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    Hi,

    Do you think its worth adding on my personal statement that I'm gaining my private pilot license as a extra curricular activity?

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    (Original post by jameshburton)
    Hi,

    Do you think its worth adding on my personal statement that I'm gaining my private pilot license as a extra curricular activity?

    James
    For which course?

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    (Original post by jameshburton)
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    You can make it relevant. (Navigation, etc.)

    But I wouldn't make it a key element.
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    Wow, that is some extra-curricular!

    But no, I don't think it's worth it unless you have leftover space where you can talk about personal interests.
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    (Original post by jameshburton)
    Hi,

    Do you think its worth adding on my personal statement that I'm gaining my private pilot license as a extra curricular activity?

    James
    Yes! It's something that can make your application stand out, and highlights your uniqueness. I wouldn't go in to detail but just add it to a line where you talk about your extra curriculars


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    (Original post by jameshburton)
    Hi,

    Do you think its worth adding on my personal statement that I'm gaining my private pilot license as a extra curricular activity?

    James
    It is only worth adding if you have a couple of lines left and want to put your hobbies in. It isn't relevant to your degree and it doesn't really provide any "rounded student" soft skills.

    If you do put it in, be sure to spell licence correctly or it will do more harm than good.
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    (Original post by Ethereal)
    It is only worth adding if you have a couple of lines left and want to put your hobbies in. It isn't relevant to your degree and it doesn't really provide any "rounded student" soft skills.

    If you do put it in, be sure to spell licence correctly or it will do more harm than good.
    I'm not sure where you are coming from when you say that being a pilot doesn't provide any relevant soft skills. Can you explain more?

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    (Original post by jameshburton)
    I'm not sure where you are coming from when you say that being a pilot doesn't provide any relevant soft skills. Can you explain more?

    James
    It doesn't make you more able to add to university life/ the course. It doesn't give you interpersonal skills etc.
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    (Original post by Ethereal)
    It doesn't make you more able to add to university life/ the course. It doesn't give you interpersonal skills etc.
    It shows you are able to study and grow in other ways than just the standard academic school work.

    I can list a number of positive things it shows:
    - other interests
    - time management
    - focus
    - commitment
    - drive to do more than the standard
    - passion

    Shall I continue? OP, it's not an every day hobby, so can make you stand out (I mean it's not going to get you the offer alone, but when you have 2 identical candidates, things like hobbies and what they show could be the clincher (for all the reasons above)).


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    (Original post by mizzsnazzter)
    - other interests
    As I said, throw it in hobbies if there is space

    - time management
    not really. having a private pilot's licence doesn't show you can manage your time effectively

    - focus
    not really. at best this will say "look, here's more proof on top of the fact I'm predicted to get the grades you want to show I can focus on something.

    - commitment
    no more than the "throw it in if you have room in the hobbies line" suggests

    - drive to do more than the standard
    - passion
    :rolleyes: it isn't a speech for a beauty pageant

    Shall I continue? OP, it's not an every day hobby, so can make you stand out (I mean it's not going to get you the offer alone, but when you have 2 identical candidates, things like hobbies and what they show could be the clincher (for all the reasons above)).
    none of the things you have listed are examples of being well-rounded, nor does this add to them over and above the fact the OP is managing to do a-levels which will lead to a place on a physics degree.
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    (Original post by mizzsnazzter)
    Shall I continue? OP, it's not an every day hobby, so can make you stand out (I mean it's not going to get you the offer alone, but when you have 2 identical candidates, things like hobbies and what they show could be the clincher (for all the reasons above)).
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    I agree that it's worth mentioning briefly but I really doubt that it's going to be a clincher.

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