Are you the Management Undergraduate of the Year?

Entry criteria

We're searching UK universities to find the outstanding Management Undergraduate of the Year. You must have an aptitude for customer service and sales, flexibility, leadership, a strong work ethic and great communication skills.

Win

Work experience on two continents! A ten-week summer placement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, including a week in the USA, is up for grabs. The lucky winner will experience all aspects of the business, from customer service to marketing to finance and sales, as well as valuable networking opportunities, including the chance to meet the directors and senior management at Enterprise.

What makes an award winner?

The winner, throughout the process, will have demonstrated the competencies that we look for in our graduates and undergraduates. We’re not looking for a ready-made manager and we aren’t concerned with which university you attend. We want to know more about you as a person.

You will:

  • be committed to a career in management
  • be driven by the desire to achieve results
  • have a knack for customer service and great communication skills
  • be able to tell us how you have gained skills and knowledge from any work experience, previous internships, volunteering, extracurricular activities and university societies
  • maybe have had previous leadership roles or positions of responsibility
  • have done your research on ERAC

Previous finalists have set themselves apart by connecting with our employees through social media. You can do that too by connecting with us on @ERAC_Jobs where you’ll find useful resources to help you with your application.

Read the blogs of previous Management Undergraduate of the Year winners and finalists to find out more about what makes an award winner and get their exclusive tips.

You can also get application advice here.

The closing date for entries is 29 January 2018.

How do I win?

Stage 1A

Register

Register your details online and answer three questions set by Enterprise.

Must be completed by 29.01.18

Stage 1B

Online tests

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

Must be completed by 29.01.18

Submit by

29 January 2018

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 29 January 2018.

If you are successful in getting through to the next stage, you will hear from us by 1 March 2018.

Stage 2

Assessment centre

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

This stage will include a telephone interview and an assessment centre.

Stage 3

Grand final

The final shortlist of ten students will be invited to the awards ceremony at Canary Wharf, where the 2018 award winners will be announced!

Enterprise

Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the Management Undergraduate of the Year Award

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is sponsoring the Management Undergraduate of the Year Award for the seventh successive year because we believe in offering undergraduates the opportunity to put the management skills they have developed on their course into practice.

By applying for this award you will have the opportunity to experience what a graduate recruitment process actually looks and feels like from the application stage through to telephone interview and, if successful, an assessment centre. You will also get the opportunity to network and get hints and tips from our talent acquisition team and business leaders.

Our top ten students will have the experience of an afternoon at Canary Wharf networking with all the other finalists and this brings invaluable experience. Some of our finalists are now great friends – just check Twitter!

Over the past four years we have been able to offer internships and placements to over 35 undergraduates who have applied for our award and are looking forward to seeing some more great applications this year and finding the Management Undergraduate of the Year 2018!

Find out more about us and our graduate opportunities at: enterprisealive.co.uk/undergraduate

Previous winner

Kirsten Alexander-McGarry, University of Strathclyde, International Business with Modern Languages

Kirsten is a student at the University of Strathclyde studying international business with modern languages, specialising in management with French. Kirsten is the youngest member of the board of directors at Glasgow Women’s Library – the only accredited museum of women’s history in the UK. She is a Saltire scholar, represents her university as a languages ambassador in high schools throughout Scotland and is the social media manager for the Strathclyde Women in Business Society. Kirsten works with local young people in Glasgow and assists with the planning of an annual international youth festival on the island of Iona.

Head to Kirsten's blog to find out about her experience of the Undergraduate of the Year Awards.

Apply

Before you start your application

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

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Hints and tips

Give yourself enough time:

  • As part of the process you will be asked to answer some questions set by the award 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) and spell check and word count your answers 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 four depending on the award category) should take no more than two hours to complete.
  • ALL stages must be submitted by 29 January 2018.
  • If you are not sure about anything then ask! You can contact us via email.

Advice from finalists

Andrew Reynolds

Andrew Reynolds, finalist in 2016

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.

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 to 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 was really friendly and welcoming and I learned 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 three questions that were asked were very challenging and required big answers. I was amazed to have got to the top ten in the end and, even though I didn’t win the ceremony, it was fantastic and I got to network with so many people!

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

Absolutely! From the Undergraduate of the Year 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.

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 practise 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 until 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 boosted my confidence when it comes to job applications, speaking to senior people 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.

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 debating. 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 it 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.

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 or 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.

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 businesswomen 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 ten of the Female Undergraduate of the Year Award.

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 ten-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.