April is just around the corner and the time has come to make plans for the following months…
No, unfortunately we’re not talking about your summer holidays. Rather, jobs, internships and university.
We know it’s not as appealing as talking about the coolest music festivals to go to or the most beautiful beaches in Spain, but we want to help you with the serious stuff where you may need some support.
The most important step when making applications is probably writing your personal statement. The way you present yourself can really make a difference, because if you do it right, you will get those who are considering your application to think “this is the kind of person I am looking for”.
Don’t panic: we know this stage can be stressful, but we’re here to suggest you how to write an appropriate personal statement. We can’t promise miracles, but follow these easy steps and your chances to succeed will improve!
- First of all, introduce yourself. Explain why you are interested in the course/internship/job you are applying to and yes, don’t be modest, tell why you think you are the right person to choose.
- Give an overview of your academic life and achievements.
- Talk about extracurricular activities that you have taken part into, for example charity work, competitions, sports, jobs etc. Concentrate on the reasons why these experiences have been significant for you, which skills you have developed, and why you think they could be relevant to what you are applying to. Remember every experience is valuable.
(We would like to remind you that if you are aged 18 or under and have a passion for writing, you have time until May 1st to enter The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition. Your motivation to make your voice heard on such an important theme as peace will be much appreciated and stand out from the crowd!).
- Always be aware of your limitations. Concentrate on your strengths but don’t exaggerate them and don’t pretend to have some kind of exceptional ability you actually don’t, because sooner or later truth always comes out! Rather, focus on your motivation: this is what professors and professionals are really looking for in a candidate.
- Talk about your plans for the future, even if your ideas are not 100% clear yet. Determined people always make a better impression.
- Concerning the style, try to be creative and original: don’t just make lists that may be boring, and avoid complex sentences. Create engaging contents and remember to always maintain a formal approach.
- Don’t write it last minute: you want to be sure that what you have written is correct and appropriate.
- Let someone proofread your final statement: after writing and reading it for so long, you may not notice mistakes you may have made.
We wish you the best of luck with your applications, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with RCS Wales if you have any more questions! Contact us on this blog or try tweeting us at @walesrcs!