Isabella Scanio, an Old Girl who left RMS in 2017 and is studying Ancient History at the University of Nottingham, has been chosen as one of ten finalists across the country in the Management Undergraduate of the Year award 2019. Here is Isabella's story of the competition so far…

"The Undergraduate of the Year is set up to identify and celebrate the UK's best undergraduates in specific areas. I applied for the Management Undergraduate of the Year Award as the criteria and requirements fit my personality and past experiences, such as leadership and team working skills.

"The first round was a set of questions which helped determine what kind of leaders we were and how our personal experiences would fit into different business situations. We also had to do a psychometric test as part of the application process, which is something I had never done before but strongly enjoyed.

"Once the deadline had passed, 60 individuals who were successful were emailed and told that the next round would be a telephone interview with someone who worked at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, as they would be sponsoring this specific award. I researched the company and what kind of questions they could possibly ask. 

"Once all the telephone interviews were finished, 35 successful individuals were emailed and invited to the assessment centre in Egham, where Enterprise Rent-A-Car's main office is. I was incredibly nervous but also excited, and wanted to ensure that I was able to express my skills, qualities and personality early on within the day.

"The first thing we had to do was a group discussion, discussing what would be appropriate to invest in to make the company successful.

"The next round within the assessment centre was a morning meeting role play, where we would have to show the judges how we would conduct morning meetings, showing leadership, teamwork and how we motivate individuals to succeed. 

"The final round was a one-to-one interview, where we were asked questions depending on certain situations, such as talking about a time we have had to overcome an obstacle in our life, and how we motivate others.

"The assessment centre was over and the wait had begun. On Monday 18th March, the final 10 was announced and we are all invited to the overall final which is a lunch and ceremony at Canary Wharf with professionals from all sponsoring companies of the different categories in the Undergraduate of the Year awards.

"I am very excited and hopeful for the final, and grateful to Enterprise Rent-A-Car for the opportunity they have given me, as this is an incredible award which, even if I am not successful, I can still put on my CV and talk about for further job interviews. 

"After my Bachelor's degree I am hoping to do a Master's in Classics and Ancient History, on War and Strategy in Late Antiquity. After my Master's, I want to go into Management Consultancy."