What non-academic achievements will look good on my CV?
- By: Caroline Elton
Several years ago I was running a workshop for hospital consultants on effective recruitment and selection. One consultant owned up to the fact that as an applicant to medical school she had lied and said that she was a grade 8 pianist when actually she couldn’t even read music. It had clearly been worrying her for years, and she used the workshop as an opportunity to come clean and get her guilty secret off her chest.
Her strategy had been a high risk one. If the admissions panel had asked her what music she played for her Grade 8 exam and she had looked blank, she would undoubtedly have been rejected. You don’t need to be a competent pianist to succeed in medical school but you do need to be trustworthy. The main message here is don’t be tempted to lie about your achievements. Even if the achievement itself