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The importance of extra-academic activities in CV Watch

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    I was wondering how important it is to include extra-academic activities when preparing your Curriculum Vitae (at postgraduate level, specially when applying to a Masters in Science and PhD) for UK universities. What do you think?
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    (Original post by maromad89)
    I was wondering how important it is to include extra-academic activities when preparing your Curriculum Vitae (at postgraduate level, specially when applying to a Masters in Science and PhD) for UK universities. What do you think?
    You should always have a bit in your CV on your interests (usually at the end, just before "references on request").

    Just keep it short and sweet - small paragraph or couple of bullet points.

    Whatever you use your CV for - applying for a job or a course, people want interesting well-rounded people not just people who love to study!

    Good luck

    Beth
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    Yes, maybe the key is to keep it short and clear, but not to overload the CV with unnecesary information. I´ve to admit Í´ve always thought of this "extra-curricular" addition as a somehow unprofessional thing, so I tend to be a little worried about including this or not. But well, I think I´ll take your advice...

    Thank you very much!

    (Original post by bethan2)
    You should always have a bit in your CV on your interests (usually at the end, just before "references on request").

    Just keep it short and sweet - small paragraph or couple of bullet points.

    Whatever you use your CV for - applying for a job or a course, people want interesting well-rounded people not just people who love to study!

    Good luck

    Beth
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    (Original post by maromad89)
    Yes, maybe the key is to keep it short and clear, but not to overload the CV with unnecesary information. I´ve to admit Í´ve always thought of this "extra-curricular" addition as a somehow unprofessional thing, so I tend to be a little worried about including this or not.
    Pick interesting hobbies and link them to relevant skills. For example, if you're going for some leadership position somewhere they might want somebody confident, so you'd do well to mention you act in your local amateur dramatics group. Or maybe if you're applying for a job in R&D they might look favourably on somebody who designs those little wooden puzzles for a hobby. It shouldn't be hard to get from the things you enjoy to job-relevant skills.
 
 
 
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