Can you write the Personal Statement by yourself?

Is it possible to write a Personal Statement for Tech Nation Visa without any support?

Probably, yes, but… In reality many of the applicants who thought they could, actually, CAN’T. They write a long text with information about themselves, their startups and their expectations; however, occasionally they miss something essential and afterwards – do not get Endorsement. So, let’s start from the basics of the Personal Statement – this critical document for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

If you are searching correctly, you have seen that I wrote a couple of articles on a similar topic here, here and here. But since repetition is the mother of skill, it is better to clarify the main aspects one more time.

Make a plan of your Personal Statement

Everyone knows about the 12 essential questions to answer in the Personal Statement. They are published in the Tech Nation Guidelines (page 25), and I will not waste your time to re-read it here. Hence, you need to create approximately 6 – 8 paragraphs to answer them. By the way, you can mix your answers and write in any order, but you must not forget to answer any of them.

Write within wordcount

To write clear Personal Statements, you need no more than 1000 words (or 7000 characters). It is approximately two sides of A4 with text in Times New Roman (12 pt). If you can cover all the points in 6000 characters, that is not bad. However, you still miss a chance to tell more about your future projects or occupation. Hence, this is not a good practice.

Keep the ratio

Using the word “ratio”, I mean an approximate size and content of every paragraph in your Personal Statement. Sure, you can write three long paragraphs and disclose the required information there. Or you can write ten paragraphs and do the same. But you need to keep your eye on what you are writing. If you focus only on your past – you will not write about your plans appropriately. However, if you will be focused exclusively on the bright future in the UK – you will miss the foundation.0Finally, you have decided that this is the right time. It worth trying and now you are preparing your application for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa to the Tech Nation (or, more correct – Home Office) to get your Endorsement in Digital Technology.

I think you have already known about Tech Nation Visa Guidelines, regularly updated by this Designated Competent Body, so you need strictly follow them.
However, there are still a lot of assumptions and different questions regarding all of the parts of the application, even with so detailed guidelines about the talent visas.
Hence, today, I decided again to write my five extra thoughts on personal statement. By the way, I have written about the Personal Statement in details before. I even made a brief instruction on how to write the Personal Statement for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa. By the way, you can find examples of Personal Statements in my Talent Visa app. 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 Nation do not need a repeat of your professional biography.
I am speaking again about the Exceptional Talent Visa Guidelines I want to point your attention only to one, page 25. It has 12 clear questions you must answer. Dot. Previously we had just five questions. However, these new 12 aspects are pretty much the same with the previous five – just asking about more details.

Here are all five main parts of Personal Statement you need to write about:

  • 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 critical 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 all of them.
In my case, I even have done a new paragraph clarifying every issue of discussion. I wrote about a 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. Finally, I wrote a paragraph about long-term plans.
In a proportion of writing about the 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 past accomplishments about 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 a professional career.
For example, after four successful case studies of the application of my solution for testing crop fertilisers 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 is no need to repeat that the United Kingdom is one of the most exciting and attractive countries. And you may not write that the digital field in the UK is fantastic. Also, you allow missing the sentence where you write about golden opportunities and an enormous number of potential users in the market.
Be precise in your statement – more facts, less empty words.
For example, the UK is an exciting and attractive country for my startup in precision agriculture because, in 2013, the UK Governmental Agri-Tech Strategy declared a new stage of development for agriculture. My project will support it.

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

To cut my word count, I will show you just an example.
I had interest in agriculture technologies, hence, almost all of my statement paragraphs – about the city to live, future business plans, my potential influence on the industry – I have built based on this precise point.
Remember: for any authority – it is always more comfortable and safer not to endorse you and not to give some permission. Hence, this is your task to show that they can lose talent (I mean you). Write in your statement, not obvious facts from your CV but for some exciting 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.Finally, you have decided that this is the right time. It worth trying and now you are preparing your application for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa to the Tech Nation (or, more correct – Home Office) to get your Endorsement in Digital Technology.

I think you have already known about Tech Nation Visa Guidelines, regularly updated by this Designated Competent Body, so you need strictly follow them.
However, there are still a lot of assumptions and different questions regarding all of the parts of the application, even with so detailed guidelines about the talent visas.
Hence, today, I decided again to write my five extra thoughts on personal statement. By the way, I have written about the Personal Statement in details before. I even made a brief instruction on how to write the Personal Statement for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa. By the way, you can find examples of Personal Statements in my Talent Visa app. 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 Nation do not need a repeat of your professional biography.
I am speaking again about the Exceptional Talent Visa Guidelines I want to point your attention only to one, page 25. It has 12 clear questions you must answer. Dot. Previously we had just five questions. However, these new 12 aspects are pretty much the same with the previous five – just asking about more details.

Here are all five main parts of Personal Statement you need to write about:

  • 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 critical 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 all of them.
In my case, I even have done a new paragraph clarifying every issue of discussion. I wrote about a 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. Finally, I wrote a paragraph about long-term plans.
In a proportion of writing about the 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 past accomplishments about 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 a professional career.
For example, after four successful case studies of the application of my solution for testing crop fertilisers 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 is no need to repeat that the United Kingdom is one of the most exciting and attractive countries. And you may not write that the digital field in the UK is fantastic. Also, you allow missing the sentence where you write about golden opportunities and an enormous number of potential users in the market.
Be precise in your statement – more facts, less empty words.
For example, the UK is an exciting and attractive country for my startup in precision agriculture because, in 2013, the UK Governmental Agri-Tech Strategy declared a new stage of development for agriculture. My project will support it.

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

To cut my word count, I will show you just an example.
I had interest in agriculture technologies, hence, almost all of my statement paragraphs – about the city to live, future business plans, my potential influence on the industry – I have built based on this precise point.
Remember: for any authority – it is always more comfortable and safer not to endorse you and not to give some permission. Hence, this is your task to show that they can lose talent (I mean you). Write in your statement, not undeniable facts from your CV but for some exciting 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. Hence, the Endorsement Panel will not understand why you are exceptionally talented, and they have to endorse you.

Forget about formatting

Sometimes applicants send me their Personal Statements to read and share my opinion. It is not a problem for me to write what I think about the strong and weak points of their document.

However, when I see any kind of (1) subheading, (2) links, (3) Q&A format, (4) bold text, (5) quotations from Letter of Recommendation, I am sad. The Personal Statement is not a blog post or an article, it also is not an exam paper or pitch deck. It is a pure text that contains your thoughts and ideas. Dot.

Why you?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about 8 typical mistakes of Exceptional Talent Visa applicants. However, I need to say this again: you are exceptional talent (I hope so!) not because of your 10+ years of experience in technology, your gender or, perhaps, your completed courses in Udacity. You are unique because of the value that you can bring to the United Kingdom as a holder of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. You are the mix of your achievements, qualities and plans. That is why you must focus only on this aspect and write your Personal Statement from this point of view.

If you are still struggling with writing a Personal Statement, don’t understand how it looks like and what to put into it – I suggest Examples of Personal Statement will be interesting and useful for you. You can download them (with other insights about Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) in Talent Visa app and get answers and tips to the core questions of the whole visa application process for this unique and prestige visa route. Have questions? Write to me!

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Author: Andrii Seleznov

This blog is written by Andrii Seleznov. Andrii is a 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

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