IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topic:
Describe a project that you were once involved in (for example, a project at work or a homework assignment at school or university).
You should say:
- the topic of this project or homework
- when and where you did this project
- what research or preparation you did
- how difficult this task was
- how much time you spent on this project or assignment
- and explain what you learned from this experience.
I would like to share with you a project I was involved in when I was a second year student in the university. I was applying for an organization for young and gifted students. To be admitted into that organization, I had to join a contest, which required us to work in team, do research and make a business plan for a start-up on our own in 2 weeks. Each team was provided 2 mentors for supporting and observing.
As we were all young, and mostly inexperienced, we had to learn from tiny things like the plan format, how to conduct research, which information is needed. To my view, there were too many things for a 4-member-team like us to learn in such short period of time. However, because the fact of being a member of that organization was so desireable to us, we had no choice but to try our best.
First, we had to organize our team well enough. We conducted a serious domestic talk, then, I was nominated as team leader. Then, we short listed some possible business type and products. After finalizing business on hand made products, I allocated tasks to each member of the team, one was responsible for market research, one worked for existing or potential competitors, one for operation plan and I was in charge of product research. We had to do all of those things in one week, and one week left was for revising and developing new ideas from that plan.
To be honest, it was quite tough task as that was our first time making a serious business plan. We had to look for a lot information, conducted questionnaire for customer’s need, chose the right product for targeted market segment. However, all of us were so happy with this project as we had good co-operation. As a reward for the efforts we had put into it, our team won the first prize and all of our team members managed to become a member of that organization.
Apart from the first prize we had, we also learnt a lot from this project, like how to conduct research, how to organize a business plan. Besides, this project also helped me to realize my hidden potential, contributing to my career orientation after that.
- short list: a list of selected candidates from which a final choice is made.
Ex: a short list of four companies
- allocate: to give something to someone as their share of a total amount, to use in a particular way:
Ex: The government is allocating £10 million for health education.
- market segment: a group of possible customers who are similar in their needs, age, education, etc.:
Ex: Tablet computers are aimed at the home user market segment.
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