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EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Mikhaila Friel Rachael Fulton Sophie Mead Emma Storr

And just like that, spring has sprung! While we might still be wearing our winter woollies (who doesn’t love a chunky knit?), the new season is definitely in the air, filled with the anticipation of fresh beginnings, a little bit of warmth and Easter eggs. Oh, the Easter eggs…


When we’ve not been craving chocolate over the last few months, we’ve been mega busy putting together the latest issue of Source. And what a goodie it is.

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In our careers section at the front of the mag, prepare to inspired! For spring, we caught up with two incredibly interesting folk to find out more about their jobs – we’ve got a spy on page 22 and a puppeteer on page 18! Elsewhere, we’ve been looking at cool careers in STEM, what you can do to boost your application and we’ve got the lowdown on careers that involve worldwide travel. This issue also boasts our brilliant apprenticeship guide, with all the info you need to get your head around Modern Apprenticeships and the advantages they can bring. Two young Scots have shared their experiences too. With exams on the horizon, we’ve got some top study tips from Scots students, a guide to handling all that study season stress and an expert fills us in on the importance of sleep – ditch your late night Netflix habit in favour of some shut-eye, guys! You’ll thank us for it.

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Our new ‘top of the shops’ section rounds up everything we’ve got our eye on from the high street this season, we’ve got some top celeb interviews AND some ace giveaways on page 52 too. So what are you waiting for? Get stuck in! I really hope you enjoy the magazine – and that it doesn't distract you from your studying too much. Good luck with those exams!




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HOT RIGHT NOW Study ready Easter treats

Caramel scrambled egg (£15), Hotel Chocolat (

Chocoholics of the world, rejoice! Hotel Chocolat’s Easter range this year is totally top drawer. I’ve made my way through two bags of egglets already, and I’ve got my eye on this tasty caramel scrambled egg too. Yum x1,000.

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Want to get organised for exam season? Hot foot it to Paperchase to check out their latest stationery collection! All those pretty pens and notebooks are bound to motivate you to hit the books. (Peacock exercise book, £5; tiger highlighters, £3.50)

The big charity event Sport Relief, 18-20 March (

Lovely Greg James has already done five triathlons in five days, a gaggle of celebs took on the Bake Off and Eddie Izzard is in the process of doing 27 marathons in 27 days – all for Sport Relief! So what sporty activity are you going for to raise money for the very worthy cause? Don’t miss the telethon on the BBC on the 18th either.

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CONTENTS On the cover


APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE 2016 ops the sh f o p o T ... ge 48 on pa

Keen to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships? We’ve got just the thing for you! We found out how they work, how to apply and spoke with two MAs about their experiences. CHECK IT ALL OUT FROM PAGE 23

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Proof that the very best talent comes out of Scotland.

12 Stem stars

Science, tech, engineering and maths have massive opportunities – how could you get involved?

20 Jobs that go places

The careers that’ll take you global.

40 Show exam stress whos boss Beat your study demons with our top tips.


10 So you want to be a nurse



39 Study sessions sussed

42 The science of study sleep

Scotland’s seasoned students divulge their revision secrets.

Katy Auld tells Source about her experience on the ward.


15 Stand out from the crowd

50 Spring into fitness

All the things you can do to boost applications for college, uni and work.

18 Dream job: the puppeteer

Victor Yerrid, who works for the Jim Henson Company, shares the tricks of the trade.

22 Super spy

The weather’s picking up, so get outside and get active.

The key to a happy, healthy, productive mind? Plenty of rest! We’ve found out about the importance of a good night’s sleep to boost your exam performance.


35 Eliza and the Bear Our favourite indie rockers talk touring and Justin Bieber.

46 Introducing... WHITE

We’re a bit obsessed with this hot new Glaswegian group – and you should be too.


A former Mi5 intelligence officer on her career.

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What to do if your exams don't go as planned

Springtime and exam dread go hand in hand – but what happens if that fear isn’t completely unfounded and your prelims or final exams are a total disaster? Never fear, Source is here with some backup!

That’s right – we’ve only gone and got a discount page where you can save squillions of pounds (OK, maybe 10% off) with some of your favourite high street retailers. Can we get a ‘woohoo’?

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InterRailing explained

Europe is a really fascinating continent – and it’s much easier to explore than you could possibly imagine with the help of an InterRail pass! From Paris to Berlin, you can see it all. Emma Storr found out how it all works.

10 things you forget to account for in your SAAS budget If you’re off to uni next year, or you’re already there, we’ve got a list of all the things you’ll forget to include when you’re budgeting, so you won’t get caught short next time you go to do your laundry.

Cool things to do in Scotland

After some weekend inspo? Lindsay Duncan has just the thing for you! The UWS journalism student has a roundup of some of the coolest activities across Scotland. Cat café anyone?

Quick cash for Kanye

Kanye West was asking Mark Zuckerberg to invest in his ideas on Twitter (what else?). Rather than beg tech billionaires for some cash, we’ve come up with some quick money making schemes for Yeezy himself.

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The Liquid Room, Edinburgh


We’re super excited about Foxes going on tour – and it’s a chance to see that perfect hair in person too!

Boyce Avenue

The Florida-born brothers are bringing their good looks and rock-pop songs to Edinburgh this March at The Liquid Room. Ticket please!


Glasgow International Comedy Festival Various Locations, Glasgow www.glasgowcomedy

GICF is a must for anyone who likes a bit of a laugh, with events ranging from stand-up shows to movie screenings to pizza lunchtime comedy.




The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Cinemas Nationwide

Ellie Goulding

Grab your dancing shoes and prepare for Ellie Goulding to light up the Hydro at her only Scottish tour date.


The 1975

O2 Academy, Glasgow

Frontman Matty and the guys are bringing their new album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, to life on tour. But will the show be as long as the album’s name?



Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Cinemas nationwide

The Vamps

In an attempt to keep Superman under control, Batman begins a battle with him before the two have to join forces with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luther from destroying Metropolis.


AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen

Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow www.ticketmaster

The SSE Hydro

Troye Sivan

This YouTuberturned-pop star is bringing his South African charm to Glasgow Uni’s Queen Margaret Union for what’s sure to be a wild night.

Electric Frog and Pressure Riverside Festival The Riverside Museum, Glasgow

If there was ever an excuse to wear shorts in May, this is it. Electric Frog and Pressure are bringing back their electronic outdoor music festival to the banks of the Clyde with a host of DJs from all over the world.

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5 Seconds of Summer




The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

The Australian foursome, their feel-good tunes and awesome hair are heading to the Hydro for two nights on their worldwide arena tour.

Air Hostess, Year 3000 and What I Go To School For live... As if Charlie Simpson (and his eyebrows) reuniting with the band wasn’t reason enough to get excited.



The Edinburgh Marathon Festival

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With six events varying from a 5k to a relay to the full-length marathon over the space of a weekend, there’s no excuse not to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon – you could even raise money for charity.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Start daydreaming about Pixie Lott singing Moon River! Richard Greenberg breathes new life into the 1961 classic by bringing it from the screen to the stage.





The Vamps are back on tour and coming to pull on Glasgow’s heartstrings with Conor Maynard, The Tide and Hometown supporting. Dance moves and dreamy hair included.


Jade, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jesy are sure to be rocking their usual sassy dance moves and hair flicks on tour – and The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes is supporting!

In the third and final movie of the Divergent series, lovebirds Tris and Four will venture beyond the wall surrounding Chicago for the first time in search of peace for their city.

The SSE Hydro, Glasgow


Little Mix

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

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HMS DALRIADA is the Royal Naval Reserve unit based in Glasgow.

Their role is to support the Royal Navy in operations and exercises worldwide. The Royal Naval Reserve is open to males and females aged between 16 and 40. (55 for ex-armed forces)

Becoming a Royal Naval Reservist can offer you;

The opportunity to gain new skills, expertise and qualifications, The ability to support the Royal Navy on operations, The opportunity to travel, The chance to meet new people and develop a camaraderie unlike anything you will get in your civilian life, Flexible commitment, Annual tax-free bounty starting at approx. £450 in your first year, as well as financial incentives. A LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS. Officer candidates can complete their Initial Naval Training part time or can opt for Op HERMES, the 8 week fast-track programme running this summer. Contact HMS DALRIADA for further details on both.

Call : 03456 003 222 (Central recruiting team) Also search “Navy Reserves” Online Or speak to the HMS DALRIADA recruiting team on: 07917 586 697 HMS DALRIADA ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE, 37-51 Birkmyre Rd, Govan, Glasgow G51 3JH

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en years ago, when Katy Auld was contemplating a future in nursing, she had doubts about whether the career was right for her. Originally drawn to midwifery, Katy hadn’t considered that adult nursing would be as enjoyable as working with newborn babies. “I had reservations about nursing at first, I wasn’t sure if it was for me,” says Katy, who works at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. “When I started training I realised adult nursing could be just as rewarding as working with babies. Imagine if your granny hadn’t had a bath in a few days and a nurse came in to bathe her – you’d be so grateful.”


DAILY ROUTINE Katy’s day on the ward begins with a round of medication for patients, followed by attending to their personal hygiene. She’s responsible for overseeing patients’ response to medication and accompanying the consultant on their ward round. She changes patients’ catheters, monitors their fluid intake and reports any changes. Katy and the other nurses on the ward also help the patients with their lunch. During lunchtime, trainee nurses from local universities are also able to learn from experienced nurses as part of their student mentoring programme. “Most days at my work are memorable and rewarding,” says Katy. “Even just making a patient a cup of tea can be so important. They


Super nurse Katy Auld gives us the lowdown on life on the ward

are so grateful. Every part of my day stands out – even the tiniest things we do can have the biggest impact.”

GETTING STARTED Katy pursued an access to nursing course at Clydebank College before training for three years at Paisley University, now University of the West of Scotland (UWS). “The theory was the hardest part for me because I had been out of education for so long, but the practical side of things was fantastic,” says Katy. “When you go into training straight from leaving school you have all the skills of referencing and essay writing under your belt, so it’s easier to get to grips with the theory. “If you’re getting into nursing I would do it straight from school. Life experience is important but coming straight out of school helps.”

SKILLS As for the skills needed for nursing, Katy emphasises that communication is crucial. Not just for chatting to patients and their relatives, but also for dealing with members of hospital staff on and off the ward. There’s also a great deal of patience required within the role, as nurses are constantly dealing with a wide variety of people with different and complex needs. “Until you experience the importance of nursing first hand, I don’t think you truly appreciate it. It’s a really hard job, but it’s extremely rewarding,” says Katy. “When it comes to skills, compassion is top of the bill. You have to treat people the way you would want to be treated yourself.”

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David Stroud, 27, is a professional hacker. His official title is 'computer security consultant', working in the ethical hacking industry for security company Perspective Risk

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Despite studying an undergraduate degree in psychology at Glasgow University, David had always been interested in computers and decided to pursue a career in internet security after graduation. “I’d always been a wannabe hacker as a teenager,” says David. “So I got in touch with an old hacking buddy after graduation and decided to get some training.” David studied an Offensive Security Certified Professional course from home, which teaches hopeful hackers how to break into vulnerable computer systems. The length of training for the course is flexible, enabling students to choose when they are ready to sit the final exam. David applied for a role as a junior security consultant and soon progressed to become a senior security consultant. This role involves having regular communication with clients, consulting them on their security and hacking their systems to highlight flaws. “We practise defence but in an offensive manner,” says David. “We mimic a real threat to security so that companies know how to deal with an attack. “We go into the system, find the flaws and weaknesses and then give the company a full report based on our findings. If we identify all the problems we can make it harder for a real hacker. “I love my job. As the internet evolves there’s more scope for damage, therefore more need for ethical hackers. The industry is only going to get bigger.” 13

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– bronze, silver and gold – you’ll set yourself objectives in four areas (or five if you’re gold): volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and, at gold level, residential, where you go away from home for five days to work on a shared activity with other DofE-ers. You get to choose what you do too – so you could opt for dance for the physical component, go karting for skills, canoeing for your experience and volunteer with a local animal shelter. It’s totally flexible, and completely up to you what you do, so you can pick activities you enjoy that you want to improve in. Pretty great, right? Employers and admissions boards love DofE because it shows you’ve got commitment, dedication and you’re keen to get ahead.

If you spent the last series of The Apprentice shaking your head, there are ways in which you can test your business acumen with other budding young entrepreneurs. Your school, college or uni might already have a Young Enterprise Scotland project in place – so find out how to get involved! YES is all about helping young people see the magic of the world of business. YES run a range of different programmes, but the Company Programme for S5s and S6es is all about getting young people to set up their own business, take on individual roles and work to make some cash. The hands-on experience lets you see how businesses really work, and you’ll find out all sorts of insider secrets you’d never even thought of! Education establishments nationwide work with YES to bring you big opportunities, so get asking teachers and lecturers about what you can do.



THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – or DofE if you’re cool – is a youth award programme, founded by the Queen’s husband Prince Philip back in 1956. On the award programme, you work through a series of self-improvement exercises over a period of time, with guidance from a leader, such as a teacher or youth worker. The programme, for 14 to 24 year olds, is all about building up your skills, taking part in new and different activities and pushing yourself to succeed. There’s 11,000 approved DofE providers in the UK, usually schools, colleges and youth centres, so there’s bound to be someone near you who can get you started on a brilliant journey which will build your confidence, skills, experiences and friendship group. With three levels to work towards 15

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Giving back to your local community, or even further afield, is great for everyone – you, the people you’re helping and potential employers. In the busy modern world, time is our most precious commodity – so giving it up to help other people is a pretty big deal. There are lots of ways you can volunteer, from ‘cat cuddling’ with Cats Protection to running activity groups for youngsters in your area. Think about what you’re good at, what you’re interested in and have a look for organisations you can help. Alternatively, think of a charity or cause close to your heart and get in touch to see how you can help. Check out Volunteer Scotland online to find up to date volunteer vacancies across Scotland. You don’t have to stick to volunteer opportunities here in Scotland – what about combining travel ambitions with a volunteer placement? Companies like Lattitude Global Volunteering ( and Projects Abroad (www.projects-abroad. give young people the chance to see more of the world and make a real difference at the same time, working on education and conservation projects.

For hands-on experience in a field that interests you, get yourself out there and look for work experience. Volunteering your time in a workplace similar to your career goal is invaluable. Not only do you pick up lots of transferable skills that are important in the workplace like communication and team work, but you’ll find out more about the job you want to do. Whether you’re a wannabe medic spending time in a local nursing home, an aspiring reporter who spends a day a week at their local paper or a future joiner who’s helping out at a local firm on weekend jobs, there’s no stopping you from getting out there and acquiring some relevant experience. Contact companies in your area to see if they take on work experience candidates and submit your CV. Work experience looks great on application forms, as it proves you’re really serious about what you want to do. Make sure, though, that you go for stuff that interests you and don’t just collect a bunch of random, unrelated placements. My World of Work is a great source of inspiration for job roles and industries to get you started.



COURSES AND TRAINING Success isn’t just about passing your exams at school – there are lots of other learning opportunities out there beyond your typical classroom. You could take on a course in an area that interests you like baking or crafting, IT, learning a language, web design, sports… Anything at all! Further education colleges Scotland-wide have evening and weekend programmes which allow you to take classes in a whole range of subjects. Even a First Aid course can make your CV shine – workplaces need a First Aider, and if you’ve already got the skills, you’re going to stand out. It’s particularly helpful if you’re going for medicalrelated roles or courses. While the outcome might not be linked to your dream career, you do have a course to pop on your CV that shows initiative and demonstrates that you’re a keen learner. You’ll also get to meet interesting new people beyond your classmates – always good for boosting those all-important people skills.


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Victor Yerrid is allowed to play with puppets and do silly voices for a living – not bad work if you can get it! The professional puppeteer, who works with the world-famous Jim Henson Company (where The Muppets and Sesame Street were created), shares the tricks of the trade with Source

THE PUPPETEER Have you always been interested in puppetry? No, not at all. Puppeteers can usually be pretty neatly divided into two categories. The first is people who have always been doing it. People who have loved puppets since they were little and always done puppets. I’m the second category, which is actors and other performers that just kind of fell into puppetry. How did you get started in the business? I was a classical music major. When I graduated, I got really interested in children’s music so I got an internship in the music department at Sesame Street. I’d been doing some acting, voiceovers and other things, but I wanted to be a songwriter. When I got there, I saw the puppets, I saw what they were doing and I thought, ‘Wow, this is unbelievable.’ It was such a fun performance medium. Have you had any formal training or has it all been on the job? There’s no real training route. Most of us, we learn by doing. There’s no way to really simulate that sort of work environment.

AT WORK: (Clockwise from top right) Squacky, one of the Pajanimals characters voiced by Victor; the kids from Sid the Science Kid - Victor voices Gerald; the man himself; and with Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson Company founder Jim

What’s it like working at the Jim Henson Company? There is not a day that I go to work and I’m not aware of how lucky I am – I get to earn a living goofing around with puppets! There’s certainly an art to it. And there’s certainly a technique. It can be difficult to figure out at times. Every show we do, every movie, has its own set of complications you have to

figure out. It’s always different puppets, different environment sets. And it’s a very fun job. What’s been your favourite project that you’ve worked on? My favourite kids’ show I’ve ever worked on is Pajanimals. I got to perform this adorable little duck character called Squacky. It’s a beautifully written show about the trouble that pre-school kids struggle with at night and they go to these fantastical lands. In the adult category, I’m currently working on this hilarious show called No, You Shut Up! It is a political show – sort of in the vein of The Daily Show. It’s Paul F Tompkins hosting the show with a panel of puppets. I play this dimwitted hot dog who wants to be a movie star!


What’s your advice for anyone who’s interested in a career in puppetry? I always tell people that there’s three components in puppetry. There’s manipulation of the puppet. Voice work – doing the different characters. And there’s acting. By far, the third component – the acting – is the most important and weirdly, the most neglected. When you’re practising, hook your video camera up to your TV at home so you can see what you’re doing. We often recommend lip-syncing to songs when you’re starting out. Puppetry is about fun and heart and being an idiot – so start being an idiot. That’s my advice.


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The skills of British nurses are in demand worldwide. When the Ebola virus broke out in West Africa, nurses from the UK were on the front line of the fight against the disease. You should be prepared to work in both state of the art and basic facilities, and be a tolerant and adaptable person who can remain calm in a crisis. Australia and New Zealand take on many UK nurses too.

The ability to speak English is something we take for granted, but it’s a highly desirable skill. Globally, English is the third most widely spoken language so many countries are crying out for native English teachers. Teaching English allows you to work all over the world, integrate into other cultures and truly open doors for your students.

An au pair lives with a family and looks after their children by caring for them, playing with them and preparing their meals. Many parents actively seek Englishspeaking au pairs to enhance their children’s language skills, and destinations vary from Europe to North America. You’ll get your bed and board for free and often be paid on top of that, with the chance to explore the local area or go on trips on days off.

A plane’s cabin crew is responsible for the safety and comfort of passengers and maintaining calm in case of an emergency. You can complete training in six to seven weeks, and your job will take you all over the globe with opportunities to explore your destination countries.







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The cruise sector is a multibillion pound industry which has a huge variety of positions to offer keen travellers. Since cruise ships are like giant floating hotels, you can work as bar staff, in catering, cleaning, retail, maintenance or entertainment. Many have multilingual guests so there are also opportunities to use language skills.

British army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel are deployed all over the world, wherever needed. The army provides humanitarian assistance such as the complex rescue efforts during flooding early this year, while RAF pilots are currently in action defending the country against extremist threats. Working with the Special Forces requires a high degree of commitment to personal fitness, discipline and, of course, bravery.

Journalists need to be as close to the centre of the action as possible, so a willingness to travel is essential. Regional journalists will be expected to travel around their local area but foreign correspondents head overseas to cover events. Foreign assignments can cover anything from climate change to politics and war. You’ll need to be determined, quick thinking and resilient.




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COULD YOU MAKE IT IN MI5? Have you got what it takes to be a spy? Ex-Mi5 intelligence officer Annie Machon gives us the pros and cons of a secret life within the Ministry of Defence


’t tell n a c u o Y “ ything t n a e n o y an cruitmenf e r e h t t abou pane o a o s , s s e n proc s betwee ds l l a f s s gla ur frien o y d n a you ily” and fam I was initially recruited as an intelligence officer, running operations against targets. Those targets could be a group, country or individual. You have to assess the threat and how to use different resources to run intelligence on them; whether you want to intercept their phone lines and emails, put bugs in their houses or arrange someone to follow them on the street. You always have to deploy your resources in the most legal way possible. You then assess the information that’s returned to you, arrange an arrest or drop the investigation.

Successful operations were amazing to run. Sometimes I’d see a short report on BBC News mentioning something I was working on and I’d know that was just the tip of the iceberg; that there was so much depth to the story but that the public are only shown a fraction of it. One disadvantage is it’s hard to keep in touch with old friends, because most people want to catch up and chat about work or their achievements and you can’t. You end up socialising with people at work and become friends with other Mi5 agents because they are the people it’s easiest to talk to. I’d say if you want to be in Mi5, it’s best to focus on qualities rather than skills. Skills can always be taught. You need to have good judgment, be confident, analytical and have a strong ethical framework. If you’re thinking about joining, Mi5 has regional offices now, including in Scotland, so you don’t even need to move down to London. I was at Mi5 for six years in three different posts, as you are reassigned every two years. I did it because I felt it was a job that could really make a difference and potentially save lives.


graduated from Cambridge with a classics degree in 1989, worked in publishing for a little while and later began work at the Foreign Office with ambitions of becoming a diplomat. It was then that a strange letter from the Ministry of Defence arrived, encouraging me to apply for some jobs. My first thought was, “It’s Mi5.” They had a filthy reputation at the time so I wasn’t too impressed, but it was my father who encouraged me to reply. Nowadays you go to the Ministry of Defence website and do a quick test online, but back then it was terribly secretive. They also used to put cryptic adverts in newspapers to get people to apply. My former partner David Shayler (also a former Mi5 agent) was recruited that way – he thought he was applying for a journalism job but it turned out to be the Ministry of Defence. The recruitment process went on for months. At the end of it, I’d been completely honest and I thought, ‘It’s Mi5, they know everything about me anyway.’ When you first get in and begin work it’s exhilarating. You can’t tell anyone anything about the recruitment process, so a pane of glass falls between you and your friends and family.


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Arnold Clark Automobiles are providing an excellent opportunity throughout the UK for 16Œ–Œ19 year old school leavers interested in starting a career and gaining a recognised qualification in the motor industry. The Apprenticeship Programmes allow apprentices the opportunity to earn while they learn and to put theory into practice within an automotive training environment, and they cover all aspects of vehicle repair and maintenance. For full job descriptions, please visit We have the following apprenticeships available: • Vehicle Servicing and Repairs • Parts/Sales Operations • Spray Painters and Panel Beaters Successful candidates will be able to use their initiative to produce a high standard of work, and have good customer service skills and a willingness to learn. This position could lead to career opportunities such as senior technician, or supervisory or management roles.

You will be based at an Arnold Clark branch and will attend our state-of-the-art GTG training centre on a weekly basis, where you will be trained, developed and assessed, ultimately leading to an Apprenticeship. The duration of the programme is approximately 3 to 4 years. Candidates must have received either a Standard Grade (1–4), National Grade (4/5) or GCSE (Grade A–E) in Maths and English, and either a science or technical subject. Benefits include excellent working conditions, extensive training, life assurance and private health care, making our package one of the best in the industry.

Employment within the Arnold Clark group is offered subject to satisfactory reference and disclosure check. Only successful candidates will be contacted for interview. 008422

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MA FAQs Ahead of Scottish Apprenticeship Week (29 February-4 March), we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Modern Apprenticeships and how they work

What’s a Modern Apprenticeship? Modern Apprenticeships combine work and training to create the perfect career-starting package. You’ll have a proper paid job with an employer, undertake training and do exams to get yourself recognised qualifications that'll set you up for a certain career. How does the learning part work? The employer will team up with a training provider – either a specialist company or college – to make sure you’re doing all the bits and bobs on the job to meet the requirements qualification-wise. As well as work-based activities, you might have to go to external training courses, day release at college for classes or study in your own time and, in some cases, do exams. Do I need to pay for that? If you’re aged 16-24, the company gets help towards your training costs. If you’re 25 or over, you may be asked to contribute, or your employer will cover the cost. PIC: © ILYA S. SAVENOK/GETTY IMAGES

What qualifications do you get? You’ll work towards a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at Level 2 or above. What do I get paid? The minimum wage for under 18s undertaking apprenticeships is £3.87 an hour, or £5.30 for 18 to 20-year-olds. Some companies pay more than this though – MAs in Scotland earn an average of £249 a week.

What kind of job can I get? There’s a massive range of jobs available for wannabe MAs – hundreds actually, in over 80 different sectors! Turn the page to find out more about some of the industries hiring apprentices. How long does it take? It all depends on the job, the qualification and how quickly you progress. It can take as little as a year or as long as four. How do I find an apprenticeship? Search for vacancies at www.apprenticeships. scot, or via My World of Work (www., or you can check out Apprenticeships in Scotland (www. Some apprenticeships get advertised through mainstream job sites like What will I actually get out of it? You’ll get solid work experience, the skills to do a specific job, lots of transferable skills, increased confidence, professional contacts… Loads! How does it boost my career? In more ways than you can imagine. Apprentices get trained in how to do a job – that makes you really appealing to future employers.

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Interested in finding out more? All Modern Apprenticeships are listed online with full details of upcoming opportunities. You can check out or and find an apprenticeship that’s right for you.

Social Media Assistant [Digital Skills] Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat aren’t just for connecting with pals and sharing cute cat videos – they can actually be valuable business tools when used in the right way. If you’re a social media butterfly with a presence on every platform, signing up for a digital skills apprenticeship could set you on a prosperous digital marketing career path. You might be assisting a company to get more followers, promoting an event or product or perhaps tweeting people to get noticed. During apprenticeships like these, you can achieve an SVQ in digital skills, a qualification that could lead to a high-earning career in digital marketing.

Thinking about a Modern Apprenticeship, but don’t know where to start? With opportunities in over 80 different industries across the country, hopeful apprentices are spoiled for choice when it comes to career training. If you aren’t sure whether a certain career is right for you, there are plenty of options to be explored. Here, we look at the top training you can get across Scotland, from hairdressing to software testing

Hairdresser’s Assistant [Beauty] If you know your ombre from your balayage and would like to work your creative magic on people’s locks, getting an apprenticeship at a busy salon is a great way to get in to hairdressing. You might be sweeping up hair, making tea and stacking magazines at first but soon you’ll learn to cut, colour and style alongside industry professionals. You’ll work towards an SVQ in hairdressing while also learning the skills you need to be a top stylist. If you're self-motivated, well presented and love dealing with the public, you will excel in this apprenticeship.




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Plumber [Trade] Plumbing apprenticeships are extremely popular, mostly because of the earning potential of fully qualified plumbers. If you’d like to work towards a high salary while learning the ins and outs of U-bends from trade professionals, an apprenticeship is a great way to start. An experienced plumber will instruct and oversee your training, pass on their knowledge of the trade and give you hands-on experience of the job. Most apprenticeships will ask for three National 5s or Standard Grades from applicants, and there may be a theory test to pass before the apprenticeship begins.

Multimedia Content Producer [Media] Although less common, there are a few apprenticeships out there for those interested in a career in the media. In a role like this you might have the chance to produce content for company websites; taking photos, writing articles or shooting films. Perhaps you’re great at making GIFs or you're a photo editing pro that could help a company get noticed, or maybe you’re brilliant at social media. You need to be creative, hardworking and great at multitasking for a role like this and you can work towards an SVQ in digital skills.

Nursery Assistant [Childcare] If you’re great with kids, this apprenticeship is a wonderful way to get qualified for a career in childcare. You can spend your days helping children to read, draw and play together while also working towards an SVQ in childcare . You might be assigned to a nursery, toddlers group or a kids’ play facility, where you’ll learn from trained childcare specialists while also gaining hands-on experience. You can have a positive impact on the lives of little ones while also getting ahead in your career. Not bad! Most apprenticeships will ask for qualifications at Nat 5, and a PVG check.

Chef [Hospitality] Are you great at rustling up dishes in the kitchen? Do you dream of being the next Nigella or Jamie Oliver? An apprenticeship working in a busy hotel or restaurant kitchen will give you a flavour of what life as a chef is like. You’ll be chopping food, washing plates and keeping a close eye on the masters at work before gradually being allowed to get cooking yourself. All great chefs have to start somewhere and an apprenticeship will allow you to get paid while earning a qualification too. If you love food and are ready for a fast-paced, all encompassing culinary career, this is a good way to get into it.

Software Tester [IT] Information technology (IT) is a constantly evolving, booming industry with loads of career opportunities. A software tester plays a valuable role in the development of a company’s products, making sure that everything works efficiently and highlighting any possible bugs in the system. You would be testing products, websites and software to make sure everything runs smoothly and submitting error reports. Whether you’re already a keen computer programmer or don’t have a clue how to code, these IT apprenticeships will give you fantastic training in computer development. With IT apprenticeships you can work towards an SVQ in information and telecommunications professionals, setting you up for a career in IT.

Admin Assistant [Administration] Could you be the first point of communication for a major company? Could you make sure the business runs smoothly, providing crucial support to management? An administrative apprenticeship isn’t all about typing and filing – you also learn valuable skills and knowledge about the company you work for. You may begin at the reception desk at an accounting firm and then progress later to become a trainee accountant, but a great starting point is the administration assistant Modern Apprenticeship. You can work towards an SVQ in business and administration, which could lead to a career in business. 27

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Letitia Miller is in the second year of her electrical engineering MA with Diageo, the multinational alcoholic drinks company



When Letitia Miller started working part-time at alcohol business Diageo’s Leven operations, she had no idea it would lead her into a Modern Apprenticeship and a really exciting career. “I chose a Modern Apprenticeship because I thought it was a great way of working and earning, and learning at the same time,” she explains. “I wanted to work my way up in a company, and felt that doing a Modern Apprenticeship would be the best way to get where I wanted.” Letitia is now in the second year of an MA in electrical engineering, part of a four-year programme. She’s hopeful that, at the end of the MA when she’s fully qualified, she’ll move onto a permanent role with the drinks giant.


QUALIFICATIONS As part of her MA, Letitia is studying towards a relevant qualification at a local college, and she says the combination of study and hands-on experience has proven to be crucial for her day job. “I try to incorporate whatever I’m learning at college into my job,” she says. “If I struggle with anything I’ll ask the other electricians. It gives me a much better understanding of what it is I’m doing. In college, sometimes it’s difficult to get your head round something but to see it in practice makes much more sense.” As an electrical engineer, Letitia works with the other engineers to ensure that the machinery in the plant is in working order, identifying

potential faults and fixing any errors along the way to prevent hold-ups in the company’s production line.

HANDS-ON “I was extremely nervous at first because part of me thought that I couldn’t do it. But I’ve proved to myself more and more that I can,” she says. “Now I’m getting more handson and they let me work on my own, and do my own fault finding and testing. I have my own little projects as well.” Letitia's initial fears were completely unfounded, and now, two years into the programme, she’s really pleased she’s chosen the path she has. But what’s her favourite part of the job? “My favourite thing about

my job would probably be when we get a call out to a breakdown,” she explains. “Everybody is trying to figure out what’s gone wrong and we use the different fault-finding skills that I’ve learned. I find it so interesting, and it keeps me motivated.” It’s not just technical skills specific to the job that Letitia is learning – like most MAs, she’s picking up all sorts of transferable skills like problem solving and team work that could benefit her in any job role or industry further down the line. “I’m definitely a lot more confident about the way I approach a job and the way think about a job,” she adds. “I’m actually excited and look forward every day coming into work.”

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When science enthusiast Mohammad was finishing his school career, he decided to go down the apprenticeship route over university – and he hasn’t looked back


THE LAB TECHNICIAN Mohammad Ali Salik is someone who cannot speak highly enough about Modern Apprenticeships (MAs). He found his apprenticeship through Skills Development Scotland’s dedicated apprenticeship website, After some looking around, he found one that was exactly right for him, a laboratory technician apprenticeship with Glasgow University. He completed his MA in 2014 and it’s led him to where he is today – working fulltime in Glasgow University’s science laboratories, teaching students, as well as conducting scientific research.

BEST OF BOTH Mohammad, 22, from Falkirk, says: “With an apprenticeship you get the best of both worlds, an academic course and qualification whilst getting a proper job and proper earnings.


“Before I finished my MA I was offered a permanent contract here. It was a huge surprise – no one told me I would be offered it and that my managers had already had discussions. “I was very happy, I was overjoyed.” Mohammad’s MA, in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities, gave him the chance to work across a wide variety of lab functions. Organising chemistry experiments for students, working on environmental chemistry and helping teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students were just some of the things he did. He explains: “You do so many different things and you’re never really doing the same things every day. You get training across so many different sections, and gradually you feel yourself grow and become more confident in your work.

“By the end of it you feel as confident as any other senior colleague.”

NATIONAL RECOGNITION Mohammad’s hard work and ever-improving skillset over the course of his MA led to him receiving national recognition for his efforts. He finished runner-up in a Royal Society of Chemistry awards event, and he was also a finalist in a Glasgow Trades Centre chemistry competition. “It was a great feeling to be nominated for those awards," he says. "My family have always been proud of what I’m doing but they were especially proud when they heard about that.” Graham Tobasnick, Mohammad’s line manager, gave Mohammed a glowing assessment. He said: “He’s been outstanding – he came to us with all the raw materials and through his own hard

work he has polished them to the finished article. We hope he will stay with us; someone with his skills and competencies could go anywhere. “Modern Apprenticeships are definitely a route we value; it gives people a defined career path where people can go places.” So what's Mohammad's advice for anyone considering a similar path? “I would advise young people to open their minds to an MA," he says. "Their future prospects would be hugely boosted. “My MA has played a huge role in me getting to where I am today.”

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2. GATHER YOUR INFO When you’ve got some MAs you want to apply for, it’s time to get organised! Whether the employer is asking you to fill in an application form or submit a CV, gather together all the information you think they’ll need. So dig out your exam certificates, previous job applications, old CVs, any practice applications you’ve done, UCAS personal statement if you’ve ever done one and your achievement portfolio if you have one, pick out everything that’s relevant and write it down – doing this in date order helps.


3. FILL IT IN… Take all the information you have which shows how utterly brilliant you are – include exam results, part-time work, volunteer slots, work experience and all your extracurriculars from chaperoning the S1 school dance to your commitment to the Scouts – and pop it either into the form or update your existing CV. Make sure to include all the info they ask you to, and double check that it's in the right section too.

4. …AND TAILOR IT The mistake that so many people make is submitting the same information for every job they apply for. While this saves a load of time, there is a chance you’ll submit information that isn’t relevant for the job you’ve applied for. So once you’ve filled in the form with all your basic info and achievements, or you have your CV ready to go, give it a read over and make sure you can tick off what they’re looking for, working with the job description. That long paragraph about your love of the sciences might not fit in an admin role.

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So James – how did you become a musician? I studied music technology at college because I wanted to get into the recording and production side of music. That pushed me into writing music that ended up being the style of Eliza and the Bear and allows us to do the production ourselves. How did you all meet? We all live about 5-10 minutes way from each other. Me and Callie used to be in a band and Martin, Chris and Paul were in another. Those bands had tried and failed to make it and then we joined together to make Eliza and the Bear. Has being in a band lived up to your expectations? I remember when we first started

working with our management we went to see their bands headline at Koko in London. When I was standing watching them, I was thinking, ‘Wow this is what it’s like to be a proper band.’ Now we’ve headlined Koko, but it still feels to me that we’re a group of kids playing in a practice room and no-one really knows who we are. It doesn’t feel real at the moment, it’s very strange! If you weren’t in a band, what would your dream job be? I think a producer or audio engineer. Working in the studio is one of my other passions. We recorded the album in a studio in Nashville and I always had my eye on the desks and microphones, compressors and

limiters they were using. I really geeked out. What kind of music do you like to listen to? Do the guys have similar tastes or does it vary? Paul listens to Katy Perry quite a lot, Martin is massively into Radiohead and Chris is a big punk fan. There are communal areas of pop, indie and rock that we all listen to and Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are pretty high up on that list. Bieber has come out with some massive tunes recently.

What advice would you give to someone looking to become a professional musician? Get experience. We’ve been playing in bands since we were sixteen. One thing that has really helped is the fact that we started this band with no intention of touring so the songs were purely for our own entertainment. So when you sit down and write music, write for yourself.

If you could be any other artist for the day, who would you be? Justin Bieber!

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Teaching English in China Drama graduate Sarah Hailstones tells Source about her experience teaching English in Beijing after obtaining a TEFL qualification


had always been of the university, but I teach interested in teaching but children. I have been here for wasn't willing to pay to two years. I teach many kinds study for a PGCE/PGDE of classes, mainly reading, qualification in teaching before I but I also teach singing and had tried it, so decided to try my dancing classes, arts and crafts hand at teaching abroad. I also and drama. have a keen interest in travelling The course I studied really so decided teaching abroad helped me to understand and was a no-brainer! I didn't want appreciate how difficult it is for to continue working two jobs the students to learn another back to back, paying crazy rent language, and gave me the and always wishing for the next tools to teach them best. The holiday to come so decided course introduced me to the to take a gamble and importance of building up move to China. students’ confidence, THE BEST PART IS To teach English, and how best to do ACTUALLY WATCHING I completed a that. It also helped me THE STUDENTS GROW course with understand my own (TEFL native language better, AND INVESTING ALL means Teaching and understand how YOUR TIME AND ENERGY English as a Foreign language works. IN THEM Language), and I I love my job, and completed the 140everything about it. The best hour teaching programme. part is actually watching the I had to complete the course students grow and investing all online, which meant watching your time and energy in them. videos and reading articles The feeling you get when you and providing written work. I see them blossom and grow is also competed the classroom the greatest thing. component which required a I try to travel as much as weekend of classes. I can when living in China. I am currently working I have managed to visit some at Beijing Foreign Studies Chinese cities such as Qingdao, University, teaching the K-12 Shanghai, Hangzhou and programme. This is a branch Suzhou, and I've also managed

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Aspiring journalist Emma Storr asked some Scots students to share their top revision tips to ensure a more productive revision season ahead of exams


he dreaded exam period is fast approaching, and there's one thing which is essential: studying. Along with getting a good night’s sleep and eating right, your method of study will affect how you do in tests and exams. But what works for you might be totally useless for your best mate. During my Higher exams I kept to a strict study regime. Like every person about to start the exam diet, I was sure all hope was lost, but now I'm in

my second year at university, I stick by my tried and tested study method. Having a good amount of sleep without wasting the day is important – during study days I like to wake up early and go for a walk to make sure I’m awake and focussed. I’m a firm believer in study cards but, most importantly, dance breaks for when the stress gets overwhelming! But that’s just me – everyone works differently. Here’s some advice from the experts – all current students themselves – on how to get ready for exams.

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The Science of

STUDY SLEEP Teachers and parents are forever banging on about the importance of a good night’s sleep – and none of us are getting enough of it. But did you know that getting sufficient snooze time can make you more energetic, even-tempered and help your exam performance? Rachael Fulton spoke to Dr Linda Russell, otherwise known as The Sleep Lady, for some top tips on getting seriously good shut-eye to improve your study time


ith the exam period looming, catching a good night’s Zs has never been so important. Not only does great sleep improve your mood and concentration, it gives your brain time to digest all the information you’ve crammed in there, whether you’re memorising poetry or present subjunctive tenses. Energy drinks and late night cramming sessions might seem like the easiest way to maximise your revision time, but depriving yourself of a good night’s sleep can have a devastating effect on your exam performance. So how do you make sure you’re getting enough shut-eye to perform in this year’s exams? Sleep expert Dr Linda

Russell – known in the field as The Sleep Lady – offered us some advice to make sure Scotland’s students are rested and ready for this year’s exams.

Say NO To Screen time “The thing that has the worst impact on your sleep is screen time,” says sleep expert Dr Linda. “These days, going to bed without a laptop, phone or tablet is practically unheard of, but you shouldn’t take any screens to bed at all.” That’s right: no late-night Netflix binges, no tweeting from bed, no TV. If you’re serious about getting a good night’s sleep, Dr Linda recommends staying away from screens for a full hour before closing your eyes. 43

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“If you have no screen time for an hour before bed it only takes your brain 45 minutes to completely shut off and get into sleep mode,” says Linda. “If, however, you have screen time right up until you close your eyes, your chances of deep sleep are severely impaired. You might drift off to sleep, but your brain won’t fully shut off for a further three hours.” Losing those three hours of deep sleep per night can have a massive impact on your ability to absorb information, your attention span and your mood in waking life. By switching off your screens a little earlier in the evening, you could give your body the rest it needs and increase your focus for the following day. “Screen time is habitual. After a while you start to feed the habit – the screen time becomes longer and more detrimental to your sleep pattern. When your screen is at your side, your brain remains active and takes longer to shut down.”

Ditch the caffeine Getting jacked up on coffee and energy drinks is a short-term solution for staying alert and energised while you study, but in the long run, it prevents a relaxing, peaceful night’s sleep. If you’ve been relying on sugary stimulants to get you through the school day, ditch them in favour of some extra rest. “Keep caffeinated drinks to a minimum, especially if you’re studying for your exams,” says Linda. “Not just coffee, but caffeinated energy drinks can prevent you from having a restful night’s sleep and can also affect your concentration.”


Hit the lights

Get a Routine

Before you go to sleep at night, dim the lights in your room. The process of sitting in a darkened room for a while allows the hormone melatonin to kick in, preparing your body for sleep. “If you quickly switch off the light and plunge the room into darkness before bed, your body gets a shock and has no time to secrete the necessary hormone for a restful sleep,” says Linda. “A nice, quiet dim room will prepare your tired body for sleep and allow you to drift off naturally.”

“All bodies love consistency,” says Linda. “You need to give your body a night time routine that’s consistent so that it knows which time to switch off and doesn’t panic before bedtime. Choosing a sensible bedtime will help reduce stress levels.” Linda recommends that between Sunday and Friday, you should aim to switch off all screens and bright lights by 10 and be in bed by 11. No excuses.

Break out the bubbles A long soak in the bath won’t just get you nice and clean before bedtime, it also allows you to unwind and release the stress of a busy revision day. “When you come out of a warm bath, your body temperature is lowered,” says Linda. “This acts as another signal for your brain that you are preparing for sleep, and after a relaxing bath your brain will be aware that you’re nice and tired.” So get those bath bombs and bubbles out to ease yourself into bedtime.

Get reading Nope, not your textbooks or revision notes: read an actual book that has nothing to do with impending exams. Something completely unrelated to your studies that will allow you to switch off from study stress entirely. Get lost in a novel or magazine and allow your eyes and brain to get slowly tired, away from the glare of a screen or the mess of your physics notes.

Milky Drinks This is the perfect excuse for a bedtime hot chocolate (marshmallows optional). Milky drinks can actually help relax your body into slumber and ensure a better night’s sleep. “Milky drinks also induce melatonin, helping the hormone kick in and prepare your body for sleep. This doesn’t mean have a milky tea or coffee – there shouldn’t be any caffeine involved.”

Wakey Wakey! Your sleep pattern is also tied in to your morning routine. “When you first wake up, don’t reach for your tablet or phone immediately,” says Linda. “Don’t let the first thing you see be a screen. Try to lie in bed quietly, peacefully, wondering how your day will go. Allow 15 to 20 minutes to get out of bed. Start with a warm shower – not too hot so as to shock your body – to wake yourself up.”

Tidy Up So your parents have already moaned at you about this, but it’s time to clean up your room. Not only will it have a positive impact on your sleep pattern, there’s also evidence it will improve your overall mental health. “You should try and sleep in an uncluttered environment and aim to clean your bed sheets once a week,” says Linda. “Ideally you’d also avoid having any TVs or computer screens in the bedroom.”

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White They’re the white-hot new Glasgow band on the block, and we can’t get enough of their dance-along tunes, loaded with synths, big drums, slick guitars and infectious choruses. We had a chat with WHITE guitarist Hamish Fingland to talk about the band’s beginnings and what’s yet to come

How did you guys get together? Everyone in the band had all been in different bands. I was doing a project for a while in a down period I had, where basically I was writing songs with loads of my friends, and finding different singers to do a song with. Leo, who’s now the singer in WHITE, was one of the guys I worked with on that. He came to the studio and it worked so well that we decided to do some more. Kirstin joined because she’d been in recording in another studio next to where we were, and the guy who was recording there was like, ‘You need to get that girl in a band. She’s the best drummer I’ve ever had in, she hits so hard!’ She joined pretty quickly, because her band was disbanding. And we


got the others on board from there. What’s the one WHITE track that Source readers should check out? The new single that’s just out is called Living Fiction. We’ve got three singles, but that’s the one to learn the words for if you see us live! How would you describe the band’s sound? When we made the band, we wanted to make something that people would dance to. We’d all been in bands that people would nod their heads to, but we wanted to be a band that would put people in a nightclub. It’s a mixture of punky music with dance, with a very over the top singer.

What’s the best thing about playing live? Watching people react. I always find it really amazing when it’s a song you’ve written in your house and then loads of people are actually up dancing and know the words. We’re a new band, so when people know the music already and are up for letting their hair down, it’s a pretty good sign. You’re playing SXSW this year – are you looking forward to it? It’s going to be amazing. I’ve done it in the past – some of us have done it in separate bands – but it’ll be the first time we’ve done it together. We’ve got a good few showcases lined up, and

we’ve got friends over there, so it’s going to be awesome. When can we expect to hear an album from you guys? We don’t have an exact date just now, but we’re going to continue to release singles all year, and the album will probably be out towards the end of the year. What are your hopes for the future of the band? I just want to have everyone there at our gigs, dancing, like it’s the best party of their life!

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Skipping Not only does it improve your stamina, but skipping also helps tone your muscles. The International Osteoporosis Society recommends 30 minutes of skipping a day – and what is 30 minutes? It’s the time it takes to have a bath, or tidy your room, or to eat your breakfast. Not so long in the grand scheme of things. Sacrificing half an hour of your day can help improve your long-term health, so you’ll still be fit and active by the time you’re a granny.

Walking You probably walk every day of your life, but did you know it can help reduce heart disease, blood pressure and cholesterol? It’s easy to get so caught up in your studies that you forget to stay active – but this will take its toll on your health. Walking is an easy solution. Now that the gloomy weather is behind us, we can walk even more. Take time to go outside and see the daffodils! Turn your evening stroll into a mission to get fit – if you go that extra mile (literally) you’ll gain all the rewards.

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Cycling The NHS recommends you do 150 minutes of moderate activity each week – such as cycling, which is easy peasy if you ask us. Not only is hopping on your bike great fun, but it’s a useful source of transportation. Don’t get a lift or use public transport when you have a bike right in front of you – it’s just common sense. That way, you don’t have to make time to do exercise; you actually save time!

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LAWSON It’s been almost four years since four-piece Lawson won us over with debut album Chapman Square, and after months of touring, writing and recording, the boys are back on our radar with hot new single Money. Drummer Adam took some time out to talk life on the road and what’s next for the lads with Source

You guys have been fairly quiet for a while – what have you been up to? It feels like we’ve been away for a while, but we’ve been recording the second album, and after that we were touring all over. We were in America for a while touring, we did a small tour in the UK, but the main tour we did was the Australia and New Zealand arena tour with Robbie Williams, which was literally a dream come true.


What was it like touring with Robbie? We’re all massive Robbie fans, me especially. To get invited to do the tour was one thing, but once we got there, he invited us up on stage with him every night to do Road to Mandalay. We’ve supported lots and lots of people around the world and nobody’s ever invited us back on stage to perform with

How would you describe the new material? By the time this album’s out, it will have been four years since the first album so we’ve grown up as people and as a band as well. Hopefully we’ve improved as musicians and Andy as a songwriter has definitely improved too. It’s kind of a step up from Chapman Square but it’s still Lawson.


them, so that says a lot about the kind of person that Robbie is.

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When we released the first album and it went into the top five, that was a big thing. Even if you do quite well with your singles, you don’t know if people are investing much in the band and want to hear a full record. Apart from that, it’s all about touring. Being on stage every single night is the highlight. What’s next for Lawson? We’ve got Money out in March, then we’ll be releasing the second single. The album will be out in June, and then we’ve got our summer shows and towards the end of the year, we’ll be doing the album tour. That’ll be back to a bigger tour, and we’ll take that across the UK and further afield too. Lots to look forward to! Money by Lawson is available to download from 14 March

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