A Conversation with previous finalists of the Top100 Future Leaders Awards

Posted by Gradconnection

Applications for our annual Top100 Future Leaders Awards have been extended to this Thursday 2nd September! We recently had a chat to our 2021 finalists about their experience leading up to and after one of the biggest industry events of the year. Read on for insights, tips and words of encouragement for your application. 

Why did you apply for the Top100 Competition?

Brittney (Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award, Finalist): The process you had to go through for Top100 was very exciting for me - I would take any opportunity to have a test run at the graduate recruitment process and gain feedback before having to do it for a real graduate position. Applying for Top100 is definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I have had during university and I am so glad I applied. 

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Lien (BP Commercial Award, Finalist): I realised it was a fantastic way to showcase what I have learnt in the past year, practice doing assessment centers for when I apply for graduate roles and make new friends from different universities. During the dinner, it was a great to meet new people in different stages of their degree and listen to their experiences. 

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How did you find the virtual process?

Derek (EY Innovation Award, Finalist): The virtual process was very enjoyable and it really simulated the recruitment process. I enjoyed connecting with other like-minded students as we worked together to solve an interesting problem. Even though it was online, the organisers made us all feel very welcomed and comfortable. 

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Alex (Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award, Finalist): The application process encouraged me to think differently and work with a diverse group of individuals to drive a better understanding into the wider financial services industry. I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from global industries, whilst connecting with some of the brightest young talent Australia had to offer. 

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What was the most valuable thing you took away from the Top100?

Bonnie (Ashurst Law Award, Finalist): The Top100 process provided amazing insight into what recruitment processes would be like. It was invaluable to receive feedback from the sponsors and gain insight into what they were looking for from candidates. 

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Chloe (Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award, Finalist): I learned a great deal from my fellow finalists and had a blast sharing ideas and experiences amongst my group, which before our first meeting, were perfect strangers. 

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What would you say to students considering applying this year?

Sydney (Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award, Finalist): Challenge yourself, believe in yourself and have confidence!

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Bhavya (Coles IT Award, Finalist): As cliché as it is, you really miss 100% of the shots you don't take. I didn't think I could even win a participation award for anything, but here I am. You really have nothing to lose. Good luck!

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The Top100 Future Leaders Awards are open to ALL students studying at an Australian university into 2022, with a variety of awards for different disciplines available. 

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to kick start your career, find out more and apply now


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