Four Leicester students shortlisted for TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards

Four Leicester undergraduates have beaten off stiff competition to be shortlisted for prestigious national awards widely recognised by graduate employers.

The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year is an annual awards competition celebrating the best undergraduates in the UK. The awards offer an opportunity to network with top graduate employers but also provide a chance to win invaluable work experience with the award sponsors.

Sydney Holt, currently in her second year studying Law with a year abroad, has been shortlisted for The Female Undergraduate of the Year sponsored by Rolls Royce. The award recognises female undergraduates who can demonstrate a winning mix of personal skills and career motivation along with an excellent academic record.

The Male Undergraduate of the Year, sponsored by L’Oreal, saw Connor Gascoigne shortlisted. The third year Mathematics student demonstrated his ambition and clear business acumen.

Economics student Kadejha Morgan has been shortlisted for The First Year of the Year award sponsored by Barclays. They were looking for first year undergraduates who could dazzle them with their commercial acumen, drive change and have a positive impact.

Ciaran Deasy, third year Computer Science student, impressed the sponsors ACCA with his commercial mind and ambition to be shortlisted for the Future Chief Financial Officer Undergraduate of the Year. All finalists had to complete a rigorous series of online tests, application forms, interviews and assessment exercises that mirror a typical graduate recruitment process.

Sydney described the experience as: "challenging and long but overall, it was an amazing opportunity to practice job assessment centres and application processes”.

The Career Development Service aims to empower our students to achieve a lifetime of success through providing them with invaluable experiences that will boost their skills and enhance their confidence in preparing for competitive application processes. Central to this is the Leicester Award; a skills development programme preparing students for all stages of the assessment and selection process

All four students have either completed the Leicester Award or in the process of doing so. Kadejha said: “Completing the Leicester Award helped me to prepare for the application process because it encouraged me to think in depth about how my previous work experience would help me to achieve my aspirations.”

Rob Fryer, Director of the Career Development Service said: “I am delighted that four of our students have been shortlisted for these esteemed awards. It is encouraging to see students, who have participated in the Leicester Award, develop and articulate skills to give them the extra dimension in graduate recruitment processes.”

The awards ceremony will be held on Friday 21 April 2017 in Canary Wharf.