Competitions & Surveys
Did you know that a number of organisations run interactive games and business challenges for students? There are also a number of regualr surveys of students' views on employers and careers, many of which offer prizes as incentives for taking part.
Competition gives you a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in areas such as marketing, journalism, financial trading, project management or even setting up your own business.
As an individual, or in teams, you will compete with students across the UK and Internationally for the chance to win fantastic prizes and often paid work experience.
Below are just some of the great competitions you can enter as well as details of current surveys.
Adzuna and Milkround join forces to Launch Graduate of the Year Competition 2013
Competition for graduate positions continues to rise in the UK with over 50 applicants for every available graduate job. Unemployment among 18-25 year olds is the highest it’s been for decades and graduates are finding it tougher than ever to land an entry-level position. But there are glimmers of hope in the market, with top employment companies Milkround and Adzuna teaming up to launch a nationwide campaign to find Britain’s “Graduate of the Year 2013”.
Recent data from job site Adzuna.co.uk shows that there are currently 18,460 graduate jobs currently available in the UK, but more graduates than ever are fighting it out for these positions. There are over 100 applicants per graduate job in competitive sectors such as Finance, Healthcare and Law. Finance graduates have to fight it out with 118 applicants for every role. shows that there are currently 18,460 graduate jobs currently available in the UK, but more graduates than ever are fighting it out for these positions. There are over 100 applicants per graduate job in competitive sectors such as Finance, Healthcare and Law. Finance graduates have to fight it out with 118 applicants for every role.
The Adzuna and Milkround competition, open to all recent and soon-to-be graduates, will reward the brightest and best graduates in their field - from academics and student politicians to sports people and young entrepreneurs. Applicants must answer a series of simple questions about themselves and what makes them special, and the winner will be rewarded with the following prize:
- An internship with a top UK company (including eBay, L’Oreal, Sony & Google)
- A cash prize of £1000
- A CV clinic with a top UK entrepreneur
- The Illustrious Crown of “Graduate of the year”
Applications for Graduate of the Year are open from today and will stay open until midnight on the 1st July 2013. Students and recent university graduates can apply directly here -http://www.adzuna.co.uk/jobs/graduate-of-the-year.html and the overall winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony on the 1st August 2013. and the overall winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony on the 1st August 2013.
Win an expenses-paid, week’s legal work experience in Singapore.
If you join international law firm BLP, you’ll get the chance to do many amazing things. Ahead of then, we have been running a series of online competitions to learn about the things you think are amazing. Five students have already won Amazon vouchers, and we will soon be taking a group of students from The University of Birmingham on a unique City of London experience. But now for this year’s grand prix…
In a competition running from 3 April to 24 May 2013, we are offering one student the opportunity to win an expenses-paid, week’s legal work experience at BLP’s office in Singapore. You will experience first-hand what life is like inside an international law firm, and get a small glimpse of some of the amazing experiences that a career in law might bring. We’ll cover the cost of travel, accommodation and living expenses, and there will also be runners-up prizes on offer. The competition is quick to enter, with just two questions to answer.
For details of the prizes, how to enter and the important terms and conditions, click here to visit our Graduate Recruitment website. Please also follow @BLPTrainees if you want to be the first to receive important announcements and updates. We hope we’ll soon get to meet you in Singapore. to visit our Graduate Recruitment website. Please also follow @BLPTrainees if you want to be the first to receive important announcements and updates. We hope we’ll soon get to meet you in Singapore.
Hong Kong Legal Work Experience Competition
Eversheds are offering you the chance to spend a week in our Hong Kong office. You will get some fantastic work experience, that will look amazing on your CV and give you a chance to see how an international Law firm really works. What’s more, all of your expenses including flights, accommodation and food allowance will be paid for!
To be in with a chance of winning, simply think of an innovative idea, based on our core values, present it in a creative way and send it firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have extended the closing date until 31st May 2013. We have had some great ideas already, so make sure you do not miss the opportunity to win the chance to visit Hong Kong and gain some great work experience at the same time.
You can find more information on this, along with some hints and tips on the type of ideas we look for by visiting the following web page:
RWE npower Future Leaders Challenge
The Inter-university competition, Future Leaders, that we run each year is getting better each year and this year we are changing the destination to The Amazon Rainforest in Brazil
It tasks teams of students to run a sustainable project on their campus and produce a video detailing their project - so for example this years winners were from St Andrews university and their project consisted of driving pedi-cabs around their campus during fresher's week offering lifts to students who not knowing their way around the campus would usually grab a taxi. It was a fabulous project and the video that they made is available to watch here- http://vimeo.com/52739940
The prize for the participants, for the last three years, has been dog sledding in the arctic circle but this year we have turned up the heat and will be taking them to the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil working on a community project.
Competition Now Open - Closing Date 10 May.
The competition offers the students an amazing prize plus an internship in the company and offers great employability skills to all taking part.
Take a look at our website.
Mayor's Low Carbon Prize
Recognising student innovation
Climate change is the biggest threat to our future and poses a huge challenge for London. That's why we must act now to reduce our emissions and adapt to the changes climate change will bring.
The 2013 Mayor's Low Carbon Prize, in partnership with Siemens is looking for innovative ideas from London's students to help us slash London's CO2
emissions 60 per cent by 2025.
Enter and you could win a £20k development fund to help you realise your carbon saving idea. If shortlisted, you'll also be considered by Siemens for a paid internship opportunity, which will boost your career and give you valuable industry experience.
Follow us on Twitter at #MLCPrize to find out when the next Low Carbon roadshow is and meet our ambassadors; you can also find out more about the Mayor's Low Carbon Prize competion at the roadshow.
The closing date for submitting your entry is midday 17 May 2013. See How to enter for an application pack and judging criteria.
Winners of the 2013 Mayor's Low Carbon Prize will receive a £20,000 fund to help bring their idea to market.
The 20 successful shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview and assessment at a selection centre. A phone interview will then take place to discuss availability, desired length of internship and areas of interest. If successful, they will secure a three to twelve months paid internship at the company.
Siemens offers internships to promote opportunities within the business, and cultivate commercial experience at university level.
Shortlisted applicants will be able to showcase themselves and their low carbon idea to a panel of Siemens hiring managers.
All internships at Siemens offer candidates the chance to gain excellent experience. Current interns at The Crystal have learned about marketing, sustainability, events and engineering.
All candidates must meet Siemens business criteria, pass DAMEX security checking and show eligibility to work in the UK.
The CIMA Global Business Challenge
The CIMA Global Business Challenge is an international business competition designed to bring out the best in the young business leaders of tomorrow. This is a great opportunity for students around the world to showcase their talent in business management.
The competition is organised in partnership with Barclays, who share our vision of developing and nurturing young talent around the world. The competition has evolved from eight participating regions around the world in 2009 to 25 regions for the 2013 competition, demonstrating the success and global reach of the challenge.
By taking part, not only will participants experience what it is like to be a business leader, but they will also get the chance to impress some of the big industry players and leading pioneers in the world of business.
Closing date: Friday 15 March 2013