Writing applications. We’ve all been there, in that awkward struggle of highlighting your skills and trying to work out the best thing to say.

That’s why we thought we’d bring together our top tips for writing your application for this blog piece, because there’s nothing that gets us more excited at Worthwhile than reading a great application. So read on for our top tips.

  1. Read the question and think about what the question is asking you

You can easily write a response to a question without really considering what the assessor is looking for, so make sure you pause before you answer and think this through. When you read the question you need to ask yourself ‘what skills and qualities is this question asking me to display to the assessor?

2.  Pick the right example

When you’re deciding what to write, it’s good to think of a few examples and prioritise which one fits the question best. To prioritise you might want to ask yourself:

  • Does this example showcase the particular skill or quality the question is asking me about?
  • Is the example well-rounded? By well-rounded we are referring to examples that include different components that really show off your experience. We’ve found examples outside of academia generally tend to score better. This is because academic answers such as dissertations are often very insular in nature. This means we can’t see how you work with other people, how you communicate and how you interact with processes set by others because these examples are mostly lone projects.
  • What did I learn from this example? This is a really great way to think about how you would apply that learning in the future and link back to the skills you identified in the first bullet point.

3. Delivery, delivery, delivery

You can pick a great example but if we can’t follow it it can be very difficult to mark. Its really important that you expand your example beyond context as we won’t understand your role in situation if you don’t tell us what steps you took, what the other options were and even the scale of the project. We recommend using the STAR technique as its helps us follow your answer from start to finish and identify the bits we’re really interested in hearing. See the STAR technique below

  • Situation- What was the situation? Give a very brief context
  • Task — What was the task you were asked to do?
  • Action — What actions did you take to do this task. You should spend most of your time on this part of your answer
  • Result — What was the overall result of your actions.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and apply as we want to hear from you and encourage applications from anyone. Yes, anyone! If you’re worried you can’t start until a later date, apply now and start after you graduate in 2019. You can even apply if you don’t have a degree. We are an inclusive organisation and welcome applications from all persons regardless of their race, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

However, as a number of groups are currently under-represented on the scheme, we would particularly encourage applications from students and graduates from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, or from a low income family. We would also welcome candidates with a diversity of academic backgrounds, including STEM.

Applying is pretty straight forward! The application can be found here and we also accept video applications. As part of our commitment to diversity, we offer application coaching to eligible applicants and can accommodate adjustments in the selection process. You can see if you are eligible for application coaching and access this support by clicking here, under the heading ‘Our Commitment to Diversity’.

Lastly, if you’d like to chat to us about the scheme, application process or anything to do with Worthwhile just drop us a line at info@worthwhile.org.uk and we’d be happy to chat!

I’m looking forward to reading your applications!