Magdalena Tulacz was presented with the Aspiring Talent Award at the Birmingham Young Professionals of the Year Awards 2014 (BYPY).
The much coveted accolade recognises exceptional individuals aged 16 -23 who are in full-time or Higher Education and looking to embark upon a professional services career in Birmingham.
Final-year Business and Management student, Magdalena, recently completed a 12-month work placement with professional services giant, Ernst and Young (EY), in their Asset Management team.
During her time there, she was awarded an EY Value award and an Industrial Placement Programme Achiever Award for her involvement in private equity client work. Magdalena also became involved in university events, travelling to campuses across the UK to speak about career opportunities in accounting. Following her placement she was offered a position at the firm after she graduates from Aston in July.
Magdalena said: “I am still in a state of disbelief that I have been chosen as the winner of the BYPY Aspiring Talent Award. When I heard my name being read out as the winner I just couldn’t believe it. It is such a prestigious award and I feel very honoured.
“I also felt proud to be representing Aston University as well as Ernst and Young, which I am excited to join full-time in the summer. Looking ahead, I hope to increase my involvement with the local community, schools and universities in the near future too.” After moving to Birmingham from Poland at the age of 15 with a limited knowledge of the English language, Magdalena achieved exemplary GCSE and A-level results before enrolling at Aston University.
Having overcome the language barrier, she has gone on to work with Polish students and run after-school clubs four days a week to assist other young people facing similar problems.
Dr Josie Kelly, of the Aston Business School, nominated Magdalena for the BYPY award. She said: “I am delighted for Magdalena. She is a very deserving recipient of the award. She received some fantastic plaudits while on placement at Ernst and Young and I know what an exceptionally hard working and inspiring student she is.”
The BYPY Awards, now in their 14th year, celebrate and reward the most talented individuals within Birmingham’s burgeoning business and community. This year’s event was the biggest to date, with almost 1,000 guests attending the awards ceremony at the ICC last week.
Aston graduate and entrepreneur, Ben Smith, who founded healthy-eating company Frumtious, was also shortlisted for a BYPY award in the Recruitment and Training category.
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