7 MUST have skills to demonstrate in your personal statement
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7 MUST have skills you need to show in your personal statement:


Your personal statement is an embodiment of you and your character. When someone reads it, they should be able to picture you and have an accurate understanding of who you are, what you do and what you aspire to become. You need to be able to demonstrate that you are individual with your own story and have built your life towards what it is you want to pursue in the future. Every person has characteristics unique to themselves and your personal statement is your opportunity to display this.


Everyone's journey is life is different. It is the experiences that you have gone through in life that have shaped who you are and created you into the person you are today. You need to speak about your experiences, showing how these have helped to broaden your interest in your chosen subject/course choice. Sometimes there may be activities that you have taken part in or things that you have done which you think are not of much importance, however, there is always a way that you can incorporate what you have done, into a learning experience.


There are many skills that are vital to show in your personal statement. Some of the most important being communication, team-working, leadership and interpersonal skills. These are the skills which will allow you to not only develop yourself, but also to help in the development of other people. Someone who is able to help have a positive impact on others lives is somebody universities will want. Having these skills not only demonstrates that you are someone who pushes themselves to always improve and strive for the highest accomplishments, but also shows that you have the ability to help encourage others to develop these skills.

In addition to the skills I have mentioned, you must think about the specific skillset required from someone who is working in the field that you would like to go into. Whether that be medicine, finance, business etc. although they will always have skills that overlap, there are always going to be individualized skills which are tailored to match that particular role.

Having a range of skills also demonstrates that you know what it takes to go into the field you are wishing to pursue and that is a quality universities will love to see in you.


Universities want to see that you have a real passion for the subject/ course that you want to study. You need to demonstrate this by speaking about things you have done whilst working towards this career choice. This can be demonstrated in a number of way; through reading, writing, volunteering or any other activities which you believe shows your love for the subject. 

Without have a drive for something, it will never be done to the best of your ability, that is why it is vital that you can show your passion for the subject, as it will enable you to excel once you are enrolled into the course.


There is a big difference between simply stating something, and on reflecting on that same matter. The experiences that you have been through, I am sure, have been enlightening and beneficial for you. However, by only describing what you have done, it does not allow the reader to really get a idea of your thinking process and that is what universities are most interested in. 

By showing how your experiences have had an impact on you, what you learnt from those experience and what you are going to do moving forwards, it will allow readers to understand how you are going to use your experiences to move forwards in your career.


From your personal statement you need to be able to show all of your qualities. In particular how the strengths that you have are going to enable you to become successful in the career pathway that you aspire towards.

Even if you do not believe you have refined a certain skill yet, recognising it's importance, talking about it and explaining how you are working towards building that skill, will look amazing on your personal statement.


From the first sentence to the last sentence, you need to grasp the reader's attention. Every line in your personal statement needs to have significance behind it and your introduction will set the tone for the rest of your personal statement. There are many ways you can start your personal statement, you need to find a style which suits you best, whether that be something about yourself, an interest in the field you want to go into, or simply your love for your chosen career path, your introduction needs to have a reflection of you ingrained within it.

Conclusions are always important and in your personal statement, even more so, It needs to be a summary of all the things you have mentioned in you personal statement, condensed into two or three sentences. Your conclusion will leave the reader with a final reflection of you, so ensure it gives them that, wholeheartedly.

Finally, good luck and I am sure that if you put your heart into it, you will achieve!

Originally published 03 February 2020 , updated 05/05/2020

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