Your Personal Development Statement
Below you will find the first stage of a progress file. This will allow you to record your academic study, work experience and extra-curricular activities. Try to complete it in as much detail as possible.
Identify the important things you have done in each aspect of your life. Describe the
things you have done, including any responsibility you have taken.
Note down any skills or personal qualities that might be of interest to employers. Use the hints to give you ideas of what type of information to include in each section.
WHY A PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT STATEMENT?
- It will allow you to make a detailed audit of your experiences and achievements. You can target those qualities, skills and experiences which you wish to expand. This will form a good basis for helping you to decide on your future career direction.
- It will help you to develop a clear idea of your goals when you have finished studying and thus help you to motivate yourself in your studies for your degree.
- It will provide an excellent basis for a CV or an application form, providing almost all the important information that you need to select from to make an effective application. It will also serve as a useful reminder when preparing for interviews and meetings with employers or academic staff.
- Once you have completed it you may like to give a copy to your tutor. They will keep this as part of your records. When your tutor acts as your referee, they will be asked to comment on your strengths, accomplishments and personal qualities, and they will be able to do this much more effectively if they have a copy of your Progress File in front of them at the time.
After completion click on the "SUBMIT FORM" button at the bottom, you can then save your results by clicking on the FILE menu (top left of screen) and then on SAVE AS. You can save it to your computer or on to a USB stick. The file will be saved as an .htm file which you can then open in MS Word, to edit or add to.
"We recruit graduates from a wide range of degree disciplines. Although degrees with an element of computing experience are relevant for the more technical positions, many Arts graduates prove to be just as successful in these areas."