Barclays Innovation Awards 2018

Barclays Innovation Awards 2018

At Pearson College London we encourage all of our students to enter awards to help them celebrate their academic and personal successes. We caught up with one of our first year students, Damian, to tell us more about the award he was shortlisted for and what he’s going to be up to next.

Damian Zabielski

Hi, my name is Damian Zabielski. I am a first-year student at Pearson College London studying business management. Earlier this year, I took part in the 'Undergraduate of the Year' competition which is set up by TargetJobs. The competition was set up to find the best and brightest university students across the UK in several different areas including engineering, impactful social action, the one to watch, management and more. There were 12 areas in total and each area was sponsored by a different company, some of the companies included L'oreal, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Gazprom, ACCA, Rolls-Royce, among others.

I saw Pearson advertise the competition in January and decided to apply for the Innovation award which was sponsored by Barclays. The application process was interesting as every applicant was put through a series of online tests, followed by a few questions about Barclays, your ideas on the world, and questions you may have if you met the Barclays CEO. From what I was told, there were over 250+ applicants for this award and the competition was fierce.

A few weeks later, I got a call from Barclays informing me that I got through to the final 10 and I was invited to the grand final for the awards evening. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I wasn't able to attend but the group I got to meet at the pitch day told me it was amazing and they got to meet the finalist from all the other areas.

This experience built on the idea I already have which is just to have a go as you never know how far you could get or how good you actually are. It also let me network with some amazing people who are getting up to some cool stuff. I wanted to thank Elton Daddow and Jean-Pierre Moore for the tips, it really helped me out.

Whats next for me? I am aiming for a few things at the moment but I could say that I've got my eyes on the Forbes 30 under 30 lists. I will also be working with a team over the summer on the innovation I pitched, a learning application, aiming to build it into a prototype. I am excited to see how that goes!