With just under a week until the Enactus national finals this years the excitement is really starting to build up….
As a long term supporter of Enactus and as mentors to many of the teams, we cannot wait to see all the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit from the teams coming to fruition in front of hundreds of business leaders from across the country in the competition that all of the teams have been working toward over the past year.
This will be my 6th national finals and these are some of the reason why I, and all of us at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, look forward to this competition every year…
1 – Where else would you find so much talent under one roof…. (or one hotel)? Not only are the competitors studying for a degree, many are working part time, and also helping to run a university society which is aimed at helping to change thousands of people’s lives. This is an event that brings the brightest and the best talent, and as a large graduate employer, we want to get to know and hire them!!!
2 – The competition – who is going to be victorious this year? Sheffield is the defending champion. I am sure Southampton and Nottingham will want to take the crown from them… or will we see another Leeds or Durham make the finals? These are the questions that everybody will be asking over the next 7 days!!
3 – The rogue judge…. what can sometimes bring a bit if light relief to the tension the competition creates is the random judge who will go against everything they have heard and read prior to voting, and still vote on the best presentation… as long as this doesn’t impact any results it can add to the tension!
4 – Enactus Alumni – they look forward to the competition as much as anyone else… it gives the opportunity to ask those horribly awkward questions to the teams, help coach and mentor the rookie teams and motivate those in the finals. The competition would not be the same without you and thanks for the support you give throughout the year.
5 – The careers fair – whether you are competing or observing you will never get as good an opportunity to network and build relationships with the employers attending. Use this opportunity, and you could not only come away as a winner, but also going a long way to securing an internship or a graduate job!!
Best of luck to everyone involved in the competition this year and we cannot wait to meet you all.
Come say hello and get some tips from our team and find out about our internship and graduate opportunities we have to offer!
Ashley Hever, Talent Acquisition Manager, UK & Ireland