Statement of Purpose – Guidelines
The Statement of Purpose must focus on future career plans, reason for taking this course and your past study. It should give an overview about yourself, your mindset and also your quality of English.
This statement forms a vital part of your application and helps the University to assess an application. It should include:
- The reason why you wish to study your chosen subject
- Any experience you have to past study related to your chosen subject.
- Any employment experience.
- The reasons you wish to study in the UK.
- Your ambitions / goals / expectations.
- Personal and other areas of interest (Hobbies, sports, social or leisure).
- Any other information, which you feel, will support your application
The statement should be approximately 350 words. You should be clear and genuine in your writing as far as possible and check thoroughly for spelling and grammar mistakes before submitting to make it error free.
We mention below in brief, steps that you can use to draft a good statement of purpose. Please note that these are only guidelines and are not intended to stifle your creativity. Our purpose in giving you these guidelines is to give you a sense of direction in terms of the required content.
The first paragraph could consist of your name, a personal philosophy/motto if you like, a little about your personality, your area of strength and finally your personal interests (hobbies/sports). You could also use this as an opportunity to acknowledge your family to be the source of motivation, encouragement and tremendous support. If you plan to take your spouse and/or your children along or for that matter, leave them behind ensure that you provide convincing explanations for the same.
In chronological order, mention all of your academic achievements with the respective dates. Mention the medium of instruction in school and in college. Include those projects
Research, internships and training undertaken during your period of study connected to your proposed area of study. Mention your academic strengths, highlighting achievements and receipt of any awards, rank and scholarships in the relevant field if applicable.
Explain shifts in education interests, instances of weak academic performance repeated failures, and consistent ‘achievement of low marks and breaks in education, if any. If there is a similar course available in India, you will have to elaborate your reasons for not wanting to enroll in it in India. Concrete and substantial links must be established, between your previous academic background and your proposed course of study.
In case of relevant work experience, a connection must be established with the proposed course of study. In the event of break/s in employment, mention and provide an explanation for the same. If you are working with the family business, highlight the scope and application of the proposed course of study in relation to the family’s business interests.
Highlight Purpose for Proposed Course of Study
Mention the actual reasons for taking the proposed course, properly indicating your wish to specialize in the particular field as applicable. Highlight the reasons for choosing UK as well as the particular institution of study.
You will have to explain explicitly why you want to pursue your chosen course of study (do include an outline of your course) in the Institution in UK and how on its completion, it will help you in your career pathways. This point is absolutely essential and it must be explained very clearly. Mention your career aspirations, both short-term and long-term and how the UK qualification will help you achieve them. Also mention your plans upon your return to India, whether you have a family business to return to or if you wish to join a firm or set up a business concern of your own. Please remember that your goals should be concrete and realistic and based on sound inferences.
Finally you can mention how you did find about the programme at the university you are applying for and any special reasons in choosing the same .Conclude by requesting the Institution to admit you into the program of your choice.
Strategies for success -the personal statement
Your personal statement provides you with the opportunity to distinguish yourself from all the other highly qualified people and is of major importance. A good Statement of Purpose is a very important part of the application since it gives the School Admissions Committee the best opportunity to evaluate the full range of the Experience and knowledge you bring in your pursuit of a professional degree and the Appropriateness of their school to your objectives. The Statement of Purpose should be concise, well-written essay covering three distinct areas relating to you:
Open with a summary statement of your preparedness, then describe your background, education, and community and the reasons you became interested in the profession of your choice. Briefly discuss your academic preparation (including lab or Research), relevant work, and other experiences, i.e., volunteer work. Make sure to tell the reader what you gained from these experiences – what qualities you have developed. Discuss how the school will help you meet your educational and career goal. State your skills, your strengths, and your uniqueness. Be positive and not apologetic. However, explain any significant lapses in your academic record. After reviewing with Career Center, family, friends, make sure the final copy is Proofread for errors.
Do’s & Don’ts
- Don’t underestimate the importance of the essay (A very common mistake).
- Don’t underestimate the length of time it will take to write your statement.
- Don’t have someone else write it for you! There are ethical issues involved here, but you are also the best spokesperson for yourself.
- Don’t list everything you have ever done. There is usually a place on the application to list your activities.
- Avoid giving unnecessary details. The statement should read smoothly.
- Don’t mention your interest for one particular school in a general application that is being sent to many schools and vice a versa.
- Keep a journal of your work and volunteer experience.
- Get an early start. This cannot be stressed enough.
- Be honest, consistent and straightforward.
- Be specific, not general.
- Be comfortable with the image of your self that you’re presenting.
- Pay attention to detail – absolutely no spelling or grammatical errors.
- Your statement must be neat and error free. No excuses . . . you must make a good impression.
- A summary of your accomplishments first
- Background information – people and events that influenced your decision.
- Learning experience(s) that serve as a foundation for your choice of career
- Where you picked up first-hand information/experience about the field
- Your own appraisal of yourself (strengths, weaknesses, uniqueness)
- Leadership role activities
- Career objectives and goals
- Let your personality and individuality come through. Give insight on your hopes, goals, motivations and dedication. Be interesting and unique. Do not be afraid to let your passion and commitment to a career come through.
- Take the opportunity to explain anything you feel might raise questions (e.g., a weak academic quarter . . . Explain what was going on in your life, if a personal or academic issue affected you).
- Be responsible for your own background. Don’t discuss or compare your self to the application standards or other students.
- Have someone else read your statement but be careful of advice. Get two or three different opinions. Remember, it is your personal statement but other opinions and professional advice can make the difference in gaining acceptance.
- Write a draft, edit, and re-write as many times as needed.
- Make the essay look good. This makes it easier and more enjoyable to read. Follow the guidelines for length, margins, and do not use too small a font. You can squeeze more on a page that way, but readers see hundreds of statements and don’t have time to deal with smallfont.Keep a photocopy of each essay you write. You need to keep a copy of every single piece of your application. It is imperative you have copies of everything, both for your own reference before you go to an interview and as documentation in case someone else loses or misplaces your application. This has happened to students, and you do not want to have to recreate anything. Keep paper copies in addition to disc copies.
- Read your essay before an interview. Make sure you know what you wrote.
- Be prepared to discuss and defend essay points during the interview.
- Schools prefer unique essays so avoid copying any others