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I was encouraged to apply for the Undergraduate of the Year Awards after seeing it advertised on LinkedIn. I chose to apply to the Maths, Economics and Finance Award as I felt my skills and experience matched what they were looking for. The award was sponsored by Gazprom and I thought the award was something unique to get involved in, with the prospect of being offered an internship at the end.

The application process was similar to a standard internship – I was required to submit an online application, which included a few questions about my skills and motivation; undertook different online tests; and wrote a cover letter to Gazprom. I was really pleased to be shortlisted and the next stage was an assessment centre in Manchester. As part of the assessment, there was a group exercise, a competency exercise and an interview. It was great to find out more about the company and meet the other candidates. Although challenging, the assessment centre was an enjoyable experience, especially the group exercise.

I was thrilled to hear that I had made it into the top eight! I’d gone from an online application to an amazing venue in Canary Wharf with the other finalists, various employers and other professionals – it was great to see some of the finalists there that were with me during the assessment centre.

The awards were also a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with the other finalists and different employers. I also got to meet Rachel Riley, who was hosting the awards, which was incredible! After a lovely three-course meal, Rachel went on to host the awards and tell us a bit about her university and career. Even though I did not win the final award, it is safe to say that I really got a lot out of this experience, which will help me in my professional life. I enjoyed the whole experience and meeting new people. In addition, I have been offered a summer internship with Gazprom within the finance department, which I am really looking forward to.