May 14, 2012, by bbasb
Annalise Grice wins the Professional Development Prize supported by PwC
Final Year English student, Annalise Grice, has successfully completed the Nottingham Advantage Award and is the winner of the Professional Development Prize supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC were looking for a candidate that had demonstrated commitment to developing their employability, career development and professional development in activities throughout the award.
The prize from PwC was 6 months mentoring provided by PwC Senior Associate, also a Nottingham graduate. The prize also included £100 towards ongoing professional or career development and attendance at an Insight Day event exclusively for graduates. At the event Annalise was presented her certificate by Imogen O’Mahony from PwC.
What Annalise had to say about winning the prize:
“I chose to get involved in the Advantage Award because I thought it would be something good to talk about at an interview and it’s really good to be able to show you can do extra things outside of your degree. Having completed three extra modules, it will look good on my funding application for my Masters as well as in more general such as part-time jobs now, alongside my Masters and in the future.
I applied for the prize because I thought it would be great to have recognition from a prestigious company like PwC, It’s going to look really good on my CV and the prize benefits are really attractive. The opportunity to be mentored by a PwC Senior Associate and attendance at the Insight day are going to be really beneficial in helping my professional development. I took part in the Work Experience, Work Experience Advanced and Mentoring; A Practical Introduction modules as part of the Award. Obviously the mentoring was backed by Professional Development within the university so I think this made it really relevant.
I have worked for the Nottingham Unitemps branch for the past year and I think I’ve helped other people with their professional development by looking over the CV’s and giving them interview tips so it’s really nice to be recognised for my own development.
I thought it would be great to make contacts within PwC; also the mentoring being offered is a really beneficial and unique opportunity. It consolidates my work experience and completion of the Nottingham Advantage Award. It’s another way to stand out at an interview or on paper.
I’ve really valued the whole experience of being involved in the Award and it has given me a lot of confidence for future interviews.”