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Get Ahead with these Career Competitions

By Julia Molloy of the GKBC Academy
Get Ahead with these Career Competitions

It’s that age old career conundrum: you’re working towards your dream job but have no experience to put on as a reference. Well the GKBC Academy may just have the answer for you! Industry related competitions not only offer brilliant credentials for your CV but some tasty prizes as well. Great for whatever job you’re fighting for! Our friends at GKBC have compiled a list of current competitions. Good luck guys!

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No matter what you’re studying, there’ll always be a competition out there for you to make your name within your field. Here we’ve put together a list of some up-and-coming competitions, categorised via subject area and ranging from design to creative writing.

Have a go and you could win some life-changing prizes – and a pretty awesome addition to your CV!




SDC International Design

If you’re an undergrad studying fashion or textile design, why not give this competition a go by creating a product within the theme of ‘Material World’? The winner will get lots of publicity on an international scale, and submissions need to be in for 30th November 2014.




IBE Business Ethics Student Essay

Open to both undergraduates and postgraduates, this competition asks you to write 3000 words on business ethics with a £1000 prize up for grabs. The deadline is 30th June 2014.


2014 CIMA Global Business Challenge

Kick-start your business career with this challenge. In teams of four, all of whom have to be undergraduates, analyse this case study based on a scenario which will be emailed to you when you register. Register by 7th March 2014 and if you win in your country, you could go to India for the international final!




Brakes Student Chef Challenge

This competition gives three full-time student chefs studying hospitality or catering the opportunity to gain some real experience. The brief is to come up with a three-course, four-cover menu including ingredients, methodology and budget. The theme is ‘Back to Basics’ and the deadline is 12th December 2013. There are loads of prizes up for grabs with regional heats, and the overall prize will include a week’s work experience with one of the competition judges.




JCT Student Essay Competition

Do you have a talent for writing essays? The JCT Student Essay Competition is looking for 2500 words on the topic of ‘what could be done to simplify construction?’. You must be studying a construction-related programme and enter by 19th March 2014. The winner will receive £1000.


Creative Writing


The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize

If you’re an aspiring poet between the ages of 16 and 18, the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize gives you the opportunity to have your work published as well as winning £3000. The theme is ‘News’ and the deadline is 28th February 2014.

Lancaster University Writing Awards

In conjunction with Cake magazine, Lancaster University are offering sixth-form students the opportunity to showcase their literary criticism, prose fiction or poetry. You could win £100 in book vouchers as well as seeing your work in print in Cake magazine. Deadline is the end of February.


Design and Architecture


Student Starpack Packaging Design Competition

This mega-compilation of competitions for design students is looking for innovative designs to solve various companies’ packaging issues. You’ll need to include a prototype and development boards and submit the physical copy by 21st March 2014 to be in with a chance of winning the amazing prizes that each company has to offer.


Shell Ideas360

This global competition for students lets you tackle the big issues out there, including energy, water and food problems. The winner will get to participate in a National Geographic Expedition, as well as the best ideas being considered by the Shell GameChanger programme. You could really make a difference if you submit your ideas by 16th December 2013.


David Salisbury Future of the Conservatory

Design and architecture students can get stuck in with this chance of winning £1000, an iPad and an interview published on the David Salisbury website. Simply design an innovative conservatory and submit by 31st May 2014 – they may even build it!




Medical Student Essay Competition

Medical students won’t miss out either. Write 1500 words on why you support or don’t support the statement: “This house believes that the UK government should introduce a screening programme for prostate cancer.” The winner will have their work published on the Journal of Clinical Urology website and the deadline is 31st March 2014.




Olympus Student Photography Contest

Open to students in full or part-time education aged 16 or over, this competition is perfect for any budding photographers. The theme is ‘People & Portraits’ and the winner receives the Olympus OM-D E-M5 kit with 12-50mm lenses. The deadline is 28th February 2014.



Do you know of any more student competitions that we’ve missed? Let us know by commenting below.

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