Students compete for employability prize

A group of students from the University of East Anglia (UEA) have been competing to catch the eye of a top local business – and scoop a cash prize in the process.

Norwich-based insurance broker Alan Boswell Group are sponsoring a new employability prize for first year students studying at Norwich Business School. The prize is aimed at students studying the numerical and statistical skills required for decision making in a business management context. In their studies, the students are given tools they can use throughout their time at university and more importantly, to show to future potential employers

To take part in the competition, students were asked to work in teams to analyse real business data provided by Alan Boswell Group and present their business recommendations back to representatives from the organisation. A special event was held at UEA on Wednesday 1 March to recognise the students’ efforts, with the winning team taking the £250 top prize. Second and third place teams were awarded £150 and £50 respectively.

Yang Guo, of the winning team said: “Alan Boswell Group gave us some anonymised live data about their key customers and our job was to analyse it and present some recommendations. We were so happy to learn that our presentation had been picked to win first prize! We enjoyed doing this together and putting our learning into practice. It’s a bonus to us that as winners we can put something extra on our CVs.”

John Pullin, director at Alan Boswell Group, said: “The student’s interpretation of the data was excellent and all of the teams should be proud of their presentations. It’s not easy to present in front of a panel but they really rose to the occasion. This is real data that we use to make real business decisions so we hope it’s given the teams an insight into working in the industry”.

Sally Piff, lecturer in quantitative methods for business at Norwich Business School, said: “At a time when competition for graduate jobs is at its highest, anything the students can do to show off their skill set to employers is worthwhile.”