Why should you spend the time and effort to participate in a competition, when you are not even sure that you will get something for the effort? There are several reasons why participating in a competition is a worthwhile activity, you learn much, have a better chance of winning than you think and can gain valuable experience for your CV.

Learning, learning, learning

The main reason to compete is that you learn a great deal by participating in a competition. A student competition is a great setting to learn in, failure does not bear any severe consequences and you can measure your skills in the subject against others, in a fail-safe environment. When producing your contribution, you dig deep down into a subject and become better at it – and it‘s fun! By participating in competitions where the topic is not in your main field – you learn a lot and can also discover that it happened to be exactly that field which you were great at.

You often have a decent chance to win

Despite huge prize sums and extravagant prizes, there are many competitions that do not get that many contributions. Believe us. Otherwise, we would not be in business. We constantly hear competitions moaning about how difficult it is to get students to send in contributions, so please, someone, make them happy by winning their prizes. 

The more niched a competition is, the higher the chance that the number of participants is low and hence, you have a much greater chance of winning them. So if you are talented in a field like Arts&Design, Business, Social Sciences, Tech & Engineering, just go for it!

It is good for your CV 

Companies know that participating in a competition is a great effort for a student and therefor value it when they are looking for candidates for their jobs. It shows that you are ambitious and that you are not afraid to compete or get measured against others.

Get that boost needed to start your own company

If you have considered starting a business, participating in a competition is a great way to get started. You are then forced to think about your idea and write down your plan, which makes it easier to . There is lots of entrepreneurship-, idea and business plan competitions, both global and local, where you can win the money, advice and other resources needed to get going with your business idea. Most competitions offer feedback and coaching for your idea as well.

Shortcut to success

Your grades are not as good as they should be, but you still feel that you are really clever? Prove that you are still competitive by participating in – and winning competitions! Several of the founders of Studentcompetitions.com were no brainiacs in school, but have proven their value in battle by winning competitions. It is a volatile, but viable strategy to reach success in life.

Join your first competition today and experience the joys of competing. Naturally, you may not always win and will probably not do so initially, but if you keep on competing you will learn the game and eventually, you will win. The charm of participating in a competition is that the outcome is up to you and your skills and the satisfaction when you actually master something is incomparable.

Challenge Yourself – Challenge the World!


What They Say

Manish Sonal, India
Winner of KTH Masters Challenge 2015 – Full Scholarship and living costs paid for at KTH
“I was always reluctant in applying to foreign Universities due to my financial constraints. Today I am pursuing my Master’s in a subject which I love and feel more confident about my future.”
Saravanan Yuvaraja, India
Winner of GE Light the way Challenge
“GE Light the Way Concepts for the future of Office Lighting Innovation Challenge Competition was one of my best life time experiences. This challenge had given me a chance to know exactly, what the organization is looking from the innovative student community for creating smart and sustainable world in the future.”
Arlisa Febriani, Indonesia
Winner of the Blue Bag Competition 2015 – Full Scholarship and living costs paid for at Lund University
Arlisa’s story is very unique and proof that given the right opportunity, the greatest ideas will succeed. By developing a revolutionary water cleansing system, she proved that anything is possible. This is great news for her, the people of Jakarta, and quite possibly the rest of the world who live in places with little or no access to clean water!
Avon Haughton, USA
Winner of The New School Competition 2014 – Scholarship at The New School in New York
“Winning the competition has been one of my greatest achievements thus far and participating was the most fun I’ve had in a while. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to go to The New School!”