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 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. As part of his prize, Ryan will have a nine-week fully paid summer internship with Deutsche Bank’s technology division including a visit to one of the organisation’s innovation labs.
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.
About the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus
The University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, an international branch campus of the University of Southampton, is located in Educity, Iskandar Malaysia. Established in 2012, the Malaysia Campus offers world-class engineering programmes including MEng in Mechanical Engineering, MEng Aeronautics & Astronautics, MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Foundation Year. Offering a unique student experience, the university enables students to spend their first two years in Malaysia combined with the final two years at a research-centred university in the UK. Learn more at www.southampton.edu.my
About the University of Southampton
Located in Southampton, England, the University of Southampton is in the top 1% of universities worldwide and a global centre for excellence in research and education. Established in 1952, Southampton is public research-intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group. Through the years, the university has gained prestigious recognition for its successes and history of world-changing achievements. To learn more visit http://www.southampton.ac.uk/