Working on BP’s graduate scheme in Process Engineering

Read Kathy's story for insight into making the most of graduate schemes, the value of work experience, and working in a challenging Oil and Gas environment. ‘Look for opportunities wherever you can...You can never lose out by applying and you’ll surprise yourself with what you end up doing!’ What was your degree? MEng Chemical Engineering … Continue reading Working on BP’s graduate scheme in Process Engineering

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

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

Graduate insight – Employ.ed in an SME

This guest post comes from Kate, an Edinburgh Business Management Graduate. Kate took part in an Employ.ed in an SME internship at Attacat and we asked her to share her experience with us.  Tell us about your host company Attacat is a marketing agency for businesses who take their online presence seriously, they have been at … Continue reading Graduate insight – Employ.ed in an SME

Policy work – make the most of your time at Edinburgh

Thanks to Careers Information Adviser June Maguire for this focus on an area we're often asked about. Policy work is a popular career area, open to graduates from a range of disciplines. Entry is competitive, so it’s important to gain as much relevant work experience as possible while you’re studying here. The good news is, … Continue reading Policy work – make the most of your time at Edinburgh

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