Source Spring 2020

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STEP INTO NURSING Could a career in nursing be right for you?

THE RIGHT PATH Uni or college? Decisions, decisions. We’ve got you covered


MAKE TINY CHANGES A look at the charity helping your mental health


Tips and tricks on savvy saving


the power of

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Learn all there is to know in our biggest guide, ever!

From busker to BRIT nominee, the singer songwriter talks rising to Glory – and dreams of working with Stormzy

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e’ve got a lot to talk about in this issue. And we’re kicking things off with an exciting prospect that will see you making waves in your future career: apprenticeships. Yes, from page 11 learn all there is to know about apprenticeships. You might think that an apprenticeship is only for people looking to get into plumbing or engineering, but you would be surprised. From foundation to modern, and graduate apprenticeships, we’ve got you covered. Head to page 14 to discover how one young Scot’s apprenticeship can put her on the path to become a nurse, or fly high with the RAF. Earn while you learn is so 2020. Or is further education more your thing? Well, don’t miss out on the differences between college and uni on page 33. It’s important to find the right course for you, ‘cause you’ll probably have to do it for four years or more… but know, there are other options. On page 36 we jet off to Ghana to discover how you can utilise your skills by volunteering abroad. It’s a whirlwind at the moment: what to do next? Are you revising enough? Should you get a part-time job? Take a minute to consider how you’re feeling. Frightened Rabbit’s Grant Hutchison spoke to Source (page 44) about the importance of your mental health, and knowing the right time to reach out to help make tiny changes to the mental health of young people. All this plus our exclusive interview Dermot Kennedy. We caught up with Dermot during the North American leg of his sold-out tour, before he returns to the UK to perform for you lucky lot, over on page 8 – expect chat on hip hop and Stormzy. Don’t miss Glasgow boys Twin Atlantic talk all things Power on page 46, too. Put the revision to the side for now, and enjoy this issue of Source. Until next time.

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2 STATIONERY Exams are just around the corner, and you know what that means: Stationery! Grab your cue cards and let’s get down to business (over on page 29).

1 STRANGER THINGS Well, Stranger Things HAVE happened... the real gift we all wanted on Valentine's Day: one word, HOPPER! No news yet on release date, but we are here and ready.

3 THE BRITS After winning the Critics' Choice Award at the 2019 BRITS, we loved seing our former cover star, Sam Fender at this year's bash. Mabel and Lewis Capaldi won big this time, you can catch their interviews online! @SourceMag

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8 Dermot Kennedy: Living without fear

21 Step into nursing

46 Reclaiming your power with Twin Atlantic

24 Diversity in STEM

Fresh from his US/Canada tour, Dermot talks music and playing live.

The Scottish trio discuss the power and love behind their fourth album.

APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE 12 Apprenticeship know-how

So, what is an apprenticeship? Let’s go behind the scenes.

14 In your words

An apprenticeship is great, but don’t take our word for it…

17 Understanding applications

Ace your apprenticeship application with our handy guide.

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19 Big business with Barclays

How could a Barclays apprenticeship take you to success?

From university to hitting the wards, two nurses share their journey. It’s time for more women to get into STEM, could you be the change?

29 Hittin’ the books

Get ready to study to ace exam season.

30 The power of past papers

More important than you think, past papers (literally) hold the answers.

33 The right path

Uni or college? It’s a hard choice, but they’re both successful options.


27 At the epicentre with a meteorologist Make a difference to the climate with an exciting career as a meteorologist.


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Women in STEM have come a long way in 100 years, find out how.

Your mental health is important, and so is raising awareness.


38 Money matters


6 Dates for your diary

Gigs, movies and more: there’s a lot to look forward to.

36 Ready, jetset, go

Discover how you can learn and give back in Ghana.

40 Being a young carer

Two young carers share their experiences of caring for a loved one.


44 “While I’m alive, I’ll make tiny changes to earth”

Frightened Rabbit’s Grant Hutchison talks tiny changes to support your mental health.


Save sensibly with our top tips. From credit cards to Monzo pots, it's time to cash in.




Here we, here we… go to the Capital for some bangin’ tunes.

So, was the three year wait worth it? Yes, yes it was.

Got spare time? Volunteering is a great way to fill the day. #SourceGetsSocial

Follow Source on Twitter @sourcemag or hit us up on Insta @Source.Magazine @SourceMag

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dates for your diary There’s lots to keep you entertained this Spring! Don’t take our word for it, check out this little lot




After a successful round at Summer Sessions last year, the local lads Twin Atlantic are hitting the road to tour their new tunes and classic hits. You can find us in the front row.

Following the release of her third album, Manic, Halsey’s tour will see her perform in some of Europe’s top music venues, supported by rising stars Pale Waves. We certainly don’t know what we would do without Halsey.

If you weren’t lucky enough to see Jake Bugg when he played in Glasgow in November, don’t worry because he’s making his return to Scotland this spring. Don’t miss Jakey, Jakey, Jakey Bugg light up the stage like a lightning bolt this time around, too.

The Music Hall, Aberdeen www.aberdeenperforming

SSE Hydro, Glasgow


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Usher Hall, Edinburgh


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Circa Waves had a busy 2019 after releasing their third album, the band didn’t wait around to release album number four. Though it probably won’t be t-shirt weather, you can bet this gig will sell out, so get your tickets fast.

Get Outnumbered and Lost with the soulful sounds of Ireland’s very own, Dermot Kennedy. The star has blown us away with his Radio 1 Live Lounge performances, and his largest UK tour to date is destined to be one to remember.




The latest instalment of James Bond will see Daniel Craig act as 007 for the last time (sob). The film will see Bond – James Bond – assist in the search for a kidnapped scientist, facing dangers he’s never faced before.

He's hilarious, he's Scottish, and he's going on tour, the boy we wanna couple up with is... Iain Stirling. Don't miss Iain's quick wit during his spring tour.

Yes, you heard us right. Our favourite member of 1D (we went there) is coming to Glasgow, and frankly, we couldn’t be more excited. Sorry, but work is out, it’s time to daydream about Harry all day erry’day.

Cinemas nationwide Rating: TBC

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1 BLACK WIDOW Cinemas nationwide Rating: 12A

Marvel fans rejoice – Natasha Romanoff is back, joined by Tony Stark and Thaddeus Ross in her latest adventure for justice. We’ll bring the popcorn.


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Well, hello, hello, hello, it’s Mama Ru. Oh honey, make sure you don’t miss the largest drag show as it kicks off its 2020 European leg in the Granite City.


SSE Hydro

They look so perfect with their Aussie tan, and 5SOS are returning to Glasgow after two years away. There’s No Shame in admitting you don’t have your tickets yet – just make sure you get them before they sell out.




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dermot kennedy Singing in private, to busking in Dublin’s musical epicentre, to selling out tours worldwide, Dermot Kennedy has a hold on music. Lorne Gillies discovered the power behind Dermot’s rise to glory


peaking in the golden state, Dermot Kennedy is in a hotel in San Francisco for our interview. At the time he was performing to sold out crowds across Canada and America, prior to coming across the pond to take the UK by storm with his hip hop infused, soulful tracks. At the start of 2019, Dermot was selling out 5,000-capacity venues without having a single featured in the UK charts, four sold-out nights at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, not to mention performing a home-town festival to 50,000 people in Dublin. Fast forward a year, Dermot is a BRIT nominated artist, set to perform on the main stage of Scotland’s biggest festival, TRNSMT, and a sold-out world tour under his belt and upcoming UK tour (also sold-out, so we hope you got your tickets). Who would have thought this success would have been becoming of a singer who would do so in private?



“I didn’t want anyone to see me doing it,” remembers Dermot. “If anyone was to listen to me they had to stand outside the door, classic; but, I loved doing it and singing songs. From there I got my own guitar and I started writing music, playing open mics in Dublin and it all went from there.” And, for Dermot, the atmosphere performing at open mic nights was a place where he could hone in on his craft. “It felt like there was a crowd that was open and excited about young music and young songwriters – it was a really welcoming environment, so that made it easy to get excited about playing to people,” Dermot continues. Before long, videos of Dermot performing in Dublin’s Grafton Street – a propeller for many talented as-ofyet undiscovered musicians – were uploaded. Performing his own tracks to singing notable covers to locals and tourists alike, this was Dermot’s education of singing to a wider audience. 8


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Dermot emphasises: “It was the perfect education as a musician. I remember Glen Hansard said the bottom of the rung was the best place to start to figure it out and learn. I learned how to play to people, how to sing, everything.” With the release of Dermot’s debut album, Without Fear (October 2019) it wasn’t long before festival stages and award nominations followed suit. Power Over Me and Outnumbered are just two crowd pleasers where fans are resonating with Dermot’s lyrics. “It’s beautiful, I’ve met a few people who have had the lyrics tattooed or tattoos related to the lyrics – it’s a bit surreal,” he adds. The surreal rise to success escalated chance upload of songs to Spotify saw Dermot featured as one of the top songs by Discover Weekly – the automatic playlist created by the creative heads at Spotify. One of the songs featured, An Evening I Will Not Forget, just so happens to be Dermot’s favourite. “For me, it’s my favourite song lyrically and I always wanted to write a song that built in intensity and into a crescendo at the end – I always wanted that,” he enthuses. With an emotive, powerful voice, lyrics that are relatable and transcendent across genres, it can come as a surprise that Dermot takes a lot of inspiration from one genre specifically: hip hop. “I looked to songs like One Mic from Nas and the way that grows, and grows,” continues Dermot. “I love the fact that it takes all my influences, such as my singer songwriter influences and my hip hop influences and they can live together in that song.


“It is such an exciting genre to me; hip hop, when it’s the hip hop I like – including Stormzy – that to me is just pure honesty; all their truth lies just in the music, there is no gimmicks around that – it’s all in the songs, and I love

listening to them tell their stories, it has definitely influenced me as a strong writer,” Dermot enthuses. And, it’s no secret how much Stormzy appreciates singer songwriters, could we see a collaboration on the cards? “I would love to collab with Stormzy, oh please,” enthuses Dermot. “I would love that. I would give anything to be in that studio.” Moving from the studio to the stage, with no gimmicks in his music, it’s the same during a live performance – with Dermot emphasising his shows are unlike the usual songwriter setup. “There’s definitely thrills,” Dermot teases. “I really want to be ambitious with the productions of my live shows and I think that’s very important. I spend so much time writing these songs and constructing these images in my own head – I want that to be displayed on stage, too. “There’s four of us on stage, with lots of video, the lights are amazing and it does go beyond the usual singer songwriter show,” he adds. There is more to Dermot Kennedy than first meets the eye – he has worked tirelessly to get to where he is now, eloquently mixing his influences into all aspects of his music. Dermot’s honest and personal style of writing has seen his star rising, and with great success to date, who knows what we’ll be saying after album number two; staying creative and visiting the studio in LA, Dermot promises that album number two is on the cards. For now, in three words, how would Dermot describe himself? “I would say: Songwriter who loves hip hop. I know that’s about five words, but it’s as good as I’ve got,” he laughs. Now, it’s onto the next sold out venue – we’ll see you there.


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Did you get your tickets? Dermot Kennedy will perform two-nights at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on 31 March and 1 April. Listen to his debut album,


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You’ve got to want to do this. Stores, Logistics and Drivers Apprenticeship Programmes • Nationally recognised qualifications • £187 per week, 12 months (Stores and Logistics Career Starter Apprenticeship) • £187 per week rising to £279 per week in year 3 (Store Management Apprenticeship) • £316 per week (Drivers Apprenticeship) • 28 days’ paid holiday (including bank holidays) Aldi’s not like other supermarkets. And the Apprenticeship Programmes are definitely different too. You’re trusted to make real decisions that help deliver the best for our customers. With opportunities in Stores, Logistics and Driving, there’s more than one way to succeed here. EVERYDAY AMAZING.

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p i h s e c i t n e r p p a w o h w o kn Apprenticeships are a great option if you’re not sure about your subjects for next year, or what you want to do when you leave school. From foundation to

graduate, we’re bringing you the different types, so you can decide on the right next step for you


pprenticeships allow you to combine further study with learning on the job, so it’s a perfect option if you’re not entirely sure what you want to do when you leave school. They allow you to learn on the job and you won’t have to sit any exams: instead you’ll be assessed throughout the year – bonus. But, with so many different options available, which one is best for you?

foundation Foundation apprenticeships (FA) can be a stepping stone into the world of work, while still studying at school. Done in your fifth or sixth year at school, you can do a FA in place of one of your Highers. Gaining valuable workplace experience, a FA is a great way of gaging whether the industry is one you want to work in when you do leave school. It can also help you decide if you want to go straight into work, further study or move onto a modern apprenticeship.

graduate If you’d like to combine an apprenticeship with further study, a graduate apprenticeship (GA) could be for you. You’ll complete your studies with a university or college part-time, while gaining the necessary industry skills through practical work. And the cherry on top? You’ll be paid for your work. Your time with your employer will count towards your degree, meaning you could get qualified faster. Graduate apprentices can achieve a degree, even up to Master’s level, so this is the perfect option if you’d like to get the best of both worlds.

modern Every year, over 27,000 people start a modern apprenticeship (MA) in Scotland, in a wide range of subjects and industries. Anyone over the age of 16 can train in a MA, which offers paid employment to apprentices on the scheme. The apprenticeship is an exciting way of developing existing skills, gaining new ones and kickstarting your career in an industry you’re interested in. From accounting and digital media, to engineering and healthcare, there are over 100 different types of MA available in Scotland, so you’re sure to find something that suits your skills and career goals. Upon completing your apprenticeship, you’ll have gained the vital skills and industry experience that employers are looking for in their employees, potentially giving you a head start over other candidates. So, what are you waiting for? No matter what you hope to do when you leave school, an apprenticeship will equip you with the skills and experience needed to get you there.

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s d r o w r u o y in t to it is an experience unlike any other: who doesn’t wan There is an apprenticeship role for everyone, and it, take a look at what some apprentices had to say earn while they learn? Well, don’t take our word for

Flexibility, career progression, playing sport to an elite level, travel and not to mention job security: The Royal Air Force (RAF) is no ordinary job. And with a wide range of apprenticeship roles, you could be putting your best foot forward – just like Natasha Nicholson. Within a challenging and unique setting, set your career expectations to new heights with an RAF apprenticeship. Boasting over 23 roles, you could earn a living alongside a variety of sought-after skills and qualifications. Natasha – who works as an Air and Space Operations Specialist – Flight Operations – first learned about an RAF apprenticeship during Phase Two training, but there are many roles open to those not currently signed up. “Within the RAF, the apprenticeship is tailored to your job so it’s basically on the job training,” enthuses Natasha. Working in air traffic control, Natasha is responsible for the RAF switchboard and observing the weather. It is an exciting and flexible position. Natasha continues: “Within the RAF you can sign up and do a mixture [of roles]. Not only that, the travel: if you want to travel the world and go places then you’re pretty much getting paid for it in the RAF. “If you do sign up for an apprenticeship in the RAF, you’re going to get paid alongside doing it; you’re going to get job security for around 12 years; and you’re going to have fun in the process,” emphasise Natasha. “Not to mention, you will be able to demonstrate everything you’ve learned in the job role.” Take to the skies with an RAF apprenticeship, learn more by visiting, apprenticeships

If you want to travel the world and go places then you’re pretty much getting paid for it in the RAF



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A staple on the high-street, serving thousands of customers on a daily basis, Aldi has apprenticeship roles unlike any other. For Lillie Ballard, working with Aldi has allowed her to earn, learn and progress. “After reading about the training and development opportunities, as well as the fantastic benefits available at Aldi, it was the obvious choice for me,” enthuses Lillie, who started her career with Aldi on the Stores Apprenticeship Programme. With a weekly salary of £187 per week, rising to £279 per week in year three, apprenticeships with Aldi are sure to get you financially fixed while you learn. This was a real selling point for Lillie. “I was extremely passionate about immersing myself in the world of work and continuing to learn whilst earning,” she emphasises. Boasting a strong ethic of teamwork, supporting everyone within their roles, Aldi is a community, and this guidance has seen Lillie graduate from the programme as deputy store manager. Lillie continues: “I had worked hard and felt like it was the first step in my career with Aldi.

“My confidence has grown no end and I have developed a strong work ethic and people management skills in order to deliver the best possible outcome for my team, customers and the wider Aldi business.”

Discover the latest apprenticeship opportunities and apply by visiting,


Fun fact: not all apprenticeships are focused on engineering or mechanics. In fact, a Modern Apprenticeship is a pathway to university to qualify as a registered nurse – the same as Tamara Kamal, who is working with NHS Lothian. For Tamara, going to university to study nursing was an ambition that fuelled her studies. However, Tamara’s road to nursing took a different path: after missing out on a university place, she learned about nursing apprenticeships available from NHS Lothian. “I really loved the idea of being able to learn on the job and earning at the same time in order to give me skills and enhance my learning,” enthuses Tamara, who is currently undertaking the Healthcare (Clinical) SVQ Level 2, whilst working as a Clinical Support Worker in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Learning in a fast-paced,

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busy ward, Tamara has gained a plethora of skills that will be well utilised in her future career. From understanding how a hospital works, providing personal care, and looking after 14 patients each shift. “Working as an apprentice CSW in NHS Lothian is fantastic,” Tamara adds. “You’re surrounded by likeminded people with the same objective and there are always opportunities to try new things, gain more experience and skills. Even when your apprenticeship is finished, there’s always the chance to progress, move around or to stay where you are – the choice is yours.” Applications for a Modern apprenticeship opportunity like Tamara are now open. Don’t miss any exciting roles by following NHS Lothian on Twitter, @YourNHSLFuture @NHSLothian

Read extended interviews with Natasha, Tamara and Lillie over at, @SourceMag

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Before you start your apprenticeship application it is important to do your research. Firstly, find out what type of apprenticeship is right for you: foundation, modern or graduate. Check any entry requirements and specific details – like age, previous qualifications and location – so that you don’t waste time applying for an apprenticeship that you can’t actually do. Think about how you’ll get to and from your apprenticeship and if the hours are right for you. Make sure you know what you’re signing up for: you’ve triple-checked the apprenticeship description and what tasks you will be expected to carry out. This ensures you have the knowledge base you need to succeed and won’t be stuck completing an apprenticeship you don’t like.



If you’re embarking on a modern or graduate apprenticeship the application process is a little different. You might still be able to ask for help from a careers advisor or teacher if you are about to finish school, but you’ll have to find and apply for the apprenticeship yourself. With modern apprenticeships available in over 80 different subjects and more being added all of the time, there’s plenty to choose from. It’s also more likely that there will be an apprenticeship you can get excited about in your area. There are 12 different types of graduate apprenticeship available in conjunction with specific universities throughout the UK. The application process for a modern or graduate apprenticeship is similar to any other job application. You’ll have to fill out an application form for the employer and then you could get asked to attend an interview. You could also be asked to complete practical or written tests to make sure you have the right skillset and knowledge for your chosen apprenticeship.

Check any entry requirements and specific details – like age, previous qualifications and location

A foundation apprenticeship is the easiest type to apply for. There’re 12 areas to choose an apprenticeship from and you’ll complete it while you’re still at school. But, your school and its location are key to your foundation apprenticeship options. There’s no guarantee that a foundation apprenticeship will be available in all 12 areas at your school. To find out what is available, use the Apprenticeships.Scot (www.apprenticeships. scot) search tool or talk to your school’s careers advisor. Once you know what you can, and want to, apply for, different people at your school will be able to help you through the application process – normally a careers advisor, guidance teacher or the teacher of a subject that relates to the apprenticeship can lend a helping hand.

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Picture this. You’ve just started at Barclays. You believe we shouldn’t ever settle for ‘good’. And so do the people around you. You’ve got the drive. The ideas. And the space to run with them. To realise the downright extraordinary. This is what it feels like to have the backing of a world-class bank. Because with us, there’s more to discover.

There’s more to become. Graduate and apprentice opportunities

This programme is run on behalf of the Barclays Group which includes: Barclays Bank PLC. Registered in England and Wales (registered no. 1026167). Registered Office: 1 Churchill Place, London, E14 5HP, United Kingdom. Barclays Bank UK PLC. Registered in England (registered no. 9740322). Registered Office: 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP, United Kingdom. Barclays Services Limited. Registered in England (registered no. 1767980). Registered Office: 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP.

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Are you driven? Got an eye for finance or business? Then a career with Barclays could be the right move for you. As one of the most trusted banks across the world, an apprenticeship with Barclays is sure to see you reach your ambitions


oasting over 325 years of history, Barclays operates in more than 40 countries, moving, lending, investing and protecting your money – but their competitive advantage doesn’t just stem from this ability. It’s down to the skilled, experienced and dedicated people who work there – and with 120,000 employees you, too, could be part of a value-driven business. Afam Sadiku has reaped the rewards of working with Barclays after getting involved with their apprenticeship scheme at the very start of his career.


Having always known that university wasn’t the right path for him, Afam wanted to utilise his passion for business in a more tangible way. With experience of starting his own business when he was 16, it was clear that an apprenticeship with Barclays would be the right move. “I saw that I could learn about business

and finance, all while developing a whole host of personal skills and gaining professional qualifications,” enthuses Afam, who understood the benefits of getting first-hand, professional experience that wouldn’t be made available to him at university or college. Barclays offer Foundation and Higher Apprenticeships. Afam participated in the bank’s Higher Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management, which lasts over three years. Taking on real

I could learn about business and finance, all while… gaining professional qualifications

roles within Barclays, this is a handson apprenticeship preparing you for an exciting and inspiring future role.


And Afam has discovered the benefits of the apprenticeship programme – having earned a BA (Hons) in Business Management and Leadership, he’s now working as a customer relationship management (CRM) manager in Barclays’ Canary Wharf head office. Afam now gets to utilise the training he gained on his apprenticeship as part of a rewarding full-time role. Working with the bank for seven years, Afam continues: “With the support of Barclays, I’ve lived in Liverpool, Glasgow, London and Nottingham. I’ve achieved a first-class degree and have developed skills that will take my customer relationship management and digital solutions career far.” For Afam – and you – the opportunities are limitless, giving you a chance to thrive that may not be available in other avenues. “It sounds a bit cheesy, but had I not joined Barclays at 17, I doubt I would have opened even half the doors I’ve been able to,” continues Afam. “Barclays believed that I could succeed, that I could work and study side by side. They believed in me. “Sometimes I feel like I’ve earned my success. Other times I feel like I’ve been very lucky. But, above all, I’ve learnt that when you begin to believe in yourself, others will believe in you, too.”

FIND OUT MORE Applications for an apprenticeship with Barclays are currently open. Make sure to visit their website for more information, apprenticeships @SourceMag

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STEP INTO There are over 60,000 nursing professionals working in Scotland, each one delivering invaluable care to patients around the country. Two nurses explain why you should consider a dynamic career in nursing


nternational Nurses Day is Rachel enthuses. “I knew it would be a on 12 May, celebrating the challenging course and career, but the vital work of nurses around fact that I have the opportunity to help the world. A career that is people, and that every day is different, varied and fast-paced, no two days as a was appealing.” nurse are the same, and if you have the Whilst studying at RGU, Rachel has motivation and enthusiasm, you could had the opportunity to not only learn find yourself on the ward in no time. and gain support from lecturers Nurses provide essential care and tutors, but has furthered her to people, either in a hospital knowledge of the realities of setting, in a patient’s home nursing by getting practical 12 May is or within the community. work experience while on International Though the job can bring placement. Nurses Day challenges, it’s a highly “I’m currently on placement rewarding profession, and one in accident and emergency that will always mean you can (A&E),” continues Rachel. “It’s help others. exciting and I’m finding it easier now to link studies from university to patients’ signs and symptoms. STUDYING The nurses I’m working with are very Rachel Dunne is a third year Adult supportive in allowing me do as much as Nursing student at Robert Gordon I feel capable to do and they support me University (RGU), who had always wanted well. Most importantly, they understand to pursue a career in the field. what it’s like being a student.” “I’ve always wanted to be a nurse, as At RGU, the Adult Nursing course is I enjoy helping and caring for people,” @SourceMag

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Krzysztof Gmerek graduated as a registered nurse at the end of 2019, and was immediately thrown in at the deep end, working as a staff nurse on an acute ward with NHS Grampian. “It was quite scary at the beginning and it still can be,” says Krzysztof. “Nursing is the kind of profession where you learn every day, but I feel more settled now. I always have someone to ask questions and I don’t feel I’m on my own.” Going from the supported environment of university to the fastpaced ward can seem daunting at first, but help is available to ensure you ace the move from study to professional working life. “NHS Grampian is really helpful and I feel well-supported,” Krzysztof enthuses. “Nursing is a challenging career but it’s also very rewarding, especially when you see that what you do or say makes a difference, and makes your patients feel better and happy. No two days are the same, but there’s always the opportunity to learn 22

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something new, and to see things from a different perspective.” Though every day as a nurse is different, many of the skills required to be a successful nurse remain the same. “You have to be really good at communicating, and have the ability to actively listen to your patients,” advises Krzysztof. “You have to treat people with dignity and respect, considering patients’ values and preferences. Sometimes the small changes can make a big difference and make a huge improvement.”


Before applying for a place at university or college to study nursing, it’s a good idea to gain some work experience, to ensure you’re wellprepared for the intensity of the course and life as a nurse. Before his studies, Krzysztof gained experience working in a care home, before attending college, and eventually university.


designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and experience to become a successful nurse when they graduate, providing person-centred care to patients. Though the academic side of the course is crucial to ensure a successful placement, it’s the practical experience that provides invaluable insight into the profession. The variety of opportunities available at RGU ensures there’s something everyone will enjoy. “The studying and practical experience go hand in hand,” Rachel explains. “This is to make sure patients and students are kept safe. But watching and learning something on paper can be quite different to carrying out the skill in a reallife situation.” Studying to become a nurse requires lots of dedication and Nursing is a motivation, but the hard work is challenging career worthwhile once you but it’s also very graduate. rewarding “Just do it,” urges Rachel. “The course has flown by. It’s full of ups and downs, but definitely worth it. It’s a fantastic career that offers so many different opportunities. The real highlight of the course is knowing that within the next few months I’ll be fully qualified and working as a nurse.” Rachel Dunne “It’s really beneficial to work in healthcare or a hospital environment before you decide to start your training,” he recommends. “This makes sure you know what to expect when you enter the world of work.” To arrange work experience, you can contact your local NHS board, to learn more about the exciting career. Above all else, though, to make it as a nurse, there’s one trait that will ensure no matter what the job throws at you, you’re bound to make a success of it. “Most importantly, you just have to have a caring nature,” says Krzysztof. “It’s the type of profession where you need to give something more, and not just view it as your job. You need to have a true passion for nursing.”

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Join our team... An amazing opportunity for New Graduate Nurses The New Graduate Nurse (NGN) Programme offers exciting development prospects for successful applicants. Benefits include: • Permanent employment contract. • Fantastic opportunities for post-registration development including Flying Start and academic progression. • Posts available across NHS Grampian in both acute and primary care settings. • Relocation packages offered to qualifying applicants. • Successful applicants will start as a Band 4 Healthcare Support Worker until NMC registration is confirmed, giving you the opportunity to: • Earn as soon as you finish University. • Get to know your patients and colleagues. • Settle into a new City before commencing as a Band 5 Staff Nurse. Successful applicants will undertake a one year NGN Programme. During the Programme NGNs will be supported to complete Flying Start and attend professional development days focussing on resilience, wellbeing and values based reflective practices. The NHS Grampian Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional strategy supports us within our professional roles and we are all signed up to it. For more information visit: or e-mail NHS Grampian, which is one of the 14 Regional Health Boards in Scotland, provides healthcare services to the North-East of the country, covering the local government areas administered by Aberdeen city, Aberdeenshire and Morayshire Integrated Joint Boards. We employ around 15,000 staff who deliver our services to half a million people spread across 3,000 square miles of city, town, village and rural communities. We have extremely close links to the University of Aberdeen (with its internationally renowned Medical School and new Dental School) and The Robert Gordon University. Aberdeen, as a major Scottish city, is where most of our hospitals are located. Elgin in Moray, is the site of Dr Gray’s and the principal general hospital in the west of Grampian. In addition, there are a further 14 community hospitals, situated in each of the main towns. As an employer, we take great care to ensure that all staff have a safe, happy and professional environment in which to work. We are a listening, caring and people-focused organisation.


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f you want to create the next life-saving vaccine, stop the climate crisis or code the next big video game, a job in STEM is for you. Made up of science, technology, engineering and maths, jobs in the STEM industries come with endless opportunities and a great wage, too. Despite being some of the most important jobs in the world, there is still proportionally less women than men working in STEM. Two organisations working to change this and achieve a gender balance in STEM are STEM Women (, who run graduate events to combat barriers women face in STEM, and WISE Campaign ( uk).


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2019 was a year of celebration with one million women working in core STEM roles in the UK, but as we power into 2020 there’s still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in STEM industries. Take a look at the next steps and how you can get involved

reasons why less women choose to study and work in STEM, maybe it’s just not your cup of tea, but societal and gender stereotypes definitely play a part. “The more women who start careers in STEM, the more likely we are to break the gender stereotype that young women are faced with at school,” emphasises Sophie Chadwick from STEM Women. While the stereotype that men should work in these industries can cause a lack of confidence for young women, it is starting to diminish. “There is a growing momentum for change, driven by skills shortages in engineering and technology, awareness of the gender pay gap, #Metoo and other online campaigns calling out sexism,” explains Helen Wollaston, chief executive at WISE Campaign. In 2019 the number of women in

core STEM roles hit one million, but this isn’t enough, Helen says: “There is such demand for people with science, technology and engineering qualifications that one million women is still less than a third of the total UK STEM workforce. “Once any minority is a third or more of a group, they no longer feel like they are the odd ones out.” After a third of the UK STEM workforce is female, women will consistently be judged on their ability first, not their gender.


“Recent studies have shown that companies that have gender parity actually perform better and are more innovative, which is something that is hugely important in sectors like tech and financial services,” reveals Sophie. Technology is a key area that needs more attention to achieve gender parity, it is also a key area to solving some of the world’s biggest issues. “Technology is by far the biggest area for concern when it comes to female representation,” emphasises Helen. “We need women to be part of this incredibly important and exciting profession which affects every aspect of society.” A career in technology doesn’t have to mean sitting at a desk all day. Careers like computer science can be applied to anything from helping your community to saving the planet. Greater innovation is only achievable with more STEM positions filled by creative people, Helen says: “Working in a STEM role not only provides financial rewards but provides opportunities to be creative, solve problems and develop solutions to big challenges such as the climate and biodiversity emergency.” You could be giving back, constantly learning and living your best life all at once.


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We need women to be part of this incredibly important and exciting profession which affects every aspect of society


If you don’t have any role models around you working in a STEM role, it might be difficult to imagine yourself in one. “Sometimes it can be difficult to aspire to achieve your goals if you don’t see anyone like you doing it already, or there isn’t anyone you can relate to or ask important questions,” empathises Sophie. Asking different people at your school for advice is a great starting point. “Ask parents, teachers, lecturers and careers service if there is anyone you can talk to who works in STEM and also talk directly to companies and find out if they offer work experience,” advises Helen. “The variety of opportunities and positive support provided to women in science, technology and engineering can be a real eye-opener.” If a career in STEM sounds appealing to you there is support and advice available, regardless of your gender or what you want to achieve.


After studying a host of STEM subjects at high school, Zara Weir knew she wanted to pursue a career in the area, she says: “It was due to my passion and the enjoyment I had studying these subjects, particularly maths and physics, that I decided to study engineering at university.” Now coming to the end of her first year studying MEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Zara has received support from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) through the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship. The scholarship provides funding to help with the cost of studies, support and

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networking opportunities. “I will be able to take advantage of this during the summer as I will have the time to be able to take on internships,” explains Zara. “Being able to spend time in industry will be invaluable in teaching me about what specific career path is right for me after graduation.” With a particular interest in the climate crisis, Zara would like to work in renewable energy, citing activist Greta Thunberg as one of her main inspirations. To find out more about the IET, their scholarships and how they can support you into a career in STEM, visit

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METEOROLOGIST British Science Week kicks off on 6 March, giving you the perfect opportunity to learn more about the planet we call home. If you’re wondering about a career that can help make a difference to the climate, meteorology might be for you


oung people across the world are rising up and protesting in the name of climate change, campaigning for the bright future you deserve. If you’ve been taking part in the climate strikes, there are plenty of opportunities to turn this passion for the environment into an exciting career.


Ollie Millin is a meteorology and climate student at the University of Reading (UoR) – the same course the nation’s favourite weatherman, STV’s Sean Batty, completed before hitting our screens with the nightly weather forecast. “From a young age, a lot of my memories involve the weather,” Ollie remembers. “I was always fascinated by heavy snow and other weather events. I wanted to pursue meteorology as a career because of that fascination: the weather is always changing. In this day and age when we’re in a period of climate change, it’s even more important.” Meteorology is the study of the weather, particularly predicting weather patterns. Living in a time where the climate emergency is at the forefront of everything we do, meteorology is particularly important. While conditions such as hurricanes, flooding, and heatwaves are becoming more frequent, research done by meteorologists allows us to be prepared for extreme weather conditions, meaning disasters can be avoided, and even lives can be saved.

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For Ollie, who is studying a fouryear integrated Master’s course, the highlight of his studies came when he travelled to the University of Oklahoma (OU), to take part in a year abroad. “It’s always quite scary going away and doing a year abroad because you’re leaving what you’re used to for a year, but it’s definitely worth it,” enthuses Ollie. “You meet new people, you learn in a different style and gain from a different culture of living.” The OU is situated at the epicentre of Tornado Alley – an area of the

USA where tornadoes are a frequent occurrence. Not only does this allow you to gain from learning in a new environment, but also get up close and personal with some of nature’s most terrifying phenomena.


Research to prevent global warming has never been so important. So, if you’re passionate about the climate and want to use your enthusiasm to pave an exciting career, meteorology could be the field for you. “It’s important these days to appreciate that our climate has changed and it continues to change,” Ollie advises. “For someone who wants to make an impact, the knowledge you gain at UoR can help you make that difference.”

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hittin’ the books WHAT IS STUDYING? Silly question, right? Well, studying can be difficult and it’s important to know exactly what studying is and how to do it properly. Everything you learn in class and from homework is, technically, a form of revision and building on your revision tools. When it comes to exam season you need to remember everything you’ve learned over the last year and let your knowledge shine in the exam room. How? Studying can help this process.

GET LEARNING We’re all different, and so is our method of studying. The best way to ensure your learning is effective it’s important to work out what type of learner you are. From colour-coded notes, spider diagrams, to reading text and copying it out, or listening to others speak and acting out your own ‘lesson’: pinpointing which method works for you will see your studying go to new heights (and grades).

Granted, it’s not what most folks would be wanting to do in their free time, but, we’re afraid it’s well and truly time to study (yawn). Don’t fear, it doesn’t have to be as boring – or hard – as you first think



We’re not saying to beat yourself up about Have all the tools you need to revise getting a past paper question wrong, handy – cue highlighters, calculator, past we mean be strict on yourself and the papers, and notes or homework from amount of work you’re doing. As much each lesson – so you won’t waste time as everyone can faff, you’ll know if you’re (aka procrastinate) looking for a study cheating yourself out of revision and only aide. Alongside finding out what type you will suffer the consequences. of learner you are, it’s key to know what distracts you. Some people thrive with music playing in the background, whereas others may find it off putting. You might work best Tried and tested: Bitesize ( at home or in the library, in the kitchen The BBC Bitesize website or simply with friends all discussing has all your learning needs for National 4, specific revision topics: these are all National 5 and Higher subjects including correct options, just be organised. English and biology. You can also get Try out the myHomework career advice, support when taking ( App, exams and deciding what to study. to effectively organise your There’s many more free Apps time and what you need available. If you love nothing Make sure to study and when. It’s more than drawing mind maps you know what easy to revise subjects SimpleMind ( is an type of learner you you enjoy and ignore interactive mind mapping service, are, visit the subjects you don’t where you can also include images, are not confident in, videos, recordings and voice so a planner will keep memos – there are free options and you right. in-app purchases available.



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Past papers might not sound like the most interesting way to study, but they give you the opportunity to answer real exam questions and open doors to other study methods


he most essential revision tool if you are studying at National 5 or above: past papers. They are free to access and a great resource to get you prepared in the run up to exams.


Past papers have their name for a reason: they aren’t created solely for revision purposes, they are real exam papers that students sat in previous years. This means that they are perfect for pre-exam revision. Picking up a past paper shouldn’t be a last minute thought the week before your exam, make them a part of your study plan from day one. Questions within past papers are designed to cover a particular topic from your course content. This allows you to gage what topics appear the most, but don’t let it fool you into thinking that a certain topic won’t come up – you should study all areas of your course, not just the ones you’re expecting to come up. One of the best ways to utilise previous exams is to use them for practice under timed conditions. This is especially helpful if you are used to taking notes in bullet points instead of writing in full and linked sentences.


Alongside answering previous questions, the format, information and wording of past papers are all things you can utilise. Pay attention to how questions are written and what command words they contain: the golden rule is to read a question 30

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Past papers can give you a vague idea of how you could do in the final exam


In certain subjects, words will replace numbers, like in mathematics questions. Getting accustomed to the different formats appearing in past papers will prevent you from making an avoidable mistake. Use the information from past paper questions and their marking guides and combine them with other study methods. If you learn using visual aids three times before you start your incorporate this information into answer. flash cards to help you learn. Command words are Past papers can give things like describe, Past papers you a vague idea of how analyse and assess. are available to you could do in the Nearly every question final exam, but they will use a command download from the aren’t a guarantee. word that tells you how SQA website, www. Being confident in your it should be answered. knowledge is a huge part of Another top tip: the succeeding when it comes to answer is always subtly the real deal. hidden within the question. By revising and testing your Picking up the command word knowledge over time, past papers can will be your biggest clue for the best help you to ace any exam. method to answer the question.


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University or college?


University or college? It’s something you may be thinking about as you prepare to leave school, but what actually is the difference between the two, and how do you know which is better for you? We find out


f you want to go into higher education when you leave school, there are so many different options that will help you on the road to your dream career. But, how do you choose between college or university?

COLLEGE Douglas Fyffe is a BSc Dental Nursing student at New College Lanarkshire (NCL). He started his studies last year at higher national certificate (HNC) level. “I did the full six years at school, but I didn’t excel as much as I maybe hoped I would,” Douglas says. “Jumping up a level, you quickly realise that it’s up to you – you need to go home and put in the hours, you need to come to the table with the work. Being at college is about doing something that you really want to do, and you have more responsibility as a student.”


At college, you gain a qualification at the end of each year, and class sizes are usually smaller than a university lecture. Classes may be more vocational, focusing on the practical skills needed to succeed in an industry. This ensures that by the end of the academic year, you’re a more employable and attractive candidate. Courses can be taken full-time or part-time, to work around your


College schedule and needs. And, going straight to university isn’t the only way to achieve your degree: after successfully finishing his HNC, Douglas is now completing his bachelor of science (BSc) with NCL. “This is my second year at NCL, and it’s been great,” enthuses Douglas. “The BSc is demanding, but manageable. You have to be able to work independently and ask for support when you need it.” At college, you have the opportunity to study for Highers and Advanced Highers, as well as

courses at HNC and HND level, all the way up to degree level. It can also be a stepping stone into university. Whether you want to be an engineer, a make-up artist, musician, or scientist, college is very often the first step towards your dream career.


“The most important thing I’ve gained from college is the confidence that’s been instilled in me,” Douglas continues. “I’ve learned that it’s about being confident in your abilities. You’re supported well in your studies


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at NCL, and you know if you ever need to ask something then you can – the lecturers are all very approachable.” College provides the chance for you to pursue your passion, with plenty of opportunities to gain practical knowledge and experience that will prepare you to kickstart your career. “The most important thing is to not panic or worry about leaving school if you don’t know what you want to do,” advises Douglas. “The saying ‘what’s for you won’t go by you’ is true: do what you want to do, and do what you enjoy.”

UNIVERSITY Heading off to university is a big leap from school, but it gives you the opportunity to explore a particular subject in more detail. This will equip you with the skills to enter a wide range of industries when you graduate. You’ll usually study for three or four years before gaining your qualification, but if you’re studying a subject that you’re passionate about, it’s worthwhile. Rosie Bennett is a fourth year Business Management student at

Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh. “QMU feels like one big community of students and lecturers,” Rosie enthuses. “Visiting QMU I realised that everything I needed was on campus, and public transport to the city was a stone’s throw away. It made moving away from home for the first time a lot less daunting.”


University classes usually consist of a mix of practical work as well as academic study in a lecture or tutorial, and classes are usually full-time. Lectures normally consist of the whole course, which could be hundreds of students, with tutorials taking place in smaller groups. You’ll also be expected to carry out more independent study, and be self-motivated so that tutorial preparation, assignments and essays are completed on-time. “The most challenging aspect of my course is time management and organisation,” admits Rosie. “Trying to juggle classes and the workload,


whilst trying to achieve a good mark in assessments is definitely one of the trickiest aspects. However, the lecturers at QMU are extremely helpful and want you to achieve your best.”


Throughout your time at university studying, there’s plenty of support available, to ensure you reach your full potential in the lecture hall. From your tutors and lecturers, to the friends you meet on your first day, there’s always a helping hand available. “The most important thing I’ve learned during my time at QMU is when you have the support of lecturers, friends and family around you, it is amazing what you can achieve,” says Rosie. “At the start of my university journey I wasn’t sure I would make it to fourth year and be writing a dissertation, but with the continued support of the academic staff, my family and friends, I’ve reached the final semester of my final year.” Four years may seem like a long time, but with classes, clubs and societies, as well as exploring a new city and meeting new friends, it’s bound to fly by. Rosie concludes: “If you’re applying to university after leaving school, take on the new adventure no matter how nervous you are. I can assure you that you won’t look back.”

If you’re applying to university after leaving school, take on the new adventure no matter how nervous you are

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If you’re looking for a gap year that allows you to gain valuable work experience, see the world and enjoy a brand new, exciting culture, why not look into volunteering abroad?


olunteering has so many benefits: not only do you gain essential skills that are useful in your studies and for your CV, you get to give back to a valuable cause, travel, and meet new people – what’s not to love?


There are plenty of exciting opportunities to volunteer abroad, meaning you can learn more about the world, while also learning about yourself. Projects Abroad runs volunteer schemes around the world, from South Africa and Sri Lanka to Tanzania and Thailand. The company also runs internships abroad, so you can learn and volunteer in a field directly related to your studies. Whether you want to gain medical experience in Peru or learn about the impact of fast fashion in Cambodia, there’s something for everyone. Jennifer Ball decided to embark on Projects Abroad’s physiotherapy internship, which saw her travel to Ghana in west Africa.


“I’ve been considering doing a Masters in physiotherapy,” Jennifer explains. “I wanted to get some experience in the field. After researching Projects Abroad, I thought it would be a great idea to combine work experience with volunteering abroad.” After travelling to Rwanda with her high school on a separate charity project, the travel bug was ignited in Jennifer.



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“I spent most of my time with patients,” enthuses Jennifer. “Three days a week I worked at the hospital doing physiotherapy, carrying out a range of motion exercises. I also got to work with an amputee patient who was learning how to use a walking frame. “Two days a week, I went to a leprosy camp to treat patients there. The treatment we offered was funded by Projects Abroad and relied on volunteers, such as myself, to help I thought it would clean wounds and apply be a great idea new dressings.” Since returning from to combine work her internship, Jennifer experience with has started her role as a volunteering physiotherapy assistant, abroad demonstrating the value of taking part in an internship abroad.


Though volunteering abroad is hard work and takes plenty of motivation, it offers the opportunity to see a different part of the world, and broaden your horizons and getting a taste for your future career. “After work I would usually head into the town with other volunteers,” Jennifer remembers. “We often had activities in the evening such as learning African dancing and drumming, or attending a reading programme with local children.” So, if you want to travel, gain essential skills and push yourself out of your comfort zone, head online to kickstart an experience you’ll never forget.

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MONEY MATTERS Just like Cardi B, there’s nothing in this world that we like more than cheques. That’s why looking after your dolla is so important so (unlike Biggie) with mo money, there won’t be mo problems

SAVING Make it rain – and save for a rainy day, or a fancy holiday – by opening a savings account or setting up a savings goal. On the high-street or online, banks all have a range of incentives to get you hooked in: from 0 per cent overdrafts (meaning you won’t be charged for borrowing money), freebies including £200 for signing up, and more. Currently, Nationwide ( are considered the best bank for students. Their Nationwide Flexstudent account offers firstyear students in higher education a £1,000 0 per cent overdraft in year one, growing year on year. Plus, their Pay Day Save Day feature will allow you to set up a savings goal, with an agreed sum of money leaving your account the day you get paid. Saving with top-up debit cards like Monzo ( or Starling Bank ( are also good to manage how you spend and budget – plus, they have a nifty, round up spare change feature. Kaching. Don’t be disheartened when you see a zero balance in your savings account – we’ve all got to start somewhere – before you know it, you’ll be a top saver and won’t have to run to the bank of mum and dad for a cheeky tenner.


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Learn more money hints and tips over on the website,

FUNDING WITH SAAS While you’re studying, SAAS can pay your tuition fees and may provide your bursary – or you can even apply for a student loan. You won’t receive your fees automatically when you accept a place on a course, so it’s really important you apply to SAAS as soon as they open in April 2020. This ensures you will get your funding in time for the start of your course. You can do this online at www., don’t forget: this is separate to your UCAS application. You should apply as soon as you know the course you want to do.

Don’t wait for your exam results. If you don’t get on the course you want, you can easily change or cancel your application. You don’t have to take out a student loan, however if you do, you can apply for this through SAAS who then assess your application and send your information to the Student Loans Company (SLC). SLC then issue your loan payments. Other funding is also available if you are care experienced, have a disability or learning difficulty, are bringing up children on your own, or an independent or young student.

FIND OUT MORE Get financially confident with SAAS (, apply for funding before 30 June 2020.


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Chores are never fun, but for some young people, chores and responsibilities are a necessity. Young carers are everywhere – you might even be a young carer without realising – and it’s important to know: you’re not alone


idying the house, cooking for the family, going to the shops, it’s all a normal part of growing up and living more independently. When this falls into sorting medication, helping a loved one with personal hygiene to moving and handling, it’s more than likely you are a young carer. Georgia and Ross are both young carers helping family members, whilst completing apprenticeships or finishing school.


Caring for her dad who has diabetes and trigeminal neuralgia (a chronic pain condition), Georgia is responsible for ensuring both her parents take their medication and helps her dad when he has a fit or a fall. Ross also has an important role to play in his home: caring for his autistic brother and dad who has severe mental health issues, Ross administers medication alongside helping to ensure the house is clean and cook dinner. “The way I usually describe caring is as if I’ve got a pager on me: I’ll picture that I’ve got free time all day,

but if someone needs me they’ll shout on me and I’ll help them with whatever they’re needing help with,” explains Ross.


At times caring roles can impact on your social life or even education and work, so it’s important to share your experiences so others understand and can lend a helping hand. Depending on certain situations, Ross has had to leave school urgently to go and care for his dad or bother, thankfully, his school has been supportive – but it did take time.

As much as I think my friends understand, sometimes I do wonder if they do

Ross continues: “At first, they weren’t [supportive], but that was because they weren’t informed with my caring situation; when I opened up they were able to understand. “Carers are being affected by what is happening at home, so understanding a bit more about the mental factors and struggles [is important].” Georgia had a similar experience whilst studying at college, having to repeat the same course over three years being unable to finish due to family responsibilities and her own mental health. Now completing an apprenticeship, Georgia has found the understanding is better. “The support I have received in my apprenticeship has been amazing, there is flexible working hours in place,” Georgia enthuses. “My work place understands if I need time off in a caring capacity as other coworkers are carers also. If you are off due to caring duties or mental health, you have a meeting with your line manager to see what they can do to support you.”


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Alongside managing caring responsibilities, education and work, socialising is an integral part of growing up and becoming your own person. However, at times this may not be possible as caring roles are a main priority. Young carers do want to socialise, but sometimes that just isn’t an option. Georgia adds: “There are only so many hours in a day and young carers have different priorities. We don’t have as much free time to be kids because we have to be learning at school or working and be a carer, basically an adult, at home.” Ross agrees: “As much as I think my friends understand, sometimes I do wonder if they do: they must understand it to an extent, but do they know what it’s really like to be a young carer?” Thankfully, there are a host of groups

and organisations on hand for young carers, who can also confirm if you, too, are a young carer. Through attending his local young carers group, Ross has been on many breaks to give him time away from caring – known as respite – and last year he even spent a week sailing. And Georgia has reaped the rewards, she fervently advises: “Don’t be embarrassed about asking for help, and I know it’s hard because you have been the help all this time for your family member and you probably don’t feel like you would be doing that right unless you do it yourself. But everyone needs help.” If you think you might be a young carer, Ross adds: “Some people don’t know they are, it’s not until someone brings it up to them. If you talk to your teacher about it, you’ll get shown different groups that you can go to.”


DID YOU KNOW: if you do at least 16-hours of caring a week on average, you could receive the Young Carer Grant. The Grant is a £300 payment from Social Security Scotland, and you don’t need to have worked or paid National Insurance to get the grant, but you can’t currently be receiving Carer’s Allowance. The money can go towards anything you like, it was created to help you make the most of your leisure time and cover any school costs. Find out more from your local Citizens Advice Bureau ( for free.

FIND OUT MORE Carers Trust (, 0300 772 7701) is on hand to help you with caring needs and find your local support group. Additional guidance can be found at Young Scot (


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Members of the Armed Forces – whether full or part-time – are trained to the same standard, use the same kit and receive the same pay. Because of this, our Forces are recognised as world-class. On top of this, the men and women of the Volunteer Reserve also hold down civilian careers, supported by family, friends, colleagues and, not least, by their employers. Without this support they could not provide the military capability essential to the Nation’s security. Many of the same qualities are fostered in young people by the Service Cadet Organisations, led and guided by volunteer adult instructors who also give up their own time to help make sure that Sea Cadets, Army Cadets and Air Cadets are encouraged to achieve their full potential in a fun, rewarding and safe environment. HRFCA exists to support, in a range of practical ways, Reservists and Cadets throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

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“While I’m alive, I’ll make In May 2018 the world of music was rocked by the death of Frightened Rabbit frontman, Scott Hutchison. Having been open about the challenges he faced with his mental health, in the wake of Scott’s passing, his family is spearheading the tiny changes needed to support young people’s mental health. Grant Hutchison spoke to Saskia Harper


cott Hutchison never shied away from discussing his challenges with depression and anxiety – something he had struggled with since childhood. After news broke that Scott had died by suicide, there was a ripple effect of emotion and calls to action. In the same year as Scott’s death, 784 people died by suicide in Scotland – a dramatic increase from 680 the year before. Now, Scott’s family, including brother and Frightened Rabbit drummer, Grant Hutchison, have launched Tiny Changes, a charity supporting young Scots – like you – with their mental health.

“Young people are taught lots of ways to stay healthy physically. It’s a part of daily life,” Grant explains. “But, it’s as important to discuss mental health: ways you can potentially avoid poor mental health in the same ways you can avoid poor physical health.” Mental health issues come in many different forms: from stress and anxiety, to depression and eating disorders. Each illness is unique to the individual experiencing them, and has a different set of symptoms. It’s for this reason that the team behind Tiny Changes is so passionate about educating young people about their mental health.


As well as providing guidance for those directly affected by mental health issues, the charity wants to include those on the outskirts: family members and friends of those affected; meaning you can understand how to support loved ones. “I haven’t experienced mental health issues in the same way Scott did,” Grant continues. “It can be really hard to empathise when you haven’t experienced it, because it’s such a personal experience. “I want to get to a point where everyone has some kind of empathy and higher understanding than we do now, of the impact it can have on someone’s life and the people around them. That’s going to make the biggest difference,” emphasises Grant. Being open and listening is one of the best ways to offer help to a friend or loved one. As the charity’s name suggests, the smallest of gestures can have a bigger impact than you might imagine. “[Talking about it] breaks down the barriers of silence,” says Grant. “Ask someone how they’re feeling. Just trying to be open and honest is a step that we can take and that people like me – who haven’t experienced mental health as badly and have a voice – can take to reach people. “I think with mental health issues,

Using the adoration for Scott and everything Frightened Rabbit achieved during their near 15-year career, Tiny Changes has cemented a platform to help raise awareness. Named after a Frightened Rabbit lyric, the charity aims to educate young people and adults alike about the importance of good mental health, as well as raising awareness of the current issues you are faced with.


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We want to be heard and we want young people to be heard

L-R: Grant, Neil and Scott Hutchison

you can feel like you’re repeating yourself, or you’re going back over old ground and you maybe think people don’t want to hear about your problems again. That stops a lot of people making that first approach, or even any approach to speaking to someone. It’s so important to try and be that person for someone, because getting something off their chest might be all it takes for someone to start feeling stronger,” continues Grant. “Whether we’ve experienced mental health issues or not, we’ve all felt stressed and felt moments where just by getting something out, that release can really make a difference.”


The charity’s connection to music has helped promote their valuable work, enabling them to reach a wide audience. In fact, music can have a huge impact mentally: Scott’s lyrics

discuss his mental health, reminding listeners that they’re not alone. His legacy lives on, not only in his music, which helped so many and created a community, but in the valuable support his family is now providing to others. “Music is about memories,” Grant explains. “Music is tied to moments in your life that are both good and bad. Putting a song on that really brings back those good memories takes you right back there.” In just a year, Tiny Changes has raised over £300,000 in the name of young people’s mental health, and won’t stop until their message is heard and change is made. “Going forward, one thing we’ll always strive to do is listen to young people, hear what they need and what they think could help them change their lives,” Grant promises. “With tiny changes being our ethos, if we make a difference to one person’s life, that’s @SourceMag

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enough. We want to go way further than that, but that’s one family that further down the line might not have to go through what me and my family went through with Scott, or one person who might not have to go through what Scott went through himself. “To say that children and young people don’t know or don’t have the life experience yet to make decisions or have an opinion on something is wrong. That’s why it’s really important for us to hear what they have to say: it’s vital that we don’t ignore what the people we’re trying to help are actually saying. We want to be heard and we want young people to be heard.”

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You can listen to Power and get tickets to see Twin Atlantic live during their March tour at,


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