Blogs

Deciding what you want to do once your time at university comes to an end is a daunting prospect, especially if like myself, your interests are many and varied. This is one of the main reasons I chose to apply for the 'One to Watch' Undergraduate of the Year, as I felt the award criteria reflected my personality, motivation and wide-ranging interests.

The financial industry is also an area which I am very keen to learn more about and gain experience in, so the internship on offer by the sponsor company, First Names Group, as part of the award was an exciting prospect. In all, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

The application process was challenging but interesting. It involved writing three small essays on questions asked by First Names Group, which required a strong knowledge of the company and its areas of interest. There were also a series of numerical reasoning and situational judgement tests to complete. The phone interview and assessment centre day stages were a good reflection of the graduate job application process, which was great practice. A definite high of the competition was getting to meet and spend time with the other candidates at the assessment centre. Although we were in competition with one another, we got along very well, went out for dinner together at the end of the day, and have kept in contact ever since!

Reuniting with everyone at both the champagne breakfast that First Names Group hosted before the main awards ceremony and the awards ceremony event itself was a pleasure. At the event, we had the chance to meet and network with finalists and company representatives from the other categories, another great opportunity. The standard of all the candidates in the room was exceptionally high, so when it finally came to the ‘One to Watch’ award winner announcement at the end of the ceremony, I was extremely delighted and surprised when my name was read out. Embarrassment was quickly added to the mix, when I realised the profile I had written about myself was going to be read out. Thankfully this part was over quickly, and what followed was a number of photographs, many congratulatory handshakes and finally, the afterparty, a fantastic way to end the day.

As part of the award, I will get to spend 10 weeks over the summer interning with First Names Group in both their Jersey and Hong Kong offices, which I could not be more excited about.