Student Accomplishments Worksheet: Showcase Achievements
by Quintessential Careers
How to Develop and Keep an Accomplishments Worksheet
Developing a record of your achievements and successes -- an Accomplishments Worksheet -- is something everyone should be doing. For high school students it's a great opportunity to focus on your skills and achievements as you prepare for applying to college scholarships and later internships and summer jobs.
Student Accomplishments Worksheet
The most important task is to just get started on developing your accomplishments worksheet -- and then make it a habit to keep revisiting it and adding to it as you achieve new things.
Your focus in identifying accomplishments should be the accomplishment itself and the key skills used in achieving it.
Whenever possible try and quantify your accomplishments. Record both individual and team/group achievements.
Important academic assignments -- such as senior projects and competitions -- such as science fairs are the most obvious choices in identifying academic accomplishments.
Tip: Accomplishments are also about overcoming adversity so showing how you turned around your grades or achieved success in other academic struggles also make great accomplishments.
Volunteering/Community Service Accomplishments
While most high school students now complete a variety of community service projects and amass large numbers of volunteering hours that's no reason not to list your service activities as key accomplishments -- especially if your work was exemplary or you won an award for it.
Tip: Assuming you are tracking the hours you commit to community service listing the hours you've volunteered are an easy way to quantify these accomplishments.
Extracurricular Activities Accomplishments
Your participation in school-based and community-based activities can also be a source of achievements from helping publish your school yearbook to managing a community theatre production to playing on the football team. Your interests hobbies and sports participation can be great sources of accomplishments.
Tip: Quantify everything -- the hours spent the yearbooks sold the size of the cast etc. Focus especially on identifying leadership/management roles you accomplished.
Many high school students have at least some work experience from part-time jobs or self-employment (babysitting lawn-mowing and the like) -- and you should identify any achievements you have from them.
Tip: Focus not on the duties and responsibilities you performed but on how you went above and beyond them. Did you grow your own business? Did you win an award such as employee of the month?
Sample Student Accomplishments
Let’s say you were president of your high school’s chess club and under your leadership your club won the state chess title.
Key Student Accomplishments Resources
Find more tips and expert advice on the power of recording your student accomplishments and achievements:
- How to Write a Resume: Expert Answers 19 Common Questions
- How to Write a Student Resume
- LiveCareer Free Resume Builder
- Guide to Job Interviewing Resources and Tools
- How the Lessons, Skills, and Values You Develop in College (and Maybe Even High School) Prepare You for the Job Market
- Internship and Summer Job Resources for College Students
- 13 Best Resume Designs of 2018
Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He's often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.