REAL WORLD AWARDS 2009 – First winners announced!
This year’s fantastic competition gives Real World readers the chance to win a cash prize of up to £5,000. There are also five paid summer placements with Enterprise Rent-A-Car up for grabs. We’ve already had some extremely high quality entrants, two of which were so impressive that we’ve already got our first two winners!
And the first winner is…
Liverpool university student Amy Gackowska is thrilled to have secured a paid summer placement with Enterprise. She says: ‘I decided to enter the competition because I think it is important to get as much work experience as possible whilst at university, especially at the moment with it being so competitive for graduate positions. It was actually a bit surprising to read about such a great opportunity; I had never heard of anything similar before.’
The 22-year-old is undertaking a Combined Honours (Arts) degree. Her majors are German and Politics and her minor is Philosophy. In the future she hopes to have her own business, and she believes she will acquire a lot of knowledge useful for setting up and running a business, as well as gaining valuable experience working within a large company.
Amy hopes to build on what she has learnt at university, especially regarding communication and public relations: ‘I am particularly interested in finding out how the company works on an international level to discover opportunities to use my German in the future. Basically I am just going to start the placement with an open mind to learning as much as possible, both about working practices and about what I personally enjoy most. Hopefully I will be successful enough to impress my employers!’
In order for fellow students to stand out from the crowd, Amy suggests getting paid work experience, doing voluntary work, or even something like running a sports club to learn new skills and make an impact on others. She says: ‘Personally, I took qualifications in dance teaching whilst at school and university, which helped me to find work and encourage other students to get involved with other activities outside studying, and I know others who have enjoyed doing the same through first aid and coaching qualifications.’
And our second winner is…
Tom Webster of Manchester University was also selected by Enterprise Rent-A-Car for one of their prestigious internships this summer. The judges were impressed with Tom’s application which detailed his involvement in the university’s rugby club, the management society, and the trading and investment society. Outside of university he has also taken part in training the students of Manchester Grammar School at rugby.
Tom is delighted to have been picked as a winner. He says: ‘It’s a great opportunity and I look forward to working in that environment.’ Unfortunately for Tom, when Real World broke the good news to him he was nursing a dislocated shoulder, an injury sustained while playing rugby. We hope it heals quickly!
If you want to be in with a chance of winning a prize and would like more information about the competition visit: www.realworldmagazine.com/realworldawards. Entries close 30 June 2009. Good luck!