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University of Southampton Malaysia Campus student is TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year finalist

Published: 29 May 2017
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Ryan (leftmost side of this photo) is this year's finalist of the Undergraduate of the Year Awards

MEng Mechanical Engineering student, Ryan K. Prasad, was a finalist in the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards 2017. Ryan is currently in his third year at Southampton, having spent the first two years at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus.

‘‘I never thought I would get as far as I did,’’ reckoned Ryan K. Prasad, a Year 3 Mechanical engineering student, who recently became the finalist of TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year.

Ryan received the Deutsche Bank sponsored prize during an awards ceremony held at London’s Canary Wharf in April. In addition, having passed the placement interview, Ryan will have a fully paid internship with Deutsche Bank’s technology division. 

Ryan describes his journey to success as challenging yet very engaging. ‘‘I was tasked to solve real-life problems with practical solutions from either a financial or technical viewpoint. As an engineering student, I took the technical route. I designed a programme for a specific function within 30 minutes as well as undergo a business acumen interview which tested my understanding of how business and finance play a role in modern technology. Throughout the process, I became reflective as well, delving deeper into past events and student life experiences to solve these challenges that the banking industry experiences.’’

In hindsight, Ryan is happy to have reached this far as this was his first attempt to join a competition of such calibre. The competition attracted nearly 3,500 applicants from all across the UK, and Ryan was one of the seven finalists in the Innovation Category.

‘‘Being a finalist has given me valuable experience in tackling interviews, solving problems outside my field of specialisation, brushing up my communication skills, and broadening my horizon. I would definitely encourage my fellow students to go for it, it is a great opportunity to hone their skills, prepare them for life beyond campus, and build confidence in themselves.’’

He added that joining this competition enabled him to make new friends, fellow university students of various disciplines from universities all around the UK.

‘‘In between our interviews and problem solving challenges, I was able to connect with other student participants and realised we all share one thing in common – a great enthusiasm for our respective fields – which I feel played an enormous role in getting us this far.’’

The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Innovation Category aims to discover undergraduate students who have a passion for digital innovation. During the competition, Ryan demonstrated how innovation could help shape software development and the value of creativity and critical thinking in a business environment.

Read more of Ryan's adventures in Southampton!

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