24 Apr 2018

Careers Round-up April May 2018

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


Medic Mentor Essay Competition 

Your essay must aim to answer the question 'What are the biggest challenges that secondary school students face when transitioning into medical, dental or veterinary medicine students?' Your maximum word count is 2500 words, including the title and subheadings. You must include references if you have made use of them, although this will not be included in the word count. Essays will be marked down if the word count is exceeded. Please structure your essay and make use of paragraphs where appropriate. We are looking for essays that have a unique message and insight into the title. The use of personal experiences and your own thoughts are encouraged. Please use Calibri font and size 12 for the main body of the text. Headings can use a larger sized font at your discretion. Students from any year or background are eligible to apply, provided that you have an interest in pursuing a medical, dental or veterinary career. The deadline is 5pm on the 30th April. Submissions after this deadline will not be accepted. Please email your submissions to


The winner of the National Essay Competition will have their essay featured in the next issue of the Mentor Magazine. You will receive a certificate in the post and a £25 Amazon Voucher. You will also be invited to receive your award, alongside Medic Mentor scholarship holders, school ambassadors, and presentation prize winners, at the Medic Mentor Award's Evening on the 1st of December.

Civil Engineering

Yr 12 Civil Engineering

24 - 26 July 2018
3 days, 2 night full board residential course at University of Hertfordshire

From the world’s tallest buildings to the most spectacular bridges, airports, highways, hospitals, dams, high speed rail and defence against flooding, Civil Engineers provide society with the critical infrastructure we all need to function in a modern and successful society.

Take part in this residential course and learn what it is like to be a civil engineering student at the University of Hertfordshire. Projects may cover areas such as planning, design and construction of infrastructure, buildings and bridges.

To take part, you must be studying A Level Maths.

For more information or to book, look at

Degree Course Directory

Access to the online Degree Course Directory is currently available to all those who completed the online Centigrade testing in March. Access this at Your daughter will have been the user id and password in a separate email.

Places still available  - Yr 8 BAE Systems Engineering Experience

16 - 18 July 2018
3 days, 2 night full board residential course , Lancaster University

Edinburgh Guarantee Schools Bulletin – have a look – there are amazing opportunities in each bulletin.

Week beginning Monday 16 April 2018

The Edinburgh Guarantee exists to make sure that every school leaver in Edinburgh will leave school with the choice of a job, Further Education or training opportunity.

Would you like to:

✔ find out about available opportunities for you?

✔ understand Edinburgh’s job market?

✔ explore your options on leaving school?

✔ find out where to get help to get into employment, further education or training?

For answers to these questions, please visit our website HUwww.edinburghguarantee.orgUH where you should Register, complete your Member Profile, sign up for Job Alerts and apply for the Current Opportunities advertised in this bulletin.

If you would like to speak to one of the Edinburgh Guarantee team to find out more about any of the opportunities, please call Sheena on 529 3525 or Julie on 529 2410 or email

Here’s a taster of the first few opportunities in this week’s bulletin:

✓ Business and Administration - Modern Apprenticeships – Scottish Government

✓ Commis Chef - Modern Apprenticeship – Down the Hatch Bistro

✓ Retail Assistant - Modern Apprenticeship - New Look, Fort Kinnaird

✓ Retail Assistant - Modern Apprenticeship, New Look, The Gyle

✓ Hairdresser – Modern Apprenticeship - Charlie Miller

✓ Administration Assistant, School of Social and Political Science - Modern Apprenticeship – Edinburgh University

✓ Customer Service, Centre for Research Collections - Modern Apprenticeship – Edinburgh University

✓ Administration Assistant, School of Divinity - Modern Apprenticeship – Edinburgh University

✓ Administration Assistant (HR), Centre for Open Learning - Modern Apprenticeship – Edinburgh University

✓ Administration Assistant, School of History, Classics and Archaeology – Modern Apprenticeship – Edinburgh University

✓ Laboratory Support Technician – Modern Apprenticeship – Edinburgh University

✓ Animal Husbandry Technician – Modern Apprenticeship – 2 posts – Edinburgh University

✓ Business Technology Consultancy – Graduate Apprenticeship – Scott-Moncrieff

✓ Trainee Bookbinder - Bookbinding by Crawford

✓ Visitor Operations Administrative Support - Modern Apprenticeship (R062) – Historic Environment

BAE Systems Engineering Experience

Get a taste for what it’s like to work in engineering with people who live and breathe it every day in the world of defence, security and aerospace. Proudly sponsored by BAE Systems

** A N N O U N C E M E N T **

Newly launched CyberFirst Adventurers course

12.5.18               LEICESTER

To find out more click:

T: 01926 333200


Will going to fashion school actually get you a job?

The Business of Fashion annual ranking of fashion colleges includes an assessment of long term employability prospects as well as advice about choosing a fashion college.  Current top 10 fashion colleges are:

1. Central St Martins - London

2. Parsons School of Design - New York

3. Royal Academy of Fine Arts - Antwerp

4. London College of Fashion

5. Aalto School of Arts & Design - Helsinki

6. Shenkar College of Design - Israel

7. Fashion Institute - New York

8. Polimoda - Florence

9. Kingston University - London

10. University of Westminster - London

For more information, go to:

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Funding for college and university – SAAS

The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) will open for 2018 - 2019 applications mid April and they encourage students to apply as soon as possible, and before June 2018, to ensure you receive funding in time for the start of courses.

Students can apply with conditional offers so there is no need to wait for examination results to submit applications. After results, you can amend applications if your course or circumstances change, or if you no longer plan to go to college or university.

You can get additional advice and the latest updates by subscribing to SAAS social media channels or visiting the website

International higher education podcasts: higher education in Holland

David Hawkins gives information and advice about applying to Dutch universities. To access this and other University Guy podcasts, go to:

Legally Pod: The Lawyer Portal podcasts

Speaking on Legally Pod, world-renowned barrister Cherie Blair, founder of international law firm Omnia Strategy LLP, discusses a topic very close to her heart: diversity in the legal profession, as well as her own legal success story, and shares valuable advice for aspiring solicitors and barristers alike. To access this and other Lawyer Portal podcasts, go to:

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The Smallpeice Trust is delighted to announce that the new timetable of CyberFirst courses is now available and applications for places will be via The Smallpeice Trust website.

Following on from the success of 2017, teens across the UK will once again have the chance to take part in an expanded range of CyberFirst courses. Designed by cyber security experts from the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the nationwide courses will be delivered by experienced training partner QA, and national education charity, The Smallpeice Trust.

There will be a total of 1,150 FREE places available across 23 courses at a range of UK locations for tech-savvy teens to hone their cyber security skills.  This generation of young people have grown up with digital technology as part of their every day life and have a natural aptitude for using digital technology; and it’s keeping that technology secure which is a key aspiration of the courses. Rather than focus solely on theory, attendees are given the chance to experience cyber security through practical learning and applied teamwork, bringing out each individual’s potential.

The five day courses, with residential and non-residential places available, provide students with the opportunity to explore modern security technology whilst working with the latest cyber security tools. The courses use presentations, team exercises and hands-on experience to hone the next generation of cyber security experts, or cyberists.
There are three different courses available, depending on age group:-

  • CyberFirst Defenders         (Designed for 14 to 15 year olds with a demonstrable interest in computing)
  • CyberFirst Futures              (Designed for 15 to 16 year olds who are familiar with computing and programming)
  • CyberFirst Advanced          (Designed for 16 to 17 year olds and builds upon the content of computer science A Level)  


Any questions please contact the team on 01926 333 200 or email

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Summer Schools

  • Pre-university summer school for Law and Medicine at the University of Exeter
  • Law – 21 July – 4 August
  • Medicine – 21 July – 4 August

For more information go to:

or email the International Summer School Manager on

Entry Requirements

The Pre-University Summer School is open to independent, high-achieving students who are about to start or who are enrolled within their final two years of high school and who are interested in applying to an undergraduate degree in Medicine, Medical Imaging or Medical Sciences or Law  It is an intensive social and academic experience and therefore independence, maturity and motivation are essential qualities for all applicants.

In order to join the programme, you must be in or about to start your last two years of High School. The age criteria for this course is anyone between the age of 16 - 18 or students who will turn 16 by 31st August 2018.

We look for candidates whose most recent high school grades show the potential to meet the entry requirements for our undergraduate  programmes.

Medic Portal July Event in Edinburgh

The Medic Portal’s newly revamped TMP Aspire Event this summer 2018 will be running in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham.    

Our one-day Aspire event is perfect for Year 8-12 students considering a career in medicine as well as informing parents (and accompanying teachers - who can attend for free) about the various stages involved in the medical school application process. The aim of Aspire is to reach students from all backgrounds - tickets cost just £20 for a student and £30 for a student + parent. 

The conferences will be composed of interactive hands on workshops, such as Basic Life Support, and carefully selected seminars covering vital topics around the career and the application process. Students and their parents will also be able to book bespoke one to one consultations on the day with our experts to discuss their individual applications. 

Students will gain invaluable insights from admissions tutors at top UK medical schools, expert guidance from TMP advisors, qualified doctors and current medical students.  

Key topics covered will include:

 Applying to Medicine – stages of applying to medical school
 Life as a Medical Student – what is medical school really like?
 The Admissions Tutor Perspective – what do medical school admission tutors look for?
 Life as a Junior Doctor – what happens when you graduate?
 Medical Work Experience – how can you find medical work experience
 Preparing for Interviews – how can you prepare for the tricky med school interview?

Individual places can be booked through the link below:


Special thanks to Charlotte Gray for coming along to a lunchtime session to talk about engineering, her application and the highlights of her first year on her course.

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