I am 100% sure that I would not be in this position if it wasn't for the Undergraduate of the Year Awards!

Back in 2014, in my first year at the University of Birmingham, I made it into the top 20 for the Management Undergraduate of the Year Award. It was so useful for my interview technique and I was really proud to get to this stage while competing against undergraduates who had an age and work experience advantage. Although I didn't make it to the final, my interviewer was impressed with my interview and passion, which led to me still being offered a summer internship with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The Undergraduate of the Year Awards gave me this opportunity, which is so rare for a first-year undergraduate to gain. I was also able to continue to work for ERAC as a campus brand manager in my second and final year at university.

Following my success with ERAC in my second year, I ambitiously submitted an application for the Future Business Leader Undergraduate of the Year Award with Mars. This time I was lucky enough to make the top ten! The whole experience was amazing. All of the candidates met at M&M world in London to be welcomed with a guard of honour from the staff. We then moved onto the awards at Canary Wharf, which is an event I will always remember. There were so many opportunities for networking with many business leaders all in one room. This is how I managed to gain a summer internship with Mars after speaking about my future plans to numerous directors and senior leaders. Once again, this internship allowed me to learn so much about working for a global company, but also taught me a lot about myself.

After graduating from university in 2016, I am now on the Virgin Media business graduate scheme. I am 100% sure that I would not be in this position if it wasn't for Undergraduate of the Year!

Where are they now?

Graduate business planning at Virgin Media.