Here you can see an example of the motivation letter, written by a student enrolling in the Master of Sciences programme in the field of Logistics at one of Dutch academic universities.
I would like to submit my name and credentials for consideration for the Business Administration: Specialization in Transport & Supply Chain Management program in XXXX University.
I have graduated from Makarov State Maritime Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia from which I received a BCA diploma with honors with the qualification of Engineer on Transport Organization and Management specializing in ‘organization of transportation and transport management (water transport)’ in the year 2006. Moreover, as you can see in my CV I have had extensive experience working for the Japanese ocean container carrier, NYK Line, for six years.
I chose the shipping industry for my future profession as I have always been interested in the sea. My fascination with the sea came from my father, who is a sailor and also a teacher of navigation.
My study at the academy, together with classes related to logistics and transport management, gave me a particular enjoyment of English classes. These classes have helped me greatly to expand my boundaries in learning enabling me to understand some subjects in both Russian and English languages.
As a cadet I also worked part time as a trainee in a shipping company, Rusmarine, which was an agent of the NYK Line in St. Petersburg, Russia. Later the NYK Line established its own representative office in the country. Once I graduated from the academy, I passed the job interview and was invited to work in the company. A career with NYK gave me great job satisfaction and provided me with opportunities for personal development. At this time in my life, I desire more of a challenge and would very much appreciate the opportunity to study at VU Amsterdam University.
In my extensive travels throughout Europe, I one day realized that I would like to study abroad, gain new knowledge and new life experience, learn other cultures, and meet people from other countries. I believe that the Netherlands is the best place for studying logistics as it is a great shipping and logistics world center. Also, I was delighted to discover that your university is located in one of my favorite cities, Amsterdam. I believe the Transport & Supply Chain Management program provided by the university is an excellent one for me to consider for the furtherance of my education. I would like very much to be able to learn new things, experience new educational methods and programs, and to grow as a student and as a person.
Concerning my personality, I believe I am a very responsible individual who loves to learn new things in life and to seek new experiences. I enjoy observing the people around me and meeting others with understanding and respect. Working for NYK I had opportunities to contact people around the world making some good friends in Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the USA. Making friends is one of my greatest abilities. I have a passion for photography, and I enjoy browsing photo exhibitions even more than taking photos myself. Also, I like reading Russian, English, and American literature. Moreover, I regularly attend performances of Russian theatre, such as The European Theater of Drama and others. I have a wonderful family and love spending time with them. They support me very much and do their best to encourage me to take new steps in life.
I would very much like to have an opportunity to study at XXXX University and to demonstrate my skills, experience, and ideas.