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Hiya! And welcome to the Autumn issue of Source!
e can’t believe it, but somehow summer has passed (did it ever really get started, Mr Weatherman?) and we’re onto a brand new term. Autumn is here! To go with new timetables, different teachers and blister-inducing school shoes, we’ve got a brand new issue of Source to soften the blow. Hurrah! And what an issue it is. As you’ll see on the cover, we’ve been chatting with Tristan from boy band supremoes The Vamps following the success of the boys’ chart-topping new album. We’ve also been catching up with rockers Deaf Havana, and Scots up-and-comer Lewis Capaldi. We’ve got plenty to inspire you career-wise for the new term too. We’ve been delving into the world of STEM to find out just how far a career in science, technology, engineering or maths can take you, as well as looking into graduate schemes and what they have to offer. We’ve got the inside scoop on what to do if university isn’t in your sights too – with Source’s very own production assistant Lisa explaining why she chose a Modern Apprenticeship when she left school. Elsewhere in cool careers, we had a chat with a top florist, and we found out about the work of an actual bomb disposal expert. And that’s not all! We’ve got some top tips for those of you who are learning to drive, we’ve taken a look at gap years Down Under, plus we’ve been shining the spotlight on the issue of mental health. Keep up to date with Source at www.sourcemagazine.org.uk - and don’t forget to sign up for our exciting new email newsletter too! You could win yourself a Nando’s voucher in the process. Cheeky!
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2 THE KILLERS – WONDERFUL WONDERFUL Brandon Flowers proves there’s more to him than Mr Brightside (although that is a belter) with the release of The Killers’ fifth studio album on 22 September. Don’t miss it.
1 MARK MILLAR Comic book giant and friend of Source Mark has got Kingsman: The Golden Circle coming out this September, and he’s just sold his company Millarworld to Netflix. Talk about #careergoals.
3 PSL Autumn isn’t autumn until Starbucks are churning out the pumpkin spice lattes. So grab yourself a PSL, light your favourite scented candle and pull on your cosiest jumper in the spirit of the season. @SourceMag
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8 The Vamps
We had a natter with the band’s Tristan to find out how they celebrated their number one album and what life’s really like out on the road.
37 Deaf Havana
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Lead singer James had a chat with Source about the band’s return to the spotlight.
46 Lewis Capaldi
The singer-songwriter from Bathgate just goes to show that lads from West Lothian can make it pretty big.
11 Why STEM?
A career in science, technology, engineering and maths has HEAPS to offer – as we’ve been finding out.
15 The actuary
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Love maths? You could go on to a career in actuarial science like Ross.
16 The software developer
Laura fills us in on her exciting role with ScottishPower.
22 Graduate schemes explained
Loads of big companies offer exciting opportunities for graduates with their own graduate recruitment schemes. We’ve been taking a look at how they work.
27 The bomb disposal expert
Working as a leading diver with the Royal Navy is a little bit more dangerous than it sounds – Scott McAllister explains how!
34 Dream job: Mud Urban Flowers
We had a chat with the mind behind the Glasgow-based florist that’s responsible for some seriously Instaworthy bouquets.
STUDY 19 Different directions
Not going to uni? No problem! There are alternatives – like Modern Apprenticeships. We find out how they work from a former apprentice.
25 Studying STEM: The engineer
We discovered what it’s like to study a STEM subject at university level from Glasgow Uni student Kirsty.
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We’ve been reviewing massive movies, rounding up the best new releases on streaming sites, talking TV – all your entertainment needs are covered.
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GIG ETIQUETTE 30 The UCAS lowdown
How to get through your UCAS application in one piece.
32 Productivity hacks
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38 The hot list
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41 Aussie gap years
Head Down Under for the adventure of a lifetime!
45 Learning to drive
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dates for your diary
The very best in entertainment for autumn across Scotland
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The National Theatre’s production of the Charlotte Brontë classic is making its way across the country from the Old Vic in London, bringing the English class favourite to life.
Jimmy Carr: The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour Edinburgh Playhouse www.atgtickets.com
The sharp-tongued comedian brings the greatest jokes of his career along with brand new material in a riotous tour that is set to have you rolling in the aisles.
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Tennessee Williams’ iconic play tells the story of ageing southern belle Blanche Dubois coming to blows with her brutish brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski. Highlycharged, emotional drama so be prepared!
Cinemas nationwide Cert: 15
This retelling of the classic Stephen King novel promises to be even scarier than the 1990 mini series. A group of kids are tormented in suburban America by a shape-shifting killer. If you weren’t afraid of clowns before...
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Cinemas nationwide Cert: TBC
We loved Kingsman: The Secret Service so we can’t wait for the sequel! There can never be enough umbrella-wielding gentlemen taking on an eclectic group of assassins in a film, if you ask us. Channing Tatum is in this one too.
Blade Runner 2049
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Set 30 years after the 1982 original, Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto star in the muchanticipated follow-up to Blade Runner. We really hope it will pay respect to the Ridley Scott classic in all its 80s glory.
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Our favourite girl band are coming to light up Glasgow with their feisty pop. Can’t make it that day? These ladies are so popular that extra dates has been added on 10 and 11 November. Salute!
This is most definitely the year for superheroes as the third instalment of the Thor franchise hits our screens this October. Thor is lost without his hammer and must fight against time and old friends to protect his homeland, Asgard, from total destruction.
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Our Harry’s gone solo, and he’s bringing his chart-topping album along with his signature smile to the Armadillo. Expect great music and a LOT of screaming…
The Gorillaz are taking their brilliant new album (the first in seven years) on tour. Frontman Damon Albarn has been known to treat fans to energetic sets that continue well into the night, so prepare for a dynamic night of hiphop-infused pop.
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow www.citz.co.uk
Irvine Welsh’s cult classic returns to the stage at the Citizens Theatre following a sell-out run in 2016. Shocking and darkly funny at the same time, Trainspotting follows the misadventures of four individually troubled friends in 90s-era Edinburgh. Choose This.
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Justice League This film, 10 years in the making, is finally making its way to our screens. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, to name a few, all band together to fight against a common evil. Prepare to be blown away.
Stranger Things returns with more 80s vibes than a Bananorama convention with a second series on Netflix, ahead of Halloween. Why go out when you can catch up on Eleven and her friends as they tackle the dark forces of the Upside-Down?
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hen I was in sixth year, I came to college two afternoons a week – a Tuesday and a Thursday, to do a Health Care course as part of the schools’ programme. The course lasted from around September time through to the summer. I was doing that, and I realised that I was quite fed up with school, so in the December I made the choice to leave school and ended up applying for an Introduction to Health Care course. Once I got the taste for it, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. In the January, I started the Introduction to Health Care course which lasted until June. The course was a bit of a taster and covered a bit of practical and theory. I started the Intermediate 2, and the Level 5, in the August after that. Through studying the course and the experience I gained I was able to apply for a job in the NHS staff bank as an auxiliary nurse. This meant that I was able to get even more valuable experience. After I finished the Level 5, I went on to Level 6 and once I had progressed through all of that, and finished my placement, I went on to the HNC. I decided to apply to do a degree in nursing and I was
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offered two places at university, at Caledonian and UWS. I decided to accept UWS, which is where I am now, studying a degree in Adult Nursing. What I enjoyed most about studying at Glasgow Clyde College was the environment. It was always friendly and any help or support you needed, it was there if you wanted it. Nothing was a problem. You never felt like you were bothering anyone. All those lecturers, anything they could do for you, they’d do it. They wanted you to do well, too. They wanted to see you achieve it. They were brilliant. For all three courses at college – Levels 5, 6 and 7 – I had to do a placement, either at a care home, or in the hospital for my HNC. I studied classes which had a mix of theory and practical subjects, like Values and Principles, Sociology, Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology. There was some practical in there as well which we had to know to make sure we could go out and do personal care and so on. Once I qualify, I want to get a job as a nurse in a hospital. I think I’d like to travel as well. I’d like to go to Australia and work, doing nursing. It’s an amazing degree to have – I want to get the most out of it. I think once I finish my nursing, in the future, I’d like to do the midwifery course.
Twenty-one year-old Caitlin Boyle from Glasgow has recently finished studying at Glasgow Clyde College, where she studied an NQ in Health Care followed by an HNC in Care and Administrative Practice. She is now studying towards a degree in Adult Nursing at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS)
Vamps THE BIG INTERVIEW
When The Vamps landed their first number one album back in July, it marked the dawn of a new era for the foursome – this time, Brad, Connor, Tristan and James mean business. We caught up with drummer Tristan to find out what life’s like at the top of the charts
he Vamps are radio playlist staples, a familiar sight on the cover of teen magazines, and you’ve probably hummed along to one of their songs more than once – even if you don’t want to admit it. But they never quite reached the same heights as boybands-with-guitars like Busted and McFly before them or chart-mates 5SOS. And with competition in the shape of One Direction at the time of their launch, it felt like The Vamps were never really much more than second best. But something’s changed in the last couple of years. This summer, we found ourselves not just humming along to Middle of the Night, but dancing too. Suddenly, The Vamps made sense.
“It’s always good when an album goes to number one,” says drummer Tristan Evans. “It makes all the hard work worth it.” It may be a coincidence that the fourpiece landed their first UK number one album after the split of 1D – but it’s more likely to be down to the boys’ new grownup sound. Back in 2011, when guitarist James McVey decided he wanted to form a band, the Chester native probably wouldn’t have pictured himself teaming up with three strangers discovered through social media and mutual friends – and that they’d go on 8
to tour the world together, sell thousands of records and then one day land a number one album. These days, James, Brad Simpson (lead vocals), Connor Ball (bass) and Tristan are going from strength to strength, following the release of Night & Day in the summer. Gone are the cheeky lyrics of Can We Dance and chant-along choruses of Somebody To You. These days, The Vamps are producing pop with a bit of an edge. And, Tristan says, it’s a natural progression. “I think as we’re growing up, our music is too,” 23-year-old Devon-born Tristan reflects. “We’re going to different places, we’re celebrating in a different way and I think it’s suited to our age group more.”
That album where pop acts try and shake it up a bit – be ‘more serious’, say that they’re ‘growing up’ – has failed time and again over the years. But, for The Vamps – who worked with producers like Matoma and Martin Jensen to create the record – it’s gone down a treat. Night & Day is letting them work in an entirely new way. The record is getting released in two parts – the Night edition was out in July and stormed to the top of the charts, while the Day version is coming out later this year. “The concept with Night is darker – EDM, a kind of ‘all night’ vibe,” Tristan explains.
“Whereas Day will be a bit more upbeat.” And, as you’d expect from the four twenty-somethings, they celebrated Night’s success in style. “We just went on a mad one, to be honest,” Tristan says with a laugh. “We went out and celebrated in London. We had some drinks with our families, and then we went onwards to the club!” It’s been a real high point for the boys – who will readily admit that being in a band, while amazing, isn’t always easy. James spoke out earlier this year about his own struggles with mental health after months of touring and living in hotels started to take its toll. While touring has its stresses, getting on that stage, Tristan says, is what makes it all worthwhile. “Every crowd is different, depending
“The further north you go, the crazier the crowd gets!”
on what country you’re in,” he says. “They sound different, and they behave differently – always. It’s always good to see different people’s reaction to the music. I always love playing the O2 Arena in London. It’s home for me. It’s a massive 18,000-people arena, which is always great. And we love playing in Scotland too. The further north you go, the crazier the crowd gets! It’s very good.”
Having just completed a massive UK tour – including a night at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, one of Tristan’s favourite arenas – and bouncing their way round the festival stages this summer, the lads are now off on their third world tour, with dates scheduled in Japan, Australia, South Africa and Taiwan. “It’s going to be really good,” Tristan enthuses. “Hopefully it’s sunny when we’re
out there. Japan’s my favourite, because of the food. We get on very well when we’re on tour. We’re great friends. We enjoy ourselves – we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We enjoy playing shows and we enjoy exploring and seeing different cities, meeting new fans and seeing old faces. Different fans from all different types of countries – it’s a great gap year, basically!” But it’s not just a gap year of fun and games – it’s been a lot of hard work. Three albums, a book, hundreds of live shows in front of thousands of screaming fans, a date at Wembley Stadium playing to 90,000 music lovers, and even launching their own record label, Steady Records, in 2015, the boys have learned a lot in their time in the business – even more as things change within the world of music. “People are always moving, especially with @SourceMag
some of the record labels,” he says. “A lot of change has happened, but you need to learn to adapt to those changes and use them to your advantage.” One thing, however, hasn’t changed. “We’re still struggling to grow beards!” he laughs. “Now, we all have our own houses, we all have our separate lives, but we love The Vamps. It’s what we are, and we love doing it together.” With in-fighting and frosty relationships ending bands for decades, if The Vamps are half as close as Tris lets on? We’ve got a funny feeling that the only way is up for these guys.
Night & Day (Night Edition) is available now from iTunes. Look out for the Day release later this year.
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STEM. Four little letters – a world of opportunity. Science, technology, engineering and maths are suffering a serious skills shortage in Scotland – there are lots of jobs to fill, often offering good money and even better prospects. And it’s not at all like The Big Bang Theory would have you believe! So how do you get involved, and where could you end up? We’ve been finding out
The world of STEM is open to people of all abilities – as long as you have an interest, there’s a road in. Obviously, having studied STEM subjects at school helps – and it could take you on to any one of these pathways.
You could go for a Modern Apprenticeship, which is open to those with National 5 qualifications straight from school. You’ll get paid to work and learn at the same time – and come away with a qualification too. Companies like Scottish Water, British Airways, KPMG and the NHS all have opportunities for school leavers in STEM, so start doing your research! MAs are great if you have an interest in science, but find that classroom-based learning isn’t your thing – and you’re desperate to get out and get working. The big bonus here is that you get to work alongside industry professionals and learn by doing – so if you want to get your hands dirty, start searching for opportunities at www.apprenticeships.scot.
Scotland’s colleges also have lots of great courses to get you started in the workd of STEM. Fro m electrical engineering to web des ign, computer networking to medical sciences, there’s a huge range of courses on offer, from NQ to HN D level. Many courses can take you into the world of work, but you can also use your knowledge to go to uni – some colleges have links with local universities that will gra nt you access to second or third year. Get in touch with your local college to see what they have to offer.
If you’ve got a selection of good Highers to your name, university could be calling. Right across Scotland, you’ll find fantastic faculties focusing on science, technology, engineering and maths. You can go for a general degree for your undergraduate – specialising in mechanical engineering, for instance, or physics, or pick something more specific. There’s also the opportunity for postgraduate study at master’s level and beyond – this is where things get more in-depth, and you can specialise in the field that really interests you. To get into university to study STEM subjects, you’re looking to get at last BBBB at Higher – but some courses are more competitive, with the likes of medicine looking for AAAAB at Higher, plus Advanced Highers.
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THE INDUSTRIES STEM isn’t as straightforward as those four little letters would let you believe. It could take you into a variety of areas of study and career paths. STEM professionals are working in fields as diverse as astronomy, genetics, medical invention, banking, prosthetics, robotics, drug development… The list goes on! In STEM, more often than not, you’re doing things that really matter. You’re creating solutions to common problems – and a mind for science, numbers and computing generally helps. It’s not as dull and dry as you might think – in fact, there are plenty of opportunities to get creative and think outside the box across a range of different industries.
Designing computer games, creating special effects for films, managing sound at gigs, engineering music in the studio – it’s all down to STEM.
Fashion and sport
Designing textiles on computers, inventing high tech sports equipment, creating innovative trainers and physiotherapy all require scientific and techy skills.
Hospital and healthcare professionals, drug developers, health tech engineers – this is literally the stuff that saves lives. And STEM knowledge is a must.
From bricklayers on-site to architects and engineers creating plans, mathematical knowledge is literally what’s creating our towns, cities, roads and bridges.
From nuclear energy to green alternatives, the world of engineering has a huge role to play in the energy sector.
Designing mobile phones, coming up with the latest must-download app, telephone line maintenance, upgrading our wireless internet options... This sector is growing and growing thanks to our hefty mobile phone addiction.
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OF WOMEN WITH A STEM QUALIFICATION DO NOT GO ON TO WORK IN THE FIELD.
STEM JOBS ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO GO UNFILLED COMPARED TO OTHER SECTORS. THE UK IS SHORT OF
From air to road and rail, there’s a bunch of STEM brains behind the scenes designing new, safer, faster ways of transporting people.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Studying STEM subjects equips you with lots of brilliant skills that employers are crying out for – which means you don’t have to go into a scientific line of work. Most businesses require STEM minds – so think creatively!
1.8 MILLION ENGINEERS. UNIVERSITIES IN SCOTLAND ARE CRYING OUT FOR MATHS TEACHERS – 48% OF PLACES DON’T GET FILLED.
Finance and accounts
Every business needs financial and accountancy support – so this is a line of work that will never go out of style. From accountants to insurance experts to bankers, there are plenty of roles for the numerically-minded.
Yes, really – and it’s not just about NASA! Teams worldwide are studying what lies beyond our stratosphere, sending out satellites and using GPS.
Food and agriculture
From developing new flavours and recipes to figuring out how to make certain plants more sustainable and products last longer, this is a fascinating line of work.
THAT’S A JOB?!
Here are some cool careers that are linked to science, technology, engineering and maths – and how you get them… 1 NASA CURIOSITY DRIVER Curiosity is the robot that’s exploring the surface of Mars – and with a STEM background, you could be the person on the ground that helps it meander the red planet! Vandi Tompkins currently holds the post with NASA – she has a PhD in robotics, an MSc in robotics, an MSc in computer science AND a BSc in electrical engineering. 2 ROLLERCOASTER DESIGNER This one’s for engineering graduates. This is a hugely competitive field – there aren’t, as you’d imagine, many jobs. You’ll use your special scientific and mathematical knowledge to build death-defying coasters that are as safe as they are scary. 3
5 METEOROLOGIST Love physics? Then this is for you! Meteorology is the study of the weather, collecting data to predict what the weather will do. You’ll need a degree in physics, maths, environmental studies or geography, and can either go into forecasting – collecting data from satellite images and predicting weather – or research, where you’ll study weather patterns and the impact of the weather. 6 ANIMATOR From animating short films to boost a company’s social media presence to bringing blockbusters like Despicable Me to life, animators have pretty impressive jobs. But it’s a highly technical field that requires computing knowledge, mad maths skills and creative flare to boot. You can study computer animation at a range of Scottish universities and colleges like UWS, Glasgow Uni, Edinburgh College of Art and City of Glasgow College. 7 SPOTIFY MACHINE LEARNING ENGINEER
At Spotify HQ, there’s a team who help to build its recommendation system. This is computing and coding to the next level – using algorithms and matrix factorisation to help the platform figure out your tastes and make recommendations for new artists. Try computer science to get started here.
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8 LEGO DESIGNER Who said engineering had to be all bridges and buildings? Lego hire engineers to design and build large-scale Lego models for events and at their Legoland parks. @SourceMag
The best news? STEM careers tend to be pretty well paid. STEM graduates in the UK earn nearly 20% more than their peers!
FIND OUT MORE
Yes, this is a thing! Big companies work with ‘ethical hackers’ to sniff out holes in their security systems – so you’re literally paid to try break into their system. It’ll take a computer science degree to start, or you can study ethical hacking itself at Abertay. The pay’s pretty good too.
Studying food science, food studies or agricultural sciences at HND or degree level could get you into this interesting line of work. Food technologists help design new foods and flavours, and design the machinery to make it. Food scientists, on the other hand, are all about providing nutrition information, looking at ways to keep food fresh and ensuring the safety and quality of food.
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Your future worked out Love maths, analytics and data? Turn your passion into a rewarding career. An actuarial apprenticeship is your route into the fast-paced world of analysis of risk for banks, insurance companies and huge corporations. You’ll be earning from day one and looking at a fantastic salary in the future too. You can gain the internationally recognised qualification CAA (Certified Actuarial Analyst), or take the Fellowship exams. Consider that you could go on to train as a professional actuary and you’ll see how it all adds up to a brighter future. Choose a career that counts. Visit www.actuaries.org.uk/careerthatcounts
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First off – what is an actuary? An actuary is somebody who uses mathematical and analytical themes to analyse the probability and risk of future events.
go out, get working and learn. So you earn while you learn. Once you’ve finished the CAA qualification, you can become a student member of the IFoA and do the full fellowship qualification after that.
How did you get into this line of work? My dad’s a financial adviser, so he knows a lot about insurance. He suggested it as a possible career path, so I did a bit of research on it while I was at school and thought it was something that I’d be quite keen to go into.
What’s the training pathway to become an actuary? There’s a couple of different ways. The most common way is that you do a university degree and then join the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) as a student member. Then you’ve got your different professional exams and courses – there’s 15 of them. The other way, there’s a new qualification that’s been introduced in the last couple of years called a Certified Actuarial Analyst, or a CAA. This is probably the best choice for someone who doesn’t want to go to uni – they can
How did you get started? I did a master’s degree in maths at Edinburgh University. I graduated in 2011, and applied for jobs from there. The job that I’m in just now is the job that I’ve had since I finished uni. In graduate jobs, you do your job, and you have a study package at the same time. You go through your exams, which are overseen by the IFoA, but you’re working at the same time.
What do you enjoy about your job? I like that it’s quite challenging, and I feel like I continue developing and learning new skills, and improving other ones. There’s also a good social aspect to work.
Would you recommend becoming an actuary? Definitely. Because it’s such a wellrecognised profession and the skills that you learn are really good, and transferable to lots of jobs, not just actuarial, you can do so much. It’s a really good basis for all sorts of jobs.
FIND OUT MORE To find out more about the work of an actuary, head to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries website at www.actuaries.org.uk
How long does it take to qualify? Anywhere between three and six years is considered normal. If you do an actuarial degree, which you can do at Heriot-Watt, depending on how you do in your university exams, that might give you exemptions in some of your professional exams. What can you do after you qualify? Traditionally, actuaries work in insurance and pensions, but more and
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arial science could be the career path for you . We had a chat with Ross Gordon, a sen ior actuarial associate with APR in Edinbu rgh who qualified two years ago, to find out exactly what his job entails
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more, actuaries are moving into different areas such as investment management, and even non-financial areas. Because the qualification is so highly regarded, the skills that you learn are really transferable across all sorts of jobs.
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER When Laura Schoneville graduated with a master’s degree in computer science from Strathclyde University last summer, she got straight to work with ScottishPower’s graduate scheme – and hasn’t looked back. Here, we find out about her experience in the world of work
hat does your job as a software developer involve day-to-day? It’s mainly Java development – that’ll be working with the website, mobile apps and any in-house applications. It’s part of the graduate programme. How does the graduate programme at ScottishPower work? It’s a two-year programme. Some of the
other people on the graduate scheme go down the business route and they have rotational placements throughout the business. For us, though, we’re in digital for the full two years. You get a mentor, but you’re still doing day-to-day business. With the graduate scheme there’s some extra things we have to do too. There’s the Cancer Research UK challenge, where we basically need to beat the total raised last year. So we have to beat £13,500! There are other graduate perks – we were in the Lake District a couple of months ago doing a team-building event. In between, you’ve got other things to keep on top of like graduate development and different courses to go on. What made you want to go down the computer science route? When I was at school, it was something that I found I had a talent for. It was something that I enjoyed doing as well. Even the classes at school, they were enjoyable and flexible. You’d walk away with a sense of achievement – you’d have made something. It all came from there. How would you say your degree has helped you? Doing computer science, it was quite a varied degree, so you weren’t just looking at software development. There
was quite a wide variety of things. We did mathematics courses, we were doing hardware and software. In fifth year, we did a project that was sponsored by an external company. We were challenged to build an app for a company, so you got that experience outside of lectures – you were working for a real business. It was good real-world experience. What do you enjoy about your job? The people. We’ve got a really good group of people on our team. We’ve just moved into the new building at ScottishPower HQ, and we’ve got our own innovation area. Every Friday afternoon, we get a half-day to go to the innovation area and come up with new ideas. Even though you’re doing your day-to-day job, you get to do loads of different things, depending on what your interests are. Would you encourage others to go down the STEM route? Definitely. You’ve got a lot of good opportunities. When I was coming out of uni, all my friends were coming out of different courses, applying for loads of different jobs, but they’re getting rejection after rejection. That wasn’t down to their ability – there just aren’t many jobs. Whereas graduating in a STEM subject, you’re going to keep progressing.
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Imagine learning and earning at the same time – and we’re not just talking about a parttime job. You could go down a different path and achieve all your goals without having to set foot in a university
he tables have turned since your mum and dad were at school – in more ways than one. Gone are the days when university was a novelty, as school leavers across Scotland gear up to start their degree… but what if university isn’t for you?
“I didn’t really enjoy school so I thought, if I’m not enjoying high school, what is it going to be like if I do four more years at university?” says Lisa McCabe who successfully completed a Modern Apprenticeship last year. Now working in a full-time job and fully qualified, 18-year-old Lisa from Wishaw believes the benefits of learning whilst you’re earning are fantastic for those unsure about university.
School is a great place to learn new information and gain qualifications but sometimes you miss out on the skills needed to succeed in the ‘real world’. That’s where Skills Development Scotland (SDS) come in. They are the leading organisation in Scotland dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your future career, whatever route that involves. Noticing school leavers may have a skills gap, SDS introduced Modern Apprenticeships (MAs). An MA is an alternative direction to university where participants can gain qualifications through on-the-job experience. “My brother did an apprenticeship after he left school, an engineering one. Obviously you get paid and you’re learning at the same time. That was quite interesting,
and then I saw an advert on Facebook for Skills Development Scotland,” explains Lisa who sent across her CV and ended up working for… Source Magazine! Yes, our very own Lisa completed an MA with Source – well, the company we are run by, DC Publishing – and worked her way up from admin assistant to become a production assistant, working closely with sales and design and ensuring everything runs smoothly behind the scenes on the magazine.
“For some apprenticeships you go to college, but the one I did was all in the workplace. A Modern Apprenticeship is a total of two years, but that’s the maximum time – you usually end up finishing it after a year or just over a
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“I think it’s good to go out, start working and show what you’ve learned from a Modern Apprenticeship – it’s not like I’ve left school and not done anything”
DIRECTIONS year,” says Lisa who went on to achieve a Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship in business and administration. As more and more school leavers opt out of university, there are more directions to take than ever before. One site committed to helping students who don’t want to take the traditional route is Not Going to Uni (www.notgoingtouni. co.uk). Tom Mursell set up the site after he noticed there were no websites providing information on alternatives to university for school leavers. Since 2008 the site has evolved. “We’re busier than we’ve ever been because there are so many opportunities available for young people,” says Not Going to Uni’s managing director Sean Allison. “Previously, people only thought about apprenticeships as brick laying or something along those lines. In this day and age there are so many frameworks and you can be an apprentice anywhere.” Not Going to Uni points school leavers in the direction of apprenticeships, college diplomas, distance learning, jobs, and even gap years. Going to university isn’t for everyone – you either love learning or you loathe it and wish you were doing something more productive with your time. Earning extra cash is also a great bonus.
Lisa continues: “I think it’s good to have your own freedom to get to know the workplace. I think an apprenticeship is a good way to do that because you’re still learning, but you’re learning the ways of an office as well.” Learning on the job is also a great way to get handson experience of a career that you are interested in, or working towards a goal in a career you didn’t know was possible. After gaining her Level 3 qualification, Lisa received her SQA certificate featuring her new achievement, which she can show during any future job interviews. “I think it’s good to go out, get working and show what you’ve learned from a Modern Apprenticeship – it’s not like I’ve left school and not done anything,” says Lisa.
Having worked her way up the ranks at DC Publishing, Lisa’s job now involves looking after Source and five other titles. She says: “When I started I was doing admin. I was then told that I could do more and the first thing I got responsibility for was chasing up the adverts that go in the magazine – that’s a big responsibility. You just try and do everything the best you can and it shows that you can actually do it, then you get more and more responsibility.” Dedication, time and effort is all that is asked from you during an apprenticeship. Going out and earning – bringing home your first wage – is an appealing prospect that can open doors that university might not be able to. Lisa concludes: “My advice is to think about it first, see what’s out there and don’t rush into anything – there are many options out there.” Understanding what’s available to you – whether that’s training for an apprenticeship, going to college, getting into work, travelling for a bit or going to university – is key to making the transition from school as smooth as possible. It’s all about finding what’s best for you. It’s time to take the bull by the horns and direct your future down the path that’s right for you.
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If you’ve got your eye on university, chances are your main concern just now is freshers’ week and making the most of student nights in pubs and clubs in your student city – but the education part of it is pretty big, and what you do after is even more important. Graduate schemes could be just the thing for you. We take a look at what they are, what they mean and how you can get involved
hether you’re a future accountant, retail manager or marketing guru, the idea of going to university and then – gulp – graduating probably seems a long way off. Scarily, the day you don your cap and gown to pick up your diploma isn’t as distant as you’d think. Meaning it’s never too early to start thinking about your options afterwards. One of the most popular routes for graduates is to apply for graduate recruitment schemes. Massive companies across the country offer these – a cross between a job and a training programme – to help hard-working graduates get a foot up in the world of work. So far, so straightforward. But what do they actually involve? Read on to find out.
THE APPLICATION Every graduate scheme has a different application process. In general, schemes are open for applications from early October through to February in your final year at university, and they want to hear from graduates predicted to get a 2.1 or above in their final degree. All schemes will get you to fill in an initial application form – although some may ask for a CV, or both – and this might be followed up by online tests in areas like maths or English. Some graduate recruiters are getting more than 30 applications for each job that they have – so it’s crucial that you stand out in the initial stages.
THE LOWDOWN Graduate recruitment schemes are offered predominantly by larger companies, with a view to training graduates up to do a specific job. It combines a ‘proper’ job with training – and in some cases you might even get a qualification.
THE JOB Every job is different, and what you do day-to-day depends on the industry you’re working in and your employer. One thing’s for sure though – you definitely get a proper, full-time, paid job. You’ll have responsibilities, duties and there will be expectations and targets too – meaning you’ll have to work your socks off. In some cases, you’ll do placements within different departments of the organisation to get a feel for how the whole company works, and to see what kind of job would suit you moving forward.
THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS If they like what they see from your application, you’ll generally be invited to interview. This might involve a phone or Skype interview first, followed up by a face-to-face interview and then an ‘assessment centre’ day. This is when you and all the other final-stage candidates are put through your paces with workshops, group sessions and presentations. From there, the team will decide whether or not you’re right for the role.
THE TRAINING The training component can take lots of different forms. In some cases, it’s purely on the job, and you’ll learn by doing the role day-to-day and working with more experienced colleagues. Others have formal training courses and tutorials, while some might have web-based learning opportunities; you might even have to study towards exams. Some employers give you time out of the office to go on training courses or to study independently. When applying for grad schemes, always find out how the training side of things works to make sure it’s compatible with your own learning style.
WHO OFFERS THEM?
Across the whole of the UK, lots of big-name companies run graduate recruitment schemes. So who’s worth checking out? In no particular order, we pick out some of the organisations featured in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list 1 PWC
(accounting and finance) www.pwc.co.uk/careers
Accountacy firm PWC have 1,500 graduate jobs on offer this year.
Starting at £22,896, the NHS’ graduate scheme, which trains people in management roles, is in demand.
2 Aldi (retail) www.aldirecruitment.co.uk
7 BBC (media) www.bbc.co.uk/careers
The starting salary on Aldi’s management training scheme is a massive £42,000!
3 The Civil Service
THE FUTURE In the majority of cases, employees who’ve come through a company’s graduate scheme will then be offered a full-time role with the same organisation. Lots of people go for this initially, but it doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment. Your graduate scheme experience will prepare you for work in a great number of other organisations, in the same industry and even beyond. You’ll learn not only how to do a specific job and get training, but you’ll pick up lots of fantastic transferable skills like teamwork, communication and problem solving. Great for any employer.
(public sector) www.faststream.gov.uk
If government is your thing, the Civil Service are hiring 1,750 grads in 2017.
The Beeb hire 35-40 lucky graduates each year to put through their paces.
(consumer goods) www.unilever.co.uk/careers They make Ben and Jerry’s and Pot Noodle, AND grads start at £30k.
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4 Google (IT) careers.google.com
More than just a search engine, Google has lots of opportunities from programming to HR.
(accounting and finance) www.kpmgcareers.co.uk
The accounting firm has 1,000 slots available for graduates – and offices all over the UK.
6 NHS (public sector) www.nhsgraduates.co.uk
JLR take on 250 graduates each year in a variety of roles to help their brand get bigger and better.
(consumer goods) careers.loreal.com
The makeup giant hires just 28 graduates in the UK annually, starting on £30,000.
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hat are you studying, and where? I am in my fifth and final year of studying for an integrated master’s degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Glasgow. I am currently on placement for six months doing my master’s project in Hannover, working at the Institute of Mechatronic Systems at Leibniz Hannover University. My project title is ‘Developing surgical tools for total hip replacement surgery’. What encouraged you to go into engineering? I had always presumed I would study medicine as I enjoyed science at school and a lot of my family members are doctors. However, when my mum saw a poster about biomedical engineering she mentioned it to me and I instantly knew that was what I wanted to do. It combines all sciences together and it seemed like quite a practical and handson subject, which I really liked the sound of. After a bit of research, I found that the medical technology field was just beginning to grow and this seemed very exciting to me – I wanted to get involved. In your experience, is STEM still pretty male-dominated? On my course there is actually about a 50:50 split, male to female ratio, and a lot of the lecturers are female too, but this is very unusual for engineering. However, when working with students from other engineering disciplines, there are very few girls. I don’t feel there is any difference for females in the industry
though, other than the initial surprise of the engineer being female rather than male, and being surrounded by males in the workplace. What do you enjoy about your course? My course covers a very wide range of subjects, from basic engineering principles and maths, to cell biology, to medicine, to chemistry. This is something I enjoy because it keeps it varied and saves you from getting bored, but it’s also something that makes it quite difficult. As I get into the later years of my course, it is becoming more practical, especially on my placement, which I love. I’ve always enjoyed that side of science. What do you see yourself doing after university? My dream, in the future, would be to work with prosthetics for Paralympic athletes; I also wouldn’t rule out doing a PhD at some point. However, my immediate plan after I’ve graduated is to apply for a place on the trainee scheme for working in the medical devices unit at the West Glasgow Ambulatory Care Hospital. What advice can you offer to anyone considering studying a STEM subject? I think it’s a great idea to study a STEM subject, so definitely do it! They tend to be quite practical subjects and give you skills that can be transferred into all sorts of other fields. They allow you to work on real-life problems and come up with solutions that you can see in action, which is really rewarding. @SourceMag
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// WORK Scott McAllister is a leading diver with the Royal Navy’s Northern Diving Group – meaning he’s trained in bomb disposal. Scott, who’s based at HMNB Clyde at Faslane, told us more about his less-than-conventional career choice How did you get started in bomb disposal? I went into a preparation for dee uniformed services course at Dun a g bein of n ntio inte College, with the at base the on day a did We an. rem fi to Faslane and we ended up speaking e ranc clea e [min r dive cer offi y pett a job, the t abou all diver] who told us g what it entailed, bomb disposal, divin it. t abou k thin ly and it made me real lve So what does your training invo ? now are you re whe to get to the Everyone does basic training with h whic igh, Rale HMS at y Nav l Roya n takes about 10 weeks. There, you lear em, syst rank the y, Nav the t abou naval laws, all that kind of thing. From and there, you go to HMS Collingwood, ol. scho g divin nce you go to the defe You do a week’s selection, where you get tested to make sure you’re good enough to pass the course. The ve best 10 get selected, and once you’ eek 22-w a into go you , that d plete com diving bomb disposal course where you learn how to search for mines, how to service diving equipment, how we conduct bomb disposal and then going on to all the different bomb disposal techniques. What’s a typical day like? I wouldn’t say that any two days are the same. But typically, we do a one in four duty watch which means we could be diving in Orkney to deal with a WWI mine, or we could be down n in Hull, disposing of a mortar. Whe all tain main we , we’re not on duty of our dive sets, and we carry out nt maintenance for all of the equipme that we’ve got. We also work underneath the submarines. What do you enjoy about your job? The best thing is the travelling. I’ve in been lucky enough to be involved a lot of foreign trips, like America, of Dubai – working on the underside submarines. I’ve carried out NATO in Submarine Rescue System training France, Spain and Norway. What skills are important? You have to be physically fit. You have to be able to give 100%, even when you’re really tired. Problem k solving is good – being able to thin of king thin and outside the box, solutions quite quickly.
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What’s your advice for anyone thinking of following in your footsteps? You should go to the Royal Navy careers office, grab a leaflet, speak to people in there. We do quite a lot of events – go online, have a look and see where we’re going to be and speak with one of the divers. As long as you’re willing to give 100% of when you need to, there are plenty g opportunities. I’ve been in the divin not I’ve and , now s branch 10 year looked back.
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financial futures ts – and for Summer jobs come with lots of benefi eer. Here, Shetlander Clare Farmer it’s led to a car at a national we find out how she impressed bosses Modern accountancy firm and got started in a of finance Apprenticeship in the exciting world
ccountancy apprentice Clare Farmer is someone who always rises to the challenge. The 20-year-old works in the Shetland office of a national accountancy firm where her contribution has described as “invaluable” by her bosses. Clare began working with RSM (www.rsmuk.com) during the summer holidays from school, when her potential was spotted by the company’s senior manager John Scollay. He said: “Clare is so enthusiastic and has such a positive attitude that we wanted to offer her a job. “Since she joined us, Clare has s always offered to help her colleague ent.” dilig and king -wor hard so and is
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r Tingwall-based Clare now looks afte unts acco ing, keep book oll, payr , VAT ion production and tax return preparat rm. fi the with ts clien of for a number She recently helped a client produce very accounts in a short timescale to a high standard. Former Sandwick Junior High : and Anderson High pupil Clare said I and farm “My dad has a small did his books so I have always had an interest. “I really enjoy my job and my employers and colleagues have been very supportive while I have been training.” As well as making an impression
in the workplace, Clare has been experiencing lots of success outside of her job. She represented RSM k during Scottish Apprenticeship Wee t even hips ices rent App ern at a Mod for local pupils, and advised Young Enterprise teams on the financial side of running a business. She was also a finalist in the Level 2 Apprentice of the Year category of last year’s Scottish Apprenticeship a Awards. Her boyfriend Joe Smith, ’s land Scot civil engineer, was named . Year Apprentice of the
k “The support I have had from wor had have I nt eme urag and the enco from Joe have helped me such a lot,” Clare said. She has since completed her Level 3 AAT apprenticeship and is currently working on her Level 4 AAT qualification. She recently heard that the her employer is sponsoring her for next level too. Train Shetland’s Janice Leask, who is Clare’s training provider, said: “Clare’s invaluable contribution to
the business and very enthusiastic r attitude has encouraged her employe to support her training. “It has involved a lot of studying and a great attention to detail but she has .” worked very hard and done very well FIND OUT MORE Modern Apprenticeships Scotland www.apprenticeships.scot
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THE UCAS LOWDOWN Prepare yourself for the dread and uncertainty as you come face-to-face with a real-life horror story – the personal statement! But before we get carried away, let’s calm ourselves down and re-assess the situation. Banish the nightmare as we bring you the must-know information to ace your UCAS application
First things first, UCAS (www.ucas.com) is the Universities Central Co uncil on Admissions, and they are the brains behind helping you get into university or colleg e. UCAS is your new best friend – possibly the friend who annoys you and wears you down , but until you get that unconditional, you are best pals. UCAS will bring you the who’s who in universities and course s to grab that degree. Think of it as your educ ational matchmaker that will pair you up wi th the course you’ve been dreaming about – all for a small £13 application fee.
You’ve nailed that pe rsonal statement lik e we knew you would. No w it’s time to get ap plying. UCAS is the one-stop shop for your applica tion to undergraduate co urses and there are some key points to keep in mind. Af ter registration an d submitting your personal statement you must finish off yo ur application. You will need references fro m two referees before you can apply – each cand idate gets to apply to five universities or cour ses so you’ve got a better ch ance of getting a ma tch.
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Let’s be honest – we are all excellent at procrastinating. Not so excellent, unfortunately, at getting things done. Homework piling up, writing essays and completing that all-important UCAS application – we’ve got the best hints and tips to make sure you complete that mountain of work
Getting into the mind set of knuckling down and working can sometimes be as much of a struggle as getting that essay done. Thankfully, after years of students procrastinating, there are now several fail-safe ways to get productive...
As the saying goes, “there’s an app for that” – and when it comes to being productive, there are plenty. Those of you who urgently need to get through your to-do list but can’t step away from your phone, the helpful people in the world of technology have designed handy apps to help out. Regarded as the ultimate free companion for those in education, myHomework will change your life. You can bave your schedule to hand at all times, mark in appointments and upcoming exams, all the way to encoding your grades into the app to track progress. Greatness is around the corner.
From tracking progress to getting things done, staying motivated is key. Music is one of the most powerful ways to get you into the spirit of being productive. Scientists have revealed that music releases endorphins that make us feel energised and ready to take on the world. Hit play on your favourite playlist and dive into your tasks for the day – just try not to dance too much, yeah?
TIME IS PRECIOUS
Whatever you’re getting up to, make sure to take a break. They are allowed you know – you’re no use to anybody, especially your to-do list, if you burn out. Many of us are only able to take in new information 40 minutes at a time; so taking control of your time is essential. Starting off with 10 minutes of solid work and a quick break before building up to a solid 40 minutes of work is a great way of a) getting things done and b) utilising your time well.
TREAT YO SELF
When it finally gets to that allimportant break, give yourself a pat on the back. Or a tea and cake break. Rewarding yourself is an excellent way of staying motivated, encourages you to get work done and, depending on the prize, it might encourage you to get even more finished. When it comes to claiming that slice of chocolate cake after finishing an essay, we can guarantee it will taste so much better than before. Studying, homework and other important life deadlines are sometimes a hard slog. Following our handy guide, you are sure to blast through all the work you have waiting to be finished. After all – the sooner it gets finished, the sooner you can binge watch your favourite show...
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hat sparked your interest to work with flowers? When I was at school, I ended up working for my big cousin’s business, Mood Flowers. I would do a junior role there, washing vases, tidying aisles and conditioning flowers. I got the experience but I didn’t really think I wanted to work with flowers. I ended up working at an event in London for a woman called Holly Chapple from America, who is a really big florist over there. When I came back [to Glasgow], Nick and I decided Mud would be a good idea to start. How did Mud Urban Flowers start? It just started by believing there was a gap in the market for this modern take on flowers. This is a modern Interflora but we still see ourselves as artisan florists. We are providing a service where you can order beautiful, seasonal designs online and have same-day delivery within Glasgow. Your bouquets are stunning – where do you get your design inspiration? Usually I will go to the market every morning. It starts with one flower and that’s either because I really like the colour or I really like the style. Once I have that one colour I’ll create a pallet and find some other colours that will complement it, different shapes and textures. Additionally, we like to work with seasonal flowers, like peonies or dahlias – if a flower is in season, we’re more likely to use it because it will be better quality. We use flowers when they’re at the height of their season. 34 Sourcemagazine.org.uk
Would you say your role is very creative? It is and it isn’t creative. That’s definitely important for anyone interested in this career to remember. The designing is really fun and working with flowers is amazing. If you’re a junior at a florist though, you’re filling buckets of water, you’re conditioning flowers, you’re carrying heavy things, washing vases – there is a lot of that behind the scenes. There’s early hours, long days, working on the weekends for weddings. What advice do you have for students thinking about becoming a florist? You either go to college or you get a job in a flower shop. You could just rock up to a flower shop if you’re hard working, prepared to put in the effort and learn. Some of the best florists I know are self-trained or trained on the job. I then also know some really great florists who went to college; I wouldn’t shut that down either as INSTAGRAM they teach a lot of technical stuff, TAKEOVER which is very Daf t for dahlias? Potty for good. peonies? Chloe is set to For anyone take over our Instagram interested in page to take you behind the becoming a bouquet @source.magazine junior with Mud, – follow us so you don’t they can email miss out! me – email@example.com.
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ell us a little bit about your new album, All These Countless Nights. It’s pretty much straight-up rock music – some of the songs are a bit heavier. I think it’s the first album we’ve ever written for ourselves – I didn’t write it with any agenda in mind. Happiness is the latest single to be released and, lyrically, it feels like the most honest. What was it like writing that track? It was really cathartic to write it – writing lyrics is my way of dealing with things. It wasn’t really a conscious effort to write the songs in the way I did, that’s kind of the only way I know how to write – about personal experiences. I wrote this record over quite a long period of time so maybe it was a lot more natural. How does the new album differ from past releases? I would say it’s the most ‘combined effort’
record we’ve ever had. Normally it’s just me in a studio and whoever is recording it. This time we recorded it live and it’s definitely been the most group effort we’ve ever had – I think they probably are the best songs we’ve written. In what way do you think this album could shape the Brit rock genre? I’m not sure how to answer that without sounding arrogant [laughs]. I hope this record would shape British rock music for people to become a bit more open with their lyrics. I think people really connect when music has honest, powerful lyrics. Deaf Havana are hitting the road in November for a UK tour – are you looking forward to it? I can’t wait actually. When we released the record we did a really short UK tour but that was just playing Glasgow, London and all the big cities. I’m looking forward to [the tour] because it’s longer and it’s playing in towns we haven’t been to in
years. I’m really excited to play for people who don’t always get the chance to see us. Has your style of performing live changed over the years? I think we’ve gotten better, but it has changed a lot. I think over the years we’ve stripped things back – at one point I brought about 15 instruments with me on stage and now I literally use one guitar for the whole set. 2017 has been great for Deaf Havana – any future plans? I don’t really have any grand plans, I just want to make a living and keep making music. It would be nice to be able to play the big gigs like Brixton, even Wembley, or something ridiculous. I’ve already started writing for the next album, because we had such a long time between the last album, Old Souls , and the one we just released. I want to get the next one out fairly quickly – so people don’t forget about us.
na are back and bigger than ever. After a four-year hiatus, British alternative rock band Deaf Hava the ashes Singer James Veck-Gilodi reveals how the band have risen from
“I’m really excited to play for people who don’t always get the chance to see us”
Deaf Havana will be playing Edinburgh and Aberdeen as part of their UK tour. You can get tickets from their website, www.deafhavanaofficial.com All These Countless Nights is available for purchase on iTunes Sourcemagazine.org.uk 37
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AUSSIE GAP YEARS THE NEED-TO-KNOW
your pals’ Insta pics from their G’day, mate! If you’re beyond jealous of e to give it a go yourself. We take a Australian adventure, it might be tim adventure in the Land Down Under look of the ins and outs of a gap year
ustralia. Land of kangaroos, barbecues, and stunning landscapes that could give even Scotland a run for its money. It’s no wonder really that it’s the second most popular gap year location, fallin g just behind Thailand, according to the Association of British Travel Agents. From climbing Sydney Harbour Brid ge to exploring the wild outback, cudd ling a koala to learning how to surf on Bondi Beach, Australia has heaps to offer young Scots after adventure and new experiences. But… how do you do it?
worth of agricultural work – like fruit picking, or working on a farm. You can find out more at www.australia.gov.au.
Unless you have a tonne of money saved up, a working holiday is a good opti on. You could be working in a bar in Melbourn e, teaching people how to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef, working as a labo urer building new homes, working in a call centre… There are lots of options that ’ll boost your cash flow and give you useful skills. You can check out sites like www. workingholidayjobs.com.au for insp iration, or sign up with a gap year provider like Real Gap (www.realgap.co.uk) who can help get you sorted with all the nece ssary paperwork and finding work. There are plenty of volunteering options too. Conservation projects across Australia are after people keen to change the world to join their ranks, you coul d volunteer as a sports coach working with kids, or work as a school assi stant working in an indigenous school. Find out more about volunteering from the likes of Lattitude (www.lattitude.org.uk) or Oyster Worldwide (www.oysterworldwide.c om). Australia has so much to offer. With friendly people, a brilliant outdoors focused lifestyle, stunning beaches, weird and wonderful wildlife and lots of opportunities spread across this huge , fascinating country, it really is the ultimate gap destination. So what are you wait ing for? Start saving for that flight…
If you’ve seen Nothing to Declare, you’ll know that the Aussies take their bord er security seriously – and it’s crucial that you get the right visa. Officials prop erly check one in four visas as they com e through their airports, so there’s a good chance you’ll get stopped – and if you don’t have the right paperwork, you’ll be on the first plane home. At your own expe nse. You’ll require a visa, whether you’re going to work or not. Tourist visas let you stay in the country for up to three months, or you can apply for a long-term tour ist visa which takes you up to six mon ths. In this instance, you can’t underta ke any work while you’re in the country – so don’t even think about it. If you do want to work, you can opt for a working holiday visa. These are open to 18 to 30-year-olds. For $270, you’ll be entitled to work in the country for a year. You can extend it for a second year if you can prove you’ve undertaken three mon ths’ @SourceMag
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L A T N E M H T L A E H
S R E T T A M
Earlier this year, mental health hit the headlines when Netflix released the controversial series 13 Reasons Why. While the show gained praise for raising awareness of teen mental health, there was also criticism and accusations of glorifying suicide. One thing it did highlight, however, was that in a world that never switches off, young adults need more support. Lorne Gillies takes a look at what’s out there for young people who are struggling with their thoughts and feelings
id you know that three children in every class will have experienced a mental health problem before the age of 16*? That’s a significant number of your peers who have experienced poor mental health – or maybe you struggle yourself and think you’re completely alone. As pressure is piled upon young people to stay up to date with the latest trends, with social media dictating our lives, and no escape from the scrutiny of others, there’s no surprise it affects mental health.
“I think that we now live in a world that is rapidly changing and there is pressure on young people, from our studies to competition for decent jobs,” explains Erin, a 19 year-old student teacher who has experienced severe bouts of bulimia and depression since she was 13. Revision for exams, anxiety on results day, maintaining a social life and discovering your own mind – being a teenager is difficult. A recent study** by the University of St Andrews revealed that 80% of 15 year-old girls and 60% of boys of the same age felt pressured by schoolwork – a factor that can be affected by poor mental health. Erin says: “If your mental health isn’t being treated well, how are you expected to perform well academically? … At school I was thinking, ‘I’m not feeling too well in my own head, how do you expect me to take on the stress that everyone goes through?’” Social media is another major player in negative mental health. Chloe Bellany, campaigns officer at SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), says: “Modern life can be quite difficult for young people – the pressure of social media, and being online all the time; body image; stress from school and exams.” And more support is required for young people.
GOING TO BE
In a bid to improve services across Scotland for young people’s mental health, SAMH have launched the Going to Be campaign. At the moment, the campaign has three key government asks: to create
health providers, including CAMHS, a programme where all school staff young people can be assisted with their are trained in mental health; provide mental health. Currently there are trained counselling services in all secondary professionals available to support you, schools; and letting young people stay in or a friend, if you feel stressed, anxious, specialist services until they’re 25. depressed, or you're living with another Recently, services provided to support mental illness. young people have come under scrutiny. Erin is now confident enough to speak In Scotland, GPs and teachers can about her mental health journey – and refer someone to Child and Adolescent finds it's a good way to support her Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – an recovery, alongside reading other people’s organisation that assesses the emotional experiences. “Reading about or listening and behavioural health of children to other people’s experiences of bulimia and young people. However, a recent and depression gives me hope; helps report*** has shown that of the me see that I am not alone and 8,730 young people referred to You ultimately that having a mental CAMHS in the last quarter, can find health illness or speaking about usually by their GP, 1,838 out more about mental health is nothing to be were rejected with no Going To Be and ashamed of,” says Erin. information as to why, join the campaign “Every single person has highlighting issues faced at samh.org.uk/ mental health but we don’t by the service. goingtobe all have mental health issues.” Erin, however, says: “I And it is important that we know had really good teachers who where to go for help. Chloe says: directed me to the services and “We would always recommend people support that I needed, including speak to their GP in the first instance. helping me get referred to CAMHS Students may have counsellors at their quickly.” college or university, who can also be a Chloe adds: “Eventually, we’d like good person to speak to.” There is also there to be a specialised service for 16 to guidance for doctors’ appointments on 25-year-olds. In the meantime, we want the SAMH website for those who are them to get the option to stay in the child anxious about attending. and adolescent services until they’re 25.” Without the support of teachers and mental health services, Erin would not be SUPPORT able to speak openly about her journey. As Going to Be is dedicated to ensuring that the Going to Be campaign works to ensure young people know where to go when schools and services support young they’re experiencing a mental health people, hopefully soon we can all have a problem. “What we can do is make sure mental health provider to assist us with that when they need help, they know our needs. where to get it from and they’re able to access it easily; that they’re able to get all of the support they need and can go on to live a life they normally would,” explains GETTING HELP Chloe. ChildLine – 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk Through improved support from Samaritans – 116 123 www.samaritans.org Young Minds – www.youngminds.org.uk education services, peers and mental
*WWW.SAMH.ORG.UK; **UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS FINDINGS FROM THE HBSC 2014 SURVEY IN SCOTLAND; *** WWW.ISDSCOTLAND.ORG (PUBLISHED 6 JUNE 2017)
“Reading about or listening to other people’s experiences of bulimia and depression gives me hope; helps me see that I am not alone"
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LEARNING TO DRIVE
In the midst of lessons? Dreaming of the day you can tear up those
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you pass your driving test – and go on to a life of safe driving
1. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Hello, Captain Obvious. But really – get as much practice in as you can. Get insured on your parents’ car. Bully your mum into getting you out to practise your parallel parking. Do as many lessons as you can humanly afford! The more time behind a wheel you have under your belt, the better chance you’ll have of passing your test.
2. DON’T BOOK YOUR TEST UNTIL YOU’RE READY
Unless you feel fully prepared for your driving test? Don’t waste the money booking yourself in. Physically knowing how to drive is half the battle when it comes to driving tests – confidence is the rest. If you go into your test mentally unprepared? You’re not going to have as much chance of passing.
3. TALK IT THROUGH
In your lessons and your test, tell the instructor or examiner what you’re doing and why. Not for everything – they don’t care if you’re changing gear. But a little, “I know this is national speed limit, but I’m going a bit slower because of the bends,” or, “I’m just going to wait until that pedestrian has passed,” during a manoeuvre shows you know your stuff and keeps you switched on.
4. REVISE, REVISE, REVISE!
Don’t think you can ditch your theory revision book after that part of the test – keep reading it so the rules of the road are firmly ingrained in your brain. During the independent driving section of your test, you have to understand road signs and the rules of the road with no help – so it pays to know what everything means.
5. KNOW THE TEST ROUTES
Make sure your instructor familiarises you with your local test routes. Be aware of where the tricky corners are, know your stop signs, and ask for practice in any areas you’re unsure of.
6. BE AWARE OF THE CHANGES
Check out the Official DVSA Theory Test Kit for Car Drivers on the App Store for some easy pre-test revision – it’s only £4.99 and a great way to revise ahead of your theory, lessons and practical test.
This December, there are a few changes coming into place when it comes to the driving test – independent driving is going up to 20 minutes, you’ll have to know how to follow instructions from a sat nav, reversing manoeuvres are going to be different and you’ll have to be able to answer vehicle safety questions while you’re driving. So if you’re not going to be passing any time soon, make sure your instructor goes over all of this with you. Several times.
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Lewis Capaldi He played a sold-out gig at the iconic King Tut’s before he’d even released a single, performed in front of a massive crowd at this year’s TRNSMT, and he’s just back from an epic month-long writing
and recording trip in the States – it’s all going pretty well for Bathgate native Lewis Capaldi. We caught up with the up-and-coming singer-songwriter to talk about his journey in music so far
ou had a pretty exciting summer. What would you say has been the highlight? Probably TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow. Just the fact that I was a bit unsure about how it would go. Because it was the first one, I didn’t know how many people were going to turn up and see me – but it was mobbed. It was crazy to see all those people, and they seemed to know the songs. It was mental. How did your music career get started in the first place? My brother was always in bands, and he was into music that was a bit heavier. So I copied him basically. I learned to play guitar and had my first gig at 12. I was in bands and writing songs. So I was playing in bands, gigging, then started playing myself. I went to college and did music, and I’d done so much gigging, to the point where it felt like a natural thing. When I met my manager, that’s when things started to happen. What kind of music did you listen to growing up? My brother was into heaver stuff so I was into bands like Slipknot and stuff like that. That was the heavier side of things. I’d also listen to bands like Foo Fighters and Nirvana – not that heavy, but guitar bands. And my sister was into pop. When I was 46 Sourcemagazine.org.uk
younger, I loved Busted! They have some tunes. Then I started to lean more towards indie music, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, The View – bands like that. What music inspires your songwriting? At 16, if a song was in the charts, I’d be like, I’m not listening to that. But I soon realised those songs were amazing. One Direction have class songs! That made me write a bit differently. I used to just copy Kyle Falconer, but then I started to do more commercial-sounding stuff – still writing the best songs I could, but with pop melodies.
an EP towards the end of the year, but the album will be late next year. What’s your ultimate career ambition? I’ve never been like, ‘I want to do this, this and this.’ This year has been so mental – absolutely mad. I never expected that. I’m just going to keep riding it until someone says, ‘Right you. You’ve had your fill.’ I just want to keep on doing what I’m doing – keep blagging it as long as possible. To keep on making people think that I’m actually any good!
When I was younger, I loved Busted! They have some tunes
How close are we to getting an album from you? The album is a wee bit off I think. Just now I’m concentrating on singles, maybe
Well, you’ve got everyone fooled just now... It’s a good start! Hopefully I can keep it up.
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