2 York Management Students Reach Enterprise Rent A Car’s Undergraduate of the Year Grand Final

News | Posted on Thursday 30 April 2015

Students Aaron Sherwood (BA Management) and Sophie Penny (BSc ABFM), both in their first year, were selected as top 10 candidates in the UK by Enterprise Rent A Car for their Undergraduate of the Year awards 2015.

Enterprise had 400 applications for the award and in order to reach the grand final, Aaron (BA Management) and Sophie (BSc Accounting, Business Finance and Management) had to first answer questions from some of the top recruiters in the country, then complete a series of competency tests and finally pass various assessment centre challenges hosted Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Aaron Sherwood said regarding the assessment centre, “The competition was fierce, and the tasks were very demanding.”

Having performed outstandingly at all stages, they reached the Grand Final of The Management Undergraduate of the Year Award 2015 with 8 other candidates. The finals were held in East Winter Gardens, Canary Wharf, London for the awards ceremony on 24th April, which was hosted by Fiona Bruce. The winner of the competition received a ten week summer internship with Enterprise, two weeks of which are in the US.

Sophie and Aaron both found the experience invaluable and highly recommend other students applying in future.

Aaron Sherwood said, “the Undergraduate of the Year awards ceremony in Canary Wharf was an invaluable and life changing experience. I’ve made life long friends from the process and have networked with many of Enterprises senior professionals such as the Senior Vice President for Europe, which to say the least, was an absolute privilege. Speaking with him about my career aspirations to become an International Communications Director has inspired me to continue to take advantage of the opportunities available, and be the best I can possibly be.

Life is very much what you make of it, and it’s down to you to exploit the opportunities. Perform and you will be rewarded.”

Aaron has been offered a ten week summer internship with a week at Heathrow and will also be the University of York’s next Campus Brand Manager for Enterprise Rent A Car due to his performance throughout the Award’s assessment process.

Sophie Penny added, the day was really great from start to finish. It was lovely to meet all the other undergraduates that had made the final 10! The dinner was fantastic and the networking opportunities and the experience as a day as a whole were so valuable and one I won’t forget in a hurry!

The process as a whole was hugely informative for me and gave me a real insight into recruitment processes and has given me a lot of confidence in networking and talking to new people. In terms of the 2016 award for next year, Ii would definitely urge every single student in the York Management School to apply and be a part of such an amazing process, with the possibility of an internship with Enterprise!”

Sophie was offered 2 summer internship opportunities with Enterprise Rent A Car before the awards ceremony.

Emma Grant, Talent Acquisition Manager for Yorkshire, the North East and Cumbria at Enterprise Rent A Car said, “sponsoring the Management Undergraduate of the Year Competition allows Enterprise Rent A Car to connect with the best and brightest students from universities across the UK. Participants have the opportunity to network with senior managers within the company, as well as to develop and hone real life business skills. Over the years we have sponsored the Undergraduate of the Year we have offered internship opportunities to over 50 students we’ve met  throughout the competition. I would encourage every management student to apply, who knows where it may lead!”

Nicola Clemmit, Placement Coordinator for The York Management School added, “The School fully encourages and supports students entering these competitions and we are extremely pleased that Aaron and Sophie have reached such a high level in this competition, particularly as they are still only in their first year. They clearly have bright future ahead of them.  Having two Management students in the top 10 in the country demonstrates the calibre of students we have here at York.”

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