23 May 2018

Careers Round-up May (2) 2018


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Read on in this edition for information on

Africa & Asia Venture
Edinburgh Guarantee Schools Bulletin
The Film Academy, Edinburgh
Global Opportunities
Hotelier Programme (Summer 2018 intake): Macdonald Hotels and Resorts
Medics: international schools, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh – Schools’ Lecture Series
Psychology Focus
Regent’s University London
Smallpeice Courses and Programmes
USA: The Common App
Work Experience with BBC Scotland and the national galleries

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Each year, Africa and Asia Venture search the world for just 100 very special young people aged 17 to 25 to join summer and gap year projects in Africa and Asia.

 Why just 100?

 Every person and every project is important to us. And, as a not-for-profit social enterprise, we aren't financially motivated. So, by limiting our numbers, we can focus on providing our participants and our partner communities with the most meaningful and rewarding experience possible.

For more details see

Edinburgh Guarantee Schools Bulletin

Week beginning Monday 14 May 2018

We have lots of interesting entry level jobs, Modern Apprenticeships and traineeship positions, some of which require very few qualifications and are suitable for those who have left or are about to leave school.  We also have a number of Graduate Apprenticeships as an alternative to university.  Please feel free to pass on to anyone who would benefit from this Bulletin.

There are always new opportunities being advertised so keep checking the website or sign up for job alerts.

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 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

See the list of the latest opportunities – and these are just the top 12!

  1. Business Administration - Modern Apprenticeship – The City of Edinburgh Council
  2. Road Worker - Modern Apprenticeship – The City of Edinburgh Council
  3. IGU (Insulated Glass Units) Manufacturer - Modern Apprenticeship –Fire Glass UK
  4. Welcome Host - Modern Apprenticeship – Europcar Vehicle Rental
  5. Business and Administration - Modern Apprenticeships – Scottish Government
  6. Administration Assistant - Modern Apprenticeship – PE5 Sports Tours
  7. Cyber Security – Graduate Apprenticeship – Origo Services Ltd
  8. Trainee Architectural Technician – Yeoman McAllister Architects
  9. Learning and Programmes Management Trainee – Museums Galleries Scotland
  10. Digital Resources Management Trainee – Museums Galleries Scotland
  11. Step into Childcare/Social Care – Employability Fund – Training for Care
  12. Children and Young People – Modern Apprenticeship – Training for Care

Engineering (See PDF)


Scotland’s Rural College will be hosting a free workshop on June 6th for anyone who is interested in learning more about the environment. The workshop will run from 5pm – 7.30pm and is an opportunity to take part in a practical workshop involving atmospheric testing using lichen and to find out about courses offered in countryside and environmental resource management at SRUC.

 If you wish to attend, you can book a place via the website

The Film Academy, Edinburgh

The academy will begin with three, 5-day summer schools over the coming summer holidays, followed by a weekly after-school academy during term time.

The principal says: 

“We think the time is right for this venture. For a long time we’ve been observing a steady decline in funding to the arts, and thus opportunities for young people to learn the craft. Yes we charge for kids to attend, but our plans include creating supporting income streams such as an international youth film festival (run entirely by the students), adult classes, corporate team building days and outreach, where we provide workshops for outside organisations. All these should reduce the cost to act student and importantly create bursaries where we can assist those on low incomes to gain these skills.

It’s a big, exciting dream, and a bit of a gamble, but hopefully we can make it a success and start to make a difference.

We are hiring the professional facilities at Edinburgh College on Milton Road. The Film Academy’s ethos is to encourage students to explore their creativity, build their confidence and work collaboratively to develop new skills, such as planning and organising, through a series of hands-on workshops on making movies.

 As a result it is for everyone, not just budding filmmakers.”

Have a look at the website to navigate the summer schools or weekly academy page: 

Global Opportunities

With employability being one of the key factors for students when considering a university course nowadays, Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland and London were delighted in February when the QS World University rankings classed them as the No 1 in the world for Employer Reputation by subject. Glion and its sister university Les Roches which has campuses in Switzerland, Spain, China and USA continue to have students graduate with an average of two jobs offers upon graduation day.

 JP Morgan is now the third largest recruiter of students from Glion. Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Apple, UBS, Credit Suisse, Bloomberg, Nestle and many more organisations are also visiting and offering Glion and Les Roches students internships, and job opportunities. What makes students from Glion and Les Roches so employable is they get involved in real life projects for example with UEFA

  • Les Roches, Glion and the Swiss Education Group are now taking applications for their Diploma and Degree programs starting in September 2018 and February 2019. Students must be 17.5 to start on a program. Minimum of 6 GCSE are required for the Diploma in International Hospitality Business, whilst a minimum of 6 GCSE, plus 2 A Levels or equivalent (IB, Btec) is required for the Degree in International Hospitality Business Management. Programs are all taught in English with students being able to start in Switzerland, Spain or China.
  • Les Roches and Glion are offering 1 and 2 week Summer Programs which can be taken in Switzerland, Spain, China, USA, London, or a combination of two of these countries (see attached). Aimed at students aged between 15 and 19, these opportunities offer students valuable experience to study overseas and in a business related environment.
  • Scholarships are now been offered at Glion in Switzerland, Les Roches in Switzerland and Spain, and Blue Mountains Australia for a September 18 start.
  • Torrens University in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide) are offering students interested in a Diploma (1 year programs) and a Degree programs (3 year programs) in Business, Design and Health Sciences a 20% Scholarship for a October 2018, or January 2019 start.
  • Email Marcus Burnett for further information on

Hotelier Programme (Summer 2018 intake): Macdonald Hotels and Resorts

The Hotelier Programme is aimed at individuals starting a career in hospitality

who have the potential, aspiration and drive to secure a Supervisor position on

completion of the programme. Successful candidates will have a flexible approach and the ability to effectively multitask and do all this with a positive “can do” attitude.

Find out more and apply online at

Things Medical …

The last COA newsletter, we flagged up the new medical schools that will be opening in the UK in the coming years. Students may also be interested in the medical courses offered at the RCSI, Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. Ireland’s largest medical schools offers Medicine, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy, and also has programmes in Bahrain and Malaysia. There is also a Free Fees initiative for qualifying EU students.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh – Schools’ Lecture Series

Aimed at U5 – U6 students considering a career in medicine – the lectures will also be available via a live-web-stream for the first time.

Becoming a Doctor, Wednesday 26 September, 16.00 – 17.30 (refreshments from 15.15

Current medical students and newly qualified doctors explain what it is like to study medicine and discuss life as a young doctor.

Ethical Dilemmas in Medicine, Wednesday 10 October, 16.00 – 17.30 (refreshments from 15.15)

Examine some of the challenging moral and ethical decisions taken by patients and doctors today.

Topical Medical Issues, Wednesday 14 November, 16.30 – 17.30 (refreshments from 15.45)

Professor Bell will discuss the importance of medicine to society and the key topics you will study at medical school.

To book free places at the lectures or to arrange to view them via web-stream contact Liz Smith or Steph Sinclair on 0131 247 3605 or see more details at

Inspiring Futures Focus on: Psychology

Psychology is a popular subject, whether offered in school, or as a degree subject. There are many ways in which Psychology can be used in the workplace, so we would always encourage students to research broadly. Commonly, it is thought of as a subject which involves “talking to people about their problems”; this is just one line of work that Psychology can lead to though. Students are sometimes unaware of the scientific approach of this discipline and that there is a fair degree of mathematical content at degree level. The Futurewise assessment is put together by Occupational Psychologists, as part of the field of Psychology used in the workplace and recruitment. Degree programmes in Psychology could include: Experimental, Clinical, Applied, Social, Sports, Cognitive; students need to research carefully how these approaches or specialisms differ.

Some useful resources to help students explore Psychology include the BPS (British Psychology Society) careers guide:

From the Target Careers Degree Subject Guides – Psychology and beyond:

Two introductions to Psychology at university, from Australia and The Netherlands:

Sydney University’s Psychology department is the oldest in Australia. They introduce Psychology to prospective undergraduates as:

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes. For example, psychology is concerned with the way we behave as individuals as well as in groups; it is concerned with the way we act as well as the way we think; and it is concerned with our interaction with the physical world as well as our interaction with others. Psychology is both a profession and a science. That is, psychological phenomena are investigated using the scientific method; and the outcomes of these investigations are applied to diverse professional settings (eg. treatment of mental illness, job selection, health promotion, education policy, etc.).

Leiden University offers an International Bachelor’s in Psychology, taught in English,

programmes/bachelor/psychology and has a nice introduction:

What do you need to be able to study Psychology?

  • You are no doubt interested in people’s behaviour, but you also need to be aware that Psychology is a science. This means you will be trained to look at things from different perspectives and be as objective as possible.
  • Being good at observing people and listening to them is important for a psychologist.
  • You have it in you to think systematically and analytically, and to reason clearly. Psychology is a fitting field for people with inquisitive minds.

Some useful subjects which commonly combine with Psychology include Education, Law, Business and Marketing, Criminology or Sociology. Oxford University offers Psychology combined with Philosophy and Linguistics, as well as Experimental Psychology.

Some suggestions for Psychology degrees worldwide could include:

Netherlands – Amsterdam scores highly in the QS World rankings; their Psychology degree will have a “numerus fixus” quota for 2018-19 onwards, which will involve a selection procedure

UK – King’s College London has a highly ranked Psychology course; note entrance requirements include a science (Psychology included here) at A Level or IB HL.

UK – Sussex University is a good option for Psychology with other combinations

UK - Exeter University offers Psychology with Sports Science as well

USA – NYU has Psychology as one of its most popular Majors

USA – West coast, UCLA or UC Berkeley have high-ranking courses

Australia – University of Melbourne’s course is at 15 in the QS World rankings for Psychology

Canada – McMaster University (home of large Medical School) – strong biological approach, Psychology part of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour department

HK – University of Hong Kong, Psychology is part of the multidisciplinary Social Sciences programme

Regent’s University London – scholarships and applications still available

Applications to courses can be done through UCAS or direct to this university AFTER the UCAS deadliine

Regent’s University London offers a range of generous and distinctive undergraduate scholarships, varying in value from £1,500 to £8,500 per academic year. In all cases, the awards are designed to further enhance the experience of being a student at Regent’s by requiring scholars to perform ambassadorial duties for the University, as well as offering financial rewards in recognition of academic success. Most scholarships close for applications on 31 May 2018, so we encourage all interested students at your school to submit their applications right away:

Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships offered in Partnership

The Filippo Corsini Polo Scholarship in association with the Federation of International Polo (2 x 15% of fees)

Funding opportunities include means-tested bursaries, merit-based awards, among others. You can also apply for loans and sponsorship to help finance your studies.

Visit our scholarships, bursaries and funding page for further information. Information on the cost of living and studying in London can be found on our living costs page.



Smallpeice Courses and Programmes

(The CyberFirst overview video above will only work if you go the website)

USA: The Common App

The Common App now has over 800 institutions, with more joining. Here’s the link to their information. The Arts University Bournemouth in the UK is a new member.

Work Experience - U5 looking ahead to sourcing placements for June 2019

Work experience with BBC Scotland 2019

BBC Scotland offer work experience placements in the following across TV, Radio, Gaelic, News, Sport and Online:

  • Children’s – Cbeebies & CBBC
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Entertainment & Events
  • Factual – Arts, Documentaries & Science
  • Gaelic
  • Learning & New Media
  • News & Current Affairs
  • Sport
  • Radio Scotland

When can I apply?

Work Experience placements for BBC Scotland open for applications quarterly on the Careers Hub in two week windows.

Applications for Q1 Work Experience January – March are open until 29 November 2017. 

  • Applications for work experience at BBC Scotland open as follows:
  • Until 29 November 2017 – for placements between January – March 2018
  • February 2018 –  for placements between April – June 2018
  • May 2018 – for placements between July – September 2018
  • August 2018 – for placements between October – December 2018
  • November 2018 – for placements between January – March 2019

You can apply for work experience at BBC Scotland by going to the Careers Hub, searching for ‘Work Experience’ or go here and complete an application.

You can also set up alerts to remind you when the applications open.  

Work experience in the art world 2019

Work experience placements are available to secondary school students who show a genuine interest in art and possibly a desire for further study or work in art.

The experience offers an opportunity to get involved in some of the support functions of the Galleries. It is a chance to develop your knowledge of the workplace and help you determine which areas of work you may be interested in pursuing. Please note that there is no direct involvement with the art, curators, or exhibitions.

What is involved?

The placement is for one week during which each day is spent with a different department helping support day to day activities, shadowing events, and visiting exhibitions where possible. This will give you a broad insight into the activities of the National Galleries of Scotland and allow you to observe "a day in the life" of each department.

How to apply

Please fill in the Application Form provided in the Documents section and be sure to state your availability. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis year-round but please apply no more than six months before your requested dates. We will get back to you as soon as possible to let you know the outcome of your application. Please note that due to the number of requests we receive for work experience placements we are unable to guarantee a place for everyone.

Available at: NationalModernPortrait

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