Is this sentence correct, or are there better ways to express it:

In seek of an ideal start for my career, I am applying for the PhD program at your school.

Am I using the wrong verb here, should I use instead, in search of ?
What formulaic expressions or phrases could I use in place of in seek of?

I am looking for something formal, but also native-like.

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"In seek of" is not a common expression.

You could either say:

In search of an ideal start for my career, ...

This uses the verb search and is a common expression.

or you can use

Seeking an ideal start for my career, ...

This uses the verb seek as a gerund. Seek doesn't sound right with an indirect object, which is why in seek of sounds wrong to me, I think.

Also, you wouldn't use "searching an ideal start ... " but you could use

Searching for an ideal start for my career, ...

Seek sounds a little more formal to me than search, but it's probably personal preference. None of these choices is informal or slang; they will all suit for an application letter.


I am applying for the PhD program at your school, as I consider it the ideal qualification for my proposed career in rocket science.

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