When I received the notification that I was shortlisted and invited to the next phase of assessments, I was ecstatic. As I prepared for the next round, I was driven to grow my appreciation and understanding of the industry.
Even though I didn’t win the award, I was within the top ten and the journey that I embarked on provided an invaluable experience, which emphasised that ‘success is a journey and not a destination’. The experience taught me how to form the correct mind-set for future job applications, and gave me an insight into how the industry operates and the types of challenges faced.
Since applying for the award, I enrolled on the graduate scheme at Airbus. The skills I learned from the Undergraduate of the Year Awards were a major contributor to the success of my application. It’s now six years on within the company and I am a chartered engineer. I’m proud to have worked on some of the most exciting and rewarding projects, which I consider to be some of my biggest achievements.