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Personal Statement

Postby Cynamon » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:40 pm

I have to write a personal statement for a college course I'm applying for but I have *no* idea how to do it. I need it written by August 26th. I've been looking at websites that are supposed to help you with them but I don't understand them and it just goes over my head.

Does anyone have any tips?
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Re: Personal Statement

Postby Steph » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:53 pm

I had to write a personal statement for UCAS when I was applying for different universities. It can be hard to write them because you really have to focus on your achievements and some people, like myself, feel that this is boasting and so downplay their achievements. Personally what I would include in a personal statement is:

Educational qualifications.
Extra curricular activities (things that you did outside school hours such as clubs and weekend activities).
Any other achievements such as competitions you may have won.
What you think you would get from the course.
Some information about your disabilities/conditions so that they are prepared for your arrival.
Other interests that you may be able to bring to the course.

I hope this helps a bit. Good luck!
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Re: Personal Statement

Postby Cynamon » Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:04 pm

Thank you so much!

It helps, but I'll have to leave the first 3 out since I don't have any of those >.< So now I just have to figure out how to make it sound good :oops:
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Re: Personal Statement

Postby Cynamon » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:49 pm

Meh, my brain won't work. Everytime I look at the blank Word page it just goes blank >.<
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Re: Personal Statement

Postby Steph » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:06 pm

It might be better to start on this in the morning once you have had some sleep. I always find ideas for stuff like this never come to me late at night.
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Re: Personal Statement

Postby Danni » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:16 pm

What course are you applying for? College personal statements don't need to be as impressive as those for university (the lecturer who did my interview was impressed that mine was correctly spelt). They're more just wanting to know why you want to do the course.
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Re: Personal Statement

Postby Cynamon » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:25 pm

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Re: Personal Statement

Postby Danni » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:58 pm

Write about why you want to do the course, what your interests are, and what you think you could gain from the course. Maybe say that'd you like to improve your confidence, improve your English and Maths skills, and say what you're thinking of doing after you've finished the course (looking for a job? going on to another course?). You could put it here and we might be able to help you with it :)
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Re: Personal Statement

Postby Cynamon » Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:04 am

Thank you so much! This is one of the reasons I love this forum. None of you really know me that well, but you're all always willing to help anyway. You don't get that in many places.
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Re: Personal Statement

Postby Remus » Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:15 pm

I am writing one now and it is not easy, I am hating it. I'm a good writer but to be honest, I don't have a clue on personal statements.
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Re: Personal Statement

Postby AmarBadz » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:17 am

Cynamon wrote:I have to write a personal statement for a college course I'm applying for but I have *no* idea how to do it. I need it written by August 26th. I've been looking at websites that are supposed to help you with them but I don't understand them and it just goes over my head.

Does anyone have any tips?


A critical aspect of creating a CV that has a dynamic impact is writing a personal statement, sometimes called a profile or career summary that will enable the recruiter to quickly identify the strategic value you can add to their organisation. Your CV should be a self-marketing document aimed at persuading the recruiter to want to interview you and your personal statement is a critical part of making this happen.

Some samples of personal statements can be view here:

For example an opening statement without the opening 'I' could read:

As a highly-motivated and results orientated manager within the luxury hotel sector, I have a proven track record of providing exemplary levels of service to a broad range of guests, including VIPs and high-profile individuals.

This example reads naturally and flows for the reader, whereas if an 'I' was inserted at the start, while not hugely different, it would read more like a list and as you move forward with additional information it becomes difficult to break out of the format you have started.

As a general rule, it's best to break the statement into three sections:

Who you are

For example: As recent graduate from Durham University, with a 2:1 honours degree in media communications, I have undertaken several internships within leading organisations such as Bertelsmann and Times Warner. These placements have enabled me to develop not only specific media industry experience, but also a valuable and transferable skill set in this fast-paced sector.

The above opening has allowed the recruiter to quickly identify, where you are coming from, that you have had industry experience (something that may be in the selection criteria) and core transferable skills. This in itself could be enough for your opening statement, but it can be expanded upon by adding some additional information.

What you can bring to the table

For example: During placement with Bertelsmann, I worked within the media division contributing to projects such as the award-winning China Max Documentary and managed my own research, liaised with various divisions, formulated media reports and participated in group project meetings. Utilising excellent communication skills, I developed and maintained successful working relationships with both internal and external staff.

Your career aim

Looking to secure a position in a media organisation, where I can bring immediate and strategic value and develop current skill set further.

An example of a poorly written personal statement

Tim is a recent graduate from Durham University, with a 2:1 honours degree in media communications; I have undertaken several internships within leading organisations. Tim is now looking to secure a position in a media organisation where I can develop my current skill set.

The mismatch of first and third person copy is not only confusing to the reader but it almost sounds like a profile about different people. It also lacks specific detail and proof of what value the candidate could bring to the company.

Key points on writing a dynamic and interesting personal statement:

* Get straight to the point: avoid lengthy descriptions and make your testimonies punchy and informative.

* Keep it between 50 to 200 words maximum.

* If you have enough space, use 1.5 line spacing to make you statement easier to read.

* Match person and job specifications with well written copy.

* Read your profile out loud to ensure it reads naturally.

* Don't mix first and third person sentences.
A personal statement or statement of purpose is a focused and short essay on an individual's academic or career goals or objectives.
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Re: Personal Statement

Postby jessie » Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:34 pm

I was struggling with mine quite recently. I find it hard to write in a formal and professional way. So i used one of those websites that help you, I went to http://www.personal-statement.com/ and i thought they were great, really really helped me. You should give them a go if you are struggling.
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Re: Personal Statement

Postby lalacurf121 » Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:04 am

If you have enough space, use 1.5 line spacing to make you statement easier to read.

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