Bristol Economics student nominated for finals of National Undergraduate of the Year Competition

Image of a lecture hall and the text: Undergraduate of the year finalistBSc Economics and Management student, Saul Wilson, made it to the final round of the TARGETJobs national student awards after taking part in a competitive process.

The TARGETJobs Undergraduate of the Year competition is open to all undergraduate students across the UK, offering opportunities and prizes such as internships and placements with internationally recognised organisations taking part in the initiative. The 2020 competition was the 11th annual awards round and saw over 4,500 students apply.

The final awards ceremony, presented by celebrity Rachel Riley, took place virtually this year on Friday 4 September.

We caught up with Saul to find out more about his experience and what inspired him to take part.

How did you hear about the TARGETJobs Undergraduate of the Year competition?

I heard from a friend studying Management at Bristol who had applied before. It sounded interesting so I thought I’d give it a go!

TargetJobs have different awards with various organisations sponsoring the different categories. L’Oreal sponsored the Male Undergraduate of the Year category which is the one I had entered.

What did you have to do to enter the competition?

I went through the process last November initially. I had to complete aptitude tests online and then found out that I had been selected in the top 50 of the Male Undergraduate of the Year category!

In February I went to London and went through an assessment centre with L’Oreal. I had to give a presentation which covered a 360 marketing campaign. I was chuffed to get through to the top 10!

Congratulations on successfully making it through to be nominated as a finalist! Can you tell us a bit about the experience?

I was really happy to make it through! I completed an internship this summer with L’Oreal Paris as a Commercial Analyst. I was working on analysing promotions, online-content and data with an e-commerce focus.

I think the competition is a really good initiative and would encourage students from Economics, Finance and Management courses to consider taking part too.


The University’s Career Service provides a range of internship opportunities, work experience and helpful advice for students and recent graduates, and the Professional Liaison Network run a number of initiatives to connect students from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law with external organisations related to their field of study.