29 Sep 2017

Careers Round-up September 29th 2017

Stephanie Hall 250wHere’s a taster of some of our most recent activities and lunch time drop-in sessions 

  • U5s completed their Futurewise profiling … and await their interviews to learn more about study and career options 
  • Isabel McKeon visited from ACT (Ambition Centre for Training) to tell us about SQA courses in beauty therapy and make-up artistry
  • Girls learned about a brand new course at Heriot Watt  - BSc Geography – aiming to look at global solutions to problems
  • Personal statement clinic for extra advice for UCAS applications
  • Four girls attended an inspiring FUTURE AS5ET Conference and heard the first minister – not discussing politics!
  • Eve Bishop came in to discuss careers in chemical engineering

Highlights of news and career notices that went out:

Students aged 15 - 18

Young Investment Banker Programme, UCL, October 29th.

The programme brings professionals from the world's most prestigious banks, hedge funds and private equity firms to UCL to give students a 360 degree immersion into the world of an investment banker.
Students will gain a full internship experience through a mixture of presentations, interactive case studies and personal networking time. This will provide them with a unique addition to their UCAS personal statements, and boost their future career prospects.
For any further information please send us an email at or call us on 0844 057 0242

InvestIN Education will also be hosting the Young Engineer, Young Entrepreneur, Young Doctor, Young Lawyer, and Young Journalist Programmes this term.

Gap Year SQ 250wGap Year?

L/U6 interested in ski and snowboard training and paid internships in Canada, USA, Switzerland, New Zealand and Japan when you leave school? See Mrs Hall for further details or contact

International Students

Universities Scotland will be hosting a recruitment fair at the University of Stirling on Wednesday 8th November.

The event will be aimed at international students currently studying in the UK seeking Higher Education opportunities in Scotland.

Representatives from Higher Education Institutions from across Scotland will be in attendance to meet with students and answer any subject specific or general enquires.

In addition, the event will also include various breakout sessions. Potential breakout session topics include;

  • Personal statement writing
  • Sample academic lectures in key subject areas including Business and Engineering
  • International student support services
  • Admissions process for international students

The latest research: rise in apprenticeships, especially degree apprenticeships

  • Recruitment levels are rising – employers surveyed have hired 20,614 graduates and 11,016 apprentices (of which 823 are degree apprentices) this year
  • This represents a 1% rise in graduate jobs, a 19% increase in all apprenticeships and a 50% increase in degree apprenticeships
  • The median starting salary for a degree apprentice is £17,800 lower than the median graduate starting salary of £28,000
  • Employers expect to increase degree apprenticeships by 15% in 2018
  • For more information, go to:
  • Recruitment levels are rising – employers surveyed have hired 20,614 graduates and 11,016 apprentices (of which 823 are degrees)
Bioscience Careers Day

An October half-term opportunity for those interested in a career here: Saturday 14 October 2017, King's College London.  For more information and to register, visit or contact Royal Society of Biology at

Thinking of Studying Maths and/or Social Subjects?

What you need to know 250wThe University of Edinburgh is inviting S5/S6 pupils who are studying higher maths or social subjects to participate in an exciting free event on 10 November 2017: 'Using maths to understand society – a taster event on statistics for social science'. Visit the event webpage to find out more and register your pupils or contact Dr Gitit Kadar-Satat (, 07538854765) for further information.

When: 10 November 2017, 14:00-16:30

Where: The University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square - Room G.06

Schools' Medicine Lectures 2017 continued

The first lecture of the series has taken place.  All lectures take place in the Great Hall (9 Queen Street, Edinburgh) with the opportunity for both speakers and students to meet up in the New Library for refreshments prior to the lecture. The next lecture is Topical Medical Issues - Monday 6th November (5 - 6) and Becoming a Doctor - Wednesday 22nd November (4 - 5.30)

Are you 16 – 17 years old?

Try before you apply – up to a week of hands on experience at university

Up to a week long summer school placement at your choice of top university

Large choice of STEM subjects. Apply online

Are you a 15-16 year old girl?

If you have a passion for STEM, then let INSPIRE give you the opportunity to take part in projects, lectures and workshops, learn how to write reports, develop research techniques, meet engineers, researchers, be confident and enthusiastic about your next level of study in STEM subjects.

Courses take place straight after your GCSEs and run throughout June and July.

Find out more and apply online from 1st September at

Future AS5ET Feedback

Taylor attended the inspirational Future AS5ET Conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.  Here’s what she said:

Throughout the day we listened to many inspirational and successful women from a range of professions.  They provided advice on careers, interviews – and other aspects of life. We also learned the sheer number of roles involved in just one asset management company.  Importantly, we learned that each career path is unique and heard from women who went straight into the work force, to college, applied for apprenticeships and those who went the more traditional university route.

Emily, Prithi and Laura also said:

We attended a conference which introduced S5 girls to the financial sector.  We listened to talks from the CEO of Virign Money, the young Scot of the year, Chelsea Cameron, and our first minister, Nicola Sturgeon.  It was interesting and inspirational as they discussed the challenges they had faced as women in the world of work.  We enjoyed seeing the range of jobs and careers available in the finance sector, including work in law and IT. We also learned about the benefits of investment banking and how to maximise networking and interview opportunities.

Altogether, we found the day both fun and informative.  It has definitely opened our eyes to a wider range of opportunities available to us.

If you have any drop-in lunch time ideas, college, career or competition news, please be in touch with Steph Hall at

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