First Names Group reveals its 2018 Undergraduate of the Year

27 April 2018

After a brilliant day at the Undergraduate of the Year final in London last Friday, we are delighted to announce Christina Hadjiyianni as the 2018 winner of our ‘One to Watch’ award. She will join our Jersey team as an intern this summer.

Target Jobs’ Undergraduate of the Year award programme seeks to identify the very best of the UK’s undergraduates, with 12 prestigious awards each sponsored by a prominent graduate recruiter – including big-name brands such as Barclays, M&S, Rolls-Royce and L’Oreal.

This has been our second consecutive year sponsoring the ‘One to Watch’ category, which was actually created by us for the competition. This award looks for an individual who is not only a high achiever but has all the characteristics to suit our business: entrepreneurial, resourceful, collaborative and generally not afraid to shake things up.

Not only is First Names Group flying the flag for the fiduciary sector in the competition, it is also the only award sponsor offering a work placement in the Channel Islands.

The event on Friday 21 April was the culmination of a thorough selection process, which saw our HR team scrutinise more than 250 applications, conduct a series of telephone interviews, then put a pared down pack of hopefuls through their paces during an intensive assessment day in London last month.

From there we selected our eight talented finalists, who we invited to join us for the final. The awards ceremony was once again held at the beautiful East Wintergarden and this year was hosted by well-known British TV presenter and mathematician, Rachel Riley.

Our winner, Christina, is a second-year geography student at Durham University. She is a scholar of Durham’s Laidlaw Scholarship in Research and Leadership, has been awarded the College Award and recently completed the Durham Award. She also represents her university in football and basketball and works for the National Citizen Service as a team leader.

Having won the ‘One to Watch’ title, Christina will join our Jersey offices for a 10-week fully paid internship this summer, which will also include an all-expenses-paid trip to visit our team in Hong Kong. We hope she gets as much out of her experience as our 2017 winner Alex Stickler did.

Indeed, both Alex and fellow Undergraduate of the Year finalist Adam Tilley (who spent several weeks working as part of our Moore Management funds team last year) will be joining us as fully fledged ‘First Names’ in September.

Congratulations, Christina! We look forward to welcoming you in June.