of BTS fans was quite visible during the concert.
Meaning: seemingly absurd or self-contradictory.
Eg.: The film became famous for its paradoxical plotlines.
Meaning: acting with or showing care and thought for the future.
Eg.: Martin was known to be a prudent financial advisor to the company.
Meaning: a tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition towards a particular thing.
Eg.: The new employed had a proclivity for hard work.