Your statement of purpose should convince the faculty on the selection committee that you truly deserve and are committed to achieving your degree and attaining success in your graduate / post graduate study.
The first and most crucial step for applying to any University is writing your statement of purpose. This is your one chance to convince your chosen University that you are the candidate they are looking for. But when it comes to oneself, it is quite challenging to put down your achievements on paper and explain why you deserve the seat among hundred other applications. To make it easier on you, we’ve put down a step-by-step guide on how to write a winning SOP.
We’ve broken down the SOP into five simple parts, each of which requires you to focus on a different aspect. Try to be on-point as you have only around five hundred words to play with. Also keep it simple and realistic.
In the first paragraph you need to introduce yourself; this is your opportunity to showcase your unique personality that leaves an impression on the minds of the reader. You can use a statement or a quote you follow or believe or can relate to which reflects your beliefs. Then, straight head to which course you want to apply for and why. Give a little background about yourself and explain why you’ve chosen the given field of study.
2. Past qualifications
In the next paragraph you speak about your past qualifications. Go deep to explain how this has helped you gain the skills that you possess and how that would in turn help you on the current course you wish to pursue. You would also want to argue about the fact how your past studies will impact your current choice specially incase you plan on changing your line of study or wish to get a Master’s degree and further your education.
3. Work experience
This is a very imporatnt section if you plan on pursuing your post graduate studies. Here you outline any work experience you have attained thus far. This could include anything from an internship to a full time job. Again focus on the skills developed on the job relating the same to the degree you want to pursue and how it would help you. Also entail the fact how your work experience helped you shape your interest in the chosen field of study or made you develop a yearning to further your education.
4. Your achievements:
Here you go beyond the basics and show who you are outside your work and academic achievements. Talk about your hobbies and interests, any voluntary experiences, short courses undertaken by you along the way. This is your space to bring your personality to life whether it is your cooking skills or playing an instrument or your talents like singing or ballroom dancing. By doing so you can showcase how you stand out from the rest and what you can bring to the table as compared to an average applicant and emphasise on the fact how these skills would complement your studies.
5. The Future:
In the final paragraph you focus on the future. Talk about how studying this new degree would maximise your career prospects and help you achieve your goals. Make a strong case why studying this programme holds utmost importance in realising your ambitions. While stating this also emphasise on the fact why you chose that particular University and that would boost your CV. For international students – you need to touch the fact why you have chosen to study in that particular country amongst the several options available. Incase if the opportunity was not available in your home country, highlight the same, how this would give you an edge over the rest. If studying abroad would give you a global approach and new look at how you look at things, mention your reason. Here’s your chance to argue your case and use this opportunity to the best of your capability.
Cover all these points and you have a winning SOP, that will take you a step closer to your dreams.
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