Starting your career can be challenging.

It is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. It’s a beginning of a new exciting chapter of your life, one new adventure of self-discovery, self-development and bravery.

But, it is a process which requires to have a plan oi action. As Mahatma Gandhi once said “The future depends on what you do today.” You need to have a clear picture of what you want before you begin your search and to carefully plan your next steps which will bring you closer to your goals. In order to help you out in the process, we have compiled a list of current international student competition opportunities to help you in the process of discovering the right path for you after graduation and to encourage you to go one step closer to landing you dream job.  Please check them out below and pick the one that catches your eye. The opportunities are listed in no particular order.

1. P&G IT Business Challenge (ITBC) 2016

Deadline: January 24, 2016 | Apply here
Dates: April 17-22, 2016
Location: Warsaw, Poland

P&G IT Business Challenge (ITBC) is a unique way to experience the life of an IT professional at P&G. As the week advances, you will be solving a series of real-life business cases, showing how IT drives the business at P&G. P&G IT Business Challenge offers expert training, personalized coaching, a lot of fun, at no risk and cost, in a group of other top students from the region.

2. Leader of Tomorrow – Essay Competition 2016

Deadline: February 1, 2016 | Apply here 
Eligibility: open to all students enrolled in graduate or postgraduate program (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university
Prize: CHF 20,000 prize money shared by the three winners and the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award
Costs: Expenses for travel, board and lodging are going to be covered, as well as travel service will be provided
Location: St. Gallen, Switzerland

Seize your opportunity! Be bold, be creative and be ambitious enough to surprise global leaders with your own unique idea – an idea that shall inspire and provoke the minds of the current global and future leaders! Compete for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award and qualify for participation as a «Leader of Tomorrow» in the world’s premier opportunity for intergenerational debates: The St. Gallen Symposium.

3. Belarus in Focus 2015 International Competition

Deadline: January 19, 2016 | Apply here
Eligibility: anyone who has published article about Belarus during year 2015
Prizes: EUR 3×500 for professionals and EUR 3×300 for amateurs

Belarus in Focus 2015 is the fifth edition of a competition for journalists who publish about Belarus in the international media. The competition goal is to encourage journalists and editors to pay attention to ongoing events and trends in Belarus – political, economic, social, and cultural.  By creating a place for exchange and debate, they hope to contribute to understanding about Belarus, and help to overcome Belarus’ isolation.

4. 2016 PRMIA Risk Management Challenge

Deadline: December 24, 2015 | Apply here 
Prize: up to USD $10,000
Location: The Regional Challenges will be held at your nearest local chapter in UK (London), Russia, Ireland, USA (Chicago, New York) or Canada (Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal or Toronto). The winning team from each Regional Challenge will attend the International Challenge in Chicago, IL, USA

The PRMIA Risk Management Challenge (PRMC) provides undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines the opportunity to solve realistic business problems with a risk management focus. Ultimately, the PRMC aims to develop and strengthen professional and social relationships across students, faculty, and risk professionals. The competition is open to students in Canada, the U.S. and the EU.

5. Nespresso Global MBA Challenge 2016

Deadline: January 30, 2016 | Apply here
June, 2016
Nespresso Headquarters, Switzerland

Nespresso, in partnership with the Sustainable Markets Intelligence Centre (CIMS) and Latin America’s leading Business School INCAE organize and manage the global MBA Challenge. Last year the world’s leading premium portioned coffee brand Nestlé Nespresso interest in engaging with the academic world inspired 86 different MBA schools to take part in the Nespresso Sustainability MBA Challenge third edition. See Challenge 2015  for case study topic, winners, prize, pictures and more.

6. CME Group Trading Challenge 2016

Deadline: January 25, 2016 | Apply here

CME Group’s Trading Challenge is a complimentary four-week electronic trading competition where teams of undergraduate and graduate students can trade a variety of CME Group products from multiple asset classes in a simulated trading environment on a real-time professional trading platform provided by CQG. CME Group’s 2016 Trading Challenge is exclusive to currently enrolled college and university students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Top ranking students will be eligible for cash prizes and exclusive CME Group experiences.

7. UNESCO 2016 Worldwide Youth Multimedia Contest

Deadline: January 16, 2016 | Apply here
Juniors – ages 10-14; Youth – ages 15-19; and Young Adult – ages 20-24
Dates: November 18, 2015 until January 16, 2016

UNESCO, the U.N. organization that brings initiatives in Education, Science, and Culture, invites youth around the world to take part in this year’s Multimedia Competition.  The natural optimism and unparalleled connectivity put youth one of the greatest positions to bring much needed change to the world. UNESCO’s mission is to mobilize youth to purposefully use their talents to serve others now, ensuring even greater impact on the future to come. UNESCO’s aim is “to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information”. Other priorities of the Organization include attaining quality education for all and lifelong learning, addressing emerging social and ethical challenges, fostering cultural diversity, a culture of peace and building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication.

8. Sustainergies Cup 2016 Sweden

Deadline: January 17, 2016 | Apply here
Eligibility: active students
Prizes: 3 winning ideas will be awarded with EUR 2,500 each
Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Tackle real-life challenges from organizations who want to become even more sustainable with your good ideas. The competition is presented to you by Sustainergies, the leading platform for companies, students and universities who want to collaborate on sustainability, in Sweden. You will also become a part of our student network when registering to join the competition! Sustainergies – creating innovative sustainability solutions and meaningful careers. They are the premier platform for industry, academia and students to collaborate on sustainability.

9. The Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary 2016

Deadline: April 1, 2016 | Apply here

The Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary encourages students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas and showcase their creativity, as well as enhance their understanding of the requirements for a successful business venture. University teams will test their business concept by confirming that their idea meets a customer need, occupies a differentiated position in the marketplace, and has a viable business model and value proposition. The winner will advance to a week-long celebration of entrepreneurship at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge in the USA and compete on a global stage for the $25,000 grand prize.


10. NextHacker Competition 2016

Deadline: December 15, 2016 | Apply here
Prizes: $500,000.00 cash Prizes
Programmer participation: $680

There are many gifted programmers and ingenious hackers. What we want to know is who the fastest and most flexible are. After all, we are in the century of speed!

HackerEarth has recently tied up with German programming event NextHacker (Xtrem International 2 day programming Competition). It is a Java programming competition, which is a hunt to find top Java programmers from 3000 participants who can code really, really fast. The prizes are huge! With a combined prize money worth of 500,000 USD, the top programmers win anywhere between 1000 to 150,000 USD in cash. Out of the 3000 programmers who will participate in NextHacker’s final event, 500 will be chosen from this Java programming challenge.

11. International Student design competition 2016

Deadline: February 1, 2016 | Apply here
The Student Design Competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students around the world who are currently enrolled in an interior design or architecture degree program

The Student Design Competition celebrates original design and rewards individuals and/or teams whose projects demonstrate innovative, functional design solutions that have a positive environmental and human impact, while allowing emerging professionals the opportunity to showcase their work and fresh design ideas to professionals working in the field. First, second, and third place winners will be selected by a jury of interior design and business professionals who will judge entries based on innovation and creativity, coherence and functionality, human impact, fulfillment of program requirements, and presentation of the information. Winners will be announced in the Spring 2016 issue of QUAD, the IIDA student newsletter, and featured inDesignMatters and on the IIDA website.

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