"I was extremely proud...it gave me a lot of confidence in my abilities"
'I was motivated to apply as I wanted to develop my essay writing skills. Entering the competition seemed like a fun way to learn more about the topics that I am interested in and to see if I could articulate my views and create a well-structured, engaging essay. I really enjoyed creating my essay as this was the first time I had decided to enter an essay competition so it was a new experience. Writing my first essay was definitely daunting at first, however I followed my original plan well and was happy with the result. I liked the fact that the question was very broad and open-ended which allowed me to consider a variety of ideas while writing my essay. Initially, I entered with the intention of improving my writing skills and did not expect to win. When I received the email and call delivering the news that I had won, I was extremely proud. It felt wonderful to know that I got my points across well and it gave me a lot of confidence in my abilities. Winning the Real World Questions essay competition gave me the opportunity to virtually meet the Director of Employability, John Watkins. The meeting was incredibly helpful as Mr.Watkins shared some of his personal experiences and taught me many valuable lessons that I will carry forward to help with my future career. I learnt about social styles, managing upwards and prioritising my time which were all especially useful and relevant. I benefitted a lot from our meeting as the information was delivered clearly and comprehensively with many opportunities to ask questions of my own. In addition, I also had a meeting with Laurie Watson from PwC detailing the selection process. The workshop was thorough and practical, giving me a better understanding about PwC and future career options. Overall, entering the Real World Questions Essay Competition proved to be a great decision as I learnt a myriad of new things, improved my essay writing skills and won useful prizes.