5 must do’s in your personal statement

What to write in Personal Statement for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application?
You have decided that it worth trying and are now preparing your application for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa to the Tech City UK to get endorsement in digital technology.
There are Guidelines, regularly updated by this body so you need strictly follow them.
However, there are still a lot of assumptions and unique questions regarding all of the parts of the application. Even with so detailed guidelines.
Hence, today I decided again to write my five extra thoughts on personal statement. By the way, I have wrote about the personal statement in details before. I even made a brief instruction how to write the personal statement for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa. However, there are still plenty of topics to cover.

1. Write about your future, not your past

Please, do not write your CV in plain text as your personal statement for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. The experts from the endorsement panel at Tech City UK do not need a repeat of your professional biography.
Speaking again about the guidelines I want to point your attention only to one, page 12. It has five clear questions you must answer. Dot.

Here are all of them:

  • Why do you want to come to the UK?
  • What will your occupation be in the UK?
  • Which region or city of the UK are you planning to live in?
  • How will the UK digital technology sector benefit from your work?
  • What are your long-term plans in the UK?

As you see, almost all of these key questions here have the word “will”. Hence, you need to speak more about your future goals, not about your past achievements even if they are huge.

2. Follow the correct ratio

Having a roadmap of the five main questions you need to write approximately the same amount of text, answering every of them.
In my case I even have done a new paragraph clearly clarifying every issue of discussion – reason for coming, what I will do in the UK, choice of the city, what value I will add to the UK digital technology sector and, finally, – a paragraph about long-term plans.
In proportion of writing about past : future in my statement I had something like 1:4.

3. Your achievements as a basis for your future wins

You can write about the past achievements in relation to your next goals. It will not be assessed as your whole personal statement is about your past. At the same time, you will demonstrate your step-after-step approach to professional career.
For example, after 4 successful case studies of application of my solution for testing crop fertilizers in Ukraine and the US (reference letters are attached), I see the potential benefits of entering into the agritech market of the United Kingdom.

4. Less glossy – sweety – fluffy adjectives, please

There are no need to repeat that the United Kingdom is one of the most interesting and attractive countries. And you may not write that the digital field in the UK is amazing. Also, you allow to miss the sentence where you write about bright opportunities and enormous number of potential users in the market.
Be precise in your statement – more facts, less empty words.
For example, UK is interesting and attractive country for my startup in precision agriculture because in 2013 UK Govermental Agri-Tech Strategy declared a new stage of development for agriculture and my project will support it.

5. Bring your value to the industry and the United Kingdom

To cut my wordcount I will show you just an example.
I had interest in agriculture technologies, hence, almost all of my statement paragraphs – about city to live, future business plans, my potential influence on industry – I have built based on this precise point.
Remember: for any authority – it is always easier and safer not to endorse you and not to give some kind of permission. Hence, this is your task to show that they can loose a talent (I mean you). Write in your statement not obvious facts from your CV but some excited plans for the next couple of years. Hence, they will have reasons also believe in your ability to reach the stars and be Tier 1 Exceptional Talent.
Good luck with your application.

Author: Andrii Seleznov

This blog is written by Andrii Seleznov. Andrii is a Tech Nation Visa Ambassador and holder of Tier 1 Exceptional Promise visa. He is an experienced entrepreneur, professional engineer, founder and CTO at Petiole and Alumni Mentor at GIST Tech-I Competition

4 thoughts on “5 must do’s in your personal statement”

  1. Hi Andrii,

    Thanks for such extensive information and time you spent writing helpful articles.

    Would you please kindly answer few my questions I have emailed to you.

    Sincerely,

    Melis

    1. Hi Melis, thanks for contacting me. I have got your questions regarding Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application and will do my best to answer within next couple of days.
      In touch!

      Sincerely,
      Andrii Seleznov

    1. Hi Gokhan, thanks for your question. Personally I recommend to start with a past as a basis for the future. I have done this and wrote about my achievements and then wrote how these milestones are important for my life and work in the UK. However, I need to focus your attention to the ratio: you should not write too much about your past. Even not a half of your personal statement. The best way is even to write a sentence or two about past and then exactly in the same paragraph write about UK perspective of this past experience.

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