Hints & Tips


This is your chance to tell your story. All good stories have a structure so remember to structure your entry along the following lines:

  • Beginning: Provide the judges with information on your career to date and your main achievements
  • Middle: Explain the benefits of modern method of construction and how you would take this forward through the civil engineering industry. How would you drive change and what change would you like to see? Give examples demonstrating why
  • End: What makes you stand out from other graduates or apprenticeships?

To ensure that your submission is your best work, take a look at our hints and tips below before you start your entry:

  • Make a note of the deadline: you must submit your entry by Friday 29 July 2022 so make sure you have this date in mind – write it in your diary or on your calendar, or set notifications on your phone to ensure you don't miss the chance to enter
  • Preparation is key: now that you know the deadline, allow yourself plenty of time to write, develop and submit your entry – coming back to it with a fresh pair of eyes can help you remember important details that may make the difference between being shortlisted and just missing out
  • Make the judges' job easy: write in clear, plain English, avoid too much jargon and use bullet points where appropriate to break up the text
  • Pay attention to grammar and spelling: poorly presented entries lack credibility so don't lose out on being shortlisted on something you could have easily avoided
  • Involve the right people: involve your mentors and supervisors in developing the entry – they will often see the great work you do that you might overlook
  • Back up your entry: take advantage of the option to attach documents to support your entry with useful information that will help the judges to understand the impact of your work and career to date
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread: ask someone else, such as a colleague, friend or manager, to look through your entry before you submit. It can be helpful to ask someone who was not directly involved in your career – like the judges they will not have detailed knowledge so they may suggest ways to clarify your entry