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samuelcat | 16:27 Wed 26th Aug 2009 | Jobs
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I am trying to fill out an application form for the first time in over 20 years.
I'm a bit stuck on the education bit.
I left school in 1979. 30 yrs ago.
I was not the brightest kid in school so there were no A or O levels. I sat basic CSE's. Maths,English,history and geography.
Anyway, I truly cannot remember the grades I got for those subjects. So how do I write this on the application without looking like a complete dimmo.


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I wouldn't worry to much about you education history. Just say you had a general education, and took CSE's, you can mention the subjects if you like. I am not grades will overly matter.

I personally think that the most important information, is your work history. Have a look at this and see if it helps. I am in the same boat as you. My jobcentre have offered someone to come and help me with mine. ers/Helpapplyingforajob/DG_173655
Sorry my info was about a CV, still think application forms are similar.
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Thanks. I really am struggling with this.
Havent had to do this for over 20 years.
The link is very useful.
I am only applying to be a cleaner in the NHS. Now all I have to do is work out how to sell myself in the
'why have you applied for this position'
Glad I could help, good luck with your application.
Whena form asks for subjects and grades just list the subjects and put the grades as 'passed'.
I just hope no-one asks for the certificates, but it's unlikely they will as your experience is more important
Just write educated to CSE standard and then list the subects, if it is an admin job put English first.

the key things on the application form will be your handwriting, that you have answered the questions properly, (I used to get people applying and for Country of Birth they would write Wigan) , also write your employment history earliest first and if it asks for a brief description of your role, tailor it to emphasise the skills they are looking for in their advertisement.
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Thankyou all so much for your answers. It has been a great help. As I said earlier,I haven't had to do this for 20 years and even then it was just a case of ringing and turning up for an interview. How times have changed. Thanks again.
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