Business School student receives Hays Employability Prize

Posted on Wednesday, November 28 2012

Business School student Danielle Foster has been awarded the Hays Employability Prize for her poster presentation describing her placement year.

Fourth year BA (Hons) Law student Danielle has received £100 in House of Fraser vouchers from Hays recruitment agency, after they judged her poster to be the best of ten finalists from the Business School.

Danielle, who spent her placement year as a HR Project Specialist for SAP, a business management software specialist, said: “I’m really pleased and surprised to win.

“Creating the poster helped me put into perspective what I actually learnt on my placement and reflect back on the experience and the skills I learned along the way.”

Winner of the second prize of £75 was fourth year BA (Hons) Finance and Business student Jessica Oliveira, who spent her placement year as a finance controller at Pfizer and in third place – winning £25 – was fourth year BA (Hons) Business Studies student Lucy McDermott, who worked in logistics at Sainsbury’s for her placement year.

The competition was open to all Business School students who completed a placement year, and the winners were chosen from the finalists by Vicky Leredde, senior consultant at Hays, Helen Futcher, business director at Hays and Dean Patton, Deputy Dean of the Business School.

Students were asked to sum up their placement year experience – including the contribution they made, achievements and the transferable skills they learnt.

Helen said that it was difficult to decide the winner as the standard of the posters was “very good,” adding that she thought it was a great idea.

“It makes people reflect on what they achieved during the placement year, and helps to look forward on they can actually add to their CV as a result.”

Dean added that they were looking for the initial impact of the presentation, and the balance between content and presentation, as well as useful information about the skills students learnt on their presentations.

“It wasn’t easy to choose the winners, as all of the presentations were really good,” he said.

This is the second year that the competition has been run and the ten posters created by the finalists will now go on display in university corridors and at BU’s Festival of Learning this summer.