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

Why #ExperienceWorks – Alumni Insights

Today we are hearing from two alumni working with BP who reflect on the impact work experience had for them. James Lyne, Graduated from School of Geosciences in 2011, now Exploration Geologist with BP. Getting that first piece of relevant work experience can understandably be a daunting and difficult task, however don’t underestimate the importance of … Continue reading Why #ExperienceWorks – Alumni Insights

Why #ExperienceWorks – No Experience Required!

In this guest post, Lucy Kember, HR graduate trainee at Standard Life Aberdeen, reassures students that although gaining work experience may seem daunting, most employers are understanding that this may be your first experience of an office-based workplace, and that enthusiasm is more important than excel!  To echo her sentiments, we urge you not to let a … Continue reading Why #ExperienceWorks – No Experience Required!

Summer in the USA

Rebecca Howat successfully completed the Edinburgh Award Summer Work Experience last year. Here’s her blog post about what she did and what she gained from it. Camp Albrecht Acres, Iowa, USA This summer I am spending my time working on a special needs camp in America. I knew this would bring its challenges and rewards … Continue reading Summer in the USA

SLICCs – an introduction

Ruairidh Maxwell of the University's Employability Consultancy tells us more: Graduation and life beyond higher education can be a terrifying thought. If a university degree alone will no longer guarantee employment, never before has it been more important to come up with alternative solutions to the growing uncertainty. SLICCs (Student-Led, Individually-Created Courses) is one such … Continue reading SLICCs – an introduction

Just send that email

Making a speculative application isn’t as hard as you may think, says Isabella Hughes, Careers Information Adviser Towards the end of my second year I thought it was a good idea to start thinking about what I wanted to do after graduation. With three months of summer ahead of me I wanted to fill it … Continue reading Just send that email

Selling your experience – The Edinburgh Award

  Lizzie Mortimer explains how the Award helps you add value to your summer work experience or volunteering The summer vacation presents myriad opportunities to students; relax after the pressures of a busy academic year, catch up with friends and family, go on holiday, lie in....relax. But, this is a Careers Service blog, so of … Continue reading Selling your experience – The Edinburgh Award