We're searching the best universities in the UK to find the outstanding engineering undergraduate. We're looking for a winning mix of personal skills, career motivation and an excellent academic record.
To enter you must:
- be in your second year of a 3 or 4 year undergraduate degree at a UK university (or second or third year if on a 5 year degree at a Scottish university).
- study Mechanical OR Electrical engineering only.
- be an EU national with the right to work in the UK after graduation.
Closing date for entries is 4 February 2015.
Awards ceremony takes place on 24 April 2015 at Canary Wharf, London.
How do I win?
It’s not easy to win an Undergraduate of the Year Award and competition will be fierce. The process is demanding and only the truly outstanding and committed will make it to the last ten. There are three stages that you’ll have to get through.
Register online to submit your personal data and answer three special questions posed by E.ON.
Once you have completed Stage 1 and submitted your application, you will be invited to complete three online tests designed exclusively by our partners SHL, the world’s leading assessment provider. The online assessment will take you around two hours to complete (although you don’t have to complete it in one visit) and will include a situational judgement test, OPQ test and an inductive reasoning test. We will then invite up to 40 candidates to the next stage after the closing date on 4 February 2015.
The best-matched students (according to the results of the online tests) make it through to the second stage. This will involve an assessment centre on the 10th or 11th March at the Engineering Academy, Ratcliffe, Nottingham. The Assessment Centre will be led by E.ON and involve a presentation, interview, role-play activity and case study. E.ON will then decide on a shortlist of ten from the undergraduates who pass the first and second stages.
The final shortlist of ten is invited to the Undergraduate of the Year Awards in Canary Wharf, London on 24 April, 2015 where the winner will be announced.
E.ON and the Engineering Undergraduate of the Year
Undergraduates are the vital first link in our early talent strategy. We want undergraduates to come in to our business, and get real experience from Day 1. We want them to be involved in projects that give them experience and give us commercial advantage. And hopefully, with the support at hand and the inclusive culture at E.ON, we hope they will return to us as a graduate after university to start building their professional careers with us.
Engineering is core to our future success. Without new talented engineers joining the organisation and providing fresh and creative ideas, we’d lose our way. We need the bright sparks and creative thinkers that can challenge how things are done around here. Take Will, our first winner of Undergraduate of the Year, as an example. He joined us for a year after winning the Award, and went on to present an idea that no-one else in our business had – and it saved E.ON close to £1 million. It’s no wonder this sponsorship is vital in supporting future budding engineers to change the future of energy.
What makes an award winner?
We want undergraduates with the whole package. Intelligence, academic success or technical know-how is not enough. Key qualities for us are around motivation, drive, commercial acumen and personal impact. Firstly, we want you to be passionate about a career not just at E.ON, but in energy too. You’ll be spending a lot of time with us, and we need to know you’ve got staying power.
Secondly, we want you to provide evidence of how you have gone above and beyond the usual university lectures and library visits to build your own skill set and drive forward your own development. Have you sought feedback on your development needs? A great candidate will have, and then done something about it.
Thirdly, commercial acumen. Volunteering, reading the broadsheets, work experience or internships, joining a university society – these will all help build your business know-how which is so vital when you join our graduate scheme.
Finally, personal impact. This is where behaviours and attitudes come in. Show us your passion and prove to us that you can act credibly and with integrity. Do all of this, and you’re well on your way to being cclearfixned Engineering Undergraduate of the Year!
Find out more about us and our graduate programmes at: www.eon-uk.com/graduates
Alan Middup, MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry, University of Sheffield
Alongside his degree, Alan is also the Team Principal of Sheffield Formula Racing, his universities Formula Student Team, a role that involves managing a team of engineering undergraduates through a racing-car build project. In addition to this, as a STEMNET ambassador, Alan is passionate about inspiring others to study engineering and enjoys giving presentations and organising workshops with this goal. Through completing a variety of courses and internships, Alan is becoming a well-rounded engineering student, with the aim of pursuing a career as a leader in the engineering profession.