Do you know what you want to do after your studies? Maybe you do, or you don’t have a clue. The good news is that there is no wrong answer to this question. Being a student means that you’re still learning, and the best way to is to try. Attending competitions can help you find your dream job, get in contact with future employers, or maybe help find out what you definitely don’t want to do.

The thought of attending a competition is a bit of a rollercoaster. In one second, the brain can be like, “Should I? Do I have the time? What if I’m not good enough?” and in the next second, it could be all, “This seems easy! I’m going to win! Give me the prize already!”

The brain is complex and annoying sometimes but trying your wings in a competition is worth it. Let me tell you why.

The winner takes it all.Whether it’s a physical reward or otherwise, the perks of attending a competition can help you get all the knowledge you need to move towards your goals.  You might win an internship that leads to your dream job, money that can help you buy course books, or even help start your own business. 

Get a resume that stands out.

Everyone can write a resume but the ones that will make the employers smile are exciting experiences. Even if you don’t win, you’ll have a story to tell in your future interviews. Talking about how an experience has taught you more about yourself and what you want to work with is music to the employer’s ears.

Let’s get connected.
Searching for jobs sometimes feels like stumbling through a jungle, and sometimes you’ll need a bit of guidance. Connections that you make while attending a competition could later be your guides when it’s time to start looking for your future workplace. 

Show your skills.

When I have been working on something for a long time that I have put all my time and soul in, the thought of other people judging it seems scary. Do you recognize yourself? 

It’s okay to be nervous, but this is your time to shine. Believing in yourself does not come naturally, but showing your skills in a competition is a great way to start.

I’m hoping that this post inspired you to spread your wings and fly over to the “competitions” page!

Written by Antonella Basagni

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Winners

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!”