ASET is delighted to announce the 2016 Student Essay competition is now open.
To encourage the next cohort of placement students, ASET sponsors this annual competition which highlights what students have gained from their recent placement or internship – in no more than 900 words. We are looking for short accounts which inform others about the value of work experience, clearly express the value of the learning, and do so in a lively and enthusiastic manner.
There are two categories for entry, each with a prize of £400 for the winner and £100 for highly commended:
Placement/Work experience undertaken in the UK or Ireland
Placement/Work experience undertaken overseas
The judges are seeking entries which:
Can you enter?
Check out the full entry details here.
Entries will only be accepted from students registered at an institution which is a current member of ASET.
All entries must be accompanied by a Confirmation of Placement form, confirming that your work experience is completed and was supported by your University/College.
Last year’s competition winners were announced in March 2016:
For work experience gained in the UK or Ireland:
“Congratulations to the winner of our Home Placement Prize – Charlotte Cheesley of Bournemouth University, studying Psychology.
Charlotte impressed the judges with her determination and focus to stand out in the graduate job market by getting a year’s work experience, in what proved to be a really competitive and challenging area – namely the mental health field.
Charlotte spoke eloquently about the skills she developed on placement, and how beneficial it proved to see her course content being applied with clients. She spoke honestly about how some days were exceptionally challenging, but acknowledged how remarkably her confidence had grown. She finished her piece with the words that ring true for many ” use your placement to go beyond your comfort zone”. Well done Charlotte!”
For work experience gained overseas:
“Congratulations to Savannah Mukeshi, student from Sheffield Hallam University in International Business and Languages (Spanish), our winner in the International Category.
Savannah’s winning essay, entitled “Work Experience: A Life Changing Experience” reflected on her motivations “to differentiate myself from the crowd”, and also what it meant to be able to demonstrate to a future employer her many learnings from placement – from coping abroad, to building her Marketing practice.
Savannah clearly improved her professional and colloquial language skills working for Oxford University Press Espana, but she also made huge leaps and bounds in terms of her personal confidence.
It was a brilliant example to show the life changing opportunity an international placement can provide – well done Savannah!”
Previous Years’ Winners
2014 Kishan Somani, De Montfort University
(Highly Commended – Andrew Head, UCLan and Callum Blumire, University of Bournemouth)
2013 Stephanie Arnold, Royal Veterinary College
(Highly Commended – Julie Forbes, Queen’s University Belfast and Richard Lira, University of Salford)
2012 Chetan Kotur, Loughborough University
(Highly Commended – Shea O ‘Sullivan and Blake Keinanen, NTU, David Jones, Derby University and Danial Chowdhury, Loughborough University)
2011 Paul Brack, Loughborough University
2010 Laura Boggeln, University of Sheffield
(Runner Up – Rebecca Murphy, NTU)
2009 Lucy Armstrong, University of Bath
(Runner Up – Christopher Pagett, LJMU)
2008 Tim Chapman, University of Kent
(Runner Up – Alyxandra Milne, LJMU and Stephanie Rostron Leeds Metropolitan)
2007 Clare Dinham, University of Surrey
(Runner Up – Joshila Oree, Brunel)
2006 Grant Wilson, Robert Gordon University
(Runner Up – Ian Graney, Sheffield Hallam)
2005 Jonathan Walton, University of Kent
2004 Stacey Shepherd, University of Surrey
2003 Georgios Christos Fragiadakis, University of Kent
2002 Timothy White, Sheffield Hallam University