Describe a Skill – IELTS Cue Card Sample 57
Describe a Skill
You should say:
- What the skill is
- Why you want to learn this skill
- Whether you think it would be difficult
- Whether you think you will learn it in the near future
Sample Answer 1
Skills are abilities that we possess in certain activities which enable us to perform them well. These skills are often unique to every individual and act as an asset if they are able to cultivate them. We all desire to have specific skills that are valued in an individual due to their relevance to the professional environment. One such skill is the ability to conduct thorough and credible research.
Research is an activity that is relevant to nearly every job role imaginable. Research is necessary at every stage, both on and off the job. Progressing without proper research can be risky most of the time. Thus, it is clear that research is vital to almost every career and job position. I believe that if an individual’s research skills are sharp, they can tackle almost any problem that arises due to inexperience in any role or responsibility. That is why I want to improve my research skills.
Research is a skill that is quite difficult to measure and make comparisons. Research skills depend on an individual’s knowledge of various subjects in a significant manner. Although many people believe that their research skills are quite developed, in reality, only a handful of individuals can conduct professional research. It is one of those skills that only improve through rigorous and regular practice.
I have already begun my journey to becoming a decent researcher. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, I discovered that online courses could help me acquire the skills an individual desires to possess. After enrolling in a Digital Marketing course, I realized that online courses are a productive approach to gaining and enhancing my skills. I am confident that I will be able to develop my research skills to a satisfactory level in the near future.
Sample Answer 2
Digital technology has reshaped the world in more than one way during the last decade. As a result, a new way of living and working has also prevailed among people, especially Millennials. If you’ve heard about “digital nomad” – a work-from-anywhere kind of employee, you already know how a specific digital skill set can improve and simplify your life, which is why I take great interest in and set Photoshop – one of the most powerful graphic design tool to be my next challenge to conquer.
Being known as an incredible image editing program, Photoshop has earned its reputation for good reasons. Created and maintained by Adobe, Photoshop provides users with a complete and advanced toolset to maximize their creativity. It can do anything regarding online media, for example, creating 3D images, resizing, color correction, and even editing video. Fancy as it sounds, acquiring Photoshop skills would be a painstaking process. Due to complex features and even more complex applications, Photoshop is not for those without patience and constant practice. Furthermore, the program usually gets upgraded with more usages, therefore, you would have to keep learning to avoid being obsolete. Graphic design is a critical skill in this digital era that affords anyone flexibility as well as an attractive income.
Therefore, it would definitely be on top of my must-learn skill in the near future. Actually, I have already scheduled my timetable and squeeze in some hours for Photoshop 101 class next month and I hope it would go as well as it could be.
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- Prevail (v): exist or be very common at a particular time or in a particular place
Eg: It is the inner strength of a person that will enable them to prevail over the obstacles of life.
- Millennials (n): people who became adults around the year 2000
Eg: The party was organized only for the Millennials.
- Digital nomad: people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living
Eg: Even during the vacations, the digital nomads tend to work.
- Simplify (n): make something easier to do or understand
Eg: The speaker tried to simplify the story to the audience.
- Take interest in: become concerned or interested in someone or something
Eg: Meera began to take interest in computer science subjects.
- Conquer (a challenge) (v): succeed in dealing with or controlling something
Eg: Rose must conquer her fear of heights.
- Earn reputation/ respect (collocation)
Eg: The institute has earned a good reputation over the years.
- Maximize (v): increase something as much as possible
Eg: In order to secure good grades, My friend started maximising his study area.
Acquire a skill/ an accent…: gain something by your own efforts, ability or behaviour
- Painstaking (a): needing a lot of care, effort and attention to detail
Eg: It took months of painstaking research to complete the project.
- Feature (n): a distinctive attribute or aspect of something
Eg: My smartphone has the best features.
- Get upgraded
Eg: It was high time, the villagers get upgraded to the latest technology.
- Obsolete (a): out of date
Eg: Most of the factories in the village are obsolete.
- Afford (v) (formal): provide
Eg: The old man was not able to afford the doctor’s fee.
- Schedule (v): arrange that an event or activity will happen at a particular time
Eg: The boss scheduled the meeting at 5 PM in the evening.
- Squeeze in: manage to make room or time for someone or something in a tight space or schedule
Eg: The store in the exhibition was overcrowded, but my mother managed to squeeze in.
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