Personal Statement Guidance
Examples of Personal Statements
To me, the world of advertising seems to offer everything and more that I would want from a successful and exciting career: innovative, energetic, fresh and funky, advertising speaks volumes and I would love to be a part of it. Advertising is the key to really promote and sell a product or service, whilst creatively sending across a message. I am fascinated by this as it is the feature of advertising which motivates me most and it allows a lot of scope to be 100% original and to break the rules. The beauty, however, is there are limited rules so there are infinite possibilities to be artistic, use your imagination and 'wow' your audience. Although advertising is only one aspect of the marketing mix, to me it is definitely the most stimulating, challenging and dynamic.
My early success in Art at GCSE has given me a big boost into the creative side of advertising. Art allows a person to communicate visually, which works in tandem with advertising. To my regret I did not pursue Art at A Level; therefore I am independently working to produce a diverse and broad portfolio of my own. I am determined to complete this to the best of my ability as I am compelled to get back to my artistic roots and use my skills within the advertising industry. My other great passion is English, especially English Literature. Within advertising, words are used to such dramatic effect. Even the most simple of words can convey a strong meaning and I find it fascinating learning new words and using them to produce an effective and unique piece of original writing. I have studied Business Studies since Year 10 and it was the module of marketing that grasped me the most. This was because there seemed to be so much to it and the significant importance attached to promoting a product in an efficient way inspired me. For my Textiles GCSE, there was a lot of emphasis on page-layout and design. I loved this, as experimenting with various colour schemes and coming up with invigorating designs to create an overall, flamboyant effect suited me perfectly.
As a student I feel I am punctual, reliable and dedicated to my studies, which I can only say will improve even more when I begin with advertising. Last year, I entered a competition at Teesside University whereby our task was to promote their 'Sports and Psychology' course. The poster I produced won first place. It was from there that my desire to do it on a bigger scale developed. Recently I have joined a 'live art' class whereby I can train my drawing skills to be precise and expressive. At present I work as a cleaner at my local County Council. This job is great as I have to manage myself independently. Prior to this I had worked as a waitress and sales assistant. I have gathered a lot of vital skills from my part-time jobs that I know are essential whilst working in amongst others and being a co-operative member of a team. My ability to communicate with others has flourished over the past 4 years and I feel I am no longer a novice to the working world, which I am excited about entering.
Outside College I am a keen badminton player, competing at county level and representing the College for the under 18's. For three years I have been the sole junior member of the badminton committee within the club and play regular matches for our team. For two years I co-ran a junior badminton club where I helped beginners to learn the game and the basic skills, which gave me an enormous sense of gratification. In addition to this, I am a member of the tennis club and enjoy regular games whenever the weather is generous. I enjoy painting water-colours to relax, which, in effect, fuels my creativity and keeps it alive! For 6 years I have played both the violin and guitar. I would embrace any opportunity to be placed in a thriving and lively city to work in an advertising agency, but until then I cannot wait to embark upon higher education to open the doors that will lead me to where I want to go.
Medicine has always been a subject that I have found fascinating and my experiences have made me passionate about pursuing it as a career. I would love to be a part of its rapidly developing and diverse world as it holds so many options, all of them equally challenging and rewarding. I believe both my caring nature and academic capabilities make me perfectly suited for the very special career that is medicine.
My two work experiences shadowing doctors confirmed that medicine was the career for me. Firstly I spent time at a small District General Hospital. Here I gained clinical exposure with different specialities learning how professionals work together to produce a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan. Endoscopy was particularly interesting as I saw how a patient's aspirin dose damaged his intestine. Additionally, I spent time at an urban hospital with a consultant Haematologist attending a multi disciplinary meeting where new patients were discussed and the best form of treatment was decided upon. Sitting in on clinics for patients with diseases such as leukaemia and lymphoma has shown me a large spectrum of the emotions and experiences of a doctor. I witnessed a doctor informing a patient that he had lymphoma, this was understandably upsetting for the patient and I saw how the doctor broke the news in a compassionate way. This highlighted the importance of caring and sensitivity in medicine. I have work experience in a residential care home: helping make the beds, serve meals and assist the residents. This has improved my listening and communication skills through liaising with staff and helping residents with their needs. In addition I volunteered at a pharmacy where I witnessed the importance of drugs in medicine. I dealt with customers and collected drugs from prescriptions; this improved my team work skills and ability to follow instructions. I currently work at Breathing Spaces, helping out on social trips for people with learning disabilities. I love contributing as it lets me make a difference, however small, on the member's lives, dealing with issues ranging from minor to more serious ones e.g. I attended a course on dealing with epilepsy.
School is a big part of my life in both academic and extra curricular disciplines. My A-Level choices reflect my interest in the sciences; I find them both stimulating and enjoyable. My Open University Course has developed my self motivation helping me achieve success through independent study. The course allowed me to broaden my learning about a topic that interests me. I like to take part in activities through school e.g. I was a member of the winning inter form quiz team; this has improved my ability to think on my feet. I am also a Year 10 Mentor with a role of helping students acclimatise to their new school environment and discuss any issues they are concerned about.
As part of being a patrol leader at my local explorer scouts, I organise night and camp activities. My favourite part of scouting is camping as I enjoy the challenges it provides, such as incident hikes which require initiative and determination. Through scouts I have completed my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. I took a leading role in the planning of the expedition, organising meetings to plan the route and select food, this required diplomacy and team work skills. For my 'Service' I worked at a charity shop. Additionally I enjoy playing badminton, football and going biking.
To conclude I have worked hard to achieve my goals and look forward to the challenges of becoming a doctor. I have a great deal of passion for studying medicine backed up by knowledge about what the job entails. My experiences have given me an insight into this extremely interesting and demanding career. I have a caring personality but I can also step up to the demands placed on me, prioritise my time effectively and behave in a mature way; skills I am determined to take forward into a professional career in medicine.
I've always had an aptitude for Maths and my AS and A2 studies have definitely increased my knowledge of and interest in its applications, particularly in Physics. I feel that the diversity of Mathematics coupled with the satisfaction to be gained in understanding and solving mathematical problems makes it an ideal choice for higher learning. I have always particularly enjoyed pure Mathematics, however, during my Physics studies and when taking additional Maths modules, I discovered an interest in mechanics, which I find the most enjoyable part of my A2 Physics studies so far.
In my AS year, I took Chemistry, Maths, Physics and English Literature; all of which were enjoyable. However, the practical element of the Chemistry course persuaded me not to study it for A2; instead I chose to concentrate on my other subjects. Although English Literature seems not to complement Maths or Physics, I found it to be useful in developing my essay writing and coursework skills. I enjoy reading and found the poetry wider reading highly enjoyable, but particularly loved 'Hamlet', which is my favourite Shakespeare play so far. In my own time I have recently been reading 'The Rape of the Lock', a heroic-comedic poem by 'Alexander Pope', which I found to be an extremely good read, owing to Pope's sheer cleverness.
I have a keen interest in travel and have applied for an individuals 'World Challenge expedition to the Andes and the Amazon as a substitute for a gap year. The expedition will last for four weeks and will include community and project work, trekking, and experiencing the culture and wildlife. I am raising money myself to fund the visit and am looking at this opportunity as a means of broadening my horizons, experiencing new things, challenging myself, meeting new people and gaining some more independence before university. I have spent a majority of the previous two summers working at Lightwater Valley, a theme park, which has been immensely rewarding. I've been asked to return next season and I plan to work weekends when it re-opens in March. It has helped me hone my punctuality and time-keeping skills and also taught me to manage my own money wisely. I've also loved the company of most of the two hundred or so other summer workers and made some amazing friends, which is my main motivation for returning to work in the spring. Last winter I worked at my local Woolworth's while the theme park was closed, which built on my confidence and people skills. However, I decided to concentrate on my sixth form studies this winter instead of working as I had saved enough money over the summer to last until I start earning again. In what remains of my free time, I enjoy music, socialising, and, as I have already mentioned, reading.
I wasn't offered an opportunity for work experience during my GCSE studies because I studied two languages in my GCSE years in the time usually allowed for one. Instead, I organised work experience in my own time; I worked in my local Oxfam and helped out once a week in a local primary school teaching basic Maths to young children, which was rewarding and built my people skills. As a consequence of this, I have considered teaching as a career as I feel it would be rewarding and enjoyable, though I would like to specialise in Maths and Physics for an older age group. Having said this, I'm aware there are many other opportunities for Maths and Physics graduates.
Although I appreciate that my AS and A2 studies have been a great opportunity to further my knowledge, I am now thinking ahead to a new challenge at university where I aim to add further depth to my understanding of Mathematics and Physics.