Hi, am applying for a Scholarship in a UK University and I need to market myself. I look forward to suggestions and corrections.The Personal Statement should be between 250-500 words and answer:
1.Why have you chosen to apply to the University of XXX to study this subject?
2.Which personal qualities do you possess that will help you to successfully complete this programme of study?
3.How will studying this programme help you when you return home and in your future career?
self presentation essay
Listening to my mother mumbling when the gas bottle ran out while she was cooking and listening to people talking about Mozambique tremendous potential in natural resources aroused my interest in developing skills related to their exploration. Doing my bachelor in Physics, I understood that I wanted to be a modern geophysicist with solid fundamentals, field experience and skills in quantitative analyses and interpretation of geophysical data. Surveying for UK Universities, I perceived that XXX could be a home for my interests in addition of being in a safe and affordable city. When I found that YYY the author of articles about seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers was one of XXX's experts, my desire to be part of XXX were amplified.
At university, when professors asked questions that the class didn't know the answer, I was in some cases capable to answer or contribute to it, thanks to my proactive and autodidact spirit. I was Assistant Coordinator of a group created to take Astronomy out of the classroom. I headed the group in the International Asteroid Search Campaign cataloguing unknown asteroids and in the expositions were I established strong relationships. While studying, I got a job as a teacher were I developed my interpersonal, management and communication skills that helped me to be persuasive in the class, seminars and in daily situations.
In March 2015, I got an internship at a consultancy and three months later, they offered me a full-time job as a geophysicist and according to the director it was due to the computer skills, flexibility and potential seen in me. Since then, I've been working as a geophysicist travelling around Mozambique collecting, analysing and interpreting data. In 2016 I had my biggest challenge when I was assigned the task to lead the field teams in the construction of 300 boreholes for water supply. By becoming available to discuss about professional and personal issues and with my spirit naturally optimistic, my passion for challenge and the support of my network, I could successfully manage the teams.
By studying Geophysics in this global hub, I'll constantly develop familiarity with international standards, strong cross-cultural communications, different leadership styles and interpersonal skills, what will give me better chances to secure a job in Mozambique, were I will progress to a senior role in management. With my experience, contacts and skills developed, I'll make partnerships to create a geophysical company. We'll offer a diverse range of services, cooperate with the government in the better regularization of natural resources sector in order to allow natural resources revenues and make agreements with Universities to accept internships.
This programme will be very intense and challenging but my journey as a student, assistant coordinator, teacher and geophysicist taught me to meet deadlines and take initiative on personal and professional development. Am sure that XXX will wide my perspectives and give me bases to cooperate with the government in challenging situations, continue to grow and contribute for prosperity of my country as a geophysicist.