National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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Personal Statement

For 2021 applications

A personal statement supports your UCAS application to study at a university or college. It’s your chance to articulate why you’d like to study a particular course or subject, and highlight what skills and experience you possess that show your passion for your chosen field.

Information from UCAS about how to write your personal statement and what to include can be found here and also here.

In addition, we have listed some pointers relevant to your experience in YFC that you might want to include. You can also download and use the Skills Bank document below to help you review the skills you gave gained through YFC. 

DOWNLOAD SKILLS BANK HERE.  

YFC involvement 

Volunteering

There are plenty of volunteering opportunities at YFC – such as taking on a club or county officer role, helping to organise or steward at events. Include in your statement the YFC volunteering roles that you’ve held, linking them with the responsibilities and skills that you would have used. Remember, to a person from a non-YFC background you will need to explain the YFC roles.  For example, if you have been a club chairman, you will have chaired meetings and held a leadership role but it is likely that you would have been a charity trustee therefore had legal responsibilities too. Some YFC roles are less obvious. If you have volunteered to help at a county rally – what does that actually mean? What is a rally, what role did you have and what skills did you use? 

Participating in training

Remember to include the different training courses that you have completed, including accredited and non-accredited courses. It shows you have a willingness to learn and highlights your breadth of knowledge.  If you can’t remember all the courses that you have attended through YFC, contact your County office as they record attendance on the database.  NFYFC’s Curve course titles, aims and learning objectives can be found on the NFYFC website here. These are important to include too.

Participating in competitions

Whether you have competed at Club, County, Area or National level, all NFYFC competitions have identified learning outcomes to ensure that you develop skills whilst having fun and learning new skills.  Each competition is unique, for example Public Speaking competitions promote confidence, articulation, presentation, debating as well as research and teamwork. Stockjudging requires an advanced knowledge of the stock and market as well as reasoning, presentation and articulation skills.

Participating in a community project or fundraising campaign

Whether you have led on a project or provided hands-on support, you will have contributed to its success. Using the Skills Bank template try to identify the key skills that you will have gained.  Some projects have been part of national government initiatives such as Step up to Serves’ youth social action programme.  The NFYFC’s Protect Your Future project (tree planting), for example, was part of the national #iwill4nature campaign so you can reference that.   

Attending external meetings

If you have represented YFC at external meetings, you could incorporate this into your statement.  It signifies that your peers and other YFC members have chosen you to represent them and you will have developed good communication skills.

Participating in the YFC Travel programme

Have you hosted an exchangee or travelled with YFC?  What did you enjoy, what did you learn and how has it developed you as a person?  Not everyone applying for the course may have taken this opportunity so you can use it to your advantage. 

Use the Skills Bank template to help you identify the skills and attributes you have gained through your involvement with YFC.

Work experience

Write about any work experience you have undertaken. It isn’t too late either to contact a local business and see if you can get some work experience to broaden your knowledge (be mindful of current restrictions that are in place). If you are applying for a general agriculture degree, you may benefit more from experience in a sector you are less familiar with. Even a couple of days will be useful.

Other considerations

Visit the institutions you are going to apply to. It’s not just about the degree at the end of the course. The topics covered in lectures, the variety of entertainment and the selection of sport/leisure activities available are just as important to make sure you enjoy the few years that you’re studying an agriculture degree.

If you have a home farm, consider where you would like to be located. Do you want to be as near to the farm as possible so you can come home every weekend? Would you rather be further away so you can’t come home as often, and instead embrace the weekends? To get the best out of an agriculture degree it is worth throwing yourself fully into the degree itself and experiencing all that the institution has to offer.

Broaden your knowledge of the subject by reading articles and publications to keep your knowledge up-to-date with current trends, working practice and statistics.  


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