How To Write A Statement Of Purpose

Statement of Purpose ​

Everything you need to know to write one

statement of purpose (SOP), sometimes referred to as a personal statement, is a critical piece of a graduate school application.

Of all the academic documents that you need to submit for admission to a university or to get a scholarship, a statement of purpose (SOP) can turn out to be the most mind-numbing to write. In a statement of purpose (SOP), you are supposed to talk about yourself and your inclined interest towards milestones without sounding like you are blowing your own trumpet. It tells admissions committees who you are, what your academic and professional interests are, and and how this course is going to help you achieve your academic and professional ambitions.

What should a Personal Statement Cover?

1. About You

  • Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself. Start by stating your full name, age, nationality and details about your nuclear family, including what they all do.
  • If you are married, please provide details of your spouse as well. If you have any children, please provide their details. Please also state where they will be staying, and who will be looking after them financially. If applicable, please provide details regarding your spouse including:
    -Whether they intend to accompany you to the intended destination /why/why not
    -What the intend to do while in Australia (if applicable)
    -Their previous Education(Complete/or incomplete)
    -Their previous employment including employers name (s), period of employment, and details of position (s)
    -If they are currently employed including employers name and details of position(if applicable)
    – If they are running their own business. Please give details
  • What have you studied so far? Include your high school qualification, name of the school, and anything else that you have done since high school, including short courses. Include all dates. Refer to how long they were (i.e. when you commenced and ended), the name of the institution, as well as who the examining body was (KNEC? Cambridge, Edexcel). If you started a course, but did not complete it, state why? Was it because the institution was on strike? Were the facilities poor and under-resourced? Were the teaching staff inadequate? Were the lecturers always on strikes dueto lack of better remuneration?

2. Explain any gaps between your studies and/or work

Explain your gaps with a precise timeline-include supporting evidence. If covid-19 impacted your studies or work-explain how.

A gap is considered any time more than three months.
Please explain what you have been doing? Were you working even if informal, can you get a letter that covers that? Note: If a call to that employer is made, would anyone verify you were there?
Did you work for a family business? Did you volunteer at Church? Anything that can explain what you were doing will help with letters backing that up. Also, explain how all this relates to what you wish to study in the intended country.

3. Work Experience

  • What work experience do you have? State whom you worked for, what you did (duties and tasks), and what were the dates of work. Make sure you have letters that can back this up-i.e. Reference letters.
  • How does what you have studied so far and any work experience you have relate to the course you want to learn in the preffered country of study? Is there a clear sign of progression?

4. The Course

  1. Why did you choose this course that you want to study in Australia?
  2. How will it benefit you in your career pathway?
  3. Did you look at any other international destination?
  4. How will this course help you;
    -When returning to your home country?
    -How will it relate to the area you are seeking employment in Kenya?
    -How will it get you a better paying job?
    -How does it differentiate you from local graduates?

5. The Institution and Country

  • Why did you choose the institution and city in the preferred country? Do you have relatives ,friends, etc.,in that city? If you do, we need details of who they are (name, what they are doing, what visa they are in the country on, how they are related to you, and if they are going to accommodate you (where do they live, and how will you get to your campus from their home?).
  • What is your knowledge of living in the country and your intended field of study and the associated education provider; Describe the level of research you have undertaken into your proposed course of study and living arrangements. Provide details of where you intend to live, how you will get to campus, etc.
  • Provide details about the course that you are going to study. Why have you chosen this course and what learning outcomes will you get from the course? Do not list course subjects from the university website.
  • For example, how will completion of your program help you gain employment or improve employment prospects in your home country.
  • Include your research into job opportunities(provide source and website links) Explain what is in that link and how/why you will be eligible for those jobs after completion of your program.
  • Include your expected monthly earnings after you complete the course. How does this compare to earnings if you completed a degree in your home country?

6. Accommodation Arrangements

Give details on how you have planned your living arrangements while you are studying in Australia. Include things like accommodation type, location, cost etc.

7. Finance and sponsor

How will you finance your studies in Australia? Remember that working in Australia part-time is not guaranteed,so how will you get the funds from home? The example you do not talk about being able to work part-time in Australia and you do not speak about any post study work visas.

o Include who your sponsor/s is/are,how are they related to you and how and why they are they supporting you? If they are a relative or friend,do they have any children and how old are they?

Provide detailed information on what your sponsor does-if they are employed, where? We need to show that they are wealthy,so you should talk about what property they own,any rental income,farming income,bank savings loans etc. Also include position of sponsor’s-Provide as much detail

8. Your studies

Why can you not study this course in your home country? Is it because you did not meet the entry requirements? Are there quality issues? Do you want global exposure? Do you want to study in a country and institution that offers cutting edge resources, up to date curriculum and no strikes so that you know you will be able to complete your course on time, and graduate with a globally a recognized qualification that makes you employment ready?

9. Ties to home country and incentive to return

Explain your reasons for returning home after your studies. Include as many examples as possible e.g., Assets, economic situation, Job’s offer, family obligations /responsibilities, relatives, community ties etc.

10. Any immigration History (include your spouse, if applicable)

Have you applied for a visa to the country before or any other country? Please give what the details were, reason for travel Have you ever had a visa rejection/refusal from Australia or any other country? Please give an explanation on the reason of the visa rejection/refusal/cancellation and what did you do about it

Please make the statement as detailed as possible.

Also, make sure that it is grammatically correct-use spell check! You can use grammarly

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