Career Conversations

Having career conversations with your kids can be tricky. That’s why Skills Development Scotland and the National Parent Forum of Scotland have teamed-up on two new career conversation ‘nutshell’ guides. Published online, the nutshells will also be sent out via schools to parents and carers across Scotland in the coming weeks.

Career Conversations in a Nutshell gives advice about how to have constructive career conversations with young people and where to go for more information.

Careers in Digital Technology explains why young people should consider a career in digital technology in Scotland. It looks at what skills are needed and the wealth of opportunity the industry offers.

Choosing a university

Choose a career

We recently updated the website to include all the university open days in Scotland during 2016/2017. We received some feedback from Facebook that any resources to help narrow down the choice of universities would be welcome.

The Complete University Guide website has a guide to choosing a university or college in general and the Study in Scotland website has a useful guide that allows you to see what universities provide specific courses.

And of course, the school’s Pupil Support team are available to help too.

Both sites are now included as permanent links on this website.

My World of Work

My World of Work logoThe My World of Work website includes resources to help parents with their education, qualifications and career choices and explore the routes they could take. The website is maintained by Skills Development Scotland – Scotland’s national skills body – so the material on the site is appropriate for the Scottish education system, qualifications and further education opportunities.

There is a permanent link to the site on our links page.

Brain Maze: Amaze Your Brain

MRC Festival of Medical Research open day on 24th June

(this opportunity is open to those aged 16 or over. Those under 16 to be accompanied by an adult)

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Do you want to experience how scientists investigate the ageing of the human brain!

On Friday the 24th June the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE) and Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) are hosting an open day event as part of the MRC’s Festival of Medical Science 2016 called The Brain Maze: Amaze your brain.

When you come and take part in this exciting event you will navigate through twelve activity rooms that look at how the brain and body changes throughout our lifetime and how scientists measure those changes. You’ll need to keep your wits about you to navigate the brain maze. But don’t worry as we will give you a map. Along the way you’ll learn how and why some people’s brains and bodies fare better than others as they get older, and how research gives us clues to how we can age better.

You’ll descend into the basement of the University of Edinburgh’s Department of Psychology where you will discover how CCACE and CRM use the latest techniques in brain imaging, genetics, stem cells and psychology to investigate the brain and body from youth to old age. Along the way you’ll encounter some of the men and women who investigate the workings of the human brain and body, seeking to understand why some people’s brains and bodies fare better than others.

This is a free event which is open to all but you must book your two-hour slot in advance through Eventbrite.

Nuffield Research Placements

Another opportunity for students interested in the sciences for a summer placement. This one is with Nuffield Research Placements that give students the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians for 4 – 6 weeks over the summer holidays.

Charlotte Mykura from Esher College at Royal Holloway, University of London

Applicants need to be in the first year of post-16 studies and studying one or more A-levels (or equivalent) in maths, science, engineering or a technology-related subjects. Students also need to have have five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above, including Maths, English and a science.

Nuffield offer weekly bursaries to students who meet one of their criteria for support. They are particularly keen to encourage students with no family history of Higher Education, or who have not had the opportunity to participate in an enrichment activity of this nature before, to apply.

To learn more read the information for applicants on the Nuffield Foundation website.

Edinburgh University Opportunity

word cloudScience Insights is an exciting work experience programme designed to give 5th year high school pupils a real insight into the work and life of research scientists. 40 high school pupils will spend a week of their summer holidays following a varied programme of activities on four different University of Edinburgh campuses, gaining a real insight into research and work in biological sciences.

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To learn more about how to apply to take part in the programme read the article on their website. Applications must be in by the 27th April.

somewhereto_ Hatch A Plan

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There’s an event taking place at the  Out of the Blue Drill Hall (Dalmeny St, just off Leith Walk) that may be of interest to those aged 16-25 looking for ideas and inspiration on how to turn talents into a business. It is taking place on Wednesday 23 March 17:30 – 21:00.

To learn more and book head over to the Eventbrite page.

somewhereto_ Hatch A Plan is run by somewhereto_, a UK-wide programme which unlocks free space for 16-25 year old creatives and entrepreneurs. The initiative is funded by a £7 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.