18 Aug 2017

Careers Round-up August 2017


A School Leaver’s Guide to Career Options 2017

Copies of this book, produced by Rate my Apprenticeship, are available from the Careers Base. It covers lots of practical things from applications, CVs and interviews, to apprenticeships, sponsored degree programmes, traineeships and full and accessible details about the top school leaver employers. 

Alternative to University 


Apprenticeships with Willis Towers Watson

An attractive route to professional development and continued education.

Whether you are opting out of the traditional university route or exploring a career change, our apprenticeships offer an attractive route to professional development and continued education.

Our apprenticeships provide you the opportunity to earn whilst you learn, spending 80% of your time fulfilling a real job within one of our business teams and up to 20% of your time attending training to qualify in your field of study.

  • Junior Account Executive in Bristol and Birmingham
  • Professional Accounting Technical in Ipswich
  • Building Services Maintenance Electrician in London and Ipswich
Sound Interesting?

Find out more and apply now at or send us your CV at

Guide to UK Degree Apprenticeships

The Scholarship Hub has produced a useful guide to Degree Apprenticeships which are now available in 14 different industry sectors including: aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, business & finance, charted surveying, construction, IT & digital, nuclear science and public relations. For more information, go to


On Tuesday 19th September, Isabel McKeen from Ambition Centre for Training will be visiting the Careers Base for a lunchtime session to talk about SQA qualifications in Beauty Therapy and Make-up Artistry.


The Careers Base holds a good range of books and all sorts of information about a wide range of courses. Come and ask for help.


  • Explains the main job roles available in construction, engineering & property – along with helpful overviews of how a construction project gets built, the different industries an engineer could work in and how the property profession works.
  • Examines the pros and cons of apprenticeships and going to university
  • Advises on writing the best UCAS personal statements for engineering, construction and property courses
  • Presents some of the questions admissions staff might ask students in a university interview
  • Provides a template CV and covering letter for apprenticeship roles
  • Features the personal accounts of apprentices, trainees and university students, sharing their experiences and how they made their career choices

Can be downloaded from


The Careers Base hold the latest copy of Careers in Scotland, which includes details of all college and university courses in Scotland, 2016-17. Come along to discuss which career areas and sectors you are considering.

CAREERS INFORMATION RESOURCE PACKS has produced excellent guides to a wide selection of careers. Come and pick up a resource pack from the Careers Base in the following areas:

  • Careers in Accounting
  • Careers in Actuarial
  • Careers in Aviation
  • Careers in Drama and the Performing Arts
  • Careers in Electrical Engineering
  • Careers in Engineering
  • Careers in Logistics
  • Careers in Media
  • Careers in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare
  • Careers in the Public Sector (Civil Service)
  • Careers in Quantity Surveying
  • Careers in Retail

J P Morgan is running a one day event for STEM students on Saturday 30 September in Glasgow. See Mrs Hall nowto register.



Our civil engineer from ARUP left us a copy of the book 50-city stories explored. The information is very clearly set out and beautifully illustrated and gives excellent info about different aspects of our changing city landscapes. Titles like Green cities; Resilient cities; Future cities make great background reading.

Engineering and Computing

The Careers Base holds the latest information from the University of the West of Scotland's School of Engineering and Computing. Students might note that their level of student experience is ranked very high in Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Computer Science - see


Former student, Mary Burns, will give a talk in the Careers Base at lunchtime on Wednesday 13th September. She will be talking about her exciting gap year in various countries and how they have helped her to embark on her languages degree.


There will be a lunchtime session in the Careers Base on Wednesday 30 August with Eamon O’Neill, associate professor in journalism at Edinburgh Napier University.


The Law Society of Scotland have excellent web-based resources, which include:

  • Student, Trainee and Newly Qualified Solicitor blogs
  • E-bulletin - Lawscot News
  • Information on where to study the LLB and Diploma

Please see and

Law Lunch

There will be a lunchtime talk in the Careers Base on Tuesday 12th September.

The Law Portal

Developed by qualified lawyers in partnership with the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, The Law Portal is a comprehensive new resource for aspiring legal professionals which provides guides, support and resources to help students find out about:

  • The different careers available in Law in the UK
  • Law apprenticeships
  • Work experience
  • Studying law at university
  • Law admissions tests
  • Post-university training routes including the GDL, LPC and BPTC For more information, go to:
Medical Applications

Inspiring Futures is working the Medic Portal, the UK’s leading platform for aspiring medical students, to support candidates as they apply for medical schools:

  • Interview preparation course, Edinburgh, Saturday 25th November

For more information go to

The Medic Portal

The Medic Portal is an excellent resource for students considering medicine. Please see


Cambridge Open Days Churchill College Friday 22 September

This event is aimed at all potential students but especially those who may have decided upon a Cambridge application during the course of the summer vacation, perhaps in the light of excellent summer AS Level or Year 12 internal examination results. Bookings can be made online via our website,

Dundee Open Days

Monday 28th August 2017 Saturday 23rd September 2017

We are also holding several discipline-specific Open days:

Design and Architecture Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd November

Oxbridge Open Days

Oxford – Friday 15 September

Booking is essential.

BMAT Test Dates 2017

This year there will be two dates for the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT): Saturday 9th September and Thursday 2nd November 2017. Students may only take BMAT once during an admissions cycle. The September BMAT will be available at 20 centres across the UK and allows students to know their results before finalising their UCAS application. Students can take the November BMAT at school. For more information, go to:


Monday 4 September, Edinburgh Venue: tbc

These sessions are mainly aimed at S5 and S6 students, but can also be helpful for younger years considering Oxford. Parents are encouraged to attend. The presentation covers all aspects of student life and the admissions process for Oxford, including course choices, the college system, tutorial teaching, admissions tests and interviews. This event aims to leave students feeling much better informed about what applying to, and studying at Oxford would involve, as well as to break down any misconceptions about Oxford that might deter students from making an application. The sessions will be delivered by Oxford Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach office staff supported by current students who will share their experiences.

To register, please visit our Scotland Tour page at and fill in the form. We will contact you to confirm, your booking, and also to send details of timings and the venue nearer to the date.


Rachel Bush from Regent’s University, London will be visiting on Thursday 7th September. There will be a drop-in session at lunchtime in the Careers Base.


Ethical Dilemmas in Medicine

Chair: Professor Kenneth Boyd, Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Edinburgh

Monday 25th September, 1600-17.30 pm

Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh

If you are interested in attending this event, please see Mrs Hall in the Careers Base.


This event, which takes places at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, on Thursday 9th November. For further information and to book a place see


This event takes place at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, on Tuesday 5th September. Please ensure that you have printed off your ticket and given it to Mrs Hall in the Careers Base.


The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is the global professional membership organisation for chemical, biochemical and process engineers. IChemE promotes competence and best practice to advance the discipline for the benefit of society and support of the professional development of our 44,000 members. If you are interested in studying maths and chemistry and might be interested in chemical, biochemical or process engineering, please see for further information.

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