CUE CARD – Describe a family member whom you would like to work with in the future

Speaking -Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe a family member whom you would like to work with in the future.

You should say:

  • Who the person is ?
  • Have you ever worked with the person before ?
  • What kinds of work you would like to do with the person ?
  • And explain how you will feel if you can finally work together
Sample Answer

The family member I would like to work with in the future is my elder sister, her name is Prerna Yadav. She is the big cheese of our family, as she has great managing skills and is blessed with great sense of humor. My sister excellently handles multiple task and completes it with utmost sincerity. She has been an all-rounder since her school days, and has won many medals and awards in every field. Currently, she is working for a M.N.C in Mumbai, where she has been promoted as a Senior Event Manager. Everyone in the family is really proud of her achievements.

Unfortunately, I never got a chance to work with her professionally, however, I can vividly recall a time when she organized a family event, where I saw her putting her best efforts in it. It was our parent’s wedding anniversary and we decided to throw a surprise party for them, my sister took the responsibility on her shoulders and managed everything single handedly, I tried to be a helping hand to her but she did not need any. It turned out to be one of the best events that I have ever witnessed, I realized how proficient my big sister is, and since then I started admiring her work.

My sister is jack of all trades, and I would like to learn many things from her, which includes cooking, painting and umpteen more. But to be specific, managing skills, as she is really good in managing events. So I guess, I would feel really elated to assist her and learn new managing skills which would eventually help me to improve my skillset.

Well, I think the desire of working with her is about to get fulfilled, because we are presently working on a startup, which will be handled by us. I reckon, under her guidance and support, I would get numerous chances to learn new skills at personal and professional level.

Speaking -Part 3 (Follow up questions)
Here are some examples of follow up questions that examiner may ask during your speaking (part 3) related to cue card ‘describe a family member whom you would like to work with in the future’.

Q1. Are there any positive effects of working with a family member?
Certainly, there are many positive effects of working with a family member. The very first is smooth flow of communication and less chances of fraud because the person is well known. Another reason would be, burden of work on a person, in family business you can always divide the work at ease. Family members know our strengths and weaknesses so they can give us tasks according to our interests. Family adamantly stand by us through thick and thin, so it’s good to work with family members.

Q2. What kinds of family businesses are there in India ?
Well, family businesses are quite common in my country. And there are numerous businesses in which people are involved. If I talk about rural areas, there majority of people take farming as there family business. In rural areas, considerable number of households have agriculture as their main source of livelihood. Whereas, in urban areas food and clothing businesses are more prominent.

Q3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a family business ?
Family firms come with their own unique advantages and challenges.
Family business have several advantages for instance, family-owned and -run businesses can achieve, maintain, and elevate a sense of business stability in its leadership and overall organizational structure and culture.
On the other hand, some family businesses will appoint family members into roles that they do not have the skills or training for. This can have a negative effect on the success of the business and lead to a stressful working environment.

Q4. Why do people like to set up a family business ?
By setting up a family business everyone gets employment and helps in overall development of family members. I think, the best way to build wealth and leave a legacy is to grow a family business

Ayushi Rawat

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