10 application tips from a Health Informatics student

When I was starting to fill out my CV form and write a statement of intent, I didn’t know if I was doing things correctly. I had no one to ask, so I went through all the blog posts on KI Students’ Blogs about this topic. Posts were super helpful for me, so I decided to write about it from my perspective – and hopefully, you will find some great advice here to follow.

1. Start early, and write about your passion related to Master’s degree in Health Informatics.  

Early I mean – now! It is super important not to procrastinate, to give yourself time to fill all the gaps in the CV form, and to master your statement of intent. Remember, you are writing a statement and filling in your CV because you want to be admitted to the Health Informatics Programme. Make sure, then, that your application is focused on this topic, and show your readers that you are passionate about it!

2. Get familiar with information about the application process.

Websites like University Admissions, MSc in Health Informatics and Global Master’s Programme are helpful when starting. Read instructions carefully and try to systematize your ideas on how to tackle tasks. You can make notifications on your calendar or phone to remind you about deadlines. You can also make a schedule because writing a statement of intent can take longer than one day – trust me. Last year I printed this CV form and took it with me wherever I went. It was helpful because some days my creativity was better, and some worse.

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Checking information about the application process and taking notes on the tablet

3. Write several versions, and give yourself time to choose the best one.  

Make a plan to write whatever you think is correct, and… wait. Read what you wrote after one week and check if you like it. I had three versions of my statement of intent because I felt it was missing something. It was helpful because I knew that my statement was good with my final version. When I read the first version after a month or two – I was surprised that I made a huge difference in what I wrote in the end. Once again – focus on your passion and previous experience and try to combine it with Health Informatics.

4. Ask your friends or relatives for help checking grammar or general text.  

Sometimes it may be hard for you to change something because you are reading it repeatedly. Show your filled CV to your friends and family. Maybe they’ll notice some mistakes which you couldn’t see. Everyone has different ideas of what is okay and what is not, so take their advice seriously.

5. Remember that space for a statement of intent is limited.  

That was the hardest! I was writing my statement of intent in a different place, and when it turned out to put it into the CV form – it was too long! I was so proud of my writing, and what? I needed to make changes to have it fit in the desired place, which isn’t too big. So make sure to check the space limit before 😉

6. Get inspiration – watch some TED talks about related topics.  

If you want to start but are feeling unmotivated, find some TED talks or YouTube videos and get inspired. Try to be in a creative mood when writing to make this process smooth.

7. Write about your previous experiences and your ideas for the future. Try to be creative.

You probably had some work experience, so try to advantage of that. Find some words to describe you, and write about your best self. Of course, you don’t need to write about your whole life – there is no space for that. And your previous student job as an ice cream salesman probably won’t be fascinating to put in your statement of intent. Be creative but remember what you are writing for – ice cream manager or Health Informatics student.

Writing application for Master's degree in Health Informatics on the tablet
Me writing on the tablet

8. Don’t forget to use correct grammar and high-quality vocabulary. 

After you write your CV form, check it carefully with a dictionary word by word. Your English needs to be good enough to write it yourself – but find and learn new synonyms for terms, such as good-satisfying.

9. You don’t need to fill in all the places in your CV.

Don’t think. Just apply. Even if you think your CV is not perfect, remember it may be just enough for others. You don’t need to fill in everything to apply –try to fill out as much as possible. But don’t give up just because you don’t have any publications 😉

10. Don’t forget about deadlines!  

WRITE them in a visible place or set up a notification. Remember that everything takes time. Maybe you’ll need to translate documents. Start early and keep an eye on dates. Better to be prepared than disappointed!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments 🙂

Anna Kroker - Health Informatics

Anna Kroker - Health Informatics

My name is Anna and I'm 24 years old. I am from Poland. I am studying the Master's Programme in Health Informatics at Karolinska Institutet. I have always been interested in Scandinavian culture; fika time is one of my favourites! I like to bake, edit videos, and play basketball or chess in my free time. I'm also a Stephen King enthusiast. A fun fact about me is I don't have space for more books in my room!

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