Selection criteria sample: Ability to contribute ideas and demonstrate initiative and flexibility

The response to this selection criterion is modelled on the STAR approach.

As part of my volunteer fundraiser role for the Orson Medical Research Institute, I identified an opportunity and contributed ideas to fundraise in partnership with two local high schools. I developed the business plan for the fundraising event, Science for Schools, which was approved by the Events Committee.

My job required large amounts of flexibility as part of my role included securing sponsorship from prominent businesses and liaising with community organisations and the schools’ principals. This was often done in my own time. I showed initiative by developing the program, writing promotional copy for fliers, organising free printing of posters and coordinating the event that attracted over 1000 secondary students.

The success of the Science for Schools program, which raised over $8000 for a local charity, contributed to the doubling in Year 11–12 science course enrolments the following year.

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