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Big Skills Challenge

Registration for February 2022 opening soon!


  • Are you up for a challenge?
  • Do you want to win a €100 ‘one4all’ voucher?

If the answer is yes, put your skills to the test and register your team for the Big UCD Skills Challenge, an exhilarating cross-campus test of your teamwork, communication, time management and problem-solving skills.

Brought to you by the UCD Careers Network in partnership with Investec, RBK, Aldi an EY, the Big UCD Skills Challenge is open to all UCD students (3- 5 students per team). 

The Challenge will consist of three skills-based tasks that you and your team must complete on Wednesday 19th February. These are the types of skills that employers look for when they recruit interns and graduates. The various tasks involved can be worked around class schedules. It is not an all-day event. 

You can include participation in the Big UCD Skills Challenge in your application for the UCD Advantage Award.

1st Prize
Each member of the winning team will receive a €100 ‘one4all’ voucher, kindly sponsored by Investec.
2nd Prize
Each member of the team that comes 2nd will receive a €50 ‘one4all’ voucher, kindly sponsored by RBK.
3rd Prize
Each member of the team that comes 3rd will receive a €25 ‘one4all’ voucher, kindly sponsored by Aldi.
Most Valued Player
There will be a special prize for the Most Valued Player (MVP) on the day, kindly sponsored by EY.

There will also be a number of additional team and individual spot-prizes up for grabs.


Registration for February 2022 opening soon!



We need as many of your team as possible to attend a Big Skills Challenge briefing at 9am and to be present for the Teamwork task at 1pm but your team  can work on the communication and problem-solving tasks in your own time (i.e. around your class schedule) throughout the day.

Our UCD Big Skills Challenge 2020 Sponsors


Sponsor of 1st prize - €100 One for All voucher for each team member.

Investec is a leading specialist international financial services company. We provide a diverse range of financial products and services to a niche client base in Ireland, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia and certain other geographies. Investec’s strategic goals are motivated by the desire to develop an efficient and integrated business on an international scale through the active pursuit of clearly established core competencies in the group’s principal business areas.


Sponsor of 2nd prize - €50 One for All voucher for each team member.

RBK are one of the largest independently branded Business Advisory Firms in Ireland, with a skilled team of 200 professionals based at our offices in Dublin, Athlone and Roscommon. The Firm offers a wide range of high quality audit, accounting and taxation services to domestic and overseas business.  Every year, we provide opportunities for Graduates from a wide range of disciplines to train with us.  If you are interested in a career in business, visit our website or contact a member of our team, https://www.rbk.ie/careers/graduate-recruitment


Sponsor of 3rd prize - €25 One for All voucher for each team member

With roots dating back to 1913, Aldi (short for Albrecht Discount) entered the Irish market in 1999. Aldi is Ireland’s fastest growing supermarket* and one of the world’s most successful retailers. We have a vast network of 140 stores across the country and ambitious plans to open many more. There are currently more than 6,200 stores across our international portfolio including stores in Ireland, the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA. *Source Kantar Worldpanel, 12 weeks ending December 29 2019


Sponsor of the prize for “Most Valued Player” (MVP)

At EY, our purpose is to build a better working world. The insights and quality services we provide help build trust and confidence in the capital markets in the economies the world over. Through our four integrated service lines - Assurance, Advisory, tax and Transaction advisory services - and our deep sector knowledge, we help our clients to capitalize on new opportunities and assess and manage risk to deliver responsible growth.