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As if by magic, we’re almost at the end of the academic year and the summer holidays are in sight! Woohoo! There aren’t enough emojis in the world to express how excited we are about the summer months – and we’ve got lots of amazing content in this brand new issue of Source to get your break off to the best possible start. Summer’s all about one thing for us at Source HQ – music festivals. And this issue, we’ve been chatting with some of our favourite festival acts to get you in the mood! First up, we’ve got the brilliant Jake Bugg, who took some time out to talk about his much-anticipated third album – I've heard it, and it's a belter. Scots act Model Aeroplanes also stopped by ahead of their slot at Electric Fields and newcomers Blossoms told us all about getting started in the business too. If you haven’t got your festival tickets sorted for the summer, check out our guide to the best events on page 34. If you’re all partied out after the first couple of weeks of the holidays, maybe you could use your time productively and start thinking about your next steps after education? To inspire you, this issue, we’ve been chatting with a vet nurse, tattoo artist, mobile developer and a gaggle of young entrepreneurs making it big in business! We’ve also got some pointers to help you polish up your CV, and summer work advice too. If you’re waiting on exam results this August, don’t miss our top tips on what to do next on pages 23 and 24. And if we’re not spoiling you enough with all these great articles, you don’t want to miss this issue’s bumper competition pages – we’ve got six amazing giveaways to help you have the best summer ever! From Belladrum tickets to a £100 Nando’s gift card, you’re in for the holiday of a lifetime. Get to page 40 for more info. I really hope you enjoy this issue of Source – and that you have an amazing summer break. You’ve earned it, guys. Have a safe, happy, fun-packed holiday!
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HOT RIGHT NOW The big event T in the Park
8-10 July, Strathallan Castile, Perthshire www.tinthepark.com
Calvin Harris! The Stone Roses! The 1975! Chase and Status! Jake Bugg! There are so many huge names heading to Strathallan this July, I don’t know how they’ll make room for them all. Good luck, organisers.
The blogger book
Out 30 June on Penguin
(rating: PG) In cinemas nationwide 23 June
Tanya Bakes – Tanya Burr I like cake. And I like blogging sensation Tanya Burr. Put the two together and what have you got? Tan’s brand new book on baking! Expect lots of gorgeous pictures and tasty recipes to try out over the summer hols.
Independence Day: Resurgence
Let’s face it, the sun isn’t going to shine all summer long, and when we do get a rainy day, I’m hot footing it to the cinema to check out the follow up to my childhood favourite Independence Day. The aliens are back!
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CONTENTS On the cover
8 Jake Bugg
10 On the job: the vet nurse
The guitar-strumming Northampton native tells us about his rise to the top.
43 Work it! Gap year inspo on page 28....
Veterinary nurse Fiona Shuttleworth talks shop.
19 Spruce up your CV 12 The tattoo artist Whether you’re after a summer job or the graduate role of your dreams, here’s how to make your application shine.
Roberto Poliri tattoos folk for a living – pretty cool! He tells us all about his job.
37 Sun, sea and suspicious parents
14 Big in business
34 Festival fever
20 Careers in coding
Five Scots share their memories from their first getaway without mum and dad – learn from their mistakes!
Check out our guide to the best big music events taking place this summer, plus our list of dos and don’ts.
32 Model Aeroplanes The Dundee four-piece LOVE a festival – singer Rory tells us all about their highlights.
Three young entrepreneurs tell us about getting their ideas off the ground, plus we have some top tips to help you get started in business.
Mobile developer Carolyn Barbour tells us all about her cool tech career.
23 Results day: know your plan B What happens if things don’t go according to plan on results day? Don’t worry – we’ve got it sussed.
Whether it’s dismal grades or a knock-back from your dream job, here’s how to pick yourself up and start again.
30 The ugly truth
What happens when wanting to look good goes a step too far? We’ve been finding out more about the scary reality of body dysmorphic disorder.
28 A gap year in Ghana
39 Summer fit PIC: LAURA HARVEY
Newcomers Blossoms talk about making it in music with Source.
24 Get over it: dealing with rejection
Glasgow’s Monica Thomas relives her memories from her gap experience working with businesses in Ghana.
The holidays aren’t just about larking about with your mates – check out our guide to summer work to help line your pockets with some extra cash for all the fun you’ll be having over the break.
The sun’s out (sort of) and temperatures are up (er…) so get outside and get active! Check out our guide to the best summertime activities.
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Budget breaks for post-exam celebrations
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The Source guide to summer jobs
If you want to use your holidays to earn some extra cash, we’ve got the lowdown on the very best seasonal jobs that’ll keep you going.
Turn a like into a living Like make up? Mad into sport? You could turn these hobbies into a proper job! We find out how.
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
The Meadows, Edinburgh www.begung-ho.co.uk
What could possibly be more fun than running round a 5k course littered with giant inflatables? Answer: nothing. Good job Gung-Ho! is stopping off in Edinburgh this summer then. Grab your running shoes and get moving – you can even raise money for charity while you’re at it.
Strathallan Castle, Perthshire www.tinthepark.com
Cinemas nationwide (Cert: TBC)
T in the Park
It’s time for T! Out in the Perthshire countryside, you can feast your eyes on a magical musical lineup that includes The Stone Roses, The 1975 and our very own Calvin Harris. It’s going to be loud.
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Venues across Edinburgh www.edfilmfest.org.uk
The EIFF programme this year is a goodie for cinema buffs – including a screening of ET with the RSNO providing the soundtrack live at the city’s Festival Theatre. Race you to the popcorn stand.
Venues across Glasgow www.merchantcityfestival. com
Before the Fringe festival kicks off in the capital, Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival is well worth checking out for arts, music, theatre, film, comedy, dance, food, drink and more!
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Aberdeen International Youth Festival
Venues across Aberdeen www.aiyf.org
It’s one of the biggest celebrations of youth arts in the world – so get along and see what talented bright young things have to offer, or get involved yourself.
Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Cinemas nationwide (Cert: 15)
A host of acts are headed to Glasgow this summer for a series of gigs at the city's Get these date s Kelvingrove your iCal for in a Bandstand. Catch fun-packed su m – guaranteed mer Idlewild, Primal Scream and Will Young, to name a few.
Hampden Park, Glasgow www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Brace yourself, world – RiRi is coming to Glasgow! The Umbrella hitmaker is taking her massive ANTI album on the road, with a date in Scotland’s biggest city. Get yourself a ticket and watch Ri work, work, work, work work.
Who you gonna call? Oh yes, that’s right, classic 80s movie Ghostbusters has been given a 21st century reboot, with an all-female cast starring Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. Expect lols-a-plenty.
Merchant City Festival
Hampden Park, Glagow www.ticketmaster.co.uk
In other internationalstars-come-to-Scotland news, Queen of the Universe Mrs Carter is heading to Glasgow for one night only. Expect massive tunes, amazing dance moves and more costume changes than you'll know what to do with.
Cinemas nationwide (Cert: U)
Nemo’s dopey mate is getting her own movie! Yay! You’re never to old for a Disney/Pixar film, and this one – with the fabulous Ellen DeGeneres voicing memorychallenged blue tang fish Dory – promises to be a peach.
Suicide Squad It’s one of the most anticipated comic book movies of the year – and we’re just dying to see it. Meet the super villains recruited by the US government to save the world – Deadshot (Will Smith), The Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) are all involved.
Venues across Edinburgh www.edfringe.com
King’s Theatre, Glasgow www.atgtickets.com
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
It attracts visitors in their squillions every summer, and it’s not hard to see why. Brave the crowds in Auld Reekie to catch an eclectic mix of comedy, theatre, music, drama and art.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Fishnets at the ready! It’s just a jump to the left... Yep, the fabulously zany Rocky Horror Picture Show is on the road again and stopping off in Glasgow in August. Brace yourself for lots of audience participation.
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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 the Accelerated Officer Programme(AOP) which is running this summer 4 Jul – 2 Sep. There is also a AOP running in 2017. Contact HMS DALRIADA for further details on both.
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THE BIG INTERVIEW
"THAT’S THE ADVENTURE FOR ME, NOT KNOWING WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO COME OUT WITH NEXT"
Your third album, On My One, is out in June. Are you happy with the finished product? Yeah, I’m pleased with it. There was a lot of challenges making this record. There were times I thought we wouldn’t get it finished, but we got there in the end. I’m happy with it. Now I just have to wait and see what happens – I don’t know how it’s going to be received.
You released your debut album and Shangri La quite close together. Was it a conscious decision to take a bit more time with On My One? It was conscious to not release it as quickly. It took about the same time to write and produce it though, it took about a year – the same as the second one. I just didn’t start working on it until the start of 2015. I didn’t want to work for a while! How would you sum up the new album? It’s maybe less acoustic. There are still some acoustic songs in there. If anything, it’s maybe a little more like the first album. There are some elements in there that are different to the first two – a bit of dance music, a bit of soul, a bit of hip-hop, a bit of rap.
With the first two albums too, you got to work with so many amazing writers – you must have learned so much. Exactly. It was free education! How did the label react when you said you wanted to write on your own? [laughs] It was their idea to put me with other songwriters in the first place, so that tells you everything you need to know! What did you learn from the making of the first two records that you’ve brought to On My One? It’s hard to say. I never consciously think about music when I’m creating it. I just sit down and see what happens, what comes out. Things might fall out that I’ve learned previously that I’m not aware of. But that’s the adventure for me, not knowing what you’re going to come out with next. What influences your music? Many different things. Previous music I’ve been listening to. Things that I’ve experienced while on the road, things I’ve seen and heard about. A lot of the first record was about personal experiences and where I grew up, and I’m sure that still plays a role.
Do you remember the first song you wrote? I think it was just three chords. I remember it not being very good! But you’ve got to start somewhere. You’ve spent loads of time on the road the last few years, and you’re off again on tour in the autumn. Are you looking forward to it? I am actually, yeah. I didn’t think I’d want to get back on the road for a while, but now I’m ready! Especially with some new material and a different set list. It’s a lot of fun. What’s been your most memorable gig to date? It’s hard, I’ve had so many. I’ve played some massive shows. I mentioned to someone the other day, the third time we played T in the Park – to go up there and see that many people waiting for us was incredible. We didn’t expect it. Beers getting thrown around, people climbing up the structure – it was pretty impressive and pretty fun.
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You wrote this record entirely yourself, while the first two you co-wrote. Was that something you were keen to do from the start? Yeah, I wanted to do that. It was important for me as an artist and as a writer, for my development. I just thought, if I don’t do it now, when else am I going to get to do it?
How does the song writing process work for you? I just sit down and jam! On this record, I tried different things. I started with the drum beats a lot. On two of the songs I think it was, I tried something I hadn’t done before and wrote over the top of them. It kind of limits you in a way, which is good. It puts you in a box to work in. That was cool, working like that. Most of the time, it’s just picking up the guitar and seeing what happens.
What venue would you like to play? I don’t think I’ll ever get to play them personally, but just because it’s the one thing we haven’t done, I’d like to play a stadium of some kind. Just to see what it’s like. It’ll probably never happen! We’ve done festivals, but a stadium would be great.
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What’s the best thing about being OF CHALLENGES a musician for a living? MAKING THIS RECORD I get to play music as my job. And also – THERE WERE TIMES I I get to travel the world, and not as a THOUGHT WE WOULDN’T tourist either. I get to meet the local GET IT FINISHED" people. Go where they go, eat what they eat. That’s one of that best things about it. Not having to be a tourist when you go there. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? That’s very difficult to answer. It all boils down to what happens when the record comes out! I’ll have to wait and see… On My One by Jake Bugg is out on 17 June through Virgin EMI. Catch Jake on tour at the Glasgow O2 Academy on 21 and 22 October – get tickets from www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
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"THE THIRD TIME WE PLAYED T IN THE PARK – TO GO UP THERE AND SEE THAT MANY PEOPLE WAITING FOR US WAS INCREDIBLE"
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All’s been quiet on the Jake Bugg front for the last couple of years, following the release of second album Shangri La in 2013. But now Nottingham’s favourite singer-songwriter is back with a clearer head, more mature outlook and a brilliant new record. Jake took some time out to talk making it in music with editor Lindsay Cochrane
HOW DO THEY DO THAT?
iona Shuttleworth has wanted to work with animals for as long as she can remember. She began volunteering at her local veterinary practice at just 13 years old, learning the ropes from experienced nurses and seeing first-hand the fantastic work they do in keeping cats, dogs and other animals in good health. “I’ve always known I wanted to work with animals,” says Fiona, 28. “When I started helping out at my local vet’s practice, I was completely fascinated by everything. I stuck to the nurses like glue.” After attending Gleniffer High School in Paisley, Fiona trained at Barony College (SRUC) where she completed an HND in veterinary nursing. Her training involved a block of several weeks’ college study and then a block within a vet's practice.
AT WORK She now works as a theatre and ophthalmology nurse in a referral hospital. Fiona’s job is to prepare the theatre for surgery, arranging surgical kits, anaesthetic equipment and drugs for booked surgeries. When animals go under anaesthetic for their op, it’s Fiona’s job to monitor the amount they are given throughout the procedure. She also has to ‘circulate’ the patient, by preparing and positioning the animal awaiting surgery. Throughout the operation, she collects and opens equipment for the surgeon and sometimes scrubs in to help out with the procedure. Fiona is also responsible for the day-to-day running of the opthalmology (eye specialist) department and works closely with the vet and all the animals that come into his care.
On the job
THE VET NURSE If you’re an animal lover, there are few jobs better than working in a vet’s surgery and tending to poorly pets. We spoke to vet nurse Fiona Shuttleworth about her life in scrubs
“The best part of the job is definitely seeing the animals progress and go home to their owners following treatment,” says Fiona. “Especially when they’ve been admitted for a long time or have been critically ill. It’s an extremely rewarding job. “It is hard work and can be very tiring with long hours, but for me the job satisfaction far outweighs any negatives.”
PROGRESSION There is lots of room for career progression in veterinary nursing and Fiona hopes to teach and train student vet nurses and lecture in veterinary nursing in the future. “There’s a lot of opportunity for further training and learning,” says Fiona. “I could go on and do a diploma in advanced surgical nursing. I have progressed a huge amount already, and I learn new things every single day. I have a lot of responsibility and would be able to progress to management roles within the profession.” The downside to being surrounded by adorable, sick and injured animals all day is that sometimes it’s a struggle not to take work home with you – literally. Fiona began as nurse to a stray cat but progressed to owner shortly afterwards, after falling in love in the surgery. “I have a gorgeous three-legged cat called Olaf,” admits Fiona, “He was admitted as a stray at my last practice and had to have his broken leg removed. I couldn’t resist so I took him home to live with me.” Find out more about studying veterinary nursing with SRUC at www.sruc.ac.uk.
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Employment Opportunities Just left school or college? Know what you want to pursue as a career, or looking for ideas?
NHS Lothian provides healthcare services to a population of more than 800,000 people. We have a wide range of jobs at entry and qualified level and offer great opportunities for career development – and much more. We recognise the current difficult employment situation for 16 to 25 year-olds. We are actively involved in a number of local and national youth employability schemes including two Princes Trust Get into Healthcare initiatives (Facilities and Clinical Academies). We are also looking to further develop 16 to 20 year old Modern Apprenticeship programmes that we offer to create career pathways for anyone wishing to work in the health service. The types of careers we offer include: Treatment and care Dentists, Doctors, Health Visitors, Healthcare Assistants, Midwives, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, and many more… Trades, skilled and support Caterers, Domestics, Chaplains, Drivers, Electricians, Porters, Fire, Safety & Security Staff, Maintenance, and many more…
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HOW DO THEY DO THAT?
E H T O O T T TA T S I RT
Roberto Poliri from Land Ahoy Tattoos gives us a look at his life in ink, and tells us what it's really like to work in a tattoo parlour
laswegian tattoo artist Roberto Poliri finds TV’s glamourous, laidback image of tattoo parlour life ridiculous. Working out of an upstairs studio on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street, life for Roberto and his Land Ahoy colleagues is a far cry from the sunkissed, just-off-the-beach parlour seen in Miami Ink or the hilarious inking corrections performed on Tattoo Fixers. Roberto thinks these programmes lose a lot of truth in the edit room, overlooking the real challenges faced by artists who choose to ink for a living. “These tattoo shows have one positive in that they make tattoos more accessible for people,” says Roberto, 29. “It means tattoos are no longer this seedy, carnival thing. Everyone is interested in them now, but people don’t see the real work that goes into it. Even when you go home at night, your personal life is taken over by drawing. There’s no hanging out with celebrities or walks along the beach.” Roberto prefers drawing traditional designs: nautical images of boats and anchors, skulls and portraits of sailors, adjusted with his own artistic spin. His more surreal tattoos include cats being abducted by UFOs and a toucan wearing a top hat. Roberto went to Bannerman High School in the East End of Glasgow, where he excelled at art and was gently nudged towards a degree in graphic design and illustration at Glasgow Caledonian University. At uni, he started sketching tattoo designs for classmates so they could get inked at local parlours. When he graduated, Roberto fell into pub jobs, but kept sketching in his spare time. His designs soon caught the eye of Davide Pozo from Forevermore Tattoo Parlour, when Roberto asked him to ink one of his designs. Davide offered Roberto a tattoo apprenticeship and what followed was a steep learning curve that rapidly evolved Roberto’s style. “My style changed massively,” says Roberto. “Apprentices get the shock of their lives when they first start. You want to get an apprenticeship at a respected tattoo place, and know that you won’t be tattooing people for three years.” Now settled in Land Ahoy, surrounded by walls covered in sketches and ship’s wheels, Roberto makes his living as a tattoo artist. He advertises his designs on Instagram and has a huge online following. His parents are still baffled by his career choice (they think tattoos are for ‘hairy bikers and sailors’) and he competes with his fellow artists for business, but he loves his job. “I love it. Working in a tattoo parlour is fun, but it’s very competitive,” says Roberto. “If someone is interested in being a tattoo artist they shouldn’t take an apprenticeship just anywhere, they should go somewhere respected. Do it the right way.” You can follow roberto @roberto_poliri_tattooer on Instagram, or on Twitter @Poliritattoos.
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BOSS We caught up with three young Scots who are making waves in the world of business to find out how they made their ideas a reality
TRTL Scots Michael Corrigan and David Kellock have come a long way since studying at Strathclyde University. They've charmed Richard Branson, starred in BBC programme Entrepreneurs, narrowly missed out on £65,000 from Dragon’s Den and even nipped over to the Oscars in February to let A-lister Jamie Foxx try out their product.
he idea for Trtl, a travel sleep scarf, all started in a coffee shop in 2010, cooked up by two young mechanical engineering students keen to create their own invention and business empire. Both avid travellers, Michael and David decided they'd improve the humble travel pillow and make sleeping on trains, planes and automobiles a lot comfier, and more fashionable at the same time. In the same year, they attended the Scottish Institute for Enterprise Bootcamp and received Prince’s Trust funding to help them achieve their goal. The pair later became part of Entrepreneurial Spark, an organisation that helps new companies with big ambitions find their feet. After various prototypes and experiments, the business partners sought the best way of creating a practical, visually appealing product. They’ve been through re-brands and PR launches, set up shop in airports and pitched in front of Dragons. They now sell Trtl sleep scarves around the world. “We always encourage people to think big, start small and become bigger,” said Michael. “We’ve grown as a business by sticking our necks out and taking risks. We’ve not only improved individually as people throughout the process, we’ve also improved as a team. "Since the very beginning, our goal for Trtl to become synonymous with travel comfort and innovation the world over has been very much alive. We’d always tell any young entrepreneur thinking of tackling their own business – be brave, what’s the worst that can happen?" Check out the business at at trtltravel.com.
REVIVE ECO School friends Scott Kennedy, Rebecca Richardson and Fergus Moore joined forces on a class project during their entrepreneurship degree at the University of Strathclyde – and they’ve not looked back since.
he trio, all aged 22, are the founders of Revive Eco, an innovative business which recycles coffee grounds from cafes and restaurants, that are usually tipped in the bin at the end of the day, and recycles them into other useable products – oils which will be a part of cosmetics products, fertiliser, and biomass pellets which will be used to heat a variety of different buildings Although the company has only been operating for a year, they’ve already got a raft of awards under their belt, including the Scottish Institute for Enterprise’s Young Innovators Challenge in 2014. This recognition hasn’t just boosted their confidence, but given the company some credibility. “When we came up with the idea, we were just three students,” Scott says. “We were lucky with a lot of the organisations we engaged with. The first was through the university, the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network – we got advisers through that who could advise us on more technical and
chemistry-based things. Then there was the likes of SIE – we would apply for competitions there.” Overcoming their initial nerves, the team were able to get expert knowledge and advice from other business owners – but what would their advice be for anyone with a good business idea? “Find an organisation that can give you some advice and support,” Scott says. “The best thing we ever did was engage with the various support organisations. The idea itself won’t turn itself into a reality. You have to go out and speak to people about it, speak to potential customers and find out what they think. Speak to different people in universities or SIE – they can offer advice on so many things. If they don’t know how to help you, they’re definitely going to know someone who can.” Find out more about the business at www.reviveeco.com, and see how SIE can help you get started in business at www.sie.ac.uk.
SIOBHAN MacKenzie After graduating from Glasgow Kelvin College with a BA (Hons) in fashion design and production, Siobhan MacKenzie jumped on the attention that her final collection attracted and launched her own fashion label.
nspired by her Highland heritage, 23-year-old Siobhan now sells her range of contemporary kilts all around the world, as far away as Asia and North America. “The aim is to bring Scottish dress into the 21st century, bringing various textures together to make distinctive, luxury kilts made in Scotland,” Siobhan explains. Knowing that businesses don’t blossom overnight, Siobhan reached out for support to get started. First, she sought advice from Business Gateway, who pointed her towards the Prince’s Trust, who granted her a business loan. In 2015, she became a part of Entrepreneurial Spark, a free ‘business accelerator’ which offers support to start-ups. Her degree too has been a big boost for her business – Glasgow Kelvin’s course incorporates production, so Siobhan had a solid understanding of the manufacturing process, a massive advantage in business. Starting up her own fashion label hasn’t been without its challenges though. “Funding is a hard one,” she says. “A lot of people starting businesses have worked for years and have savings, but if you’re coming straight out of uni – especially a fashion degree where you spend all the money you’ve got on fabric – it’s really, really tough.” But all the hard work Siobhan has put in is paying off – customers are flooding in from all around the world, she’s won multiple awards and she’s hoping to have her own stores worldwide within a few years. So what advice has the upand-coming designer got for aspiring entrepreneurs? “I live by the quote, ‘if you can dream it, you can achieve it’, but I’m not going to pretend that it’s easy,” she advises. “It takes time, it takes perseverance and belief in yourself that you can do it.” Check out Siobhan’s collection at www.siobhanmackenzie.com, and find out more about studying fashion design and production at Glasgow Kelvin College at www.glasgowkelvin.ac.uk.
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HOW TO GET STARTED Want to be the next Lord Sugar? Dream of having your own business empire à la Richard Branson? Imagine swimming in your millions in the style of Simon Cowell (probably)? If you’ve got a bright business idea, it’s not out of the question. Here’s the lowdown on how to take that creative spark and turn it into something huge 1. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH
If you think you’ve got a great idea for a business – whether that’s a guinea pig café or a genuine working hover board – you’ve got to do your research to figure out, first of all, if someone else is already doing it and whether or not it would work before you go any further. There’s no point investing your savings in your bright idea if someone else has already had it or no one is going to buy into it.
2. GET SUPPORT
4. WRITE YOUR BUSINESS PLAN
Behind every good business is a solid business plan. Your plan will make sure that you’re prepared, helps you identify what you need to do to get your business ready and acts as a good starting point if you’re presenting your business to people like funders. The plan should include details like what the business will do, your customers and competitors, the legal structure of the business, key personnel, business goals and any market research you’ve carried out. You can download a good template from the Business Gateway website.
If your idea has legs, get some expert advice. Organisations like the Scottish Institute 5. WORK WITH THERE WERE 382 for Enterprise EXPERTS (www.sie.ac.uk), You might think you BUSINESSES PER 10,000 know it all, but speaking Entrepreneurial ADULTS IN SCOTLAND with legal, financial and Spark (www. LAST YEAR business advisers is a really entrepreneurial-spark. worthwhile step to take. That com) and Business way you’ll make sure you’re Gateway (www.bgateway. putting yourself at as little risk com) are all good starting as possible financially, and that your points, and will be able to point you business operates within the law. Get in the direction of organisations and onto Google to find relevant people courses to get you started. near you.
3. THINK ABOUT FUNDING
Very few businesses start off without a single penny being invested, and unless you have loadsa money going spare, chances are you’re going to need funding. The organisations above might be able to recommend grants and competitions with cash prizes, or get in touch with the likes of the Prince’s Trust (www.princes-trust.org. uk) or your local bank to find out about business loans – beware though, loans must be paid back, more often than not with interest.
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And with all that planning behind you, it’s time to get a move on and turn your business into a reality! Do you need special premises or can you work from home? Do you need to source suppliers to make your product? What about building relationships and partnerships? Do you have a name for your company and a logo? There’s so much to do and, depending on you business, it can be really time consuming – but all the groundwork is worth it to get you towards your launch.
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List your achievements, inside school and out CVs aren’t all about academic accolades. Employers want to hear all about your extracurricular achievements too. Whether you’re a Grade 5 pianist or the captain of the school hockey team, hobbies are crucial for job applications. Any courses taken outside of class – perhaps a lifeguard course or Duke of Edinburgh Award – are important to add to the list beneath your exam results. If you’ve done some fundraising in your free time, joined a club or helped out with your local Scout group, these are all activities that show off your hard-working nature, leadership and initiative.
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Everyone’s talking about how coding is the future – even Karlie Kloss is learning how to do it! We caught up with developer Carolyn Barbour, who works at Glasgow web design and mobile app development agency Screenmedia, to find out more about her cool career What inspired you to pursue a career in the tech industry? It originally began as a love for all things games, and the idea of being able to create them. Since then it’s turned into a love of being able to create anything: applications, games, the possibilities are endless! What did you study to get to where you are? I studied computer games technology at the University of Abertay, Dundee. It was everything you could imagine wanting to do going into it; labs filled with PlayStation development kits, mobile development modules and a lot of freedom to choose what to do for your final year project. What’s your current role? What does that involve? I’m a mobile developer. This
involves working with Xamarin – a cross-platform development suite. I develop for both Android and iOS using just one coding language (C#). How would you describe a typical day? A typical day starts with a team stand-up, where our team catches up and tells each other what we did the previous day and updates the project task board. After that is my muchneeded cup of coffee. The rest of my day changes depending on what I’m working on. I can be coordinating with teammates to split projects
and tasks down and decide who works on what parts, I could be working on building those parts, or testing and bug fixing. It always includes some laughs with teammates over a tea break or two. What different projects have you worked on at Screenmedia? I’ve worked on a whole range of apps, from an app which lets you manage your home heating and security from your phone for Honeywell, to an app for Arnold Clark which allows drivers to track their business journeys, mileage and expenses, and our latest project; an app for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which lets people buy tickets and plan out their Fringe experience and shows. What do you enjoy most about your job? It's definitely the satisfaction of getting something working just right. What would you like to see change in the industry?
I think I speak for a lot of others when I say I'd love to see more women in tech. Organisations are being launched to get more girls into technology from a younger age, like the recent relaunch of Girl Geek Scotland (www. girlgeekscotland.com) by Nicola Sturgeon, and it’s really inspired me to be more active in getting more women interested in working in tech. Why would you recommend others pursue a career in mobile development? I'd recommend a career in mobile development because of the sense of accomplishment you find on a daily basis. There's lots of support out there for anyone wanting to get into the industry; we all started somewhere so I’d have to say never be afraid to ask for help!
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If you’re going back to school after the summer, or a local college offers National and Higher qualifications, there’s always the option of re-doing the courses you didn’t excel in this time around. Sure, you’ve sat through the lessons and done the coursework but there’s zero shame in taking a little bit longer to get the grades you want. Talk to your teachers to see how you can do it.
Scotland’s colleges offer a fantastic range of courses, from National level up to degree. There’s a selection of academic and vocational qualifications to apply for, some of which can take you straight into work while others act as a stepping stone to higher education, maybe even taking you into second or third year of a university degree. Search for establishments near you at www.collegesscotland.ac.uk.
If you want to take some time out before applying for dream courses and apprenticeships again next year, why not use your time wisely and see more of the world? Taking a gap year to travel, volunteer or make a difference is a fantastic use of your time – and you’ll learn lots of brilliant skills to spruce up your CV, and give you a better idea of where you’re headed in life.
If you’ve applied for university and not made the grades for any of the courses you applied for, it’s OK – take the time to wallow, then brush yourself off and look for an alternative. If you’re still keen to go to uni this year, UCAS has its Clearing system. This online portal lets you see which universities still have places available. Provided you have the grades, and you’re already in the UCAS system, you can apply. Find out more at www.ucas.com.
Learning doesn’t have to be about sitting in a classroom or lecture hall – have you thought about doing an apprenticeship? Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland get you into a job where you’re paid, and you get training and qualifications at the same time. You can do an apprenticeship in almost anything, from accountancy to hairdressing, car mechanics to laboratory work – and it’s a good alternative if you’ve been rejected for a similar course at college or uni.
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Terrifying as it may sound, getting a job – even if it’s as a stop-gap until you figure out what you do want to do – is a great idea if you’re leaving school this year. There are lots of entry-level jobs for school leavers out there in industries like hospitality, finance and retail. Sometimes, the best way to learn a job is to get out there and do it.
! T I R E V O GEtTo deal with rejection
Whether we’re talking exam results, a job interview or the flirty WhatsApp message you sent to the total babe that sat in front of you in maths all year, sometimes we don’t always get the outcome we want from a scenario. So just how do you deal with the horror that is rejection and get your mojo back? Check out our top tips
Talk about it
When you’ve had a knockback, it can really take the wind out of your sails. To help you process it all, the best thing you can do is talk. Grab a trusted person – your bestie, your mum, your favourite teacher – and talk it through rather than bottling up your frustrations. If you need to cry on them? Go for it. It’s what your squad is there for. If no one’s around? Check out a helpline like Breathing Space (www.breathingspace.scot, 0800 83 85 87) or ChildLine (0800 11 11).
With all the emotion and talking out of your system, it’s time for the next step – action stations. When you’ve been knocked down in life, it's tempting to take to your bed with Netflix and never see the light of day again. This isn’t wise. Rather than mope, ask yourself: “What’s next?” Didn’t get into college? Check out other insitutions in the area. Missed the marks you needed? Look into resits. There’s an alternative for every scenario – the responsibility lies with YOU to take the next step. So get on it ASAP.
Keep calm and carry on Yes, it’s rubbish. Devastating, actually. You’ve never felt pain like it. But there’s no point in getting in a flap when the final decision comes in. What’s done is done. Have a tantrum, punch a teddy bear (never a wall), stomp off to your room – but don’t let your sadness, anger and frustration hang around too long, because you’ve got to get up and move on to plan B. Accept your rejection, put it behind you and prepare to move on with all the grace of a Disney princess and determination of one of the X-Men.
Learn from it
Don’t beat yourself up about it Whatever your situation – your first choice uni knocked you back or you didn’t get your dream apprenticeship – don’t beat yourself up about it. Even if you’ve identified your mistakes, you did the best you could at that moment in time, so rather than go over your failures in your mind, reflect on the positive aspects and accept it as just a bump on your road to success. Because that end goal? It’s totally still yours for the taking. Go grab it!
So it didn’t work out this time. But why not? What went wrong? What could you change? Take some time to reflect on your rejection (but not to the point where we go back to step one) and learn something from it. Maybe you could have spent more time studying, you should have reached out for extra help, or it might have been the wrong choice for you in the first place.
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ots of you will know the score by now. Leaky tenements and dodgy disinterested landlords with a creative view on what constitutes a timely repair. Dated crumbling student halls with stained kitchens and broken lifts... I'm sure you could add a few grumbles of your own. But not all student housing has to be this way – and now’s definitely the time to get moving and make sure you get your digs sorted for the 2016/17 academic year before the good places are gone and you're stuck with the dregs. Homes for Students have a range of properties across Scotland, in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and St Andrews.
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A gapn i year Gap years aren’t all life-affirming trips to orphanages and panda sanctuaries; there are plenty of opportunities that give you experience of the workplace that could link to your future career. We spoke to Monica Thomas about her work with the International Citizen Service in Ghana
onica Thomas has just returned from the coastal Ghanaian city of Accra, where she completed a 12-week placement as a junior business associate. The volunteer position saw 19-year-old Monica acting as a consultant for local businesses, advising them on the best ways to invest, expand their workforce and boost the local economy. The placement wasn’t your average gap year trip, but Monica knew she wanted to do something purposeful before university that would benefit her future career. She is now preparing to begin her law degree at Strathclyde University. “I wanted to go on a gap year because I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do after school,” says the former St Aloysius pupil. “I didn’t want to spend a whole year just travelling for pleasure, though. I decided I’d spend half of my time volunteering and half of my time enjoying myself.”
INSPIRATION Monica applied to the International Citizen Service (ICS) after hearing a talk about the programme in school. She attended an assessment day and was selected along
Monica stayed with a host family with 20 other applicants to and learned about the Ghanaian go to Ghana to help develop culture and way of life from the local businesses there. locals. During their placement, the The ICS volunteers organised 20 Brits selected would also social activities, including train towards a Chartered beach visits and excursions Management Institute to Ghanaian plays, but all qualification in consultancy. volunteers were tied to a tight “Mine was a city-based curfew of 8.30pm every programme, whereas a night. Host families lot of volunteering organised ‘rednormally happens red plantain’ in rural areas,” and ‘banku’ says Monica. "THE PLACEMENT HAS parties, where “It’s different volunteers from community REALLY SET ME UP FOR could enjoy development, UNIVERSITY” each other’s because you’re company while working on feasting on local building businesses cuisine. to help them make a “The trip was really better economy and create challenging at times,” says jobs within the city. With a Monica. “None of us will ever lot of volunteering positions, forget our trip, it has made an the help you give leaves the impact on us in lots of different country with you when you ways. I think the advantage of go. This way it was something this gap year was that I was more sustainable – if the doing real work; I got to use businesses take on your ideas, my brain again after taking a it can actually help them long break from school. By working, term.” and learning from the other volunteers, the placement has really set me up for university.” Each British volunteer was paired with a Ghanaian volunteer for their placement Find out more about gap year and Monica made firm friends opportunities with International Citizen with her partner, Nane. Service at www.volunteerics.org. Throughout her stay in Accra,
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THE MOST COMMON AGE AT WHICH PEOPLE DEVELOP BDD IS 13 BDD IS CRITICISING OR WORRYING ABOUT THE WAY PART OF YOUR BODY LOOKS – AND ANY PART OF THE BODY CAN BE A FOCUS
We all have our off days, but more and more people are becoming obsessed with the way that they look, convinced that they’re too fat, ugly or not worth looking at – and the impact is devastating. We found out more about the worrying rise of body dysmorphic disorder
or a generation of 24-hour social media updating, selfie-obsessed young people, there’s one area of life which we’re becoming increasingly concerned about – appearance. But what happens when you go from being concerned about how you look to completely obsessed? It sounds like the ultimate first world problem – but becoming fixated with how you look is a very real problem, known to mental health professionals as body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD.
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JUDGING And Rebecca has struggled with it for most of her life. At the age of 13, she started to become worried about the way she looked, writing herself off as ugly and terrified that other people were always laughing at her and judging her. “It started with an obsession with the way I looked,” Rebecca explains. “I went through a period of constantly reading fashion magazines and cutting pictures out of girls, taping them to my walls and folders, and being aware of what my body looked like. You can’t ever blame anything. It is very much the way my brain works, and I get that. But there are things that can set it off. I went through a bad period at home, and I wasn’t very happy.” Rebecca is now 32, living in London and in recovery with her BDD. At her worst point, she would often cancel plans because she felt she was too ugly to be seen in public. Relationships broke down. She didn’t do as well in school as she might have wanted. All because, she says, about 85% of her day was spent thinking and worrying about how she looked. “BDD is an obsession with the way you look, but it’s more than that,” she explains. “I felt like people didn’t want to look at me, and people were repulsed by the way I looked. I felt that I didn’t look good enough to be out in public. I couldn’t function. I couldn’t live a normal life. It engulfs your whole life, to the point where you don’t care about anything else. I became very selfish and my whole life was based on what I looked like. If I felt I didn’t look right, I wouldn’t go out. I’d let people down, but I didn’t care.”
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SUFFERERS SPEND A LOT OF TIME (MORE THAN AN HOUR A DAY) THINKING ABOUT THEIR APPEARANCE 23/05/2016 09:15
BDD IS A TREATABLE CONDITION – SO GET HELP
MORE THAN VANITY BDD is much more than a case of vanity – it’s a mental health problem which has a very real, very serious impact on people’s lives. Sufferers will spend more than an hour a day thinking about their appearance. They'll hide body parts they don’t like, with make up or baggy clothes. They spend a lot of time comparing themselves to others, and on bad days, avoid certain places, people or activities. The thoughts that dominate their lives can lead to feelings of anxiety and shame, and it can have a real impact on study, socialising, relationships work and family. In extreme circumstances, people will go under the knife to fix their perceived flaw with cosmetic surgery – one in three resort to this. Rebecca, who is also in recovery with bulimia, got help. She’s gone through therapy off and on throughout her life, and even checked into a rehab facility to try get things under control. Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, has had a big impact on her, helping her to rationalise and justify her thoughts, and group therapy sessions for people with BDD have also been a huge step forward in her recovery. “If you can find someone who says, ‘I understand how you feel,’ and they do, it makes such a difference,” she says.
ABOUT 1 IN 50 PEOPLE (2% OF THE POPULATION) SUFFER FROM BDD
If you feel like you’re starting to obsess with the way you look, your first point of call should be your GP. Your doctor will be able to refer you for therapy or counselling, or refer you to a local mental health service. ‘Mental health’ sounds scary, but BDD is a serious health issue and does need treated. Charity OCD Action (meaning obsessive compulsive disorder – BDD is closely linked) run online Skype counselling sessions for people with BDD, and have online support groups for people based in Scotland too. You can find out more online at www. ocdaction.org.uk. The most important thing? If you feel like your preoccupation with your appearance is going too far, get help. Support is out there – but you have to make that brave first step to ask for it. If you don’t reach out, things can get out of control – each year, one in 330 people diagnosed with BDD commit suicide. That’s how tough it can get. “Take it seriously and try and get help as soon as you can,” Rebecca adds. “I think if I’d had more help when I was 18, I wouldn’t have had to have suffered. And talk to someone you trust. I talk about my BDD like a prison sentence. Some days, you just wish you could break out. It’s like these arms are behind you, holding you back and they don’t want you to let you go. But I’m much stronger now. I can fight it. Help is out there.”
ABOUT THE BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER FOUNDATION The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation (BDDF) is a nationwide charity which exists to raise awareness of BDD and help those suffering with the condition by offering advice and support. Head to the website at www.bddfoundation. org to find out more about online support options.
“IT ENGULFS YOUR WHOLE LIFE, TO THE POINT WHERE YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE” Rebecca
USEFUL CONTACTS NHS Health Scotland www.healthscotland.com Breathing Space www.breathingpsace.scot 0800 83 85 87 OCD Action www.ocdaction.org.uk 0845 390 6232
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THE FIVE- MINUTE INTERVIEW
T IN THE PARK IS SO PROFILIC AS A TEENAGER IN SCOTLAND, THAT'S THE ONE EVERYONE GOES TO
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They’re four mates from Dundee who’ve been making music together since high school – and this summer, they’ll be gracing just about every festival stage going! Model Aeroplanes’ singer Rory Fleming-Stewart tells Source about the fun of festival season
What festivals are you playing this summer? We’re playing Electric Fields, Kendal Calling – I have a terrible memory. We’ve got a few outside the UK as well. We’re looking forward to it! You’ve played quite a few festivals in your time – what’s been your favourite? I think T in the Park. Just because it’s so prolific. As a teenager in Scotland, that’s the one everyone goes to. What makes playing a festival special? It’s that magical, majestic smell of beer and mud fused together! I don’t know if that’s a worrying thing – if it’s just raw sewage. But it’s really special. It’s the v ibe too. There’s no one thing you can pin point. What’s been your favourite festival to go to as a punter? T in the Park. But I did enjoy Barn on the Farm. We were playing it, but I could go there as a
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punter and really enjoy it. It’s quite upmarket, shall we say! It’s quite middle class. The accents were a bit of a problem. It’s a really nice wee festival, nice organisers. What are your festival survival tips? I’m probably not the person to ask! You’ve got to learn to not buy extortionate food and how to wash. What’s your favourite track to play live? Right now, it’s Toothache. I do this big self-indulgent outro on it, like some sort of mad prog-rock vibe, for about three minutes. I’m enjoying being self-indulgent!
What would you say has been the highlight of your time in the band? Getting signed was pretty decent. We were only 19. When you start a band, it’s all you want. You don’t know what a record deal is, but you know that you need one. That’s the goal. Other than that, getting to hang out with everyone.
Everyone we go on tour with is class. It’s like one massive lads holiday! It’s great. You couldn’t really knock it. You guys are touring pretty much all the time. What’s life like on the road? Pretty good. We eat a lot of Greggs. I’m trying to go vegetarian, but it's really hard. All I can eat from Greggs is the five-bean wrap. It’s a really spicy diet. What’s next for you guys? We’re releasing more new music, probably about October time, and then we’ll have another headline UK tour about the same time. Other than that, festival season will be keeping us busy, various gigs here and there!
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22-26 June Worth Farm, Somerset www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk Glasto pretty much sets the tone for the summer festival season. Taking place over five days, this isn’t for the faint-hearted – but it’s got such a chilled out, fun feel to it that you won’t want to come home. Last year, crowds were treated to huge names like Kanye West and The Who – and 2016 is going to be just as massive.
8-10 July Strathallan Castle, Perthshire www.tinthepark.com T is the ULTIMATE in Scottish summer music festivals, and this year’s line up shows why. Now in its second year at Strathallan Castle, T in the Park is renowned for massive acts, amazing banter and some of the friendliest festivalgoers around. But, with it being Scotland and summer, the weather can’t be guaranteed – so take your wellies.
Just a few small names like Coldplay, Adele, Foals, Muse, LCD Sound System, Disclosure, Bring Me the Horizon, Bastille, Jake Bugg…
Summer means one thing for most of us – it’s festival season! Here’s the lowdown on the best outdoor music events taking place this summer in the UK
The Stone Roses, Bastille, The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Jess Glynne, to name a few.
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Electric Fields 26-27 August Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill www.electricfieldsfestival.com Down in Dumfries, the fantastic Electric Fields festival is set to be one of the highlights of the summer in Scotland. There’s going to be a real mix of artists taking to the stage, covering all bases, so whether you’re an indie Sindy or you love yourself a solid DJ set, you’ll be sorted. The weekend is all about good music, good people and good times, all in the stunning grounds of Drumlanrig Castle – what’s not to love?
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DJ Yoda, Everything Everything, The Twilight Sad, Model Aeroplanes, Admiral Fallow and headliners Primal Scream and The Charlatans.
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First time festival-goer? Check out these dos and don’ts to get you through the whole mud-soaked experience in one piece
26-28 August Richfield Avenue, Reading; Braham Park, Leeds www.leedsfestival.com + www.readingfestival.com Reading and Leeds share a line up and switch it about on alternate days – so you still get the same amazing acts. Taking place at the end of August, the weather’s generally pretty good for this one, too. Perfect!
Biffy Clyro, CHVRCHES, Foals, The Vaccines, Maximo Park and more.
Belladrum 6-8 August By Beauly, Inverness www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk Bella has sadly sold out for 2016, but we’ve stuck it on the list because it’s a fantastic festival. On a slightly smaller scale than some of the others listed, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival is set in beautiful surroundings, with a real family feel to it. As well as some brilliant music acts, you can expect a bit of culture too with art, drama and dance performances on the go. Oh, and you can win tickets on page 40...
Two Door Cinema Club, Madness, Circa Waves, Billie Marten, Turin Breaks and more.
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1-3 and 8-9 July Hyde Park, London www.bst-hydepark.com If a traditional music festival of mud, camping and utter carnage isn’t your vibe, the Barclaycard British Summer Time gigs are worth investigating. Not only do you get a jaunt to London baby, but they've got some amazing bigname acts playing in the capital’s iconic Hyde Park. These are like massive outdoor one-off gigs rather than a proper festival, but each huge act has some impressive support to get you warmed up.
Florence and the Machine with support from Jamie XX, Mumford and Sons with Wolf Alice and Mystery Jets, and Take That with Olly Murs and Ella Eyre.
DO KNOW YOUR LIMITS
DON’T THINK YOU’RE KATE MOSS
We all know that booze is a central part of three days in a field with no phone reception – but don’t overdo it. Look after yourself, remember to drink water and soft drinks too and don’t forget to eat. You don’t want to spend Calvin Harris’s set in a puddle of your own puke or in the First Aid tent.
Mossy always looks amazing at festivals, but she’s staying in a plush hotel down the road. Fashion-wise, think practical and don’t weigh down your bag with make up and hair products. Everyone looks minging by the end of day two. And remember – dungarees and portable loos don’t mix.
DO ASK FOR HELP
The temptation can be to cram your tent with all your worldly belongings – don’t do it. Leave valuables at home, take the essentials like clothes, toiletries, loo roll, bug spray, sun cream, waterproofs (you’ve got to be ready for all weathers) and try keep it all as compact as possible.
If you get yourself into a spot of bother, whether someone’s pinched your bag or a drunk guy is having a go, grab a member of festival staff or a police officer (they’ll always be there) and get help.
DO STAY SAFE
Not wanting to sound like your mum, but honestly? Drugs aren’t worth the risk. Despite organisers’ best efforts, they will be about, someone might try offer you something and it’s a recipe for disaster. Keep it clean, guys.
That means keeping an eye on your belongings, not flaunting your cash and never ever wandering off with a stranger, no matter how friendly/ attractive they are. Also, stay with your friends! When you arrive, pick out some meet-up spots in the arena and campsite to go find each other if someone goes missing so you don’t get caught short.
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DO HAVE FUN With all of this said, the most important part of your festival experience is to enjoy it! So let your hair down, have a dance and make lots of brilliant memories with your mates.
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Sun, sea and several thousand miles away from your family – your first holiday with friends is a welcome break from school and parental surveillance. All that sudden freedom can go to your head though, often with hilarious or horrendous consequences. We spoke to some holiday-goers about the highs and lows of that first holiday, what to embrace and what to avoid
“My first holiday without my parents was a footy team trip to Magaluf, there was 30 of us,” says Sandy MacMillan, 30. “The most important thing is that you look out for one another. You have to know you can rely on your pals to get you through bad or unexpected situations. If one of you loses something or gets in trouble (or too drunk) you have to help each other out as a team. That goes for any lads' holiday, not just a football team trip.”
“A group of us went travelling around Thailand and Vietnam for our first big holiday,” says Jordan Armitage, 25. “We were drunk and all decided it would be a great idea to get tattoos. It wasn’t a good idea. I came home with extremely offensive Notorious BIG lyrics tattooed the full length of my arm. It was a talking point for making new friends on holiday – we actually bumped into people on the travelling circuit who had heard of my tattoo before even meeting me. It was funny for a bit, then I had to come home. When I told my mum she was heartbroken.”
Culture “When I went abroad without my parents for the first time I really went for it – all the way to China,” says Richard Lightbody, 24. “When you’re on a holiday like that, your naivety can work for you and against you. In one sense, it can be overwhelming to be placed somewhere with limited language and knowledge of mannerisms, but then it can also lead to so many amazing experiences you would otherwise have said no to.”
“Invest in bug spray,” says Ally Turnbull, 27. “I have to say I think I was unlucky in Kos, but it wouldn’t hurt to get some mosquito repellent or after-bite just incase. First off, I got stung right in the face by a wasp while riding a quad bike, my lip swelled up like I had botched collagen injections and I nearly crashed the quad! Then I got stung so badly in the foot by some other creepy crawly I couldn’t leave the apartment for two days because it hurt too much to walk. Apart from that, I had an amazing holiday!”
Public Transport “We went round Europe for our first trip away,” says Anna Simmons, 29. “We quickly got used to the tube system in bigger cities like Paris, with the help of a few friendly locals. If you plan ahead you can get from A to B pretty easily. Mind you, in Amsterdam we did accidentally peddle our pedalo the wrong way and ended up surrounded by huge boats in the Amstel river – it was the boat equivalent of the Autobahn. We had to get rescued!” www.sourcemagazine.org.uk 37
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Obstacle Course Racing It’s strenuous, it’s muddy and there’s the occasional electric shock – what’s not to love? Obstacle course racing has become massive in the UK, from brutal Tough Mudder assault courses to slightly less painful (but just as dirty) Pretty Muddy events. Scrambling under nets, swinging from monkey bars and jumping into cold mud might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but obstacle course races are a lot of fun and are fantastic for overall fitness. “We train teams to be ready for Tough Mudder by simulating the obstacles you’ll face on the course,” says Barry Curtis, trainer at Curtis Bros Fitness in Lanark. “We train people to leapfrog obstacles, crawl along on their belly, compete in races and do various other exercises to target the leg muscles and strengthen their upper body. Tough Mudder is hard and targets a lot of muscle groups.”
For something a little more civilised, you can get out on the court this summer and try a spot of tennis. It’s a great sport that uses various muscle groups while also getting your heart pumping. When Wimbledon fever grips the UK, there’s no better time to hit the courts, and if you play hard enough you have an excuse to eat strawberries and cream afterwards! “Tennis is a fantastic game for life,” says Ian Campbell, tennis coach at Western Lawn Tennis Club. “It’s great for fitness and health and there’s also a great social side of it. There are so many positive aspects to it and I’ve seen people play it into their 90s.”
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Summer’s here and, with any luck, the sunshine’s coming with it. There’s no better time of year to get out in the great outdoors and start getting fit. We spoke to some experts about keeping a healthy body and mind this summer
Watersports Thrill-seeking wake boarders and windsurfers love the summer months because water temperatures get that little bit more bearable. Sailing and activity centres offer lessons in these extreme sports, allowing you to hit the waves safely. If you don’t fancy your chances out on a loch, you can also practise tricks and jumps in a purpose-built wake park. “Wakeboarding is a full body workout, using all muscle groups,” says Neil McKenzie, wakeboard instructor and owner of Glasgow Wake Park. “There’s also a great community behind it, filled with people who want to progress in the sport. You can learn tricks and make a good crowd of friends pretty easily.”
HILLWALKING Scotland is blessed with some of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges and also boasts Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK. A Munro is a Scottish mountain that reaches 3,000 feet in height and there's a whopping 282 of them in the country, but for inexperienced climbers there are also smaller, more manageable hills. “Young people should get into hillwalking because it keeps them fit and gets them outside,” says Steven Fallon, adventure tour guide. “It gets them finding out new things about geology, wildlife, plants and gives them something to do.”
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BELLADRUM TICKETS Up for grabs are two three-day tickets to the lucky 13th showing of SOLD OUT Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, which includes headline performances from Madness (who have 15 UK top 10 singles to their name), indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club, who are also confirmed for Glastonbury and outrageous crowd pleasers The Darkness, as well as over 300 other musical acts from around the world. Belladrum is held annually at Belladrum, near Beauly. Its vast range of musical genres – from Celtic through mainstream rock and indie to roots, jazz, dance and classical – and its wide-ranging coverage of the arts besides music – theatre, street theatre, installation art, literature, poetry, debate, performance art, children’s entertainment and much else besides – make it resemble a smaller version of Glastonbury north of the Highland line. Get the lowdown on the festival at www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk.
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FOUR TICKETS TO A FILM OF YOUR CHOICE AT VUE We’ve teamed up with VUE to offer readers the chance to win four tickets to a film of their choice during the holidays. The lucky reader will be able to choose between an exciting round-up of summer blockbusters including Independence Day: Resurgence, The Legend of Tarzan and Ghostbusters to name but a few. Sit back, relax and enjoy the film in any one of VUE’s eight venues located across Scotland including in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Stirling. Vue UK is part of the largest cinema group in the world outside of the US, Vue International, providing cinema fans with an unbeatable screen, seat and sound experience for the ultimate evening of big screen entertainment. Check out all VUE’s summer showings at www.myvue.com.
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Trespass are giving away a Festival Pack for 1 which includes Beatnik 2 Person Tent, 1 x Envelop Sleeping Bag and 1 x Radix Camping Mat. Trespass stores can be found nationwide and online at trespass.com.
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The best summer jobs Ready to get working and want paid for your efforts? Check out these sectors to get started
months, when the weather is ever so slightly better. As a result, lots Fast on your feet, good with people of tourist attractions, from grand and enjoy a challenge? Get into castles to outdoor adventure restaurant or bar work for summer! playgrounds, take on extra staff. Waiting tables, café work and You could be manning bar tending are all great if the gift shop, hosting you enjoy being part of tours, selling tickets a busy atmosphere, and much more – all working as part TAKE IT SERIOUSLY – great experience of a team and IT MIGHT BE ‘JUST’ in public speaking, appreciate the A SUMMER JOB, working with temptation of others, dealing tips to boost your BUT BE POLITE AND with the public and wages! The bonus PROFESSIONAL. problem solving. Get of work in hospitality in touch with touristis that there’s often lots friendly venues near you to of potential for extra shifts, see what they have to offer. boosting your earnings. Stick your head into local eateries and watering holes to find out about vacancies. Au pairs, camp counsellors, summer club staff – it’s all out there for the taking this summer! If you like kids, there are plenty of Believe it or not, thousands of ways of working with them both tourists flock to Scotland every at home and abroad. Kids clubs year – particularly in the summer
and summer camps always need team leaders to organise events and activities to keep youngsters entertained, or you could head overseas and work as an au pair, living and working in a family home while looking after their children.
team work skills. Shops often advertise through their websites, but keep an eye on store windows to see who’s recruiting near you.
Over the summer months, Scotland is home to hundreds of amazing festivals and events, from T in the Park to the Fringe. Events like these are always after staff to Shops up and down the country man bars, do security, take tickets, regularly look for summer workers guide lost tourists, man First Aid to fill in for staff who head tents – everything and anything! home for the holidays or to deal This is a great way to make money with sales and the increase in on a short-term basis – and lots tourist trade. Fashion, sports of festivals come with free gear, jewellery, gifts, tickets in your time off homeware – you too. Festaff (www. name it, there’s festaff.co.uk) recruit a shop that’ll TAILOR YOUR CV FOR for volunteers for sell it. Retail all the major music will boost your THE DIFFERENT ROLES festivals, and you people skills, YOU APPLY FOR, get free tickets confidence, EMPHASISING SPECIFIC for the event as give you sales SKILLS AND RELEVANT payment. Not bad! experience and
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Summer work doesn’t just have to be about earning cash. It’s a good time to get some ‘real world’ work experience and find out more about the career path that you’d like to follow when you’re out of education What can I do? Whether you’re cleaning out cages at your local vet’s surgery, manning the phones at a newspaper office or shadowing an engineer on a building site, there are lots of ways to get some real hands-on experience through work experience or an internship. How do I get an internship? The best way to get started is to contact companies that interest you directly and see if they offer internship placements. From science to admin, there’s a huge array of companies across Scotland who could teach you a lot. You can also check out websites like www.milkround.com and www.gumtree.co.uk for options in your area.
What’s the benefit? Work experience relevant to the career you want to get into really makes your CV stand out from the crowd when it comes to pursuing your desired career on a full-time basis. It shows you’re committed and you’ve already started to master the ‘hard skills’ relevant to the job, as opposed to ‘soft skills’ like team work that can be picked up in a range of different sectors. Anything else? The downside is that internships are often unpaid, so signing up for a week or two might be more feasible than an entire summer, unless you’ve got some savings behind you. The experience you get though? That’s totally invaluable.
Since joining forces in August 2013, Stockport five-piece Blossoms are off to a bloomin’ marvellous start – and showing no signs of stopping. With their debut album set for release in the summer, a raft of festival appearances in the offing and a BBC Sound Of 2016 top five placing on their side, the future’s bright for these guys. Singer Tom tells us about their start in the business
How would you describe Blossoms’ sound? Most great bands get to the stage where you say, ‘It sounds like them!’ We have got that Blossoms sound, but in our infancy, we need to describe that. It’s melodic guitar synth pop. It’s got a classic pop song writing background. When did you decide to pursue music seriously? I think it’s something you kind of fall into. I didn’t set out to get into music I got keyboard lessons at school in year 8, but that’s because you got a card that got you out of class! I got to the stage where I could play James Bond and that was it. I didn’t excel. My thing is song writing, which I’ve done since I was 15. The last three years is really when I’ve nurtured that a bit more and got good at it. I’ve experienced more now too. I didn’t have anything to write about when I was 15. You need to get a few girlfriends and be a bit upset before you can write songs!
What bands and artists inspire you? Growing up, I was into the obvious ones. Oasis. The Stone Roses. My mum and dad’s record collection was great. The Smiths. The Beatles. ABBA are a big one collectively – we like ABBA. Growing up, Arctic Monkeys were my kind of band. The Grand Theft Auto Vice City soundtrack is a big influence too! It’s got lots of good 80s stuff. You’re playing lots of the big festivals this summer – are you looking forward to it? Yeah, we’re playing 53 or something stupid like that. We’re doing Korea, Australia, all the UK ones, Japan, across Europe – a lot of travelling! When you start a band, that’s exactly what you want your calendar to be like. If we weren’t doing that, what else would we be doing?
What would be your dream venue? We’ve supported people at Castlefield Bowl in Manchester – to headline that would be pretty special. Your album’s out in the summer. How would you sum it up? We’re dead proud of it. Our song Charlemagne was probably the turning point in my writing and as a band – we had a breakthrough. It happened naturally, it just evolved into that. We didn’t sit and set out to write 20 songs that sounded like that. Charlemagne and Getaway, we went down that route. I think people will love it. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? Still doing this, playing to bigger crowds and hopefully we’ll have released a couple more records because we want to crack on with that. Keep writing good songs and keep enjoying it.
BLOSSOMS Blossoms’ self-titled debut album is out 5 August through Virgin EMI
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Published on May 24, 2016