Succeeding with your Personal Statement…

When you embark on life after HND studies, it’s important to sell yourself to employers or higher education providers as well as you can. Personal statements are a great way of improving any applications you make or to enhance your CV. You may also be writing a personal statement after completing one of our UKCBC HND or AAT courses, applying for a role, or you may be embarking on further higher education such as a University degree or top-up. Either way, your personal statement should always include these 10 vital elements.

  • A personal statement is an overview for someone to understand who you are (in a professional capacity), why you’re applying for a job or course and what skills and experience you’ll bring to it. Keep this in mind when writing it


  • Include detail but don’t go too over the top. Simplicity is key. You want someone to be able to read it and understand exactly why you should be accepted. Keep to relevant points without too much waffle


  • Your content should always be enthusiastic and focus on your strengths. Talk positively about yourself because this is a time to sell yourself and any skills or experience you may possess


  • Why you want the job or place on the course. Your reasons may include what motivates you, your professional interests and why you are enthusiastic about the role or course. It may be that it’s the next step to take in your development


  • How you’re the right person for the role – showing that you understand what the role or course involves, that you’ve done your research and that you meet the criteria


  • What your current skills are and how can they be transferred to the role or course you’re applying for – this could be innovative thinking, organisational skills, professional manner, etc. Go into further detail about your most relevant skills, giving an example where possible


  • Examples of analytical and critical thinking are always a plus point. Also show how you are able to think independently


  • What you’ve done outside of your education and how your experience can be applied to the role or course


  • Talk about career aspirations and how you want to develop. You don’t necessarily have to pigeon hole yourself into one thing. It could be that you want a role that applies your skills, challenges you or helps you to develop


  • What you’ve done so far to develop your career aspirations – this could be work experience, other courses or even research and materials you’ve read


UKCBC provides a fantastic support network for students who want to embark on a great career after a HND. This may also include using the qualification you have to go onto further higher education, such as getting a degree.

It’s important to understand the skills you have and how these are transferable to the role you aspire to have. Express why you are right for a role or course and show you understand exactly what it involves and how this will help you develop. Enthusiasm is key and will help you stand out from the crowd. So, what are you waiting for? Happy writing and good luck!

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