Posted by: emilygilmour | March 5, 2015

Step aside Simon Cowell, I’m the new judge in town…

OK, so perhaps I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, but let me tell you a bit about my role as a judge on the student panel for the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.

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On the 13th February I had the rather exciting and unique opportunity of travelling down to London to take part in the judging process for a graduate recruitment awards. It was a long day for us poor old university students, but it was spent in The Guardian Headquarters, which was rather posh, so all was well. We were given criteria to mark the awards for graduate recruiters and individuals that had exceeded and excelled above the rest. Myself along with other student judges critiqued applicants on awards such as ‘The Best Student Marketing Campaign’ and ‘The Diversity Recruitment Award.

My day was spent judging the ‘Rising Star Award’, which was for talented graduates from a variety of different companies who had accomplished something remarkable. I worked alongside a group of students from across the UK, who were all very keen to decide which applicant we thought was the best. Overall, I had a great time finding out what recruiters look for in a graduate, albeit whilst feeling rather inadequate in comparison to their outstanding achievements!

The TARGETjobs Graduate Recruitment Awards is a great way of finding out which recruiters are rated highly, as it is the largest graduate recruitment awards in Europe, and is therefore as prestigious as it gets. Not only will you find out which recruiters are the “top dogs”, but perhaps more importantly, it shows which companies are dedicated in their commitment to finding great graduates.

Aside from the awards, TARGETjobs has a fantastic website for gaining information on graduate jobs, internships, potential employers and any other careers advice you may need.  Combining this and our very own Careers Service at Newcastle, you will find your dream job in no time!

The awards ceremony takes place on the 1st April, so be sure to look online at to keep informed on the finalists and results.

P.S. On a rather less career-based note, whilst in the Big Smoke, I decided to go and see ‘Jersey Boys’ at the Piccadilly Theatre. If you’re ever in London, do go see it, it really was great!


  1. Wow – great opportunity Emily – glad you enjoyed it! How did you find out about TARGETjobs needing student judges?

    • As part of the Enactus society we were given the opportunity to apply! 🙂

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