HomeIELTS SpeakingSpeaking Part 2Describe a positive change that you made to your life

Describe a positive change that you made to your life

You should say:

  • When it happened
  • Where it happened
  • What the change was
  • And explain how you have benefited from this change ( or, explain how you feel about this change)

Band 8 Sample

I’d like to tell you about a life-changing decision that I’ve made lately. It was when I decided to change my entire career path. You know, 6 months ago I was still a real-estate agent. I’d been working as a salesman for around a year and a half and I was making some progress and seeing some positive results. But somehow, as I kept digging deep into this career, I realized it didn’t really suit me. I mean, when I pictured myself 5 years from then, I didn’t think I wanted to be a salesman anymore. That’s why I quit my job and went on to test my ability in an unrelated area. I wanted to be a teacher. As I was searching, I realised that a job teaching IELTS in Hanoi offers quite a lucrative income, so I started learning everything I could about IELTS.

Of course, the journey was arduous at the beginning, I was overwhelmed with all the self- learning materials that I found on the internet. I knew at that time that I couldn’t do it alone so I sought out the help of my friends. I found one who shared the same goals as me and we began studying together. Mainly what we did was keep each other motivated and disciplined, so we set out some ground rules to follow, whoever broke the rules would receive harsh punishment. Just like that, after 2 months, we were ready to take the test, and we took it on the same day. Now, we are both IETLS teachers and are enjoying our new responsibilities. Of course as a new teacher I have to figure out a lot of things and do a lot of research to develop a deep-understanding of teaching methods. But, in retrospect, I have to say that I’ve made the right move. The new job gives me a lot of fun and opens doors to numerous opportunities for self-improvement. So all in all, this a positive change in my life.

Vocabulary highlights

  • life-changing: having an effect that is strong enough to change someone’s life
  • real-estate agent: a person who sells and rents out buildings and land for clients
  • to make progress: to move forward in one’s work or activity
  • lucrative: producing a great deal of profit
  • arduous: involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring
  • ground rule: a basic principle
  • retrospect: a survey or review of a past course of events or period of time
  • to make the right move: to have a right decision


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