Ciara Browne, a third year student from UCD, finished third in the gradireland National Student Challenge Final on Thursday 20th March – for the second year in a row!
It was a closely run race, with 60 of Ireland’s top students after a series of 6 gruelling tasks set by some of Ireland’s top graduate employers.
Ciara qualified for the Final from a pool of over 4,100 students who registered to take the National Student Challenge online. The online assessment put those students to the test, challenging their verbal reasoning; numerical reasoning; commercial competency and logical thinking. Once complete, students were ranked on a leaderboard, with only the top students qualifying to take part in the Final.
Finalists were then set a series of 6 challenges to complete during the course of the Final. Challenges were set by gradireland in collaboration with Lidl, Boston Scientific, PwC, Jameson, SAP and EY, with the help of Irish psychometric testing company cut-e, and mirrored tests used by graduate employers in assessment centres, thus helping all students develop their employability skills. Ciara and the other finalists were tested on Planning & Organising; Commercial Acumen; Persistence; Constructive teamwork; Creativity; and Innovative Problem Solving, all key attributes that top graduate employers look for when recruiting for their graduate positions.
In a tight finish, Ava Mahony (UL) just pipped Tiarnan McCaughan (Trinity College Dublin) and Ciara Browne (UCD) into second and third place respectively.
Look out for the National Student Challenge 2015 launching towards the end of this year, and keep an eye out for other competitions to enter.