Construction student scoops top prize at Undergraduate of the Year Awards

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Jessica receiving her award with host Fiona Bruce and John O'Connor from Laing O'Rourke

Oxford Brookes student, Jessica Dowdy, scooped the prize for Construction Engineering and Design Undergraduate at the national TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards which was held in Canary Wharf on Friday (24 April).

Jessica, who is studying Construction Project Management, went through a series of online tests, application forms, interviews and assessment exercises to eventually emerge as the winner in a strong category of students from other excellent universities. 

The interview and assessment stages were tough but allowed me to gain an insight into the graduate recruitment process whilst meeting some great young professionals along the way

Jessica Dowdy, Oxford Brookes University student

Upon winning the award, the third year student said:   “I am thrilled to be chosen as the winner of the Construction, Engineering and Design Undergraduate of the Year Award 2015. The interview and assessment stages were tough but allowed me to gain an insight into the graduate recruitment process whilst meeting some great young professionals along the way.

“To have the opportunity to complete an international internship with a successful, innovative company such as Laing O'Rourke is incredibly exciting and I cannot wait to get out there and experience the construction industry on the other side of the world. I can't thank TARGETjobs and Laing O'Rourke enough for this opportunity and I would like to congratulate all the other finalists and wish them every success in their careers.”

This award was one of 12 presented during the finals and each award was sponsored by a top graduate recruiter. International engineering enterprise Laing O’Rourke who has created some of the most iconic constructions and buildings in the world, chose Jessica as the winner of their category and awarded her an international internship with the firm. 

The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year is an annual awards competition which aims to find the best undergraduates in the UK. This year the award categories included Future CFO, Engineering, Computer Science, Languages and Law among others. Thousands of students from universities across the Country enter the competition each year to compete to win highly sought after work placements, internships and exclusive overseas trips.