Are you the Future Leader in Business Undergraduate of the Year?

Finalists

We are pleased to announce the following finalists for the Future Leader in Business of the Year Award. All 10 finalists of each award are invited to attend the final awards ceremony on 21st April where the winner will be announced.

Richard Bannister | University of Leeds | Economics

Georgiana Cazan | University of Leeds | International Business and Marketing

Oliver Haddon | University of West England | Business

Andrew Jamieson | University of Warwick | Economics

Nathan Johnson-Paul | University of Warwick | Politics and International Studies

Emma Law | University of Strathclyde | Psychology

Nicole O'Rafferty | University of Strathclyde | Marketing with Business Enterprise

Jordan Parsons | Durham University | Politics

Bridie Tubb | University of Manchester | Economics

Cristian Urigiuc | University of Nottingham | Economics

Entry criteria

We’re searching UK universities to find the outstanding future leader of Mars UK. You must be someone who enjoys leading, motivating and inspiring others.

Win

An international visit to a Mars site (previous locations have been New York and Dubai) and a place on our management graduate programme or internship scheme in our UK Petcare business.

What makes an award winner?

The winner will be someone who can display a high level of business acumen who clearly understands basic business principles and who has a perspective of the challenges going on within the business world and the FMCG sector in particular.

You will:

  • show evidence of leadership ability, positions of responsibility, exceeding expectations, seizing opportunities and driving change
  • value the different viewpoints others can bring and be able to flex your own style to build effective relationships easily
  • have a good level of self-awareness
  • be able to articulate your strengths while also being comfortable talking about areas for development
  • have a clear view as to the type of leader you want to be and why
  • be creative in your thinking with the ability to come up with ideas, identify opportunities and turn them into reality
  • have the drive to plot your way through problems and overcome challenges to deliver exceptional results. You shouldn’t be afraid to take risks.

The closing date for entries is 30 January 2017.

How do I win?

Stage 1A

Register

Register your details online and answer questions set by Mars.

Must be completed by 30.01.17

Stage 1B

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to receive three online tests designed exclusively by our partner CEB.

Must be completed by 30.01.17

Submit by

30 January 2017

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 30 January 2017.

If you are successful you will hear from us by 28 February 2017.

Stage 2

Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests and successfully make it to the next stage your application will be reviewed by Mars.

This stage may also include a telephone interview and being asked to attend an assessment centre day.

Stage 3

Grand final

The final shortlist of 10 students will be invited to the awards ceremony at Canary Wharf, where the 2017 award winners will be announced!

Mars

Mars and the Future Leader in Business of the Year

Mars has an excellent track record in developing great leaders who have gone on to lead businesses both within Mars and other large UK and global corporations. We have a strong development culture and view our graduate talent as playing a vital role in securing the future success of the business.

Consequently we have a lot of experience in identifying and nurturing great future talent. We see the Future Leader of Mars UK award as an excellent way of identifying and supporting students by providing an insight into our business, access to our senior leaders and opportunities to gain experience. The award is set up to recognise and inspire future leaders and we love being able to play a part in helping individuals begin to realise their leadership potential.

Find out more about us and our graduate opportunities at: www.mars.com/uk/en/careers/graduates.aspx

Previous winner

Sarahjane Sarkhosh, International Business with Business Law, Glasgow Caledonian University

Sarahjane studied international business with business law at Glasgow Caledonian University. With a love for travel, Sarahjane completed an Erasmus exchange in France and taught English for one year in Senegal with Project Trust. Several of her experiences helped her develop a passion for sustainability within business, so she saw the Future Business Leader of the Year award as the obvious choice for her.

‘Winning the award was the most perfect way to finish off final year and gave me so much more confidence for graduate life,’ says Sarahjane. ‘One of my highlights from the awards was how much fun we all had together – the real source of competitiveness surrounded which category had the best table. Even after the ceremony, so many of us have stayed in touch. I truly feel like I have met people who I can rely on later in my professional life.’

Apply

Before you start your application

Before you begin please make sure you have read the criteria carefully on undergraduateoftheyear.com, checking the ‘Entry criteria’ and ‘How do I win?’ tabs for criteria details and information on the process.

Browser suitability

To enable you to take the tests you will need to make sure that:

  • Flash Player needs to be up to date, and the tests can be accessed on the following browsers:
    • Internet Explorer – Version 6.0 and higher (Windows PC Only)
    • Firefox – Version 2.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
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    • Google Chrome – Version 4.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
  • iPads, other tablets and smart phones are currently not supported.

Hints and tips

Give yourself enough time:

  • As part of the process you will be asked to answer some questions set by the awards partner. Take your time with these as they will be used as part of the longlisting process. Compose them in Microsoft Word (or a similar programme), spell check and word count your answer before submitting into your application form.
  • You don’t have to complete everything in one go. Just remember to save everything as you go!
  • The tests themselves (up to 4 depending on the Awards category) should take no more than two hours to complete.
  • ALL stages must be submitted by 30 January 2017.
  • If you are not sure about anything then ask! You can contact us via email

Advice from finalists

Erika Tsoi

Erika Tsoi at the 2016 awards ceremony (centre).

How did you find the application process?

I found the application process was a good length compared to other job/internship applications I have done. It was also a very good opportunity to practice the different stages of a job application. I found the initial submission of my application a little scary as I felt I would not get very far in the competition so I put off the initial submission up till the last week of the deadline!

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

Absolutely not! Having taken part in this competition has definitely boost my confidence when it comes to job applications, speaking to senior members and communication in general.

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

Without this competition, I would not have found my graduate job!

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Outstanding, exciting, enjoyable.

Kate Prescott

Kate Prescott, finalist in 2015

How did you find the application process?

I found the application process pretty similar to that for most internships and graduate jobs, although with slightly more focus on my personal aspirations and achievements. I think it’s important however to think of not only what you personally can gain from winning the award, but also to consider the point of view of the company sponsoring the award, many of whom are offering exclusive internships or similar opportunities for the winners. Therefore, including information on what you have to offer to the company and why you are interested in that company or sector would probably help during the final stages of the competition.

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

I wasn’t really sure what to expect - I felt that I did have many of the personal qualities and experience required to do well in the competition, but with so many applicants it was hard to tell how well I could do. In particular, I was concerned that my quite introverted personality could affect me at the interview stage, but in the end I managed to overcome the nerves! I would advise anyone thinking of applying to give it a go, even if they don’t think they have much of a chance.

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

Despite not winning the competition, myself and all the other ten finalists of the Female Undergraduate of the Year Awards were offered 10 week internships with Rolls-Royce. This was a fantastic experience, enabling me to experience working in a professional environment on project management type tasks. It has been really invaluable for my CV as evidence of professional experience as well as opening my mind to different career options outside of the standard lab work/ PhD most Chemistry students aspire to.

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Exciting, rewarding, opportunities.

Bronte Wright

Bronte Wright, finalist in 2016

How did you find the application process?

Challenging but very rewarding, the initial questions took me the longest as I wanted to make sure they were perfect! The telephone interview was a competency based interview which I had done a couple of before so that one was okay. However, it was the first assessment centre I had ever been too so it was quite nerve-racking, especially as everyone was going for the same prize but I had so much fun on the day, Enterprise were really friendly and welcoming and I learnt a lot!

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

Definitely not! I didn’t think I would even make it past the initial application as the 3 questions that were asked were very challenging and required big answers. I was amazed to have got to the Top 10 in the end and even though I didn’t win the ceremony was fantastic and I got to network with so many people!

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

Absolutely! From the UGOTY awards I was offered a summer internship with Enterprise in the accounts department of their Nottingham regional headquarters, I was there for three months and really enjoyed it! Since then I have been offered a placement in revenue management down in the European Headquarters but unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances I will no longer be taking a placement year so I’m searching for summer internships elsewhere. The process was the first proper application process I went through as well so I’ve definitely gained some transferable skills such at networking that I can take forward into future applications!

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Challenging, rewarding, exciting.

Kira O'Donoghue

Kira O'Donoghue, finalist in 2016

How did you find the application process?

The application process was tough but enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the Rolls-Royce assessment centre which was challenging but incredibly rewarding; we had the opportunity to network with successful business women and develop our skills in presenting and teamwork.

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

No, not at all! I saw the opportunity advertised on my University Careers Service and thought I would do the initial application. I was pleasantly surprised at every stage where I found out I had been successful. I definitely did not expect to make it to the final 10 of the Female Undergraduate of the Year.

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

The process has definitely helped me in terms of my career. Despite the fact I didn't win the award I was offered a 10 week internship with Rolls-Royce as a commercial intern. The experience was great and taught me a lot of new skills, allowing me to gain an insight into a business place I was interested in. Upon completion of the internship I was offered a graduate position which I have gladly accepted.

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Rewarding, challenging, worthwhile.

Fraser Turner

Fraser Turner, finalist in 2016

How did you find the application process?

The application process is great practice for all the screening processes you will go through while hunting for a real job. It also encourages a bit of creativity and helps you learn key skills such as presentation and group debate. At the same time it is enjoyable and takes you out of your comfort zone, helping you to grow as a person.

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

Never in a million years, after reading previous winners bios I never expected to get past the first round!

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

Yes, it is an excellent talking point in interviews and secured me a summer internship last year. The experience is a great example of self motivation and you pick up a lot of useful skills along the way!

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Well worth it.

Andrew Reynolds

Andrew Reynolds, finalist in 2016

How did you find the application process?

The application process was challenging but interesting - Questions were asked which required a strong knowledge of the sponsor company areas of interest. The assessment centre was a good reflection of actual graduate assessment centres which was good practise!

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 into the final 10.

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

When informed of having made it into the top 10 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 placement 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.

Alex Quaey

Alex Quaey, finalist in 2015

How did you find the application process?

I found the application process fairly smooth and easy initially. The questions were quite tricky and needed time spent on them but I could apply my experiences to them. After this the assessment centre was a very demanding and tiring day, and tested many of your skills.

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

No, not really, as this was the first assessment centre I had attended and there were a lot of candidates. To be selected for the final 10 was surprising, but I did feel I had proven myself on the day.

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

Yes, definitely. I have been able to explain my experiences in my CV and for job applications and interviews. It has given me an experience of an assessment day and understand the challenging aspects of it. It has also given me the confidence to apply myself in these situations as I know I have the ability.

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Demanding, exciting, significant.

Josh Robson

Josh Robson at the 2016 award ceremony (centre-left)

How did you find the application process?

It showed me what it was like in the interview and recruitment stage of trying to find an internship and job. In addition, my confidence and ability to excel myself improved especially when put under pressure.

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

I didn’t think I’d make it past the first stage and was shocked at how far I got. It was a great confidence boost.

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

Massively. L’Oreal offered me an internship to complete after I finish my year abroad at the University of Florida.

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Exciting, challenging, motivating.