The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards celebrates the UK's best undergraduates. It is the only undergraduate award in the UK and is widely recognised by graduate recruiters.
Being the best means having a combination of academic excellence, the ability to pass a series of difficult online assessments, good written communication and, finally, the interpersonal skills necessary to compete with other students in assessment centres run by the sponsoring organisations. The final shortlist of ten students for each award are invited to the Awards event in London in April, where the winners are announced. Winning a TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Award – or being a finalist – often leads to a job offer. Those shortlisted have a recognised accolade to add to their CV and benefit from a networking day with top graduate employers.
Each award is sponsored by a prominent graduate recruiter who provides a fantastic prize for the winner, including a paid internship, trips abroad and other exclusive opportunities.
Each award has clearly stated entry criteria, including year of study and a minimum educational requirement. Students who don't meet the entry criteria will not be considered. You may well be eligible to enter more than one award but the rules of the competition mean that you can only enter for ONE award, so choose wisely. Read each entry page carefully to see which award you're best suited for before you start the application process.
The process starts online with the collection of basic personal information, three or four tests devised by CEB Talent Assessment™, and up to three questions posed by the sponsor (specific details can be found on the ‘How do I win?’ tab for each award). This phase can take around two hours but you don't need to complete everything in one visit; you can save and come back at any time before the closing date in January.
The students who perform best in the tests and who best match the requirements of the sponsor are selected for the second stage, which often involves meeting other finalists at a sponsor-led assessment centre, as well as undergoing an interview. From there, the best ten students are then invited to the Awards event in London, where the winner is announced.
Select each categories to discover eligibility and applications.
- Future CFO
- Computer Science, IT and Physics
- Construction and Engineering
- Impactful Social Action
- Mathematics, Economics and Finance
- One to Watch
- Fashion Retail, Buying and Merchandising
The final shortlist of ten from each category are invited to the exclusive awards event in Canary Wharf, London on the 20th of April to network and dine with graduate recruiters before the winners are announced.
Learn more and start your application here.