Published: 30 April 2020

First-year business student shortlisted for TARGETjobs Future CFO Undergraduate of the Year Award

Congratulations to first-year Business Management student Chwas Rostam who has recently been shortlisted in the top 10 of the TARGETjobs Future CFO Undergraduate of the Year Award, partnered by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Chwas Rostam

Each year the annual TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards aims to find the best UK undergraduates in 13 categories, sponsored by a prominent graduate recruiter. Each sponsor provides the opportunity for students to win a paid internship, trips abroad and other exclusive rewards. The ACCA Future CFO of the Year award is aimed at forward-thinking students who are interested in the value that smart financial thinking can bring to a business.

With a desire to succeed in corporate finance or global markets within investment banking, Chwas found out about the award when searching for additional ways to develop his skills and enhance his CV. Following a successful initial essay submission, he was invited to progress in the rigorous application process, made up of a series of psychometric tests, and a final virtual assessment day which culminated in a five-minute pitch to the Financial Investment Committee of Enterprise-Rent-A-Car.

The application process has been designed to equip students with insights into the recruitment procedures they are likely to be presented with following graduation. 

“The Undergraduate of the Year Awards gives students the experience and confidence to apply, interview and succeed in their chosen career. From the application to the assessment centre, students will gain insight into the recruitment process that will prepare them for their future and enhance their skills and confidence.”


The final awards are due to take place at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, in September.

“I was delighted to have been selected as 1 of 10 finalists to attend a ceremony in September! This was a real high point for me as I had never expected to get as far as I have in the process. I would most definitely encourage as many people as possible to apply for this award. I believe I have grown so much from when I first applied and truly consider this a victory in itself. Overall, the application process was extremely challenging, but also such a great learning experience!”

Chwas Rostam, Business Management BSc

Read more about Chwas’ experience.

Find out more about the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards, and the ACCA Future CFO award category.

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