Another South African Winner

Global Graduate of the Year winner announced

by Jesse Green

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Since 2012, the Adzuna Graduate of the Year competition has been a great opportunity for top graduates to stand out from the crowd, and this year’s competition has been no different. The competition came to a close yesterday with the announcement that the South African finalist, Myric September, won the first prize. The competition spans all the countries that Adzuna operates in, covering every continent on the globe. Mr September walks away with a sizeable cash prize, an internship and a CV clinic with a top UK businessperson.

Entries were initially evaluated on a number of criteria including professional and academic achievements (in fields such as science, politics, sports, and arts), volunteer work, life experiences and entrepreneurship. Three shortlisted candidates were then chosen for each country, before our international team whittled the selection down to one finalist per country.

With hundreds of applicants from extremely talented graduates across the globe, picking a winner has been extremely tough. Even so, the judges unanimously voted for the finalist, citing Mr September’s entrepreneurial abilities, keenness to help other students and academic achievements as the main factors for their choice. Judge Robin Klein said: “Myric stood out from an exceptional shortlist of graduates not only because of his remarkable academic achievements, but also his promising entrepreneurial streak. This is one name to follow in South Africa’s up and coming tech scene.”

Rose Thomson, the Managing Director for HR at BarclayCard in the UK, noted that “[w]hile there were several finalists that were worthy of being crowned Adzuna’s Graduate of the Year, Myric’s achievements an and out of the classroom, not to mention the potential he has for future success, made him a clear favourite in the end.” Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna also said: “Despite a very impressive shortlist of finalists, Myric was a unanimous choice for our fifth Graduate of the Year. As well as standing out for his personal achievements, his desire to help other students fulfil their potential ultimately shined through.”

Mr September was overjoyed: “It’s hard to describe how I feel! I’m super excited and happy right now, the feeling that would most describe it is humbleness, I’m humbled – I worked so hard and it feels like it’s paying off now. Maybe one day this will be the start where I look back and realise that I started making it.”

Our heartfelt congratulations to Myric for all his achievements and we are elated to be a part of his professional story in the tech industry.  It is heart-warming to honour hard work and a proactive person so early in their career.

About the judges:

Robin Klein

An astute early-stage investor, Robin has been involved with some of the UK’s leading and most successful companies, such as LocalGlobe, Lastminute.com, Zoopla Property Group, TransferWise, LoveFilm and moo.com.

Rose Thompson

A highly commercial and effective HR leader, she has a great track record in driving business benefits with some of the world’s biggest brands including Coca-Cola and Walt Disney. With experience in Asia, Europe and the USA, she is currently Managing Director of HR at Barclaycard.

About Adzuna

Adzuna is a search engine for job ads used by millions of visitors per month that aims to list every job, everywhere. We search thousands of websites so our users don’t have to, bringing together millions of ads in one place. By providing smarter search options and powerful data about the job market, we give jobseekers the information they need to take control of their careers.Adzuna’s data also powers a number of economic dashboards globally.

Adzuna.co.uk was founded in 2011 by Andrew Hunter and Doug Monro, formerly of eBay, Gumtree, Qype and Zoopla and is backed by leading Venture Capital firms Passion Capital, The Accelerator Group and Index Ventures.

Adzuna’s mission is to be the best place to start looking for a job.  We love using the awesome power of technology to help match people to better, more fulfilling jobs and keep employees, companies and countries working well.

For more information please contact Jesse Green, Country Manager for Adzuna South Africa on emailjesse@adzuna.com.