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Are you the future CTO of the year?

We are looking for a creative and passionate individual in their 1st or 2nd year at third-level, aiming for a 2.1 in any degree background from any institution. At TikTok we celebrate diversity in all areas.


The lucky winner will gain a long-lasting relationship with TikTok, with invaluable opportunities. Throughout your studies, you will be able to have a personal experience of life at TikTok. This may include but is not limited to: a tour of the Dublin office, breakfast with the Early Careers Team where we share insights and tips on excelling in your career and lunch with a senior member of the TikTok team.

To enter you need to:

  • Be a first or second year student
  • The competition is open to students from all institutions and areas of study

What makes an award winner?

At TikTok, we call our values Bytestyles. These are;

Always Day 1: Always maintain an entrepreneurial mindset. Keep pioneering and innovating instead of relying on resources or past achievements. Stay agile and pursue efficiency and simplicity. Reduce unnecessary procedures. Reject complacency. Stay open and humble.

Champion Diversity & Inclusion: Value individual differences, and focus on people's unique strengths. Think global. Understand and celebrate different cultures, views, and experiences. Facilitate effective collaboration by assuming good intent and trusting by default.

Be Candid & Clear: Speak your mind. Expose problems candidly. Avoid "managing up". Be accurate, concise, and straightforward. Avoid overusing jargon or elaborate terms. Drive communication and form conclusions with facts, instead of assumptions or emotions.

Seek Truth & Be Pragmatic: Be an independent thinker. Get to the bottom of things. Distill ideas down to their fundamental truths. Dive deep into facts. Seek direct experience and first-hand data and information. Be grounded and focus on real impact.

Be Courageous and Aim for the highest: Dare to take calculated risks for bigger gains, with a focus on return on investment. Explore alternative solutions in a larger scope for the optimal result. Insist on high standards. Don't just get the job done, execute with excellence.

Grow Together: Live and be driven by our mission and vision. Show patience and resilience in the face of short-term fluctuations. Solve problems together. Keep learning, keep pushing boundaries. Pursue mutual growth with the organisation.

How do I win?


Register your details online and answer one question set by TikTok.

Must be completed by 30.01.23

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to sit two online tests designed exclusively by our partner, SHL.

Must be completed by 30.01.23

Submit by 30.01.23

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 30.01.23.

If you are successful in getting through to the next stage, you will hear from us by the end of February.

Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests and successfully make it to the next stage, your application will be reviewed by TikTok.

This will involve a phone call with the TikTok Early Careers Team.

Grand final

The final shortlist of ten students will be invited to the awards ceremony on the 13 April 2023, where the award winners will be announced!

TikTok and the Future CTO of the Year Award

At TikTok we are immensely proud of our growth. But it doesn't just stop there. We are constantly thinking of ways of growing to ensure we are always number 1, whilst maintaining our core values and remembering what is truly important. Operating on a global scale, TikTok is primarily a success due to its people. We are partnering with the CTO award as we want to connect with students who have that instinctive mindset that aligns with TikTok’s ambitions and values. We’re looking for someone that is creative, adaptable and motivated.