Sample Therapy Personal Statement
As a natural communicator with highly developed interpersonal skills, I have always dreamed of a career working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, improving individuals’ lives on a direct and practical level. With my genuine interest in people and fascination for the workings of the human body, a lecture at Newcastle University immediately inspired me to pursue a career in the valuable and vibrant field of speech therapy. Having been involved in drama from a young age (receiving prizes for performances at the Nottingham Drama Festival and taking part in an ITV acting workshop prior to appearing on the soap Doctors), public speaking has never been a problem for me. However, voluntary work has opened my eyes to the frustrations faced by those who cannot verbalise their needs or engage with others. At my part-time sales job, whilst trying to serve a lady battling with a stutter, I realised that speech therapists not only help the individual client but also the many people close to them whose daily lives are affected by these communication difficulties.
Having involved myself in a ‘befriending’ scheme, I first met autism-sufferer Katie in 2007 and am certain that I have helped her to integrate more with peers and the wider community, whilst her progression has fuelled my passion for the work of speech therapists and made me eager to learn new ways of encouraging such advancement in others. Now volunteering at a local school whose pupils all have similar additional support needs, I have been instructed in basic Makaton signing to allow me to communicate with children possessing little or no verbal skill. Observing a speech therapy session where individuals from all aspects of the autistic spectrum were taught, I appreciate how different, tailored approaches can result in faster and further progress. Over my past two years volunteering at a nursing home, I have built up rewarding relationships with residents and vary my approach depending on ability level (dedicating particular attention to a stroke victim who is slowly working on regaining their powers of speech). In contrast, spending one day a week at a children’s nursery has allowed me to witness the development of vocal skills in the very young.
With dedicated study ensuring my impressive academic record, I am also proactive in gaining relevant work experience. Arranging a placement with a local speech and language centre to undertake over half-term, I have contacted the QMC too and am looking forward to their next speech therapy lecture. A regular visitor to the Royal Speech and Language Therapy website, I am currently furthering my knowledge of the ways therapists can get involved with harder-to-reach sections of the community. Balancing academic and extracurricular responsibilities successfully, my life within school has been extremely active and has seen me assume the positions of environmental captain, charity captain, sports captain and head of my house. Excelling in sport, particularly netball (where I have achieved regional success) I have worked for my Sports Leader Awards and a lifeguard qualification. The Girl Guiding organisation has helped in forming this mature and committed attitude; I assisted in running a local unit for a year and reaped rewards including bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh awards. My most enjoyable after-school occupations include ice-skating and dancing (ballet and modern), reading about history and playing the violin via the Suzuki method. With my enthusiastic and hands-on approach, your course appeals to me especially as students learn not only in the classroom but by getting involved in practical sessions. My long-term ambition, which I believe marks the fulfillment of my true potential, is to gain enough experience as a speech therapist to establish my own clinic for the clientele that I choose to specialise in, whilst participating in research projects that will add to the sum of knowledge within the field.
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Sport has always been a massive part of my life ever since I started playing football at the age of seven. I have played at many different levels ranging from school football to playing for my league select and representing my region. Football is my main interest, besides the fact I enjoy other sports such as Badminton, basketball, volleyball and many more. I have had experience in these sports having participated in many during physical education at school, a subject which has played a big part in my school career. The things I enjoy about sport are that it needs a lot of dedication and hard work to be successful, as well as sport being very demanding and challenging. As a result in my interest in sport I want to study the subject further in education. I have played sport ever since I was young and still play it now, and still feel so emphatic in wanting to learn more about the subject. Sport being a key factor of my life, being very interested and driven to teach the subject, I am willing to succeed into studying sport further and give back to the subject to what I learned out of it
For my work experience with the school, I went to Airdrie Leisure Centre, where I worked a sport related working environment. During my week at Airdrie Leisure Centre I tackled day to day tasks and also organising sporting events and programmes. I fully enjoyed working that week as I could get an insight on what is expected and how to handle the pressure on making sure things got done on time. The work experience week helped, as I knew from then on that I wanted to do something related to sport in future education. I will always look forward to dealing with anything related to sport, as I learn about the subject I just want to go out and try out what I have been learning. Having the skill of determination and high level of commitment in need to be successful in doing any course, but especially for this course as sport is challenging and is always has different situations to deal with. The career I have in mind is to allow in the path of Teaching. Physical Education would be the ideal teaching career I would like to follow, able to teach young children and being able to give back what I learned from my experience. The main reason for wanting to teach is that I want people to see the subject the way I see it and the way I enjoy it. After the completion of this course, my aim is to pass this course on view on doing a one year post graduate degree. My target will be to become a Physical Education teacher, after all my course has been passed successfully
With work experience I learned many important skills in how to be successful. Communication a very important skill in which nothing runs smoothly without good communication. Also listening to others around you and taking their advice is another key factor in achieving my goals. Working part time in Safeway, has also really helped me learn about good people skills needed while working with other people. Both working by myself and more importantly in a team are very important to making sure things don't go wrong. When working in a team I learned that things go well only when there is good communication between myself and the team, as well as positive motivation. During my time in work experience and also in my part time job, I have certain deadline's to meet and for the work to be done completely for that deadline. Problem solving is on thing I need to challenge at my work and also at my football. As there are many quick decisions needing to be made in order to out smart my opponent. As for my work a different kind of problem solving is needed, as I need to be able to make correct decisions in the working place
While being at school in the last year, I had many responsibilities. I was nominated to be a prefect for my house. Being a prefect was a great privilege as I had to be very responsible as lead by example to the young half of the school. Many things which I had to do was help out at house assembles and sporting events. Organising the sporting events was so much fun and I was able to get an idea of what it was like to organise something which I was interested in. Another very proud moment for me was to be able to represent my school team as captain. To be successful in being a good captain, was to be motivational and also not using criticism towards my team mates instead I used encouragement. My main task in being captain was to make sure my team had a solid base and everybody knew what they were doing for the game. Also I had to make sure the managers game plan actually got through to the players. Attending BB's was a really enjoyable and very challenging too. It came with many different circumstances such as helping out a lot of people and also looking at the good things in life. The B.B camp was such fun too, as me being a group leader throughout my last year, I had to make sure I was in great shape both on appearance and in a physical context. As others would see me as an example to follow and I wanted it to be a good one
My hobbies and interests range from lots of different and challenging activities. I play football for Whitburn AFC at under19 level, where I play as a right midfielder which I enjoy immensely. I like socialising with many different kinds of friends. The things I enjoy greatly with my friends are playing pool at my local pool hall, where I am a member of. The cinema is a place where I go as often I can, as I am a huge movie fan, I like both action and other sorts and types of films. The thing I would say I do the most is listening to music; I like mainly rock music however my cd collect ranges from a wide selection of music. With my interest in music I go to see my favourite bands when they come on tour, I have been to five gigs so far in my life and have two gigs still to go to. The internet and computers is something I usually do with my spear time, but I would not say it's my main interest in life. Travelling to many different countries is a great experience; I have been to Spain, Belgium, Holland, France and even England. Spain has been a great experience as I go to a little town in Spain just outside Barcelona. It's different from going to the resorts in Spain, as hardly anybody speaks English, however I found that you can communicate with these people who speak a different language from me and I am still able to understand. Also meeting people from abroad is very interesting and also seeing how they live there life.