Parcoursup: our 5 tips to boost your file

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Students have until March 14 to express their wishes on the Parcoursup platform. Capital gives you five tips to optimize your application file with admissions boards.


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– Starting January 17, Terminale students will be able to choose from more than 23,000 courses.

This year again, almost a million students will express their wishes at Parcoursup. Since January 17, they have been able to enroll in some 23,000 higher education courses offered by the platform, until March 14. Health, art, design, law… Some careers will be much more in demand than others. To help you see more clearly, Capital offers you five tips to optimize your chances of placing your transcript at the top of the list, in a period that is often synonymous with headaches for students.

  • Make the platform yours

Although this first piece of advice seems almost obvious, Jérôme Teillard, director of the Parcoursup project, is categorical: “We should not see this as an arduous task and, in fact, we should succeed in deconstructing this form of anxiety when students tell themselves that Parcoursup is complicated. Because, in reality, it is very simple.“. If Parcoursup is already present on social networks, a toll-free number (0 800 400 070) is available to initially provide information to candidates. “There are no stupid questions», assures the project director.

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Making wishes is not a sprint»: There is no need to rush to enroll in a course, as this will not guarantee your admission. In fact, the formulation of your ten wishes is open until March 14 at 11:59 p.m., although obviously you should not do it at the last minute, above all, take advantage of the coming weeks to discover the thousands of training courses offered by the platform. .

The golden rule of Parcoursup is that there is no hierarchy of desires. So don’t censor yourself. Because ranking them encourages students to enroll in the courses they think they will get, and not the ones they would actually like to take. “However, the first vector of success in higher education is motivation and believing you are capable of anything.», guarantees the project director.

Practice to be prohibited: only apply for a training course. In addition to the risk of not having training, it is important that you keep in mind that for the vast majority of professions there is no single career path. “The reality is very different: there are many training courses that take you to the same professional environment.», confirms Jérôme Teillard. It is up to you to decide between the desires of your heart, your vocation, but also your reason. The latter, which are your safety net in case of the unforeseen, will be all the possibilities to guide you towards the sector that attracts you despite everything.

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  • Highlight your experiences

Consider adding to your archive, beyond your transcripts. Sports, associative, artistic, linguistic activity… All these elements can (and should) be highlighted in your application file, because “We are convinced that a student does not only care about his or her grades.», Says the director of the Parcoursup project. Take the case of nursing training institutes, “which have been the most requested on the platform for more than five years»: Admission juries are very attentive to the motivation and profile of the student, since the profession implies a particularly significant commitment on the part of the employee.

Beyond these practical tips, Parcoursup has made several adjustments to its platform to make it as simple as possible for students to choose higher education. From now on, the site will be accessible to all parents and high school students, starting in second grade. “This allows students, but also parents, to take the time to properly build the professional project and not make hasty decisions.», explains Jérôme Teillard. Another novelty is that students can now compare the different training courses offered: “Therefore, a candidate chooses five courses to compare the criteria: tuition fees, public or private status, popularity of the course, openness to scholarship students, etc.“, he specifies. Enough to allow the million interested French students to build their professional project in a more informed way.

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