What Is a Professional Statement?

by Lori Warwick - Updated September 26, 2017

A professional statement, also referred to as a personal statement, is often required for entrance into degree programs. It highlights experience and goals and what inspires you to choose a particular field of study.

Purpose

A professional statement is used as part of the admissions requirements for many professional and graduate school programs. This information gives the admissions committee additional insight into how well you will fit into the program. The professional statement also provides a sample of your written work.

Basics

The professional statement showcases your most important attributes and provides an opportunity to create a good first impression. Information is conveyed in a professional manner that is clear and concise. A good professional statement is free of typos and grammatical errors.

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Tone

Professional statements are written in a positive and self-confident tone. They include relevant personal experiences that portray applicants in a positive light. The professional statement is meant to persuade the audience that you are a good fit for the program.

About the Author

Based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Lori Warwick spent 17 years writing business and technical documents for the telecommunications industry. She holds an M.B.A. from the Asper School of Business, as well as a technical communications certificate from Vancouver Island University.

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