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CONTENTS On the cover
8 Ella Eyre
11 The superstar songwriter
The songstress spills the beans on her career so far.
Glasgow’s own John McLaughlin's written hits for everyone from Lulu to Busted. He tells us about his amazing job.
16 En vogue
Want to work in fashion? Here’s how to do it.
23 THE SOURCE GRADUATE GUIDE 2015
What the heck even is a graduate scheme and why should you care? We’ve got 12 pages explaining all of this and more, from page 23.
40 Lets talk about mental health Two young Scots share their experiences.
54 HomeTown talk
We put your questions to Ireland’s hottest new boy band.
Win win win!
35 CIRCA Waves
The band’s Sam talks gigging, recording and sitting about in his pants with Source.
45 RJ Mitte
Breaking Bad’s Walt Jr on life after the show.
48 Flora Shedden: baking up a storm
The youngest contestant on this year’s GBBO, Perthshire’s Flora shares some behind-the-scenes goss.
12 What not to write on your UCAS application
Spoiler: Shakespeare quotes will work against you.
14 Call the midwife
Christina Guinane tells Source all about her incredible line of work.
18 Top 5 celebs in business
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The famouses making their name as entrepreneurs.
20 Combine your passion with your job
The Aberdeen Snowsports team stop by to talk job opportunities on their dry ski slope.
36 Careers fairs sussed
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46 YouTube sensations
The mega stars who made their name online.
49 Study overseas: the adventure of a lifetime
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#FACT ELLA'S MUSIC CAREER KICKED OFF AT THE AGE OF 16, WHEN SHE JUGGLED SCHOOL WORK WITH SONG WRITING
2015 is set to be the year of Ella Eyre – and with those massive vocals and incredible songwriting skills, it’s not hard to see why. The super talented songstress took some time out ahead of her debut album release to talk life in the music biz with Source’s Lindsay Cochrane
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What made you want to work in music? I always used to enjoy writing stuff down – I had a knack for writing about things that meant something to me. A lot of people think that it was an overnight thing, but it definitely wasn’t. This has been something that I worked on for years and years, not really knowing where it would end up. I don’t think I ever really craved to be famous – I just enjoyed expressing myself. If anything, that was the reason I wanted to get into the music industry. You’ve got your debut album, Feline, out in August. What can we expect from it? I’ve been working on it for the last three years – there’s some really old stuff on it, stuff that I wrote when I was 16, alongside some really new tracks that I only wrote last year. This album is almost like a very fast diary of the last few years of my life and all the things that have gone on! I try not to write so specifically that people feel like they’re listening to my issues; I try to put it in a way that people can relate to it. What was the album-making process like? It was a gradual process, but it was really exciting because I felt like I was learning as I went along. I like to think of the first album as being an experiment of my artistry. It took a long time and a lot of development, but it was a lot of fun. I was travelling to different places – LA, Sweden – writing with all these different people, and it was just incredible getting to work with all these different producers. What’s your favourite track? I think my favourite track is a song called Even If. I wrote that at the end of last year with an amazing producer called Greg Wells. We wrote it in about 45 minutes, which is the fastest I’ve ever written a song! It’s a ballad, just me and the piano, and it shows a completely different side to me. I think a lot of people are expecting a dance album, upbeat stuff, but it’s quite nice to show off the vulnerable side of my voice and of me.
#FACT ELLA BURST ONTO THE SCENE AS A GUEST VOCALIST ON RUDIMENTAL'S WAITING ALL NIGHT IN 2013
What inspires your songwriting? I write about things that I’ve experienced, that have happened to me. If it comes from my heart, it goes to the heart – I live by that. I love hearing songs that mean something to someone. You came onto the scene as a guest vocalist – are you looking forward to getting your own record out there, that’s just you? Oh, absolutely – 100%! People are saying, ‘I’ve known about you for so long, at last
you’ve got an album out!’ I’ve really enjoyed working with all these artists, I’ve learned so much, but I’m so excited to show people what I have learned with my solo project. When I was working with Rudimental on tour for seven months, I’d never done a live show. That was my first time performing in front of a large audience. I learned so much. I figured out what kind of artist I wanted to be. If you could collaborate with anyone else at all, who would it be? I think Mark Ronson would be insane. I think he’s amazing, I love his stuff. I’d love to see what we could do together. You’re off on tour later in the year as well. Are you looking forward to that? Absolutely. I love being on tour. We’re heading back up to Glasgow as well, which is always great. It’s mad because you know at these headline tours that people are coming for you – it’s so exciting to know that many people are coming to your show. What’s the best thing about performing live? It’s about getting in front of the audience. I like people to have fun. I’m not very good at just standing in front of a microphone – I’m there dancing around, getting people to jump with me. You did a different kind of gig over the summer when you played at Radio 1’s Ibiza Prom, performing with the Heritage Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall – what was that like? It was quite an experience! I’ve never really performed with such an incredibly talented orchestra behind me, and with such amazing composers. It was just unbelievable to be a part of it. The last couple of years have been incredible for you. What would you say has been the highlight? There’s been so many. The BRITs. The MOBOs. Doing my headline tours. There’s been so, so many. I’ve been very, very fortunate! Before we go, we have to ask – we love your hair almost as much as we love your songs, but how long does it take you to do it? We’ve perfected a routine, and we usually get it done within an hour, sometimes an hour-and-a-half, depending on how stroppy it’s being. [laughs] Ella Eyre’s debut album Feline is out on Virgin EMI Records on 28 August
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THE SUPERSTAR SONGWRITER John McLaughlin has come a long way since his days as a teen punk rock fan from Milton in Glasgow – these days, he’s a top songwriter, having penned tunes for the likes of 5ive, Westlife, Busted and McFly, produced hit records, worked alongside music biz heavyweights like Simon Cowell and now runs his own company putting together new acts. John told Source all about his career so far How do you get into song writing? We had bands when I was younger, but we didn’t get hugely far! [laughs] I started to look closer into how you could be in the music industry if you didn’t have a record deal. So I started looking at song writing and publishing. At that time, Take That were just starting out, and I thought, pop music for teens is probably a good market to be in. I met up with Steve Gilmour, who was putting 911 together, and they needed songs. I said I would have a go. What artists have you worked with? I’ve been very lucky to work with a lot of pop bands, like 911, 5ive, Liberty X, Busted and McFly, right through to Echo and the Bunnymen, Shane MacGowan, Mick Jones from The Clash, Lulu, Lawson – a range of genres. For marketing purposes, we put music in boxes, but a good song’s a good song. How has your job changed? It's not just about number ones
any more. If you can put things together yourself, own a band and a brand, that’s where you stand a chance of making a lot more revenue streams other than just writing a song. Now, we put bands together, sign them, manage them and launch them. We’re launching some new acts from the end of September onwards, including girl band The Cassettez. What’s the best part of the job? The fact that every day you get to make music or be involved in music. It’s not just making records or writing songs now; it’s all the other bits. It’s really exciting. What’s the hardest? To write a hit record or a hit song that’s going to launch an act is difficult. For most acts, you could write 40 or 50 songs to get the one that’s going to work and matches what we’re trying to do and is right for the market.
Clockwise from top: John in the studio; with Garbage singer Shirley Manson at the Tartan Clef Awards, picking up the Living Legend gong; and with 911, the band that launched his career
"I NEVER REALLY DREAMED I WOULD HAVE NUMBER ONE RECORDS. THAT HAS BEEN MIND BLOWING FOR ME” What’s been the highlight of your career? I never really dreamed I would have number one records. That has been mind blowing for me.
What was your career plan B? I think it would have had to be something in music. I probably would have become a promoter. What’s your advice for any wannabe songwriters? You have to be completely and utterly single-minded. You’re going to get a huge amount of knockbacks and take a whole bunch of criticism. You’ve got to be able to take that and get a thick skin on, never let it get you down.
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“WHEN I WAS YOUNG…” If university admissions teams had a pound for every personal statement which reflects on childhood ambitions to become a nuclear physicist, astronaut or teacher, they’d be absolutely minted. It’s a massive cliché, so avoid at all costs.
INSTEAD: Talk honestly about your passion for your chosen field and experiences to date – you don’t have to spin a story about the time it hit you as a five-year-old counting your doll collection that you simply had to become a mathematician.
“I’VE HEARD YOUR UNIVERSITY IS THE BEST…” Flattery will get you NOWHERE, so avoid that paragraph about how St Andrews is the best university in the land. Also, remember that you only write one personal statement which gets sent to all the unis you’re applying for – so if you’re applying for Glasgow too, they’ll be less than impressed.
INSTEAD: Focus on yourself. Uni types know that their establishment is brilliant – they want to know what you can contribute to make it even better.
“WHILE I’M RUBBISH AT MATHS…” No one wants to know what you’re bad at – this is all about selling yourself, blowing your own trumpet and basically letting the admissions tutors know that you’re the bee’s knees. Leave the negativity at the door.
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Talk about where your strengths lie, what you enjoy and what you’ve done so far at school and in your personal life which demonstrates that.
WHAT NOT TO WRITE ON YOUR UCAS APPLICATION New term, new challenges – including, for those of you heading off to uni, your UCAS application. Here’s what to avoid including in your personal statement
“AS SHAKESPEARE SAID…” Quotes from other people are a no-no. Sure, Einstein may have shared some incredible wisdom in his time, and it might demonstrate what you want to say, but no one wants to hear it. Sorry.
INSTEAD: Again, say what YOU want to say. The point of your personal statement is to give more insight into your experience and personality; all the Martin Luther King quotes in the world can’t do that.
“I’M A HIGHLY MOTIVATED INDIVIDUAL” Now, you might be. And if you are, that’s great. But you have to PROVE it. Avoid sweeping statements like this like the plague unless you can back it up.
INSTEAD: “I’m a highly motivated individual, as demonstrated by the time I organised a wholeschool fundraiser for a charity which had helped my family” – and then give a bit more detail. Have backup for everything you say. If you have to go to interview, they might ask more questions, so make sure it's true.
“HAVE YOU HEARD THE ONE ABOUT…?” Sure, loads of our favourite funny people like Miranda Hart and Kevin Bridges went to university, but funny isn't an entry requirement unfortunately. Your personal statement is no time for jokes. You may be the hilarious one in your group of friends, but a sense of humour isn’t going to get you a philosophy degree.
INSTEAD: Get your serious head on and go for a more professional tone. Get a teacher or one of your parents to have a look over it to make sure you’ve got it right. A second opinion is helpful not only to check for accidental puns, but to ensure everything you've said actually makes sense too.
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CALL THE MIDWIFE What did you do before you became a midwife? I wanted to do midwifery at some point, but I didn’t have enough qualifications. I worked in lots of different jobs, from being a nursery teacher to telesales, but I still wanted to try it. So I went to college, got an HNC in healthcare and upgraded my maths, but even then people were telling me I’d never get in, because it’s so difficult. But I did it, and now, at 39, I’m fully qualified and working full-time as a community midwife. Where did you study? I studied at the University of the West of Scotland in Hamilton. It’s not like a normal university course where you finish in May and you’re off until September; you’re working the whole way through. It’s a 50/50 split between theory and placement. You’ll be learning, learning, learning then out doing shifts in a hospital or community area. It’s not just a practical course either; you’re having to write essays at degree level. What’s a typical day on the job like for you? I work in the community rather
than a labour ward. First thing, the hospital will phone out with any ladies who were discharged the day before and we’ll go visit them at home with their new baby or babies. We’ll also have antenatal clinics for women who are expecting babies. If something’s
"YOU’RE IN A VERY PRIVILEGED POSITION BEING IN THAT ROOM WHEN A COUPLE BECOME THREE" not absolutely 'normal', we would refer them back to the hospital. Then there’s a whole mountain of paperwork to get through too. What’s the best part of the job? Working with the women and the relationships that you build up. Especially when you’re in the hospital, you’re in a very privileged position being in that room when a couple become three, or become a bigger family. To be a part of that is a huge honour.
And what’s the hardest? That’s something else. It’s like a double-edged sword. You can leave one room where someone’s just delivered and they’re on cloud nine, then have a couple come in who have been at the clinic and there’s no heartbeat. It’s very up and down. Those times are hard. What skills and qualities are important for midwives? You need to have good communication and interpersonal skills. You need to be enthusiastic, hardworking – and you need to be somebody who isn’t queasy with blood and things like that. You’re dealing with all bodily fluids! What advice would you give to anyone considering midwifery as a career? If you’re dedicated and you’re keen, give it a go. It’s difficult to get in, but like most things, if you’re focused and determined and it’s for you, you’ll work hard and you’ll succeed. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted, but it’s a fantastic job.
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NHS Lothian is responsible for providing healthcare services to a population of more than 800,000 people. We have a wide range of jobs at entry and qualied level and offer great opportunities for career development – and much more. We recognise the current difcult employment situation for 16 to 25 year-olds. We are actively involved in a number of local and national youth employability initiatives. The types of careers we offer include: Treatment and care Dentists, Doctors, Health Visitors, Healthcare Assistants, Midwives, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, and many more… Trades, skilled and support Caterers, Domestics, Chaplains, Drivers, Electricians, Porters, Fire, Safety & Security Staff, Maintenance, and many more… Management and administrative Accountants, Clerical Ofcers, Communications, Human Resources, Medical Records, Receptionists, Secretaries, Telephonists, and many more…
Scientic and technical Clinical Scientists, Laboratory Staff, Medical Technologists, Medical Photographers, Technicians, and many more… Information and IT Analysts, Librarians, Audio Visual Technicians, Computing Staff, Information Manager, IT Trainers, and many more… All our vacancies are advertised on: www.jobs.scot.nhs.uk and more information on NHS Lothian can be found at www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk Come and see us at the Skills Scotland careers event at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh on Thursday 29 October 2015. There will be representatives/ additional information available on a range of different careers within the health service. We look forward to meeting you.
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EN VOGUE The fast-paced, glamorous world of fashion is massively appealing for the clothes-obsessed thinking about their future career – and from the shop floor to head office, there are plenty of job opportunities. Trendsetters, take a look at where your flare for the fashionable could take you
Buyer Buyers purchase the goods that get sold in stores on the high street and online. This might involve buying ready-made products for sale, or working with the design teams to source the best fabrics and materials. Buyers need good negotiating skills, be able to work under pressure and be big on creativity.
You usually need a degree to get into buying – some unis have started offering specialist degrees. Many retailers run graduate training schemes too, so search online for these.
Designer Designers are the brains behind the clothes that make it onto the rails in store. Designers sketch ideas by hand or on computer programmes, create patterns and sample items before working with the buying team to make their idea a reality.
You’ll need a degree in fashion design and lots and lots of hands-on experience to get started.
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Marketing executive The marketing team are responsible for getting the brand out there and attract customers into the store with product launches, public relations events, newsletters, social media, advertising campaigns and more.
Many execs get into the marketing world with an HND or degree in business, marketing or advertising. Lots of work experience in relevant companies will give you a head start in fashion too.
Graphic designer Retailers need in-house graphic designers to produce marketing materials, in-store displays, carrier bag designs, adverts for print and online, website displays, images for social media – anything you lay eyes on which represents their brand, basically.
You can study graphic design at college or university level, and you’ll need experience in programmes like InDesign, Quark Xpress, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat and Flash to get a junior role.
Customer service assistant On the shop floor, customer service or sales assistants are the ones making sure customers get the goods they want. As well as putting items through the tills, sales assistants restock the rails, help customers with any queries and try maximise profits by up-selling.
STUDIO STYLING MANAGER, BOOHOO.COM Kirsty’s always been fashion mad – and now she makes her living styling shoots for top online retailer Boohoo.com. We quizzed her about her cool career
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How did you get started in fashion? I got a job as a personal shopping assistant at Selfridge’s while I was doing my degree in fashion design at the London College of Fashion. I got offered a full-time position after I finished my degree, and I worked my way up in Selfridge’s, personal shopping for celebrities, helping on costume design in TV and things like that. Then I moved to Net-A-Porter and worked as a personal shopping assistant manager there. I then moved over to Boohoo to be the styling manager here.
DO IT: You don’t need any formal qualifications to get into this line of work, but many start out in customer service. Good people skills are a must.
Visual merchandiser VMs are the people who put together displays in store windows and on the shop floor. Some VMs are based at head office, putting together plans for their chain of stores, while others are out on the road dressing windows nationwide.
What’s a typical day like for you? In the morning, I’ll give the makeup briefs for the day for all of the models. I’ll then go through all of the styling rails with the team and go through what they’re doing for the day. We’ll look through all of the images from the day before and sign everything off for it to go onto the site. There’s also lots of meetings throughout the business with different departments.
You can get into this with a qualification in design, or work your way up from the shop floor as a retail assistant.
What’s the biggest misconception about your work? That it’s all glamour and high heels! It can be long days on your feet.
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attitude, you can get into this line of work straight from school. There are lots of opportunities to work your way up within a company to supervisor or management level.
Some stores have personal shoppers on-site to help customers purchase outfits for a specific situation, or even a whole new wardrobe, whether they need a bit of help or don’t have time themselves. From high-end fashion brands to high street department stores, this can be a really exciting line of work if you’ve got an eye for what's hot.
What does your job as studio styling manager involve? I manage the styling team that styles all of the e-com gallery styling, which is what you shop from on the site, as well as working with the creative stylist to make sure that the brand vision is translated through from creative to the e-com studios.
What’s your advice for anyone considering a career in fashion? Work experience is really key. Any knowledge you can gain from inside companies is really, really useful. I also think that you get to see people do jobs that you wouldn’t necessarily think about.
DO IT: If you have the right
Every high street shop has a manager, who is responsible for making sure the store is performing to head office’s standards. They’re responsible for managing staff rotas, ensuring targets are met, cashing up and making sure the store looks the way it’s supposed to as well as undertaking sales assistant duties.
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You can work up from sales assistant level, but many retailers now want managers with more qualifications, like an HND in retail, sales, marketing or business, or even a degree. Some retailers have graduate training schemes too to get you into management.
Jay-Z is worth $520 million, has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, runs a clothing label, owns a chain of sports bars, and now he's set his sights on knocking Spotify of its top spot with the launch of Tidal. But the multimillionaire isn’t entirely fixated on his wallet. "The challenge is to get everyone to respect music again, to recognise its value,” Jay-Z said of his new business venture. An entrepreneur with a conscious? That’s music to our ears. Plus he is married to Beyoncé, which as we all know, is the ultimate achievement.
Jessica Alba Swapping blockbusters for baby products, Jessica Alba launched her business The Honest Company, in 2011. The line, which includes everything from food to cleaning supplies, began after she asked for business advice from co-stars such as Robert De Niro and Ashton Kutcher. They both told her to find something she felt was important, and then make it profitable. After spotting a gap in the market for non-toxic products aimed at children and families, Alba now employs 275 workers and has successfully lobbied Washington politicians to tighten up on the testing of chemicals used in children’s clothing and toys. Her company is now worth a cool $1 billion. Despite admitting she is "terrible at maths", with figures like that its clear Alba's business is booming.
Tyra Banks Who hasn’t spent at least one weekend binging on one of the 21 seasons of American’s Next Top Model? Former model Tyra Banks has built an entire career out of sassy comebacks and teaching us the importance of ‘smizing’, but away from her success with the ANTM franchise, Tyra has her own talk show, production company and beauty line, and she’s completed a business programme at Harvard. No surprise then that she’s estimated to be worth a very bankable $80 million.
Tony Hawk Whether or not you know your kickflips from your ollies, odds are you know the name Tony Hawk. The former sports star owns his own skateboard company, Birdhouse Skateboards, and since 1992 he has expanded his empire to include everything from fashion and sports products to BMX bikes and video games. Now in 2015, Tony is worth $120 million – proving he can dominate both the board and the boardroom.
THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS POSH SPICE NOW EMPLOYS OVER 100 PEOPLE THROUGH HER FASHION LINE
Her husband makes more money now than when he played football thanks to sponsorship deals with the likes of Adidas and H&M. But Posh Spice doesn’t exactly have to go to David to borrow a tenner. Victoria Beckham’s clothing company has grown turnover from £1 million to £30 million in the past five years, employs 100 staff and opened its first shop in London last year – and from A-listers to company CEOs, women can’t get enough of her slick designs. After all, no one can brand it like Beckham.
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Thought your favourite celeb was just about their chosen sport, music genre or acting style? Think again! More and more famous faces are using their celebrity platform to launch hugely successful businesses – and some of them are seeing more success as entrepreneurs than they did in entertainment! Kirsty McKenzie takes a look at five of the biggest stars who made the transition to business
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Once you’ve had your taste of work experience, at 16 you can apply for a casual customer service role which gets your foot firmly in the door. Once you’ve got to grips with the ins and outs of the reception or rental department, you’ll find an array of opportunities will open up for you. You can take yourself down as many different routes as you like. Fingers in pies and all that. Here’s what’s available:
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here are so many people out there that have a job and have a hobby, which is great, don’t get us wrong, but speak to those who have managed to combine their hobby and job. You'll find that not only do they quickly move up the career ladder, but they thrive and love their job, they lose what day of the week it is and they don't fear Mondays. These aren’t the type of people that get to Friday and get wrecked with their mates all weekend to forget about what a rubbish week they’ve had, only to wake up on Monday morning and repeat. The opportunity to combine your passion and job is out there, and for those interested in skiing, snowboarding and the general snowsports industry, Aberdeen Snowsports Centre can more than deliver the goods.
The snowsports industry is vast, but the dryslope centre, located in Garthdee in the South of Aberdeen, caters for a huge percentage of that industry and will fuel your enthusiasm for the scene. They are one of those rare companies that have a career pathway and provide opportunities to develop your skills and learn. Let’s start from the ground up as an S3 student. Aberdeen Snowsports Centre provides a work experience programme for 14-year-olds, giving them their first taste of a working environment. This includes an induction in all departments in an effort to identify if they have skills that will help them thrive in certain areas of the business. The Centre also provides this programme for those doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
driving force of the Centre, the worker bees, and ultimately the first port of call for the Centre’s customer. Whether you’re on a casual or full-time contract, here you’ll get all the training you require to be a competent ski and snowboard technician, be a wiz on the booking system and be that helpful voice on the other end of the phone! Those who display passion for the Centre and strive to improve products and build customer relationships soon get noticed and promoted to supervisors. • Supervisors lead the team through busy periods, help structure the departments and instil that passion and drive in the team. The Centre also provides training to supervisors on duty manager tasks, once trained and confident, supervisors are able to start taking on duty manager shifts. • Duty managers run the show from open to close; they are the first port of call for most staff and co-ordinate all departments in the smooth running of the Centre.
Aberdeen Snowsports Centre prides itself on its passionate staff and maintains a great working relationship with all of its employees who regularly ski and snowboard together. Thanks to its like-minded staff, the Centre has a healthy company culture with a family vibe. The beginning of the winter season is just around the corner, and Aberdeen Snowsports Centre will be running a recruitment drive from October 2015. If your passion is in snowsports and you want to make a career out of it, Aberdeen Snowsports Centre will not only facilitate this but also provide you with the skills to take your snowsports career global. Possibilities are endless in this progressive industry so drop them a line, visit them in person or go online to aberdeensnowsports.com/vacancies and get involved! Not your typical dead-end office job, huh?
• The Centre offers a servicing department for those massive core shots or delams your skis or boards might have received while up the hills. Staff who show interest in maintaining equipment and are a demon with a scraper or wax iron will soon get trained up by the Centre’s head technician in an array of areas like base grinding, edge sharpening, binding mounting and much more.
Snow School • Why else would you visit a ski centre? To ski and snowboard, right? But you’ve got a start somewhere and there’s always room for improvement. Aberdeen Snowsports Centre is proud to have an army of highly skilled instructors and coaches. The Centre operates its own Rookie Instructor programme which, if you’re already a reasonably confident rider, is the perfect platform from which to launch your instructing career and join the ranks. The British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI) frequently run courses at the Centre which give you qualifications that can ultimately get you a job at any ski resort in the world. The Centre also runs coaching courses in conjunction with Snowsport Scotland that will teach you how to take a class of athletes and develop their skills over a longer programme.
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Whether you’re applying for uni or about to graduate, it pays to start thinking about your options for life after you pick up your diploma – and graduate recruitment schemes could be the answer. So why should you think about applying? What do they actually do? The Source Graduate Guide has all the answers
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t might seem a million miles away, but the F-word – that’s your future – is something that needs some serious consideration. If you’re one of the 37,000 students starting uni in Scotland this September, you might think that you’ve got your career all sewn up. A degree is the key that unlocks the job market, right? Not quite. While a degree gets you off on the right foot, your personality and experience are also a big factor – and with the job market only just starting to recover from the recession, competition for work is fierce. But graduates have access to one job option which others don’t – namely, graduate schemes.
Grad schemes are offered by a vast number of big-name companies. Recruiters in most sectors – from engineering to retail, banking to government – take on graduates every year. And your degree doesn't even have to be directly related to their work! Graduate recruitment schemes are like apprenticeships – you’ll be put through a structured programme of training and development, with certain goals to meet along the way. In large organisations, you’ll often rotate
throughout different departments over a set time of maybe two or three years, to let you see which aspect of their work is best for you. In some professions, like accounting, you can get a formal qualification too or accreditation from an industry body which gives you the right to practise a certain career.
With 39 graduates applying for every post, competition is fierce, so the recruitment process is often lengthy, with assessment days, tests and multiple interviews to help employers suss out who’s the best fit for their organisation – so only apply if you’re serious about this, because the whole process can be tough. The benefits of a graduate scheme are simple – the money tends to be good, and you get secure employment for a set time which offers hands-on experience, training, responsibility and opportunities for promotion. While it’s not guaranteed, many employers keep their graduates on after their training contract ends. Sound like your cup of tea? Turn the page 26 to find out more about some of the employers putting graduates through their paces, and how you can apply for their scheme.
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The UKâ€™s top graduate opportunities We take a look at some of the very best graduate schemes, employers and training providers here in the UK
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If you’re scientifically-minded, what about a career in nuclear? nucleargraduates is a comprehensive graduate recruitment programme, giving grads experience and training with companies in the nuclear energy sector. Packed with hands-on training to prepare you for a career in the industry that matches your talents, you’ll work on a variety of secondments with different organisations, lasting six to eight months each – there’s even the opportunity to go work overseas for five months! Open to graduates from all disciplines to work in engineering, science and commercial divisions.
The fifth biggest accountancy firm in the world, BDO’s grad scheme is a great way to get qualified as an accountant and learn from some of the best in the business. BDO look for candidates from all disciplines, and they aren’t interested in your ‘stereotypical accountants’ – they want creative thinkers who can work with a whole range of diverse and interesting clients. You can go for a career in audit, tax, advisory or financial services, and come out the other end with an industryrecognised qualification.
The public service broadcaster is an incredible place to work – and they have great training opportunities for graduates keen to break into the media. With two-year graduate training programmes involving on-the-job training and mentoring, in everything from journalism to technology, this competitive traineeship is well worth checking out.
Top technology company Microsoft has great opportunities for graduates down in London. The Microsoft Academy of College Hires (MACH) lasts for two years and is open to graduates from all backgrounds. You’ll specialise in either sales or technical in this structured programme, which includes on-the-job training and mentoring.
We all know Mickey D’s for their burgers, but did you know they’re big on career opportunities for graduates too? Trainee business managers are put through their paces, first with an intensive 20-week management development programme in one of the company’s restaurants, where you’ll learn skills in marketing, leadership and HR, and attend courses at McDonald’s Management University. At the end, you’re a qualified assistant manager, and you’ll have a job in your own store with the opportunity to work your way up.
www.accaglobal.com ACCA (or the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the body which oversees ACCA qualifications, like the Chartered Certified Accountant qualification, delivers training and carries out exams for wannabe accountants. ACCA work with employers including Baker Tilly, Santander and Lloyds Banking Group to take trainees through their contract and come out the other end as qualified accountants. Head to their site now to see the firms offering ACCA-accredited training contracts.
While lots of companies offer graduate schemes,
every application process is different so take your time when applying
www.mi5.gov.uk/careers Calling all wannabe Bonds! MI5 – that’s the spy people – take on graduates every year to help them in their work protecting the UK against threats to national security such as terrorism, cyber attacks and more. While they don’t have a specific graduate programme, they do recruit grads for a number of roles, from all backgrounds and areas of study.
trainees.grant-thornton.co.uk Another accountancy firm, Grant Thornton recruit over 200 graduates to join their 20 UK offices every year, working across audit, tax and advisory. On their graduate programme, you’ll get to move around the business and see how different aspects work, all while studying towards your ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) qualification.
www.icsa.org.uk Join Aldi's graduate scheme as a trainee area manager and prepare for big opportunities. The year-long training programme lets you experience different areas of the supermarket giant’s operations, and you’ll walk away with a raft of skills that’ll prepare you for a top management role, whether that’s with Aldi, another retailer or in a different sector all together. Oh, and did we mention the £42k starting salary and company car?
The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators deliver the training for, well, chartered secretaries and administrators. This is a slightly more complex role than your average admin job – company secretaries have a lot of responsibility and influence within an organisation, dealing with legal, financial and ethical issues. Perfect for graduates of law, finance or management, this can offer big career prospects – head to the ICSA website to find out more about getting started.
www.britishcouncil.org The NHS isn’t just where doctors and nurses hang out – the health service has a great graduate scheme for non-medical types too. The management training scheme is for those looking to take on a career in financial management, a vital role in this massive health organisation. You’ll get in-job training, work towards a CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) qualifcation and get to work alongside some of the best managers out there.
The British Council helps thousands of people every year to experience a different culture, running a variety of exchange programmes around the world. Their Future Leaders Scheme is a three-year development programme which consists of international placements to help train up truly mobile cultural relations leaders – great for language grads or people keen for an international career. This one’s for grads with some work experience behind them already, so keep an eye on this after graduation.
Actuarial careers equal unbeatable opportunities
You do the maths If you’re studying maths, or a related subject, an actuarial career could really add up for you. You’ll use your numerical skills to work out the risk of an event taking place and calculate what the impact of that would be for the business you’re working for. • How will long term weather patterns affect the price of grain? • Will falling property prices in China impact on UK interest rates? • Can the motor industry adapt to a call for driverless cars? An actuarial career provides opportunities in every industry and is as challenging as it is rewarding. If you’re ready to reach the heights of success, get in touch to find out how.
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ACTUARIES WORK IN: • GENERAL INSURANCE • LIFE INSURANCE • PENSIONS • INVESTMENT • HEALTH CARE • RISK MANAGEMENT
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Two Scots grads talk us through the post-university employment schemes that kick-started their careers KYLE WEST
Life Insurance Consultant, Hymans Robertson LLP Kyle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in maths and economics from the University of Glasgow in 2008, before going onto do a master’s in actuarial science at Heriot-Watt. He took his qualifications to train as an actuary through Hymans Robertson's graduate training scheme in conjunction with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries What is an actuary? Actuaries are very much risk managers. At Hymans, the bulk of our business is helping pension schemes manage and understand the risks that they are taking, and looking at ways for them to act to either reduce or manage their risk. Actuaries are very prominent in investment, pensions and insurance industries. What was it that made you want to be an actuary? I studied maths and economics at Glasgow University, and it just struck me as a good way to use both those disciplines and to make use of both of those skill sets. Why did you apply for a role at Hymans Robertson LLP? I wanted to be an actuary, and Hymans are a smaller company – it seemed like a better fit for me. I was really attracted to the culture, the way the firm presents itself. What does the training scheme involve? Firstly you get training around what’s expected of you and what your role will look like, and the sorts of things you’re
going to have to do, particularly highlighting things that will be very different from university. You get some technical training as well, around some of the actuarial techniques that you’ll understand better when you start working directly within the team you’ll be working in. When you come in here as a trainee, you start in one department and stay with them, and work towards sitting your exams. What are the exams? You do your examinations through the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. There’s eight examinations that you sit all together. There’s the core technical examinations, core application examinations, and a communications exam. After that level, there’s two more specialist technical exams where you start to focus in on the area you want to specialise in. And then finally, there’s a fellowship examination in your particular speciality to become a fellow of the Institute. It’s taken me about four and a half years – and I had exemptions for eight of the exams because of my master’s! Did you enjoy the programme? It’s been really good. There’s an awful lot of variety in it. The exams teach you some of the technical skills you need to know, but to truly do the work, you learn a lot from the people around you. The combination of work and study works well. What’s your advice for anyone thinking of becoming an actuary? Be aware of just how much work it is, but it’s absolutely worth it. You can get a very varied career – there’s a huge variety of work that we do nowadays, it’s really interesting. Learn more about training to be an actuary at www.actuaries.org.uk www.sourcemagazine.org.uk 29
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Graduate opportunities NATIONWIDE You choose us and we choose you, for exactly the same reason. We want only the best. If you’ve been following the news you’ll be aware of the massive leaps forward we’re making. As an ambitious graduate you owe it to yourself to join a company that’s setting the pace, on a salary that reflects the confidence we have in you. We want you to make your mark on our business from day one, so the support we give you will be outstanding, with training designed to maximise your potential. It’s your choice. Make it the right one.
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Trainee Area Manager, Lidl
Douglas Baxter has worked for Lidl for five years, but in that short space of time has done so much, climbing up the career ladder to that of trainee area manager. He tells the Graduate Guide about his experience with the supermarket chain “I started working as a store assistant at Lidl while I was studying marine and freshwater biology at Glasgow University. I was only looking for a part-time job and I applied to several retail outlets. I was delighted when I started in Lidl. “I was employed as a part-time store assistant in the Bailleston store, and my duties included serving customers on the till, replenishing stock and general cleaning duties. Lidl were excellent and gave me shifts
that fitted in with my university schedule, and gave me extra time off when I was studying for important exams. “It was really interesting to be working in a supermarket whilst studying, and I soon started to see working at Lidl in a different light. After four months, I was promoted to duty manager, which involved managing shifts and ordering stock. “Both my store manager and area manager were excellent, and we would discuss Lidl
and the possible career paths. As I passed the halfway point in my course, I started thinking about what career path I wanted to take and I decided I really wanted to work for Lidl, so I applied for the undergraduate placement programme. “The 48-week programme provided me with an excellent understanding of the full business model as all aspects were covered; sales, property, supply chain, logistics, administration and two weeks at the head office in Wimbledon. Whilst in logistics my tasks would include ensuring that all the stock ordered by a store was loaded onto the delivery lorry. The sales module allowed me to develop myself to the level of an assistant store manager and I would be responsible for the store in the store manager’s absence. “On completing the placement programme I returned to university and continued to work in stores throughout Glasgow. I applied to the graduate scheme while still studying and was delighted to be accepted onto the scheme. My training involved more time in store, eventually managing stores throughout the central belt before I relocated to Carnoustie to begin my area manager training. As well as on-the-job training with experienced area managers, I also attend training meetings to further enhance my skills. “I’m currently providing holiday cover for existing area managers, and this in turn ensures that the stores receive continued support while allowing me to further develop myself. I never thought all those years ago that starting off stacking shelves would lead me to such a fulfilling and rewarding career. I have never looked back since joining Lidl, and I would recommend a career in retail to anyone.” Joining Lidl UK means a challenging, fruitful career, full of variety. With a team of over 14,000 employees across 600 stores, the Londonbased head office and the regional distribution centres, you will be part of one of the UK's biggest retail success stories. To find out more about exciting career opportunities with Lidl, visit: www.lidlcareers.co.uk
“IT WAS REALLY INTERESTING TO BE WORKING IN A SUPERMARKET WHILST STUDYING, AND I SOON STARTED TO SEE WORKING AT LIDL IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT"
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USE YOUR DEGREE
To get on a graduate scheme, you need a degree – so tell the company you’re applying for what you learned at uni. Your degree doesn't always have to be related to the job you're applying for either, which makes transferable skills like commitment and team work all the more important.
BLOW YOUR OWN TRUMPET
DO YOUR RESEARCH
It pays to know about the company you’re applying for, and you can reference this in your application or at interview. Interviewers love testing your knowledge, so don’t get caught out.
GO FOR PERFECTION
When you’re filling out your application, do a trial run first and have a family member, friend or careers adviser check it for mistakes and to make sure it makes sense. Dodgy grammar or inaccurate information could be the difference between getting an interview and going in the ‘no’ pile.
STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD Because they’re so competitive, the application process for grad schemes tends to be tricky. There are tests, interviews, group assessment days – it can be hugely intimidating. But don’t let this put you off – there are ways you can prepare to make sure your application shines
Don’t think that Saturday job in a café doesn’t count. Communication skills, customer service, the ability to work under pressure – these are all qualities that employers look for, so make sure you big up any part-time work, travel or volunteer work.
Many grad scheme apps now incorporate aptitude tests, judgement tests or psychometric tests to assess your suitability for the job before they lay eyes on you. Find out what sort of test that you’ll be asked to do, and check out Amazon for appropriate books or Google online quizzes to try out.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Most major grad schemes incorporate an assessment centre stage, where you head off to take part in group activities, workshops and one-to-one sessions. Practise talking through potential scenarios with a family member or friend, speak to others who have been through the process and remember everything you put in your application. If the company offers a practice assessment day, make sure to go along.
GET EXPERIENCED Internships and work experience are a great way of getting hands-on experience that prepares you for a particular line of work – and it makes your application stand out from the crowd when you go for other jobs.
Before classes get too hectic this term, start searching online to see what companies are offering structured internship programmes. Many will be open to
applications now, and have a degree of flexibility that can fit around classes or take you over the Christmas break. Programmes like these tend to be hugely competitive, and slots fill up quickly, so get in touch now.
Even companies which don’t have formal internship programmes in place often take on students to show them the ropes. Scout out companies in your city that do what you want to do with your life, and ask if they’d be willing to take you on for work experience.
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CIRCA WAVES Liverpudlian indie-pop outfit Cirva Waves are winning legions of fans with their upbeat tunes and summery vibes – and Source are definitely on board. Bassist Sam took some time out from the band’s world tour to talk about the group's beginnings, life on the road and what’s yet to come You’re in Australia at the moment, but what’s the best place you’ve got to visit with the band? Probably Tokyo, because it was our first big culture clash and it's such a mad place to go out in.
How did you guys get started? We met two years ago at Liverpool Sound City. All of us were there separately but somehow by the end of the night a band was formed. Your debut album came out in April – what’s your favourite track from it? My personal favourite is Deserve This I think. Mainly because of the way it came about. We needed a B-side and threw it together in the studio lastminute, but everyone agreed it was too good to not be on the album.
Are you working on the second album yet, or having a break first? There's a few bits coming together now; we'll probably go in to record when the touring is done. We're not too fond of time off!
What’s been your most memorable gig? The gig at the Manchester Ritz was probably my personal stand out. I think my entire family was there. It was really funny seeing them all getting into it.
“WE'RE ALL BIG LIBERTINES FANS SO PLAYING AND HANGING OUT WITH THEM WAS A PROPER HIGHLIGHT” That aside, what’s been your career highlight? We're on our first world tour now. That feels pretty good.
What’s life like on the road? It's fun! We have a proper family with us now that we travel with so it's always a laugh. Sometimes you can get a bit tired, but there's always someone around to sort you out. What’s the first thing you do when you get home from touring? I always get a curry and sit around in my pants, then go to the pub to see all my mates and catch up. I have to get dressed for that bit unfortunately. You supported The Libertines at Alexandra Palace – what was that like? We're all big Libertines fans so playing and hanging out with them was a proper highlight. The venue itself is amazing too.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in Circa Waves? I was a barista before this. I'm not qualified for anything else so probably that. What’s the best thing about your job? Getting to travel and meet so many people. Seeing the fans every night is probably the best bit. They're why you do it really. What are your hopes for the future of the band? To be headlining festivals is where we want to get to.
Circa Waves’ new single My Love, from the album Young Chasers, is out now. Catch the guys at the O2 ABC Glasgow on 13 October – www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
Whether you know exactly what you want to do in the future or you haven’t a clue, you’re still at school or about to graduate, careers fairs have plenty to offer those considering their future options, whether you're after an apprenticeship or a graduate job.
CAREERS FAIRS SUSSED But we do know that heading out to a packed exhibition hall with hundreds of other students can be daunting. However, resist the temptation to go and stock up on free pens then do a runner – these ARE useful. Here’s everything you need to think about before you get involved in all the fun of the fair this season.
It’s that time of year again – recruitment fairs are coming to a uni or exhibition centre near you!
DO YOUR RESEARCH
KEEP AN OPEN MIND
Before you head off to the exhibition hall, do some research to find out which companies are attending and where their stand is located. Most exhibitions will have a show guide available before the event that’ll let you do this. Find out about the companies you’d like to speak to too – that bit of extra insight into their work will make you stand out from the crowd if you get into conversation with any of their reps.
Don’t just make a beeline for that massive financial firm you’d love to work for – speak to other companies in the same line of work, and don’t disregard completely different organisations either. You never know – a chance encounter could inspire you to pursue a totally different line of work.
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UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH CAREERS FAIR 5-6 October, Pleasance Sports Hall, University of Edinburgh www.ed.ac.uk Edinburgh Uni’s annual career fair is a massive event, with over 3,500 students flocking to find out more about their job prospects. Meet with employers, find out about internship and graduate opportunities and get inspired for life after education.
SCOTTISH GRADUATE FAIR 7-8 October, SECC, Glasgow www.strath.ac.uk/careers/sgf SGF is Scotland’s biggest graduate, postgraduate and internship recruitment fair, with around 4,000 students heading to the SECC in Glasgow every year. Over 100 recruiters will be in attendance from a massive range of different sectors, waiting to tell you about their grad and internship schemes.
KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR SCHOOL, COLLEGE OR UNI’S WEBSITE OR NEWSLETTER FOR MORE EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN YOUR AREA.
ASK QUESTIONS Careers fairs aren’t just about collecting as many leaflets as possible. This is a chance to speak to people doing the job you want. So speak to the reps at the various stands – ask them how they got into their job, what sort of roles are available, what they look for in candidates and what you should be doing now to give yourself a better chance of landing a role with them. Not only does this make you look really keen, the info they provide could transfer to any number of companies in the same sector, so it’s all great application research.
BE PREPARED For the most part, job fairs are about getting information and advice but every now and then, recruiters will have details of specific vacancies or application packs that you can fill out if you’re keen to get working soon. Take some copies of your CV with you and prepare to charm everyone there. Heading to your local careers event could change your life – whether you end up filling in an application for your dream job or you walk away with a clearer picture of what you want to do with your life, making the effort to find out more about job prospects near you is well worth your time. So get out there, start asking questions and prepare to be inspired.
THINK SMART You never know who’ll be there representing the various companies at their stands – it could even be their head of HR who’s recruiting for a new apprentice, so first impressions count. Don’t turn up in your scruffiest trainers and a trackie top. Full business attire isn’t necessary, but think smart, and don’t forget to be polite, friendly and to really listen to what people are telling you.
SKILLS SCOTLAND 27 October, AECC, Aberdeen; 29 October, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh; 18-19 November, SECC, Glasgow www.skillsscotlandglasgow.co.uk
THE DUNDEE CAREERS FAIR 28 October, Bonar Hall, University of Dundee www.dundee.ac.uk
Whether you’re keen to bag an apprenticeship, head to college or you're thinking graduate opportunities, Skills Scotland is a must-visit. Organised by Prospects, in partnership with My World of Work, the exhibition will feature a raft of employers and educational
Dundee Uni’s career fair will feature universities and national employers from a number of different sectors – and it’s free for Dundee Uni students. Catch up with reps from Deloitte, the Army, DC Thomson, Morgan Stanley, ScotGrad and more.
establishments telling you about their work, including Scottish Rugby, Aldi and Police Scotland. The show will be stopping off in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, so make sure to check it out when it’s in your area.
WHAT ABOUT OPEN DAYS? If you’re not quite ready to start thinking about work, but you are worrying about picking the right college or uni, get online and search for upcoming open days at the institutions that tickle your fancy. At college and uni open days, departments and courses will run workshops and lectures explaining what they do, and you’ll have the chance to speak with course tutors and current students to get a better idea of what it’s all about. Don’t just think about the academics at open days – get yourself along to the student union to check out the clubs and societies you can get involved with outside of class too, and if you have to leave home, make time to visit student halls to see what your living situation could be. Go find out about the courses that interest you, even if that means flying solo without your mates. Ask questions, take notes and try get a feel for the place. It'll help you when it comes to making a decision once your offers start coming in.
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Bubble Football (www.bubblesoccerscotland.co.uk) Bubble football is a bit like zorbing, where you’re strapped into a giant inflatable sphere, except that your legs are free to run where you like. This is usually, and purposefully, into other players. You’ll need to have a sense of humour for this one, and not take the football side of things very seriously, as you’ll inevitably end up rolling around in your orb more than you’ll be sticking the ball in the net.
LARPing (www.orcedinburgh.co.uk) LARPing, or live action role-playing, is basically a big geeky game of dress up, often with fake battles involved. It’s refereed by a gamemaster, who decides the setting and rules to be used. Players dress in costume depending on the theme or era of the LARP – think Lord of the Rings, Avatar or medieval times. Originating in the late 1970s, games can range from small, private events lasting a few hours to massive, day-long extravaganzas with thousands of players. It’s played by all ages and backgrounds – from stereotypical nerdy teens to doctors (the latter prefer not to speak of their hobby in the staff room).
Free Running (www.glasgowparkourcoaching.com) A bit risky at times, free running involves moving around urbanised settings in usual ways. It has links with parkour, which was developed from military obstacle course training. From catching window ledges by jumping off walls, to running along handrails, it’s basically a bonkers way of using your environment as an assault course. Always seek the advice of an experienced free runner before attempting this risky hobby.
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If you’re fed up of the traditional after-class activities of reading, baking, gigging, Netflixing and travelling, it’s maybe time you thought about taking up a slightly more unique hobby. From jumping around steps, walls and ledges in free running to dressing up as historical characters through LARPing, Source has uncovered some of the oddest past-times that you can try out right here in Scotland. Maybe best not to tell your pals though
Aerial Yoga (www.aerialyogaedinburgh.co.uk) The fitness trend, in which practitioners hang out in hammocks suspended from the ceiling to perform yoga moves, has become extremely popular, with the likes Mariah Carey stating their love for this fitness technique. As well as supporting traditional yoga positions, the hammock allows for more challenging poses including backbends. Blood reaches parts of the body it normally wouldn’t too, giving your organs a rest – it’s a win-win for this odd version of the popular exercise.
Metal Detecting (www.detectingscotland.com) While finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow is a disappointing myth, it’s not completely impossible to unearth artefacts from centuries ago – and they may be worth a bob or two. All you need for successful metal detecting is a half-decent detector (from £135), patience, a spade and a massive slice of luck. It’s important to obtain prior consent before carrying out detecting and digging on a scheduled monument. More information on the laws on metal detecting in Scotland can be found on Historic Scotland’s website (www.historic-scotland.gov.uk).
1 IN 4 PEOPLE WILL SUFFER WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS IN THEIR LIFETIME
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MENTAL HEALTH In the UK, one in four people will experience mental health problems at some point in their life. So in your maths class of 30 people, that means at least seven will struggle with their thoughts and feelings. Anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bipolar, body dysmorphia, personality disorders, schizophrenia... and that’s just scraping the surface of some of the issues which thousands of people face every day. Mental health problems can cause massive disruption to people’s education, work and relationships and, sadly, there’s still a huge stigma attached, preventing people from getting the help that they need. Two young Scots share their experiences with mental ill health with Source, and explain why they believe it’s time to beat the taboo surrounding what goes on inside our heads. MIXED ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION ARE THE MOST COMMON MENTAL DISORDERS IN BRITAIN
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Zoe, aged 23, developed an eating disorder when she was just 10 years old, as well as experiencing depression and self-harm. She explains the impact that her issues with food have had on her life, and how she made the move to turn things around “Living with an eating disorder is horrendous. I was quite restrictive in terms of what I ate, but then I’d get to the point where I just couldn’t any more and I’d have to have a binge, and then purge. “In fifth year, I missed a lot of school. With depression and my eating disorder, I was really unwell. I didn’t attain the grades that I had wanted, and even relationships with my friends started to break down a bit. I became really withdrawn. I remember one day drinking orange juice and then having to be sick because I couldn’t drink it, and then all day I just smelled of sick. I could smell it and I thought other people must be able to smell it. I felt really ashamed. “I was probably about 15 the first time I went to see my doctor properly. My weight had been up and down, but it wasn’t particularly low. I don’t know if they really took me seriously. I was just told to get on with it. I got help for my depression and self-harm, but they didn’t really address the eating side of things. “When I was 18, I was referred to a psychiatrist, which was good. But again, physically, I wasn’t hugely underweight, so my
eating wasn’t seen as a big concern. I know how overstretched our health service is, but I wish there was a better understanding of eating disorders. How do you get out of that if you can’t get access to the help you actually need? “A couple of years ago, I had a bad relapse where I was quite unwell and I ended up with a stomach ulcer. I was 21 at the time, and that’s really young to get a stomach ulcer. My doctor was really good – she got me on medication, and she referred me to the Cullen Centre in Edinburgh, an eating disorder centre at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. I honestly can’t speak highly enough of them. I received CAT therapy [cognitive analytic therapy] as an outpatient weekly for a year. They made me realise that there’s a lot more to life than being ill. It helped me think about what’s important in my life. “So many people are struggling. They don’t know what to do, and might not have the family or friendship groups that I had – my family and friends have been incredible – but there is always someone who will listen. So speak to someone. Go to your doctor; speak to a teacher or a friend – someone who is in a position to give you a bit of help. Because it’s not something you can live with forever.” Zoe is a young ambassador for Beat, the eating disorder charity. Find out more about their work at www.b-eat.co.uk, or call their helpline for support on 0345 634 1414.
d l i u b o t d e e " We n o t t n e m e v a mo " a m g i t s s end thiHeather McCartney Heather, 29, first started experiencing feelings of anxiety and depression when she was 15. After spending almost half her life juggling her mental health with her education, she’s speaking out to help others “When I was studying for my Highers, I found it really stressful. That’s probably when I first started to feel really anxious, and I started to self-harm round about that time. It got worse the further into studying that I went. Going into uni, it was just overwhelming, the anxiety that I felt. “Most people will have had some kind of experience of anxiety, whether that’s an exam
that they’re worried about, or wee bits of stress here and there. But when it comes to anxiety as an illness, it becomes overwhelming. It’s your full thought process. Everything’s a stress; everything’s a worry. The thing that people maybe don’t realise with any mental illness is the physical side effects. My anxiety means I had panic attacks too. Racing heart, sweating – it feels like you’re going to die. It’s so hard, and really lonely. “In second year of uni, I dropped out. I felt like I couldn’t go on any more. I went to college and did a music business course, but I left that,
again, because I wasn’t well. I went back to uni to try finish my degree and that didn’t work either, because the same problems were there. In 2008/2009, I moved back home to Lanark, went and worked for my dad for a while then started to get these really bad panic attacks so I couldn’t work. “A couple of years ago, I was referred to a psychiatrist, and a psychologist as well, and we did some mindfulness stuff. I take medication too, but I’m hoping to come off this soon. I was also referred to an occupational therapist – I thought OTs were people who would go in and check on people who had been in hospital. But she helped me make plans – one week it’d be to take the dog for a walk. Then I got to the point where I was able to do more and more and start looking at courses, do some volunteering – it gave me a chance to think about what I really wanted to do, got me back on track and got my anxiety under control. I’ve just completed an HNC in counselling, and I volunteer with a mental health project for young people. “I think there is still a lot of stigma attached to mental health problems. People always think, ‘That’s something that’ll happen to somebody else.’ But most people I speak to either know somebody that’s been ill, or they’ve been ill themselves. We need to build a movement to end this stigma. I think that’s what holds so many people back – what the reaction will be from friends and family, from medical professionals. Know that it’s OK to speak out. You will get better. This is something you can recover from. It’s so important to ask for help.” Heather is a volunteer with See Me, the charity working to end the stigma surrounding mental health. Find out more about their work at www.seemescotland.org.
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Believe it or not, the nation’s most-watched soap has been praised for Steve McDonald's depression storyline. Men dealing with mental health issues often find it harder to speak up than women, and Corrie’s take helped viewers see it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Based on My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary by Rae Earl, the Channel 4 series follows 17-year-old Rae when she’s released from a psychiatric unit. This delivers an honest, at times moving account of what it’s like to be a teenage girl with mental health problems – and you can watch the whole shebang on All 4.
PAPER TOWNS The John Green novel, now a major movie starring Cara Delevingne, has sold thousands of copies worldwide. Neighbours Q and Margo are bound by a traumatic childhood experience, and the repercussions live on as they navigate their teen years.
HOMELAND The creators of the US smash hit won acclaim for lead character Carrie’s realistic depiction of bipolar disorder, bringing greater understanding of the condition with it.
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Uzo Aduba’s portrayal of Litchfield inmate Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren (who has never formally been labelled as having mental health issues) has really opened up discussion as to what mental illness is and how we treat people who are struggling with what’s going on in their mind.
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RJ MITTE He burst onto the scene at the age of 15, playing Walter White Jr in global telly smash Breaking Bad – so what’s RJ Mitte up to these days? The actor speaks to Source about his career so far
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What made you want to get into acting in the first place? I only really started this career when I was 13 years old. I moved out to LA for my little sister, who was getting into acting. In LA, if you don’t go to school, you don’t join a gang, you don’t act – you’re not going to do anything else. I started doing this to meet kids my own age and to make friends.
understood the gravity of what it became.
How much did booking Breaking Bad when you were 15 change things? In a number of ways – firstly, it gave me a career. It gave me an opportunity to do so much. It was an amazing role.
What challenges have you faced in your career? I think the biggest challenge is always booking that next job;
Did you have any idea that it would be as huge as it was? No, we had no way of knowing. We knew we had something special, but we never really
What would your dream role be as an actor? I would love to do action. I love the physicality of this job. We’re allowed to be other people; we’re allowed to be so many things that are not us. And that’s my favourite part. Not being me.
“I LOVE THE PHYSICALITY OF THIS JOB. WE’RE ALLOWED TO BE OTHER PEOPLE”
getting that next role where you can get to work. What it comes down to is making sure you can pay your bills!
What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far? There’s a couple of things – Breaking Bad has been one of them. Being on the set for the first time was amazing. I’m far from being done yet though. I’m only getting started! Like Walt Jr, you have cerebral palsy, and you do a lot of campaigning work with disability charities. Do you think we’re starting to see a difference in attitudes and opportunities for disabled people? I think attitudes are definitely changing. I’ve been able to be a part of so many amazing organisations. I can definitely see a change. People are not who
they used to be; people are more understanding and more willing to hear a message. What advice have you got for anyone who wants to get into film and television? My main advice is to make sure that you really want it. It’s tough. Make sure you’re willing to give up everything for it. Once you’re in it, you really have to! And enjoy what you’re doing. What’s next for you in your career? I’ve been auditioning like crazy. I DJ. I produce, I try to direct. I had two movies shooting this summer. I speak on diversity in the media, so I travel a lot and do that. I went to Fashion Week as a model. I do whatever keeps the lights turned on! Follow RJ on Twitter, @RjMitte
SOURCE TOP 5
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Zoe Sugg (or Zoella as she’s known online) seems to be the name on everyone’s lips – and it’s not hard to see why. Her debut novel, Girl Online (published by Penguin), was the fastest selling book of last year, the sequel’s on the way AND she has her own beauty line! But do you know how the 25-year-old got so popular? In 2009, she started posting videos on YouTube covering just about everything: beauty, fashion and comedy. Seven million subscribers later, she’s proved to be a success. Despite the worldwide fame, Zoella isn’t leaving our computer screens any time soon, and she’s now a digital ambassador for mental health charity Mind, having spoken publicly of her own struggle with anxiety.
If the name sounds familiar to you, it may be because this is Zoella’s younger brother. Although he has credited his sister with getting him to where he is now, there’s no denying Joe’s natural charm. His videos are funny and relatable, and his likeable personality just shines through. Yes, it’s true that his sister’s popularity helped him along the way – but he wouldn’t have over 4 million subscribers if he wasn’t talented. Check out Joe’s channel for laughter-packed vids, dares and challenges, and plenty of cameos from our favourite YouTubers. Like his sister, Joe’s got a book out this year too – graphic novel Username: Evie is being published by Hodder & Stoughton in September.
Lilly Singh may very well be the funniest person on the internet. If you haven’t heard of her yet, you will soon! She goes by the name of Superwoman – and if she possesses any super power at all, it’s being able to make people laugh until their stomachs hurt. Her comedic take on everyday life has earned her over 730 million views on her videos, which turned into a world tour.
Twomey has been making the world of the web laugh for some time now, due to the “girlfriend” videos that have been making their way around Facebook, where he impersonates girlfriend Emily. His page has over a million likes, and his funny catchphrases have even inspired their own clothing range. If you haven’t seen the Irish vlogger in action, then you must. Immediately. Who else would be able to convince the web that they're two different people?
Known to her fans as Rclbeauty101, the name is pretty deceiving. Rachel Levin doesn’t just do beauty videos – she's pretty bloomin' funny too! It’s not hard to see why she’s popular: she’s young, she’s fun and she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Rachel makes videos that most girls can relate to – from boyfriend troubles to prom videos, she’s got us sorted. Between her comedy beauty tutorials and witty observations of the differences between boys and girls, this one's worth subscribing to.
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She’s the youngest contestant on this year’s Great British Bake Off, and Dunkeld native Flora Shedden is winning fans already. We spoke to the 19-year-old, who’s heading to St Andrews to study history of art in September, about the GBBO experience What encouraged you to apply for this year’s Bake Off? My sister has a very persuasive nature and encouraged me every day to apply until the deadline. How did it feel when you stepped into the Bake Off tent for the first time? I think seeing the tent for the first time was more of a buzz than actually stepping into it. We all gasped. When we actually entered, a lot of the crew were running around tending to things, and seeing all the cameras made it look less like it did on the telly – thankfully though, as this put us all at ease! Is it as stressful as it looks on TV? It is a stressful situation, but once you get started all is forgotten. Time disappears very quickly so we all just went for it. I think the most stressful moments are "the walk in", and viewing it at home when everything is out of our control! What are Paul and Mary like? Paul and Mary are very fair! Everyone has their own baking style, both of them included, so it’s not a job I envy. Mary was wonderful however, as she always found something positive to say!
What’s an easy bake for first-time bakers? I think bread or cookies are a great first bake. But you can't go wrong with a Vicky sponge either. I don't think there is anything too ambitious for your first go. Mat made macarons to begin with and they're notorious!
“MEL AND SUE ARE BEYOND ENTERTAINING – CAN I BE THEM WHEN I GROW UP?” You’re off to St Andrews in September – are you hoping to keep your baking up when classes start? I am planning on moving into a flat this year so I can continue baking. I was in halls at Edinburgh, so I’m sad to be missing out on that atmosphere again, but I think I would be struggling if I didn't have a kitchen! Would baking ever be something you’d consider as a career path? I would love it if I could incorporate baking into a career. Food is as much about aesthetic as taste for me so I would love to be able to do something along that line. I also spend hours poring over food publications, mags and books and that is definitely a path I would like to explore.
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Are Mel and Sue as fantastic in real life? Mel and Sue are beyond entertaining. They would skip in grinning regardless of the time of day and crack a filthy pun. My sides constantly ached. Can I be them when I grow up?
What age were you when you started baking? I've baked all my days. I have no memory of not baking, it was always the done thing in my family.
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magine a world where you don’t have to worry about being armed with an umbrella every time you leave the house. Where you get to mix and mingle with people from all different cultures and backgrounds. Where you’re taught about the things you’re passionate about from a completely different perspective than you’re used to… It’s all possible if you opt to spend some time studying abroad. There are loads of opportunities for Scottish students to pack up their messenger bags and attend classes in a uni overseas. From Ivy League US colleges made famous in the movies to world-renowned establishments in European cities favoured by tourists, universities far and wide are accepting applications and exchange placements from British students all the time.
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BIG ADVENTURES The reasons for studying abroad are simple. You get to have an adventure away from home, you get taught by respected lecturers, you might get to learn a new language, see some sights – it’s a fantastic experience which really lets you grow up, make new friends and increase your confidence. Overseas study isn’t just good for satisfying feelings of wanderlust. Employers look favourably on candidates who have travelled, studied or worked abroad – it shows that you’re independent, ambitious and not afraid to try new things. It gives you plenty to talk about in interviews, you’ll have contacts dotted all over the world and you’ll gain valuable experience and skills. And let’s not forget the fact that your Facebook and Instagram feeds will be overrun with amazing photos! There are plenty of opportunities to explore your host nation and see the sights. Whether you’re studying on a tropical island, mainland Europe, North America or the Far East, there’s bound to be a community of overseas students keen to see as much as possible, so team up with your fellow foreigners and get exploring!
GET INVOLVED So how do you sign up? There are lots of ways to go about it. Exchange programmes are popular, so if you’re enrolled or about to enrol in a further or higher education establishment here in Scotland, make enquiries about any partnerships your department might have with foreign universities which would enable a semester or year-long exchange. These links are often
the easiest way to get yourself abroad fuss-free. Other programmes include the Sutton Trust US Programme, for young people hoping to undertake a full four-year degree at a uni in the States, and Erasmus, which lets you study at a European uni for between three and 12 months. The British Council is worth checking out for study abroad opportunities – they coordinate the UK arm of Erasmus, and have other programmes available too. While applying to a university abroad directly is an option, using organisations like these is advisable because you’ll have an expert team to guide you through the whole process, and help out with paperwork and preparing for your time away from home.
PLAN IT Before you pack your bags, you’ll have a few things to take into consideration. Funding your studies is, of course, one of the biggest factors. While some programmes can help you find scholarships and financial support, not all come with this added support. Before you sign up for anything, make sure you know about the costs involved – from flights to your new uni town and tuition fees to accommodation and estimated cost of living. If you’re going to study outside of the EU, you’ll need a special visa – if you’re going through your uni or a specialist programme, they’ll usually help you with this. So what are you waiting for? Learning doesn’t have to be about the familiar – throw yourself outside of your comfort zone and get adventuring! You’ll learn so much more than what your new textbooks have to say.
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Heather McCafferty, 18, is about to embark on a huge adventure – this Sanquhar native is off to study at Whitman College in the state of Washington through the Sutton Trust US programme What does the Sutton Trust US programme involve? The programme was designed to help young people achieve their goal of studying abroad in America. They help you with entrance exams, finding schools that interest you, and generally providing you with all the information you need before making the decision to take the leap across the pond. What convinced you to apply for university in the States? I wanted the freedom that the US school system offers. I found it really difficult to commit myself to the one subject for four years; in America, you don't have to commit straight away, you can take classes in a whole host of subjects, then decide which is your favourite and complete your degree in that area. How does the funding work? There are so many options for funding, it's unbelievable. Just remember that these schools want you to attend! Fees and accommodation costs are far higher than in the UK, but don't let that put you off! Every school not only has a variety of scholarships available, but offer generous financial aid as well. Why would you recommend the programme to other people? If you're even considering the US as a possibility, you need to apply to the programme. The quality of guidance they give you, all the help completing forms and sitting your American entrance exams, the feeling of support you have through the entire process, is invaluable. I could not recommend the programme enough. The Sutton Trust, in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission, runs a US programme to give bright state school students the chance to experience American college life followed by support to apply for university Stateside. For details on the 2016 programme, head to us.suttontrust.com. The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers an EducationUSA advisory service to help students interested in US study. For details, visit www.fulbright.org.uk.
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HOMETOWN They’re the hot new six-piece Irish boy band tipped for the top – but how did HomeTown cope when you guys sent in some questions for them on Twitter to @SourceMag? Brendan, Dayl, Josh and Dean took on your Qs
THE TWITTER Q&A @derperdirection: What’s your favourite memory as a band? Brendan: When we got number one back in Ireland last December. Dean: Probably going to South Africa to film the video for Where I Belong. We got to walk around with lions and cheetahs and stuff. @ciara_coybib: If you had three wishes, what would you use them on? Josh: A number one in the UK. I’d love to play Madison Square Garden with the lads. And my third wish would be for a cool pair of shoes that never get dirty! Dayl: I would have an unlimited supply of McDonald's, an unlimited
supply of Domino’s and I would have a constant six-pack! @shanz_ox: If you could add a seventh member to the band, who would it be? Brendan: I’d pick Ed Sheeran. He could play guitar along with us and write a few songs. Josh: I’ll say Camila out of Fifth Harmony. @n0doy: What is your biggest fear? Dean: Spiders! I don’t think anyone’s a big fan of spiders, are they? Josh: I hate snakes. It’s probably from Watching Snakes On a Plane.
@ErinPRoberts: Would you ever date a fan? Brendan: If you got to know them, maybe. Dean: Hopefully I actually get a date eventually, and that person is a fan of our music and what we do. @frozenftstyles: What is the most memorable thing a fan has given you? Brendan: There’s a guy who comes to our gigs when we’re in Ireland and he always brings us a packet of eggs each. Dean: We had a fan from Dubai who flew over and gave us PS4s and iPads.
@MaeveRyan15: What’s your most embarrassing moment? Josh: We went on a recording trip to Sweden last year and the producer had this big mansion which was on a lake. I decided I was going for a swim. I left my clothes at the side, jumped – and the lads were gone with my clothes. @hometownftR5: What would you be doing if you weren’t in HomeTown? Josh: I was probably going to go to college to study music or art. Dayl: I studied performing arts in England, so I’d probably be dancing on cruise ships or trying to get into the West End.
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