Simmons and Simmons Vac scheme question

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  1. Army

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    Please give details of your interests and activities, positions of responsibility, skills and achievements. Please also include any other information relevant to your application. (250 words max)*

    This is my third year trying to apply and I believe what truly lets me down is answering training contact/vacation scheme questions. I just want to know how I can go about answering this question. Do I focus on only 1 significant achievement or can mention other achievements?

    What is the correct way to approach this question? How can I stand out?

    Extremely Thankful for any contribution!
     
  2. Jaysen

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    I suggest mentioning more than one example to offer a bit of insight into the range of activities you do/achievements you have.

    As Simmons is just one question, it's really important you maximise the word count. You can think of this question as your opportunity to pitch yourself: the examples don't need to be that impressive, but you want to try to focus on the highlights and be as specific as possible when discussing your examples.
     
  3. Army

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    Thank you for your help!
     
  4. lola

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    Hi, with regards to this question:

    Please give details of your interests and activities, positions of responsibility, skills and achievements. Please also include any other information relevant to your application. (250 words max)*

    Does anyone know if Simmons want your skills highlighted explicitly through your positions of responsibilities/activities/interests? e.g. through x activity, I developed my attention to detail.

    Thanks :)
     
  5. Zsaurcaks1

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    Hey! I got to video interview this year and my answer had a range of examples (I.e. positions of responsibility at university, volunteering, other roles). I did include a couple of lines about what skills the activities helped me develop, but led mostly with the examples. Hope this helps!
     
  6. lola

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    Thanks so much!! That’s really helpful :)

    Could I just ask, did you incorporate the skills into the narrative of your activities? Or did you mention them separately at the end?
     
  7. Zsaurcaks1

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    I incorporated them into the narrative. So I’d talk about what my role entailed and what skill that helped me develop. I find that grouping your experiences together and then drawing out the key skills across them is quite effective (at least this has worked for me in the past!)
     
  8. lola

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    Ohh okay, thanks so much - that's very helpful!! :)

    Did you do this for the work experience section as well (talking about your skills + what you did)? Or did you just talk about what you did? :)
     
  9. Zsaurcaks1

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    No worries!

    For the work experience section I spoke about what I did- from the advice on TCLA it seems that graduate recruitment can infer what skills you developed. Good luck with your app!
     
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    Ohh I see. Thanks so much for all your advice - you are incredibly helpful!! :) Hope your VI went well :)
     
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  11. Zsaurcaks1

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    No worries at all! Feel free to message if you have any more questions :)
     
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