It’s that time of the year again! As April fast approaches, Enactus students across the country are locking in scripts, perfecting their powerpoints and signing off on the most important job of Nationals – outfits! With Regional results out – Enactus Nationals will be here before we know it! Who will it be that leads the UK to the Enactus World Cup in Toronto Canada?
This year will mark my 7th National Competition – lucky for me the nerves I had whilst participating have now been replaced with pure excitement! There is nothing that brings me as much happiness as watching students presenting their impact on beneficiaries – every year I leave that little bit more inspired, amazed and ready to take on new challenges. Whether it’s your first, second or 5th national competition have a read through the top tips below to make the most of this exciting time.
1. Come Prepared
It’s going to be a busy couple of days – come prepared with everything you need…and more! For presentation teams think outside of the box with this – USB’s, cables, cue cards, annual reports etc. It’s better to be over prepared, than to worry just before you present. If you are coming as a spectator, do you homework before you get there – is there recruiter you want to speak to? Get some information about them before you go to the careers fair; that way your questions will be more informed, and you’ll get the information you actually need! Also this is a great opportunity to give out CV’s – make yours stand out! Recruiters will see lots of students over the two days – what’s your USP?
2. Learn from others
The Enactus competition is full of students from across the country, all with a common goal but different methods of getting the results – what a great opportunity to best practise share, learn and evolve! Watch, observe, take notes and talk to each other! There is no rivalry when we’re all here to improve lives! #weallwin.
3. Network with everyone
Whether they are the team with 2 members, the team with 250 members, the university advisor of a rival Uni or a recruiter TALK TO THEM! I cannot emphasise this enough, this is the best networking opportunity you will get in your careers – and the best part about it, everyone wants to talk to you! Be interested in what others have to say, fact find about their particular area of expertise, learn from them. The most important part here is the follow up; make sure you get business cards, names, numbers, emails etc. and make sure to follow up in a timely manner. Networking can be daunting, be confident – practise introducing yourself before if it makes you feel more comfortable – just do it!
4. Reflect on your achievements
Nationals is a great time to reflect on everything you have achieved this year. Whether it is impact you have had with your team, a beneficiary or simply a new connection you have made, it is important that you reflect on your achievements and realise how amazing you are! There is ultimately one winner of the competition that will lead us on to the Enactus World Cup in 2016, however every single person in an Enactus team across the country has something to be proud of- being part of an Enactus puts you in an elite club of amazing students, mentors, alumni alike; use this time to reflect on your achievements in Enactus and realise how great you are.
Enjoy it! Nationals comes only once a year – it is a magical time, where you will leave absolutely knackered but brimmed to the top with new ideas, inspiration to improve projects and impact beneficiaries, and importantly new friends and network contacts to impact both your teams and your own personal development! It is an intense two days that will come to a head at the infamous after party, it will fly by before you know it- be positive, smile and enjoy this fantastic opportunity!
I hope you have enjoyed reading through my top tips as much as I have writing them – I am now even more excited to see you all in a couple of weeks! There will be lots of things happening at National Competition, but be sure to come and say hello to us at Enterprise Rent a Car. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has plenty of summer internships, year placements, and graduate management jobs available across the U.K. We are looking for future management graduates and interns to fill our roles and just by being part of Enactus gives you that opportunity for a possible fast track application process
See you there!