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 my 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 ten 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 I now 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.