Charlie is a graduate, looking to apply for an Admissions Officer role, and has been asked to submit a Personal Statement as part of his application. He has not been given a word limit, and the statement will be sent as an individual document when he applies.
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Having worked in admissions for quite a while now, I feel comfortable that I fill the requirements for this post.
In India I assisted students with their UCAS applications. The educational structure of the country is very different to that of the UK, so writing a personal statement is very difficult for students there. I would work with people applying for undergraduate courses and also postgraduate courses, so I am familiar with the differences between the two. Students would also be of different cultural backgrounds and require different things, so I had to be aware of that when speaking with them.
I know a great deal about overseas qualifications and the standard of English from applicants given that my last place of work dealt in such things. This is important within admissions as international students tend to make up a significant proportion of the student body, and so someone needs to be able to interpret their grades. Without this background, it would be difficult to work out whether a foreign student was really capable of rising to the challenge of studying abroad.
In addition to this, I used to work in a recruitment company. Although this wouldn’t be working with students in education, I do still believe that it is relevant experience nonetheless. Some applicants would also be looking into postgraduate courses, and so I would also assist them with these. As a measure of my success I was by far the best salesperson within my team, and this came as a direct result of my people-skills.
Overall, my experiences have provided me with broad reaching experiences that can now be applied to a variety of different situations within admissions. I would be interested to develop this further within your Centre because I clearly, as you can note from my CV, work well with people and enjoy helping them reach their goals.
Application Supporting Statement - Admissions Officer
With a thorough background in admissions, both to UK Universities and into the job market, I have a great deal of experience from which to draw with regards to the particulars of this post. Each role has required a consistent level of communication between departments, perhaps most notably my work in India where I would be liaising with all members of staff, from teachers at a separate campus to the company CEO and Marketing Director.
To highlight the experiences of my post whilst in India, my role would find me assisting students with their UCAS applications, and in particular their personal statements, for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. As such, I am very familiar with the requirements for a successful University application, to the extent that I have provided presentations on this in schools, and also attended school career events as the reference point for those students wishing to apply to the UK.
The role of Consultant that I held there focused on advising candidates from a plethora of backgrounds, differing in nationality, schooling and future aims. Not only, therefore, would I be more than capable of dealing with any particular requests via phone and e-mail, but additionally can relate answers to individual queries, rather than simply provide generic information for the potential applicant. I would also run mock interviews with my clients and thus would be familiar with the requirements needed to assist academic staff in this regard.
Overseas qualifications and the requirement of English Language courses are also known to me. My previous company provides official courses, thus I know from score breakdowns precisely how strong a student’s linguistic skills are. In terms of additional qualifications, many countries have several different schooling options, and having worked with students from Singapore, Malaysia, India, China and many more, researching these to find how they relate to UK standards is now second nature to me.
This can be supplemented with my previous work in a recruitment company. Whilst this saw me assisting in the job market primarily, many would come seeking postgraduate application advice. Additionally, clients were of many different nationalities, thus I am aware to a degree of the huge diversity of schooling paths applicants take, and how to mitigate for these during applications. As I would be involved in Sales as part of my role, I am comfortable not only in providing the advisory resource to my clients, but additionally with numerical data and its input onto data systems. At any one time I would be working with up to 20 immediate clients, all of whom had registered with me personally after an introductory meeting to our services. Clients had to be comfortable in the knowledge that their finances were being put to good use, and as a result upon my departure I had played the foremost role in acquiring 70% of all departmental financial income.
Overall, my experiences have provided me with broad reaching experiences that can now be applied to a variety of different situations within admissions. I would be interested to develop this further within your Centre as it offers a new challenge in the types of clients I would be dealing with. It is this that principally attracts me to the role, as from my attached CV it can be noted that developing and providing the resources for a clients to develop their potential has been a consistent theme throughout my working life.
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