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Should I mention that I am a parent?

Uploaded by kerri9895 | Oct 3, 2008 | UCAS Personal Statements
kerri9895 asks:

I'm trying to apply for a social work degree and have well above all the grades I need for this but I have a 2 year old child I have done my personal statement and think it will ve good enough but my tutor has said I shouldn't mention about my son and I don't know what to do, I dont want to lie and be caught out also i dont have many hobbies or anything because I have my son. Should I mention him or not?

also do you introduce yourself when you start your personal statement
thank you

etutor answers:

I don't agree with your tutor. It is illegal for universities to discriminate against applicants on any grounds, and so you should certainly mention the fact that you have a two year old son. Indeed, it is likely to place you at an advantage, since you should explain in your Personal Statement that you are able to manage home and study commitments. It would be a good idea to start your PS with this, establishing from the outset that you are a 'people person' who has empathy with different people of different ages who have a variety of different needs. I am very happy to look at a first draft when you have completed it. Please see the for more information.

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Considering you were applying for a social work course, which needs a great understanding of sociology, I would have thought your tutor would have known better than to discriminate unfairly against you!  Hopefully you went ahead and told about your child.  Having experience with children and parenting is a great plus for experience within social work!

responded Mar 8, 2009 1:27:26 PM GMT
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