Everyone loves a good review:
This week, Felix looks at ‘review writing’ and how it can not only provide evidence for the passions you claim to have on applications, but also demonstrate key and widely sought after employability skills.
We’ve talked a lot about the power of conveying your passions when it comes to applying for university or for a job, but this can often be harder than it seems. You can’t very well invite them to watch you engaging in your favourite extra-curricular activity – that would just be bizarre – and yet that single line at the end of your ‘About me’ section just seems so insubstantial. But there is one thing you can do to explore your interests in a different, employability-boosting way…
Write a review.
It may sound like we’re looking at it the wrong way round, but trust us, reviewing someone else’s performance can actually be a great way of promoting yourself. Here’s why.
Everyone needs reviews. You can review anything. It doesn’t have to be a film or a play: sports matches, gigs, books, computer games, restaurants, even the latest line from your favourite high street brand – they all can, and indeed cry out to be, reviewed. Organisations need press to attract an audience; audiences need press to help them decide what to do; and in the middle of all that, who gets a whole load of free press? That’s right. You do.
Your opinion. When you review something, you have no choice but to state your opinion. That, after all, is the point. The ability to form judgements is one of the key skills which admissions tutors and potential employers will always be looking for when differentiating between candidates. As is…
Analytical thinking. Writing a review requires you to analyse your chosen subject matter and organise your observations into a clear, structured response. This kind of analytical thinking is the real world application of the skills you learn from writing all those essays, and is one of the top talents employers look for in a graduate.
Writing style. Never underestimate the importance (and relative rarity) or being able to write well. If you have physical proof of that beyond your personal statement (which, let’s be honest, is hardly a realistic portrayal of your writing abilities – 25th draft, edited by every teacher and relative), it’ll go a long way.
Get in in writing. Whether you write it for the school magazine, the parish newsletter or on your own blog, once it’s written, it is a tangible piece of evidence that demonstrates you pursuing your passions. And if you can get it online, so much the better, it’ll be there when they Google your name.
So there you have it. Never underestimate the power of a good review.
“My, what a great blog post!” – Felix Legge