Personal Statement: Proportion between past & future?

Hey everyone,

For the personal statement (PS), how much should I allocate content towards past achievements vs future plans.

When looking at the PS questions, it appears to be geared toward future plans. In addition, I’ve read several posts here to weigh the PS towards future plans but tie in your past achievements of course as it’s part of your story.

Hence I was thinking of allocating somewhere between 25% past / 75% future.

However, I’m working with a UK immigration law firm and they think I should add a little more info on my past achievements.

What are your thoughts?

Thanks in advance

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Hey @Michael_J_M,

I used Personal Statement to summarize pieces of evidence and tell my professional story.
Plans took only 20% at the end of the 1000-word text.

I am sure, the assessor is interested to see how your profile matches MC and two OC, not your dreams and plans. Unless you have exact ready to go plans and the visa is the only thing that holds you back. Like opening/moving your tech business or having a UK job offer in your hands.

Best wishes,

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Hi @Michael_J_M,
Just like @Savvkin, my personal statement was a summary of my application and i also used it to highlight additional evidence/information which I couldn’t capture in the mandatory criteria and two optional criteria.

My future plans was about 10% of the 1000 word

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Thanks for the info! Very helpful.

Perhaps I can provide some context into my background, which will paint a broader picture.

I’ve worked in senior management at a FAANG for 3.5 yrs in London. Then left to launch my startup, which I’ve been running for about a year. In that year, I’ve been able to build a product, gain users, and raise investments. I’m applying for my tier 1, which will allow me to continue to live here so I can take the company to the next level (more traction, hire, prod dev, investments, etc).

Hence a majority of my application speaks more to my startup experience rather than my FAANG experience as its’ a stronger part of the story.

So I guess my followup question is how should I position my statement?

(A) Connect my recent startup experience to my future startup plans (with lil mention on FAANG)
(B) Connect my FAANG experience to recent startup experience to future plans
© Something else?

Am I thinking about this the right way??

@Michael_J_M, being senior management at a FAANG is rather a disadvantage for this visa, since the guide says:

Please note the following specialisms are generally not considered suitable

  • Corporate roles or experience of managing large corporate teams.

Therefore, I think it is better to build your story around your startup success.

Hello, @Savvkin @lassy can you please let me know if the recommendation letters are supposed to be addressed?

Your recommender must address it to a Tech Nation Expert and explicitly specify that this letter supports your Global Talent visa application.

Your recommender has to tell about yourself, about your achievements (from the perspective of supporting your MC, two OCs), about your plans in the UK and finally recommend you.

I used the same approach for mandatory Letters of Recommendation and optional Reference Letters in my application.

Document Checklist section of The Guide is quite clear on what the Tech Nation expects.

Hello @Wunmi,

Kindly refer to the Tech Nation Visa Guide.

The recommendation letters should be addressed to Tech Nation and

Each letter must:
1.Be about your Global Talent application - you cannot use a letter that was written for another reason
2. Say how the person knows you
3. Show your achievements in the digital technology sector, and how you are a leader or potential leader
4. Say how you would benefit from living in the UK
5. Say how you would contribute to the digital technology field in the UK
6. Explain what plans you have for work in the future

Thank you @Savvkin for your quick response.