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wondering if any body had any good ideas, or tips from those who have written personal statements for engineering or computer sciences. I would really appreciate links to some good PS guide websites etc. I am starting my Personal statement this summer.
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i applied to do Civil engineering, and i know it sounds cheesy, but i think the general jist of my PS was "the importance of engineering and technological advancements on modern day society". I banged on about this at interview too, and you could tell all the interviewers were like "yeah... we need to be apreciated. we are important!"
also, if you've been to a less developed country, you can rattle off about how you came to appreciate the true importance of engineers as the country was less technologically advanced due to a lack of engineers.
If you haven't got any work experience yet, go get some somewhere related to any form of engineering and talk about how it was beneficial to you (i.e. i said that my electrical engineering work experience was beneficial in giving me the insight into the electrical industry, and what aspects of engineering are common). If you have work experience in the field you want to go on to, that's even better.
Team-work, creativity, problem solving and flexibility are other factors you should mention that you have.
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I applied for Comp Sci last year. If you've got any programming experience, definetly mention that. Also mention things you look forward to learning on the course.
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I applied for Comp Sci last year. If you've got any programming experience, definetly mention that. Also mention things you look forward to learning on the course.
As Nylex says, for CS some programming experience is always a very good starting point. I would also try and work in something about what you are looking to do after you get your degree and how you A-Levels have developed your interest in CS. Also remember that the admissions tutors will be seeing the words "I have an interest in CS because" and "I enjoy logical thinking and maths" almost constantly so try not to fall into any of the bland statements such as these.
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As Nylex says, for CS some programming experience is always a very good starting point. I would also try and work in something about what you are looking to do after you get your degree and how you A-Levels have developed your interest in CS. Also remember that the admissions tutors will be seeing the words "I have an interest in CS because" and "I enjoy logical thinking and maths" almost constantly so try not to fall into any of the bland statements such as these.
With programming, just make sure you don't just say "I've used xxxx language", but give examples of what you've done in whatever language it is. It doesn't have to be anything too complicated. Hehe, I managed to start my PS last year with something like, "I have applied for Computer Science because..", but yeah, I guess that does get repetitive. Also try not to start every sentence with "I".
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With programming, just make sure you don't just say "I've used xxxx language", but give examples of what you've done in whatever language it is. It doesn't have to be anything too complicated. Hehe, I managed to start my PS last year with something like, "I have applied for Computer Science because..", but yeah, I guess that does get repetitive. Also try not to start every sentence with "I".
I seems to remember starting my PS with some overtly pretentious twaddle about the "relevence and diversity" of computer science. :rolleyes: I was ordered by my tutor to redraft my PS because I over-used "I". In the end I just came up with different more inventive ways to love myself.
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wow... that was really helpful. Thanks guys

I was wondering where to find the topics that will be covered at the University can be found. Cause it wont be very cool if i go on about what i want to learn, if they dont offer it!

Which engineering degress has the best job prospects currently?
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wow... that was really helpful. Thanks guys

I was wondering where to find the topics that will be covered at the University can be found. Cause it wont be very cool if i go on about what i want to learn, if they dont offer it!
Which universities are you looking at? There should be info in their prospectuses and it should be quite easy to find module lists on their websites.
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