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

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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

One of the greatest decisions I’ve made

Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson, President of Edinburgh University Students' Association, was a SLICC pioneer. His account launches our #ExperienceWorks campaign. Two years ago I became convinced that we are on the cusp of overcoming many of the “diseases” of aging and of living to ages of 150+. I decided to write a short book about optimising our … Continue reading One of the greatest decisions I’ve made

Work experience: what’s in it for you – and for the recruiter

Hear employers’ views of what’s in it for the student – and how this helps the recruiter. Big thanks to Ryan and Philip of Costain and Emma of P&G.   “Work experience allows students to get an insight into the working environment and how they can apply their degree to practical situations. This type of … Continue reading Work experience: what’s in it for you – and for the recruiter

An internship that really made a difference

Aleksandra ( 4th Year Geography ) reflects on the time she spent with Nestle during the summer. An encouraging story for Day 4 of #ExperienceWorks. Every previous summer since I moved in to the UK, I spent working in hospitality and while customer service can be very rewarding, I craved a change. I wanted to … Continue reading An internship that really made a difference

Work experience – the link that connected me with my dream career

  On Day 3 of #ExperienceWorks hear from Tom Dawes (Engineering) who did a 12 month undergraduate placement with Bentley (Bentley also offer 3 month internships). Tom is now on their Graduate Scheme. It had always been my ambition to work for a leading luxury automaker, so I was thrilled when I received the call … Continue reading Work experience – the link that connected me with my dream career

An internship – why should I bother?

On Day 2 of #ExperienceWorks, here's some food for thought from the latest annual survey by the Association of Graduate Recruiters. Why do a formal summer internship?  Well, agreed, they’re not everyone’s cup of tea – and for some graduate roles these structured programmes don’t even exist (there are other ways of getting experience instead*). … Continue reading An internship – why should I bother?

Work experience – thank yourself in 20 years’ time!

  Thanks to Jenna Kelly, Vice President of Edinburgh University Students’ Association, for this great post celebrating the potential in every opportunity. A fantastic way to start off our #ExperienceWorks campaign! #experienceisvaried Work experience can be selling lemonade to neighbours, part-time jobs, tutoring primary school science, volunteering at homeless shelter, summer internships, being treasurer for … Continue reading Work experience – thank yourself in 20 years’ time!