I am applying for a summer undergraduate work placement in a
large company of opticians. One of the questions of the application forms is as follows: “Provide details of key achievements in your
current role including facts and figures and performance targets to
indicate the business outcome that resulted.”
Do I need to write about my role as a student at university? There are
no real business outcome that results from being a student.
The Career Doctor responds:
Thank you so much for asking this question. Everyone reading
this blog who knows a college student should be sure that
s/he reads my answer.
Most college students should leave college with two types of
experience: actual work experience gained through internships
and part-time jobs and practical experience gained through
class projects and papers.
When writing their resume most students don’t have too hard
a time describing work experience but one of the most
common errors I see is that students often discount those
As the application states the company is looking for your key
achievements/accomplishments to date. If you have previous
work experiences list those along with their outcomes. But
don’t forget about those class projects.
For example at the university where I previously taught many major courses
required completing a project often with a real client. For example
in a marketing research class students might work with a local
business in uncovering a problem and suggesting solutions.
When describing those student experiences remember the same
rules that apply to describing your work experiences: always try to
quantify your descriptions focus on outcomes and project objectives.
A sample explanation of a student project:
Market Research Project for DeLand Electronics
Developed detailed SWOT Analysis Assisted in writing survey questionnaire Managed survey mail-out to 1000 residents Compiled strategic solutions based on survey results
For more information consider reading this article on Quintessential Careers:
Job-Hunting Success: Track and Leverage Your Accomplishments.