How to use the profile

Keep the information in Your Profile up-to-date and use it to:

Talk to an adviser:

The information you have stored in Your Profile could provide a useful starting point in conversations with an adviser who might be helping you think about what study might suit you or what type of course you might apply for.

The information could help them get an idea of your current experience and skills and your future ambitions so that they can help you get the right sort of study to suit your needs.

Advisers could be within a college or university or through the National Careers Service or through the online advice offered through Lifepilot or through your employer or union.

You need to:

  • Complete the experience, skills and qualities, ambitions and preferred ways to study parts of the Profile, before you talk to an adviser;
  • Take a print out of Your Profile with you when you meet your adviser or send them copy or show them Your Profile on Lifepilot.

Decide:

The information you have stored in Your Profile could help you decide what study might suit you and what course might be best to apply for.

Use the information in Your Profile to find the best match between what you want/your commitments with the type of study, place to study, type of course which will suit you best.

You need to:

  • Complete the experience, skills and qualities, ambitions and preferred ways to study parts of the Profile;
  • Look at the types of study/course/places available;
  • Look carefully at the entry requirements for the courses you are interested in and the types of learning and assessment required;
  • Use the information in Your Profile to check that there is a good match with your current experience and skills and your future ambitions and preferred ways to learn.

Apply:

Whether applying for full time or part time study the college or university will want to know about you! Of course, they will want to know about your qualifications but they will also want to know about your past experience and your skills and qualities – and especially how these will contribute to the course you are applying to.

You need to:

  • Use the information in Your Profile to record all the experiences and skills you already have;
  • Look carefully at the entry requirements for the courses you are interested in and the types of learning and assessment required;
  • Look at Your Profile and pick out the bits that really match with the course requirements;
  • In your application form sell your past experience/skills and qualities by explaining how they will be of benefit on the course

More help with writing an application form for a full time course.

More help with writing an application form

You can also use the information in Your Profile to apply for a job or when putting together a C.V.