Joining a learned society – what’s in it for me?

Rachel Taylor, Careers Consultant, highlights one way of developing networks which you may not have considered. And it has other benefits too....   I recently attended a conference entitled ‘Enhancing the Employability of Biosciences Students’.  The event was hosted by three learned societies and a key theme emerging from the day was that being a … Continue reading Joining a learned society – what’s in it for me?


Alumni Insight – Starting an Entrepreneurial Venture

We close our series of #EdEnterprise17 blog posts this week, with some fantastic advice from University of Edinburgh alumnus, Andrew Needham, Digital Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of HeadBox on starting an entrepreneurial venture. My name is Andrew Needham, I’m a University of Edinburgh alumnus and a Digital Entrepreneur. As part of Edinburgh University’s “Focus on … Continue reading Alumni Insight – Starting an Entrepreneurial Venture

Entrepreneurs in the Arts

Today, we are delighted to share our #EdEnterprise17 guest blog post from Anne Rushing, Creative Director, Pop Up! Scotland who highlights the benefits of entrepreneurship from an arts perspective. The creative industries are all about entrepreneurship, even if the label “entrepreneur” hasn’t always been applied. The benefits of being an entrepreneur in a creative field … Continue reading Entrepreneurs in the Arts

Career Lessons learned from The Apprentice 2017

Today’s #EdEnterprise17 blog features some #WednesdayWisdom from the budding entrepreneurs of The Apprentice! Are you watching the Apprentice tonight? It’s safe to say my calendar is blocked out on Wednesday evenings watching the latest series! Lord Alan Sugar’s quest for an apprentice who embodies determination and entrepreneurial spirit continues... 18 ambitious entrepreneurs compete for the … Continue reading Career Lessons learned from The Apprentice 2017

Alumni Insight – Developing Enterprise Ideas

In today’s #EdEnterprise17 post, University of Edinburgh graduate, Russell Main, reflects on his experience of taking part in the Edinburgh Award (Enterprise). After ten years in industry, I signed up to complete an MBA with a view to becoming ready for senior positions in larger organisations. However, the Edinburgh Award (Enterprise) opened doors to the … Continue reading Alumni Insight – Developing Enterprise Ideas

How internships can enable an entrepreneurial mind-set

In the first of this week’s #EdEnterprise17 posts, we are delighted to share this guest blog post from Anna McBurney, Saltire Scholar Programme Executive, Entrepreneurial Scotland. After months of studying, stressful exams and project hand-ins, the thought of spending your summer undertaking an internship will likely be the last thing on your mind. As tempting … Continue reading How internships can enable an entrepreneurial mind-set

Why #ExperienceWorks – a graduate perspective

Today we are sharing the views of a recent graduate on the importance of work experience. Caitlin McLaren graduated from the School of Biological Sciences this summer and is currently employed by Nestle on their graduate scheme.   Caitlin took a proactive approach to sourcing work experience from 1st year onwards.  In the summer between 1st … Continue reading Why #ExperienceWorks – a graduate perspective

Why #ExperienceWorks – a student perspective – part 2

This afternoon we have another current student sharing some insight into their experience of undertaking an internship this summer, and how the internship allowed him to build up some great skills that he hadn't even been aware of previously.  Robbie is a 5th year MPhys student. This summer, I had a great internship experience working at the … Continue reading Why #ExperienceWorks – a student perspective – part 2

Why #ExperienceWorks – a student perspective – part 1

This morning, we are sharing the thoughts of John MacFadyen, a Chemical Engineering student, currently on placement with Dyson. As an engineer I was always told “you’ll walk straight into a job”, but this is simply a fallacy. Finding a job is extremely difficult for everyone and should not be overlooked as a walk in … Continue reading Why #ExperienceWorks – a student perspective – part 1

Why #ExperienceWorks – 5 years later

In today's post, Claire Healy, Inside Sales Manager, Life Sciences Solutions, Thermo Fisher Scientific reflects on how her internship became her career. In my third year of University, I could feel the pressure of “this is getting serious.” I had previously spent my summers waitressing and knew that this wasn’t going to differentiate me when … Continue reading Why #ExperienceWorks – 5 years later