IELTS Preparation

Describe a part-time job you have ever done


IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 262 with Model Answer:

Describe a part-time job you have ever done.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • when it was
  • where you have worked

and explain why you have worked there.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
Recently I have returned my native land, India after completing my graduation in Malaysia. Despite being the boy of a wealthy family, I had to bear my own expenses there and for that, I participated in some part-time jobs.

I was engaged in a data entry job and that suited me best among the other jobs. In fact, it was easier than the other available part-time jobs in Malaysia and I used to perform the tasks sitting at the dormitory with my laptop. The payment was standard and the regular payment helped me greatly to live in the country.

I went to Malaysia in 2012 with a scholarship from one of the local universities of that country. But the scholarship was not enough for me to live there as my lifestyle was a bit extraordinary than the other student. I managed to live there for a few months with the scholarship funds but when the living cost increased for me, it became difficult. I sought for a suitable job and found many of my classmates and friends are doing so. But it was difficult for me to get involved in a job which does not suit me like helping in some superstores or in some eateries. So, I was in search of a perfect job for me and with the help of a senior mate of the university, I managed the data entry job.

Since it was based on computer, I used to perform the job in my room in the dormitory where I lived in Malaysia. The other students who got involved with part-time activities had to go out for their job. But I was too lucky to manage the job and I needed not to go out of my room. The tasks were about filling up some data on some specific format over different issues. The most important task was to sort out the data before filing them on the prescribed format and I did that perfectly. The most important issue was that I could save time and earn more than the other foreign students there with this job

I have worked as a data entry operator with a multinational company working in Malaysia and there were several benefits for me to pick the job. Firstly, the payment was enough for me and I did not have to downgrade my living standard. Even, I was able to save some money and used that for shopping when I came back home. The authority was very regular in paying the bills while the other students had to wait for several days to receive their remunerations. Moreover, the data entry job has saved my time and I had enough times to study. I used to work in the evening, after my classes were over, and there were flexibilities to complete the job. If it was a deadline oriented job, certainly I would have suffered. But everything went smoothly with this job.

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