As well as being fun and potentially rewarding, competitions and business games can be a great way to enhance your employability. They may be for individuals or teams of students, and will help you use and develop skills like problem solving, creativity and innovation, and project management. Whether or not you end up winning, these experiences can be great to reflect on and talk about in applications and interviews, and count as valuable experience for your CV.
Competitions are typically focused on enterprise and start-ups, business challenges, tech or coding challenges, and projects that address a current issue (eg sustainability). Have a look at the competitions listed below to see which appeal to you.
There is a range of support available for university of York students who progress through to the latter stages of competitions, this support includes application and pitching support, as well as a travel expenses fund. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some current competitions, which are worth exploring further
There are a number of surveys about employability, career aims and student satisfaction, which run every year. These surveys usually offer the chance to win prizes. See the student surveys page for more.