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A student’s chance to walk in the shoes of a top Chief Executive.


A student’s chance to walk in the shoes of a top Chief Executive.

Open to undergraduate students from universities and colleges, CEOx1Day provides the opportunity to spend a day shadowing a successful CEO.

Applications for the 2024 programme are now closed.

How to Apply

Phase 1: Applying for CEOx1Day (Application Form)

Eligible* students must complete and submit an online application, which will be reviewed by executive search experts at Odgers Berndtson.

The application form will ask you for:

  • Background information
  • Questions highlighting your thoughts on leadership

Evaluation: Applications will be evaluated on the breadth of relevant work, volunteer or extra-curricular experience, and the quality of your written answers.

Applications Open: Monday 2nd October 2023

Deadline: Applications close soon

Application time: approx. 1 hour

If you face any barriers with our application process and would like to discuss adjustments or submit in a different format, please contact Kelly Harding at Odgers Berndtson kelly.harding@odgersberndtson.com

*Eligibility: The programme is open to undergraduates studying a Bachelor's degree or equivalent at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. Applicants must be available to come to our London office on the 26th or 28th February 2024 for the final assessment stage.

Phase 2: Online Leadership Assessment

Students having successfully completed stage 1 will be asked to take an online Hogan assessment that profiles their skills, competencies and leadership potential.

Evaluation: Hogan has developed a custom leadership assessment for CEOx1Day applicants identifying confident and ambitious individuals, who handle stress effectively, are politically astute, dependable, and who value learning and developing new skills.

Online assessments take place in February 2024

Assessment time: 30 minutes

Phase 3: Assessment Day

Applicants will be invited to a half-day assessment and interview session at Odgers Berndtson’s office in London, mirroring a real-life search process. This includes a one-on-one interview, a group activity and discussion, and the opportunity to network with Odgers Berndtson’s team of executive search experts.

Evaluation Criteria for Phase 3: Semi-finalists will be assessed on their ability to think on their feet and work in a group, reflecting how they will perform when paired with a CEO. The evaluation will take into account each applicants performance in activities like case studies, presentations, and in-person interviews.

Timing for Phase 3: 26th or 28th February 2024

Time Commitment: One-half day (+ travel time to Odgers Berndtson’s London office)

Expenses incurred - Check out our FAQs for more details on our policy.

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