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History student named Undergraduate of the Year

Posted on 18/04/2012

A 'talented and resourceful' History student from Royal Holloway, University of London has been offered a sought-after summer internship with Barclays after winning a national Undergraduate of the Year Award.

The annual award run by TARGETjobs saw Rosa O'Rourke see off competition from 536 students from universities across the country.

Rosa was put through a series of online tests, application forms, interviews and assessment exercises before she was selected as the Arts and Humanities Undergraduate of the Year.

It was through her teamwork skills in a group presentation which formed part of the assessment and Rosa's in-depth knowledge of current affairs and interpersonal skills that helped her to secure the top award.

Rosa said: “I am surprised and delighted to have won - it is a huge opportunity for me as I have been offered an internship this summer as well as a meeting with the CEO of Barclays Wealth and the chance to network with other areas of the business I may be interested in working in in the future. It has been an incredibly rewarding process which I would recommend to any other students who may consider applying in the future. The rigorous assessment process was invaluable experience for applying for employment after graduation.”

Dr Sarah Ansari, Head of the Department of History, said: “This is a very well-deserved award – Rosa is an excellent advertisement for the quality of students in this department, and we are all extremely proud of her achievement.”

Rosa's award was one of 12 presented during a ceremony at Canary Wharf last week. Each award was sponsored by a top graduate recruiter: Deloitte, Barclays, Mars, Ernst & Young, Morgan Stanley, Laing O’Rourke, E.ON, EDF Energy, RBS, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, BT and Mayer Brown.

Liz Wilkinson, Head of Royal Holloway Careers Service, said: "The Careers Service promotes this competition to students every year and we are delighted with Rosa’s success, which we hope will inspire more students to enter next year."

More information about these awards, can be found by visiting the TARGETjobs website

For more graduate competitions and opportunities check out the Career Service's Twitter feed @rhulcareers. Employers seeking to meet more talented graduates like Rosa should visit the Career's Website


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