Real World rewards enterprising spirit
While autumn is traditionally dubbed the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, for enterprising students it was also awards season! In September, Real World was proud to co-host its annual awards ceremony with Enterprise Rent-a-Car. The glittering ceremony celebrated the most enterprising students from universities across the country.
Since the competition’s inception in 2004, Real World has awarded prizes to inspirational students whose achievements have ranged from campaigning for prisoners’ rights, to founding a successful entrepreneurs’ society. The 2009 entrants were no less impressive.
Jointly scooping the much-coveted, first prize were Charles Hogg and Tom Webster from Lancaster and Manchester universities respectively. They each took home a well-deserved £2,000 cash prize. In second place was Newcastle University’s Kyle Clarke, who won £1,000.
The finalists impressed the judging panel with their diverse range of enterprising achievements. For example, Kyle has started no less than three new businesses during his time at uni, inspired, he says, by an excellent Business Enterprise Module which he took in his second year. The course gave him ‘support and practical advice from people who have been through the motions involved with business start-up,’ he explains. ‘I would urge anyone who gets the opportunity to take the module to grab it with both hands.’
In addition to the cash prizes, five students were also awarded internships with Enterprise. With the graduate job market more crowded than ever, it has never been more difficult to land an internship, making the internships invaluable opportunities. And, unlike some internships, students hit the ground running with responsibility from Day One at Enterprise.
Next year’s competition is now open. Enterprise will again be awarding paid internships to enterprising university students. In addition to a summer job with Enterprise, prize money of up to £5,000 will be awarded at the awards ceremony in 2010.