June 5, 2013, by brach6

Alan Chan wins the Imagination Prize, supported by GE

Final year economics student, Alan Chan, is the winner of the Imagination prize, supported by GE. This year GE was looking for a candidate with an outstanding creative spirit and “can-do” attitude. This year, Steve Brockett from GE presented Alan with his certificate and prize of £200 Amazon vouchers.

In addition to his academic studies Alan has successfully completed the Nottingham Advantage Award, choosing the following modules: Career Skills in Economics, Skills for Employability, and Students’ Union Volunteering Activity.

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

‘I applied for the GE Imagination Prize because I believe I am a creative type of person and I would like to prove myself for that through the award accreditation. GE is an international conglomerate company that is well-known for its mission of pursing creativity and innovations. Therefore, GE is one of the greatest global representatives of modern innovations and excellence and I am very much attracted by the outstanding nature of the prize – imagination.

In my application and the selection process, I believe I have successfully demonstrated how I applied my creativity in various student activities and how I translated those imaginative ideas into real practice and took the lead. Examples from my experience like my summer internship in Hong Kong, leadership roles in student activities such as China China Society, British Council and AIESEC Nottingham were used to show how I used innovative methods to solve problems, settle conflicts, create strategies and strive for excellence. All those extra-curricular activities have given me priceless non-academic experience that I could never learn in the classroom and given me chances to demonstrate my creative ideas.

Nowadays, we are living in a highly competitive and globalised business world where people are getting more educated and more connected due to the and economic and technological development. Employers are not only looking for graduates who are excellent in academics , communication and leadership skills, but also the unique ability to think of out the box that allows companies to have sustainable growth and further breakthroughs to stand out from the crowd.  I would like to use my creativity to provide innovative and feasible solutions to those challenging business cases and give extraordinary ideas to the business marketing sector as an all-rounded strategist and creative thinker. I am very honoured to be the winner of it and I believe this prize would be very valuable to me in my future career development.

The Nottingham Advantage Award has given me the opportunity to improve my employability and the key to further success. I would highly recommend the award to anyone.’

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