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How do I write a personal statement for a Masters or Postgraduate application

11-Oct-2018 11:49:00 / by Stafford Global

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When applying for a postgraduate degree such as an MBA, Master in Education in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, or a Bachelor of Education in Dubai, a personal statement is an important part of that process. However, it is not the only important component of your Masters application.

Not every university will ask you to write a personal statement but if you were asked, it would be the first point of introduction to the school you are applying for. The school you are applying for can assess your personality from your personal statement. Therefore, a personal statement should reflect not just your person, but also your intellectual strengths and perspective. You should sell yourself in the best possible way.

The school should take one look at your personal statement and be certain that you are of the right calibre to complete an education degree in Dubai, or any other part of the world.

For example, to be trained on a postgraduate teaching course, your personal statement should reflect your values as it relates to the teaching profession.

Good personal statements take time to create and bad ones are capable of hurting your chances of being accepted into a Masters program.

Not to worry, the essence of this article is to show you how to write a personal statement.

Before writing a personal statement, note that it is a little different from a statement of intent. This is because it does not only focus on your academic credentials or future research interests. It gives you more room to be personal.

Elements of a good personal statement include these four main points:

  1. It has a clear narrative. It conveys in clear terms, how you are the best candidate for that graduate programme. Here, you should tell the university what you bring to the field of study and the programme. You can even go as far as giving reasons why you have some weakness in your application. However, the purpose of this is to show strength and resilience and not give excuses. It is important to keep this point in mind.
  2. A good personal statement conveys its message using specific examples. Here you could pinpoint experiences that make you who you are, or scholarly work you have done in the past that influences your career path.
  3. Your personal statement should show that you possess good writing skills. Therefore, avoid grammatical and typographical errors. Also, communicate your message in an unambiguous way. Avoid the use of big words where they do not belong. Also, do without clich├ęs and gimmicks.
  4. Your personal statement should not be overly personal. In other words, do not over share. Things like intimate relationships, illegal activities or bodily contacts, have no place in a personal statement.

Finally, after taking note of these points, start your personal statement with an attention-grabbing opening. Be engaging and strike a medium between personal and professional, in a conversational tone.

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