How did you find the application process?
The application process was challenging but interesting. Questions were asked that required a strong knowledge of the sponsor company's areas of interest. The assessment centre was a good reflection of actual graduate assessment centres, which was good practice!
Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?
I felt I would do fairly well considering how my skills matched the required skills. However, the standard of other candidates was very high and I was delighted and surprised to make it through to the final ten.
Has this process helped you in your career to date?
When informed of having made it into the top ten candidates, I was also offered the placement, which was the award for the overall winner. While I did not win the overall award, getting a work placement had been my main goal and this was completed. My summer placement was an incredible experience and I secured a place on the graduate scheme at the end of my summer – I begin work once I complete my degree this year.
Sum up your experience of the Awards in three words:
A fantastic opportunity.