Choices, Experiences & Building Up Your CV

Living with SMA shouldn’t limit your choices in life. There may be some exceptions (jobs involving some manual labour or some kinds of physical work for example) but there are many careers that you can still do.  

A CV (or curriculum vitae – Latin for ‘the course of your life’) is essential for finding a job. It will include both your academic achievements as well as your hobbies, personal achievements and other information about yourself. Your school should have sessions to guide you on writing your first CV. 

Does your school have a prefect system? If so, it’s a really useful thing to add to your CV if you’re interested in becoming a prefect! Anything you can do to make you stand out from everyone else will help you in getting a job in the future!

A personal statement is your chance to show off your strengths, shout about your achievements and share your career aspirations. Your personal statement should be a small representation of who you are and what you have to offer in terms of experience and ambition. You really want to sell yourself in your personal statement – why should a potential employer hire you and not the next person!

You should be given a Record of Achievement folder during year 11. You can keep everything in here over the years from your GCSE certificates to any other achievements like swimming, musical or pupil of the class type of awards. You’ll always refer back to this folder in the future, so it is very important!

Remember, having SMA doesn’t limit your intelligence – people with SMA go on to do all sorts of varied things, including becoming lawyers, teachers, and more!

Page last reviewed / updated: March 2021
Next review due: March 2022