Pro tips:

  • Start with the facts, sometimes staring at a blank screen is intimidating, type out your name, pro-nouns, scholarship you were awarded, high school and throw down some key things you think you want to add, often things flow better from here
  • Talk about your achievements, accomplishments, and if it feels relevant instances of overcoming obstacles, or you asperations.
  • Don't be shy. Say what you have done.
  • Start larger, create a bio of five to eight paragraphs and pull from this when creating this (and other) bios
  • Don't be afraid of including a bit of personality
  • Be specific, but don’t get too complicated. Keep things simple and light
A well-written bio is invaluble for your professional toolkit. Whether for a job application, an introduction for future employers, or to intorduce yourself to key stakeholders of the Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust Scholarship programme, your bio is a great way to share who you are and highlight your accomplishments. It can also be a great addition to your LinkedIn profile’s “Summary” section.


As a first-year student, you could focus your bio on your background, educational goals, and hobbies. A bio is a changeable narrative, evolving as your experience changes, your bio should continue to craft an engaging narrative that emphasises your interests and personality.

Bios are written in the third person and are typically one or two paragraphs. Your bio should start with your name and a quick sentence that describes your basic background. This can include your college, year in school, academic focus, and can include both personal and professional interest. Your bio should be brief, concise, and clear.

Highlighting your background will give the reader an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of who you are, you can consider including recent events, such as studying abroad or volunteering. Find a couple of moments in your life that have impacted your identity or interests, and briefly, mention them. This will personalize your bio and help you stand out from your peers.

Adjusting your professional bio

Once you draft this foundational bio, it will be much easier to alter it for all of your various online platforms. You also should update the bio regularly, so it stays current.

Remember that the important thing is to present a consistent professional message about yourself.

To note

No-one is entitled to the tough parts of your story - share only what you are comfortable with sharing, this bio will be shared as a celebration of your success, we're proud to stand alongside you and support your journey.