Global student challenge
PepsiCo has been running a new form of graduate programme for the last three years. Its overarching objective has been clear-to attract the best and the brightest into the business.
Dare to Do More challenge from PepsiCo The programme has been conducted across three stages including:
- Stage One: PepsiCo University.This gives candidates the opportunity to get an insider’s view into life at PepsiCo.
- Stage Two: Submit ideas. The second stage calls for graduates to submit their business innovations online. This could be through the creation of a new product, or by adapting one of PepsiCo’s current lines.
- Stage Three: Mentors help candidates to present their ideas. The best business ideas from Stage Two secure a place in the final and get the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of PepsiCo market experts.
An obvious challenge was how to stand out from the competition. PepsiCo needed to demonstrate that innovation is a feature of every part of its business, including in its graduate programme. It had to find a way to give candidates a chance to respond to real, thought-provoking challenges that could actually make a difference on a global scale and create an approach that would win the attention of the most capable candidates.