May 30, 2013, by brach6

Liam Flain wins the Professional Development prize, supported by PwC

Second year Finance, Accounting and Management student, Liam Flain, is the winner of the Professional Development prize, supported by PwC. This year, PwC was looking for a candidate who demonstrated their commitment to professional, personal and career development.

At the event, Sarah Speight, Academic Director of the Nottingham Advantage Award, presented Liam with his certificate on behalf of PwC. His prize was £100 towards his ongoing professional development and a place on a PwC Insight day exclusively for graduates to provide an insight into the world of work and find out the experiences of new graduates. Liam will also get the chance to network with staff and get insider hints and tips about the application process.

Liam has completed the Nottingham Advantage Award’s Part-time jobs, Vacation Jobs and Volunteering module and the Business School Employer Programme Certificate.

Here is what Liam had to say about winning this prize:

‘I decided to apply for the Professional Development Award as I firmly believed I had excellent examples to which I could demonstrate the necessary attributes to win the prize. The modules I have studied effectively support my progression of exploring career options. One of my modules for the Advantage Award was work experience in the Co-Operative Foodstore. This experience was invaluable in my progression of being able to demonstrate professional development. I have also completed the Employer Program which allowed me to interact with prestigious graduate employers and which included a session presented by PwC. From this I could demonstrate a high commitment to enhancing my employability and consequently my professional development.

I am a very hard working, motivated and diligent individual with an extremely high work ethic. I strive for continuous improvement in my studies and for my professional development. As I have worked for a fair-trade retail organisation I have also gained valuable employability skills on a variety of departments across the store.

The Advantage Award experience has been invaluable as I have gained and developed a wide range of employability skills including communication, team work and practice interview sessions. I would highly recommend participating in the award as it gives you that something extra on your CV which really demonstrates to employers that you are a well-rounded individual. 

My aim is to have a successful career in a monetary organisation where I can develop and enhance my skills. This prize will give me fantastic insight and commercial awareness into one of the country’s leading companies and will be both constructive and beneficial for my future career.  I was delighted to have been shortlisted for this prize and was then extremely honoured to have won. I am looking forward to gaining valuable information and knowledge from PWC.’

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