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Tips from past finalists

Getting started itself is daunting – it was for me too – but that’s genuinely the hardest part. Start with a broad idea inmind, then let your research and interest guide you to the final destination. Back yourself, and once the ideas startflowing, your entry will fall into place with minimal effort. – Prateek Alkesh, Aecom

Gain support from your colleagues / peers; collation of ideas is key – Gareth Arnold, Aurecon

I'd say don't second guess yourself; if you are passionate about something don't be afraid to stick your head out for it, the worst case scenario is you don't win and you get to practice your presentation, research and video editing skills which will all come in handy in your career regardless. I personally believe there is always a better way to do something and you may have the answers, don't be inmidated to give it a shot. As the only undergraduate student selected as a finalist in the Student of the Year competition I was shocked that I was selected against masters students but if you have quality ideas then age and experience becomes less important. Also adding graphics or some sort of subtle video edittng effects give your presentation a more professional feel so I'd definitelyrecommend that on the technical side of things. – Ethan Harrision, University of Auckland

My advice for anybody thinking of entering is to just go for it. I would recommend having conversations with your peers to discuss your submission and to get as much feedback as possible. Also, don’t give up and persevere! If you are not selected as a finalist the first year you apply, seek feedback and return the following year with the lessons learnt. – Aaron Hoare, WSP

Just do it.  What you learn about yourself in the process is the most exciting part – Kathrine Jones, Wood Grieve Engineers

If there’s anything you have thought of and you’re really passionate about, I highly encourage you to have a chatwith people around you to get a feel of what challenges there may be and whether your clients would be interestedin such a thing or not. If you’re entering the awards you should feel passionate about what you’re working on, getting the rest of the informaion will be a lot easier – Carolina Mayol Cotapos, formerly Aurecon

Be creative, look at the current trends within the industry for which to base your response off, and try to film in a room where there is minimal echo's or external noise to improve the quality of your entry. – Mitchell Peatman, University of NSW / Northrop Consulting Engineers

It’s important to be genuine and treat your entry as somethingyou’ve been preparing for in the long run. It also helps to stay relevant and innovative, approach itbased on current events and provide solution based on issues you’ve identified. Keep it short andsimple – brevity is the soul of wit! – Shruti Rajan, ADP Consulting

Really research the topic and use the opportunity to learn something new rather than treating it like a task. – Bharat Rasali, Auckland University of Technology / Construction Engineering

Just give it a go – there are no downsides to getting your ideas out there. Joining the YEN immediately puts you in a great position to network amongst your industry peers. – Tommy Sailing, Northrop

Go for it, it will definitely add value to your career. Develop a habit of reading industry news, ithelped me gain an insight about what we have and what more we need.
– Bipin Tom Thomas, 2PIR Consulting Limited

Start early and take this as an opportunity to talk to professionals in this field. – Jeff Tsang, Wood Grieve Engineers

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