In preparation for writing the personal statement/cover letter, review Dr. Margaret A. Lloyd’s Web site at: http://www.psywww.com/careers/index.htm. Learn what you can do with your bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Determine if you will pursue graduate school or employment upon graduation. Note choices that seem to apply to you and why. If more than one, rank these choices. Describe any concerns you might have regarding your interests. What level of education will you need to pursue? Have you taken any previous courses or trained in this area? **I am pursuing a masters degree in Psychology-Clinical Counseling. I can add my courses. (I haven't chosen a graduate school yet...any suggestions)>.Graduate School Options: www.psywww.com/careers/options.html
- For this assignment, find a graduate program (if you are preparing your Professional Portfolio with the Graduate School focus). Look up the details for the application requirements, and tailor your personal statement/cover letter to these specific graduate school/job requirements.
Personal Statement (for those with the Graduate School focus)
This essay may be the single most influential component of a graduate school application. The statement you write for this portfolio gives you a forum for presenting yourself to the admissions committee, scholarship committee, and others who want to know something about you.***Anything that you feel will take notice is fine.
In preparation for writing the statement, read the document “Preparing Personal Statements” at: http://www.creighton.edu/soar/preparingapps/statements/. Here are a few of their suggestions:
- find and use your voice
- use concrete examples of what you've done
- avoid generalizations, such as “I'm good with people”
- proofread and edit (and ask others to proofread and make suggestions about) your statement to be sure it is free of grammatical and typographical errors, and informal language, “I'm okay with sciences but weak in math”