In a written application, how can I explain the relevance of my extracurricular university experience?

Written by: Norton Rose
Published on: 19 Jun 2017

When submitting an application, it is important to ensure you have discussed your extracurricular involvement. Most application forms include competency questions and ask for recent examples. Many students think they must provide examples from relevant work experience, but using examples from your extracurricular activities is also advised because recruiters want to see focus beyond just academic performance.

Involvement in extracurricular activities shows your personality and proactive nature, and we want to recruit creative and interesting individuals. You pick up transferable skills such as team work/leadership from being in a sports team, University society, volunteering for charities or playing in a music ensemble. Make the most of your time at university and sign up to societies, this will also help provide various examples on your application form which you can then expand on at the interview stage.

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