Vivek says when most of his friends in college were busy improving their grades and getting 9 GPAs, he was content having a 7.5 GPA. By the second year, when everyone else was getting scholarships, he already had more than seven international research papers on his resume. Last year, Vivek was just browsing through some competitions when he came across Adzuna’s Student of the Year competition. “I thought it would be a great platform to showcase my skills and learn something new. So, without a second thought I applied for it,” he says.
Adzuna’s Student of the Year is a scholarship open to university students across 11 countries (India, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, UK, and USA), which is in search of one incredible student. Prizes include:
- A cash prize of £3,500 (approximately Rs 3.2 lakh)
- An internship in a top company in their preferred industry
- A career booster package which includes a 1 to 1 mentoring session
- CV clinic
- A prize of £200 (approximately Rs 18,000) to spend on courses at Udemy
Applicants were required to explain why they were the perfect candidate for their dream job, and Vivek concluded his application with the lines: “In this world today, where we have guided missiles but misguided men, more of problems but lesser solutions, it is need of the hour for engineers like me to provide more sustainable solutions.”
This 20-year-old engineering student ended up being selected among thousands of applicants from across the globe as India’s final candidate for international job search engine Adzuna’s Student of the Year 2018 scholarship. Vivek has filed a patent regarding new designs of wind turbines using animal wool, and this has impressed the most to Adzuna’s judges.