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Christmas survival guide Winter fitness Gap year adventures New Year’s resolutions

Ambitions in advertising Scientific solutions Foodie futures And lots more...


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to JUNGLE TV star Laura Whitmore on how she bagged her dream role with I’m a Celebrity…


super stars! Interviews with Conor Maynard, Drifters creator Jessica Knappett and actress Kaitlyn Dever...

he red cups appearing in our favourite coffee shop, Christmas lights popping up in the streets and an abundance of festive shop window displays can only mean one thing – winter’s on its way, bringing a new issue of Source with it! This season, we’ve got more celebs, careers inspiration and fun features than we know what to do with. Kicking things off, TV presenter Laura Whitmore took some time out before jetting to Australia to chat with me about her career so far, from her uni days to fronting the best show on the telly. Elsewhere in Celeb Land, we caught up with Drifters star and creator Jessica Knappett, pop star Conor Maynard had us giggling all over the place and rising star Kaitlyn Dever told us all about her part in Oscar-tipped movie Short Term 12. ! DON'T MISS If you aren’t dreaming of superstardom • Radio 1's Matt Fincham (P8) after education, there’s loads of careers ideas • UCAS applications (P24) for you this issue – we’ve taken a look at jobs in • Student cooking tips (P46) advertising, found out what you can do with a science degree and we spoke with three men working in Scotland’s best restaurants. We’ve also got some tips for UCAS applicants, a recent graduate tells us about his job in the world of tax and we had a chat with Brandt Maybury, who has legitimately got the best job in the world – turn to page 10 to see what it is! And that’s not all! We’ve got some great gap year ideas, a special focus on online bullying, the best advice for getting through the Christmas party season in one piece and a roundup of some of the most achievable new year’s resolutions that’ll help you improve both your educational life and your personal life. So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a hot chocolate and get stuck into the latest issue of Source. Until next time, good luck with all your prelims and end-of-term exams, and make the most of that Christmas break – happy holidays!


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Online now at, we’ve got loads for you to feast your eyes on! In October, journalism student Laura Redpath went backstage at Glasgow’s O2 Academy to interview exciting new band Wildflowers, while Laura Donaldson caught up with Katie Sutherland at her single launch earlier in the month. Planning your gap year? We’ve got some fantastic first-hand accounts of the benefits of exploring the globe, from Thailand to Korea. If you’re looking for something to do a little closer to home, Mikhaila Friel’s got some great activities for skint students to try out too. If you’re dreaming of being a journalist, or you just have something you want to rant about to Scotland’s students – our website needs you! We have loads of opportunities for talented writers, so get in touch using the details to the left and get involved...

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Both £12, With Christmas just around the corner, hotfoot it down to your nearest Primarni to stock up on some suitably naff Christmas knitwear.


AECC, Aberdeen and SSE Hydro, Glasgow (6 and 7 December) Soon, we’ll be waving a tearful farewell to JB, Oritsé, Marvin and Aston as they head off into retirement – massive sad face. Catch them one last time in December.

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Movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Out 18 November Following on from the success of his Mercury Awardnominated debut, Jake’s got a second offering of deep and meaningful lyrics, growling vocals and catchy hooks for you to feast your ears on.

In cinemas 21 November Crossbow-wielding Katniss is back for the second instalment of the Hunger Games trilogy, the tale of a futuristic world where children are sent to fight each other to the death. Jennifer Lawrence is our FAVE.

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From 17 November, ITV1 Hilarious celebrity reactions, grim Bush Tucker Trials and Ant and Dec’s comedy banter – this one’s knocking the socks off X Factor for us this year.

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It’s the music event of the year – and you could be there!






The Irish TV presenter tells us what it’s really like working on I’m a Celebrity, and shares how she got the best job out there.


The Radio 1 producer relives his student days at Cambridge University. 28 DRIFTING TOWARDS SUCCESS



Did you know that some people get to taste chocolate for a living? Brandt Maybury is one of them. 12


Ever wondered how adverts go from the idea phase to being on TV? We found out about all the job roles that make it happen. 16




If you want to see more of the world, look no further for a bit of inspiration... 37 HOW TO... HANDLE WEB BULLIES AND TROLLS

Cyber bullying is the curse of the digital age – but you don’t have to suffer in silence. 39 THE SOURCE GUIDE TO HAVING A COOL CHRISTMAS

Writer and star of E4’s Drifters Jessica Knappett tells us more about the show.

Three workers from some of Scotland’s top restaurants share how they got started in the business.



We had a catch up with our favourite Brigthon-born pop star. (Sorry Rizzle Kicks.)

It’s a good question – and we’ve got some answers.




Forever breaking your new year’s resolutions? We offer up some realistic goals for you to set this Hogmanay.

Meet Tallia Storm and Tessie Hartmann – the Scots sisters making a big impression on the world...

Graduate Colin Park tells us what life’s like working in tax.



Don’t hibernate this season – get out and get active! We’ve got some top tips for a healthier winter.


Her latest movie’s impressing the critics and has been tipped for Oscar success – so what’s it like to be a 16-year-old movie star? We found out.



The UCAS deadline is looming – so how can you make your application shine? 27


Your career dilemmas sussed!

As well as being a tonne of tinsel-wrapped fun, the festive season has the tendency to get a bit stressy. Don’t let it get on top of you – follow our tips to guarantee a cool Yule.



The Radio 1 DJ dishes up his musical tips for the top.


Let’s get quizzical – find out how you come across in job interviews.




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Name: Laura Whitmore Born: 4 May 1985 From: County Wicklow, Ireland Education: Loreto Bray Secondary School, then onto study journalism at Dublin City University, with a semester abroad at Boston University in the USA. In her words: “Yer wan aff the telly”, according to her Twitter bio. Big break: In 2008, Laura won MTV Networks Europe’s Pick Me TV competition and became the face of MTV News in Europe. Along the way: She’s designed her own clothing range for A Wear, hosted lots of red carpet coverage from the MTV Movie Awards to the BAFTAs, and interviewed pretty much every big name out there. These days: At the moment, Laura’s heading up I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! NOW! on ITV2 with Joe Swash and Rob Beckett. On Twitter: @thewhitmore



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She’s gorgeous, she’s smart, she’s funny and she’s downright lovely too – we should hate Laura Whitmore, but somehow, we can’t. Lindsay Cochrane sat down for a chat with the talented Irish TV presenter ahead of the launch of this year’s I’m a Celeb... I’m a Celebrity is back! Are you excited about the new series? I can’t wait! It’s one of the best shows to work on – it’s one of my favourite shows to watch. To get to go to Australia and work on a live show every day during what’s normally the coldest month in the UK, and work with amazing people like Joe and Rob and Ant and Dec – it’s brilliant. There’s no pretending to be happy on screen – I’m genuinely loving it! What’s an average day like on the show? It’s so full-on – I don’t think people realise how much we work out there. It’s not like X Factor which is on twice a week; it’s every day. We get up at 11 o’clock at night, we’re picked up at midnight, we’re on set at 1am, then there’s rehearsals and meetings, watching VT packages, we do the walk through, then we go live. We watch Ant and Dec’s show, then do our own and we wrap at about 10am. You can’t travel too much or do too much because you’ve got to do the same the next day, but it’s a great experience. Who’s been your favourite contestant? I’m biased, so I’ll say Joe Swash! He lives and breathes the jungle. It’s great to work with someone who firstly has the knowledge of the show and secondly has the excitement and natural enthusiasm for it. It does rub off on you.


Could you do it yourself? No! Never. Never ever ever ever. I see how tough it is! Keeping Joe and Rob Beckett under control must be like a Bush Tucker Trial in itself... It is! That’s as bad as eating live cockroaches! [laughs] I love it; it feels like having two younger brothers to keep in order. Who would be your dream contestant? It’s kind of hard – sometimes the people you think would be good just aren’t

and vice versa. Mark Wright – when he went in, no one thought he’d do so well, but he’s a lovely guy. I’d like to see someone amazing like Grace Jones in there. She would be brilliant – I’m sure the snakes would be more scared of her. She’s a very strong lady! How did you get into broadcasting? I love talking to people, so I knew an office job wasn’t for me. I was always interested in radio, I enjoyed writing and I like acting as well. I studied journalism, and I was doing an internship with a radio station when I saw that MTV were looking for a new VJ, so I applied for the competition and won. It all happened quite quickly. How has your journalism degree helped you? I know when I got the MTV job, the fact that I had a degree in journalism did benefit me. There are a lot of jobs where I have to do a lot of work behind the scenes, writing questions, helping the producers, things like that. Having a journalism degree helps because when they send me off to do the Movie Awards, they know that I can put together my own questions, do the research and all that kind of thing. I wrote for my college newspaper and I set up my own fashion magazine too – there was lots of stuff like that which I was able to do at uni. It gave me great experience and still stands with me today. You’ve interviewed some of the world’s biggest stars. Who’s been your favourite interviewee? There’s been crazy big people that I’ve interviewed, like Jennifer Lopez and Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Foo

READY TO JUNGLE: Laura with her co-hosts and television 'little brothers' Joe Swash and Rob Beckett

Fighters. There are some people I’ve interviewed lots of times now, like Tinie Tempah – I interviewed him the other week, and I was saying to him, ‘I remember interviewing you before Pass Out came out!’ And it’s so nice to see that progress. Then I’ve interviewed people like Michael Caine – he was so lovely. I loved that. There’s a wide range of people.

What would be your dream presenting job? Kind of what I’m doing now. I grew up watching SMTV and CD:UK, Ant and Dec, Cat Deeley, people like Davina McCall – I’m so honoured that I get to work with Ant and Dec in any capacity! And I did a shoot with Davina not long ago. To do this, and live TV, is my dream. To be yourself and to have someone hire you because they like what you do is great. What’s your advice for anyone who wants to get into TV? I get lots of letters to my agent asking, ‘How do you become famous?’ If you want to be famous, do a reality TV show. If you really want to do presenting? Fight for it. Make sure you do it for the right reasons, because it’s not that glamorous. There are late nights, you have to work so hard and you still might not get it. Put yourself out there too. It’s not going to happen if you’re just sitting at home. I entered a competition to get my job, for God’s sake! Take every opportunity. l I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! NOW! is on ITV2 daily from 17 November

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Matt Fincham

Radio 1 Breakfast Show producer

He’s everybody’s favourite radio producer – and a graduate of Cambridge University’s Emmanuel College. Matt Fincham took some time out from managing Nick Grimshaw on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show to tell us about his student experience...

You have a first class English degree from Cambridge. What did you think of the course? I look back on my time at university fondly, but it was an intense level of reading! You’d have to read two books or plays a week. While most of my mates had one essay a term, weekly essays and sometimes two a week was quite intense. Did you get involved with any student clubs? Yeah, I think that’s a really important thing for me. A mate of mine had a show on the university radio station, so I went in and sat in on it. There was about three people listening and any person could turn up and do a show, so I got involved. University focused what job I wanted to do and at that point, I started obsessively listening to Radio 1. Aside from your degree, what did you get out of university? Independence – standing on my own two feet, not having the safety net of my parents and forming new friendships. Doing basic things like learning how to wash your own clothes and cook your own food – probably by the age of 18, I should’ve known how to do all that stuff actually!

“Analysing iambic pentameter has never cropped up in my job, but there are other things which I have used!” Are you still in touch with friends from uni? There’s probably six or seven people from uni that I will keep in touch with for the rest of my life – we had some of the most important moments in our lives together. What did you see yourself doing after graduation? Radio was important to me, so I sent lots of local radio stations emails and letters – it's pretty tricky to get experience. I got in at a station called Vibe FM to help with the breakfast show. It was a bit of a drag getting up at 5:30, but it’s been good

practice! I did it for a month, unpaid, observing what was happening in the studio, then they got me doing some other bits. It started my broadcasting career. How has your degree helped you? Communication skills are the biggest thing. Analysing iambic pentameter has never cropped up in my job, but there are other things which I have used! Reading people, being aware socially – all those things definitely shape you in your professional career. What would your advice be for people thinking of applying for university? You need to weigh up whether it’s feasible for you. It’s difficult at 18 knowing exactly what you’ll end up doing. Find a course that seems right for you, go to open days, visit unis. Speak to students who are already there too – that’s a real tell-tale sign. l

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Some days I’m working on a new flavour of chocolate. Another day, I could be going out to see where some of our amazing ingredients come from. I also hold events, talking about how we go from our cocoa beans to a bar of chocolate. Have you got any specialist qualifications? I never went to catering college, and I don’t really have any formal qualifications other than health and safety courses and food hygiene certificates. My training has been on the job throughout my career. LIVING THE DREAM: When he's not looking into the distance, Brandt makes a living eating chocolate

tasting chocolate for a living? someone's got to do it... Brandt Maybury has got the ultimate dream job, spending his nine to five as a taste specialist for organic chocolate company Green & Black’s. The former chef told us all about his delicious career... What does your job as a taste specialist involve? While there are some days that I do have to eat chocolate, it’s actually quite a varied role! A big part is working on the new flavours and other products – coming up with ideas and concepts, running the different versions until we find something that we’re happy with and then move into production. I get involved with promoting the brand too, doing events and helping out online with recipes. How did you get started at Green & Black’s? I started working as a chef at the age of 18. I’ve worked my way around different

hotels and restaurants. I then decided that I wanted to work in product development, so I was creating the products that you see in some of the supermarkets, coffee chains and desserts on airlines. After a few years, I got approached about the position at Green & Black’s and jumped at the chance! What’s a typical day like for you at work?

What is the best thing about your job? Obviously, getting to work with chocolate every day is brilliant, but the thing for me is just being part of the brand. Green & Black’s isn’t just the great chocolate that we make, it’s the history. In 1991, when it first started, we were the first organic chocolate bar in the UK, and then in 1994, the Maya Gold bar was the first fair trade product. To be part of that story and that brand is brilliant. What’s the most challenging part of the role? Not getting fat! [laughs] On a more serious note, the thing with product development is that sometimes it can be a little bit frustrating. I enjoy that challenge though – when you get the final product onto the shelf, you get a lot of satisfaction. What skills make for a good taste specialist? I think passion is really important, and you have to be confident with your knowledge of food and your opinions. The ability to really think about food as well. With good quality chocolate like ours, you get all those fruity notes, spicy notes. When you stop to think about what you’re tasting, it changes your experience. If you can do that, that’s a big benefit as well. l

Got a question about life in the world of culinary product development? Ask Brandt on Twitter, @tastespecialist, or find out more about the products he’s working on at

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HOW DO THEY DO THAT? There’s more to advertising than filling the breaks between our favourite TV shows – it’s a fantastic career path too. We take a look at how ads are made and the job roles that help bring them to life... rom the annoying Go Compare ads to beautifully-shot mini movies from Chanel, advertising is everywhere. According to Thinkbox, the marketing body for commercial TV in the UK, us Brits see an average of 48 TV adverts daily, all selling products, ideas, services and lifestyles. Every single advert we see is created by a team of skilled professionals. If you watch Mad Men, you’ll have a very specific idea of what they do – and it involves a lot of booze, scandal and brooding looks from Don Draper. The reality is pretty different, but that’s not to say it’s not interesting. Advertising’s fast-paced, competitive and there is never a dull moment!


ON THE JOB Most TV adverts are over in 30 seconds, but the work that goes into them is colossal. Some are put together by a few people, while others have staff lists running into their hundreds. Leo Sloley is a team manager in the account management department at BBH, a London creative advertising agency which employs over 900 people worldwide. BBH is responsible for iconic commercials such as The Lynx Effect and Levi’s Flat Eric, and produces ads for print, TV and online for clients like Barclays, Virgin Media and Yeo Valley. Leo, who has a degree in Japanese from Oxford, joined the firm through their graduate scheme in 2009, and has become an expert in how ads are made. “First, the client will come to us with a brief,” Leo explains. “It might be to launch a product, communicate their specific services – it’s so wide-ranging. Here, we do things for St John’s Ambulance where we’re trying to convince more people to

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learn first aid, or we might be trying to sell more flights for British Airways. The brief can be really diverse.” BRINGING IDEAS TO LIFE And this is where the agency steps up. That initial meeting is usually with the account management department – account managers or team managers act as the link between the client and the agency, and bring together all the team members to achieve the client’s goal. This meeting may involve a strategist or planner too. “Strategists take that client business problem and turn it into a more ‘creative proposition’, as we call it – find out what the most interesting thing is about it that we can bring to life,” Leo says. “We go through a strategic phase initially where the client, account manager and strategist work on the brief. I think it’s really important to bring in the creative director at this stage too to make sure they’re happy with that process.” The creative team for a campaign is generally made up of a creative director, who coordinates the team, along with an art director and copywriters. Copywriters deal with the scripts, jingles, strap lines and wording in the ad and formulate the general idea, while the art director is responsible for what it looks like. GET CREATIVE “At BBH, we say that we turn intelligence into magic,” Leo says. “The creative team take that one-pager from the strategist which explains what we’re trying to achieve, what might be interesting, and what it should be, whether it’s a TV ad or an app or print advertising. They go away and come up with the ideas.”





Now it’s time to pitch the client. Traditionally, this was the role of the account manager, but nowadays, strategy and creative tend to get involved too, so they can talk through the whole campaign. If the client loves the idea? It’s onto production! Agencies like BBH tend to have print, digital and TV producers who are responsible for bringing together the team that will create the ad. Production are generally present during the creative stage too, to give an idea of how feasible

is out there to monitor its performance. “What we find might feed into what we do in the next campaign,” Leo explains. “If that ad didn’t track well, or it did track well on branding but didn’t track well on selling products, you can learn a lot from it and make things better next time around.” So how do you get started in these jobs? Every role has different demands, so check out Creative Skillset at www. to see what you could do. Universities and colleges offer courses in the creative industries,

Us Brits see an average of 48 TV adverts daily, all selling products, ideas, services, destinations, lifestyles and beyond

the plans are within the budget. “The producer helps us to bring in people, usually externally, to bring things to life,” Leo clarifies. “If that’s TV or film, it’s a director, a photographer for print or a digital production company for online plus all the other roles involved – actors and actresses, animators, make up, camera crew, the works.” The finished piece goes back to the client for approval and to make sure everything’s on-brief and on-brand, then it’s passed to the buying agency who’ll purchase air time for the ad to go live. And then it goes out for the country’s millions of telly viewers to see. THE FOLLOW UP An advert’s journey doesn’t end there. Strategists come back in once the advert

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marketing, advertising, creative writing, art and design, journalism... All of these subjects could take you into this field – check out the UCAS site at www.ucas. com for inspiration. Loads of agencies run grad schemes every year for graduates of all disciplines, and some will take on school leavers and put them through their training. Above all, experience and enthusiasm matter. Get in touch with agencies near you to see if you can get in there on work experience and learn as much as you can from the experts. Whether you see yourself as a creative copywriter or a super-organised account manager, the world of advertising is jam-packed with opportunities for people with bags of passion and a real drive for success. You’d be a real Mad Man not to get involved... l


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SERVICE! The restaurant world has heaps of opportunities for people with a passion for food and good service – and Scotland is home to some of the finest eateries in the world. We asked three workers from the country’s top restaurants how they got into their line of work...

THE CHEF DU RANG Name: Andrew Stephen Job: Chef du Rang (station waiter) at Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Scotland’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant (, 01764 694 267) I was at university studying law, and I got a part-time job in a restaurant as a barman. The hospitality bug really took hold of me, and I found myself going from part-time to full-time and realising that I really enjoyed the sector. So I thought, 'Well, I’ll cut my losses here, change my course and focus on hospitality.' From there, I went from barman to supervisor, supervisor to assistant manager and assistant manager to

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manager, before I moved to Andrew Fairlie. I’m a station waiter, which we call a chef du rang. My duty is to assist in the daily set-up of the restaurant, from ironing and setting the tables to hand-polishing every plate and piece of cutlery. It’s all about attention to detail and unapologetically high standards. Everything is scrutinised and we make sure everything is perfect before we welcome people into the restaurant, then it’s all about delivering the best service for them. I love a busy service. You get different stories from every single person, no two

nights are the same. Although the job is kind of routine, the outcome is very, very different every single night. It’s such a fast-paced environment. Also, it’s about the love of food and wine. You see what the chefs are doing; their craft is amazing. This is a fantastic career move for me to begin with. The next step for me would be head waiter, I’d love to be able to get to that position. That’s the fiveyear plan. Further down the line, I’d like to be able to own my own restaurant. I come from Aberdeen originally, and I think the dream is to own the first Michelin star restaurant in Aberdeen.

“I love a busy service. You get different stories from every single person, no two nights are the same”

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THE RESTAURANT MANAGER Name: Jean-Christophe Frogé Job: Restaurant Manager at the Michelinstarred Restaurant Martin Wishart, Leith (, 0131 553 3557) I wasn’t really a good student at school, so I ended up taking part in a part-time apprenticeship programme in France, where I’m from. I was lucky enough to learn from someone who was really passionate about catering. Once this apprenticeship finished, I worked in Ireland for six months, which followed on with a contract for a year. I realised I didn’t really want to stay in France, which is when I saw an advert for the job of sommelier [wine steward] in the Restaurant Martin Wishart – before I knew it, I was on a plane to Edinburgh! I left the restaurant in 2006 after four years but Martin contacted me in 2009 and asked if I would be interested in the position of restaurant manager. Being a head sommelier, you quickly reach the top end of your position, and this was a good opportunity. Because I knew the restaurant, it made it even easier. I’m really Martin’s eyes in the restaurant. He gives me directions, then it’s up to me to do my best to achieve the standards he’s after. You’re facing Martin’s customers and it’s important that no matter what the situation, you have to be very pleasant, you have to be in control. At the same time, I have to rely on my team. They have their own roles in the restaurant and it’s up to me to ensure that the job is done properly and they get the right directions, the right details, the right information so that they can do the jobs that I’m expecting them to do. To work in the restaurant business, you’ve got to like working with people. That’s very important. You’ve got to be able to work under pressure. It’s not easy. There are days where it goes well, and days where it doesn’t – and you’ve got to be able to smile no matter what!



SERVICE! THE HEAD CHEF Name: Douglas Roberts Job: Head Chef at The Witchery by the Castle, one of Edinburgh’s most famous restaurants (www., 0131 225 5613) I decided to become a chef mainly because of my grandmother. I used to stay with my granny and grandpa who lived just outside Montrose during the summer holidays and my granny was a fantastic cook. I have been a keen cook since the age of 14, and a professional chef since I was 18 or 19. I could never see myself sitting in an office 9 to 5 and I was never really interested in being a tradesman. I think the secrecy of what was going on behind the kitchen doors and how it all came out to the table intrigued me. I left school as soon as I could and got enrolled in a full-time cooking

course. I did two years full-time at Esk Valley College and left with the equivalent of a City and Guild’s 706/1 and 706/2. I have been at The Witchery for 20 years now, and been head chef for 16 years. A typical day for me always starts with a coffee, then into the kitchen. I go through the day's business and make sure everybody knows what they’re doing. I check all the deliveries that are coming in then I help in the preparation for the day’s service. I’ll do lunch service on the pass, where I plate up hot starters, main courses and help with cold starters. I then go to my office, check my emails, catch up on any bookwork that needs done, then help the chefs get ready for the evening service. My advice for aspiring chefs? Listen to everything that you are told; knowledge is everything so write everything down, give 100% and don’t give up! l

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Degree Focus

There’s more to the sciences than research and experiments... Social Science The study of society and relationships of people within society. Subject areas: human geography, history, law, anthropology, psychology, political science, sociology.

What can you do with a science degree? If you thought science graduates were all a bit Sheldon Cooper, it’s time to think again. Science is a huge area of study, which opens up tonnes of opportunities career-wise. We answer your top questions about studying the sciences at uni...

Science... That’s just biology, chemistry and physics, right? Wrong. There’s loads of different branches of science beyond the three traditionally taught in schools. Natural science, as it’s known, is split into three categories, but not the ones you’d automatically think of. There’s physical science (chemistry and physics), earth science (the various branches of ecology, like oceanography, geology and meteorology) and life sciences (the different divisions of biology, such as zoology, human biology and botany) – and each of these areas have their own subdivisions. In other words, there are heaps of different areas that you can study.

Formal science Knowledge that’s concerned with formal systems. Subject areas: maths, statistics, theoretical computer science.

Scientists are needed in hospitals, research labs, schools, universities, drug manufacturing companies, technological organisations – and many more places of work

Applied science Scientific knowledge which is put to use in a physical environment. Subject areas: applied maths, applied physics, computer science, medicine, some fields of engineering.

Why should I study it? Beyond having an interest in science, there are lots of good reasons to take the scientific route. As well as getting to wear a lab coat for a few years, there are lots of transferable skills you pick up over the course of a science degree which can help in lots of different lines of work. On top of academic knowledge, you’ll learn... • The ability to research, evaluate and analyse information • Communication skills – written, verbal and presentation • The ability to work accurately and methodically

• Semta: the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies: • UCAS:

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• Decision-making skills and the ability to work on your own, as well as part of a bigger team What are the entry requirements for science degrees? As ever, it depends on the course and the institution, but entry requirements are getting more demanding. At Glasgow University, you’ll need AAAB in your first sitting for an unconditional offer to study for a BSc in the science faculty. At Dundee Uni, they’re after AABB to do biomedical sciences or physics, or ABBB to study microbiology. Aberdeen University looks for AABB for admission to its science courses, while Edinburgh are after AAAA for their chemistry degree in one sitting. Of course, it’s not just about grades – your extracurricular activities and interests will be taken into account too. What kind of job will it get me? A science degree can take you in a number of directions. Scientists are needed in hospitals, research labs, schools, universities, drug manufacturing companies, technological organisations – the list goes on. Possible roles include researchers, teachers, toxicologists, phlebotomists, zookeepers, medical sales reps, lab technicians, conservation workers, genetic researchers, cosmetic scientists, food technicians,

pharmacologists, analytical chemists – even astronauts have science degrees! Having a science degree doesn’t mean that you’re restricted to working in the field of science – you could take your knowledge to become a librarian, database administrator, accountant or information scientist. Graduate recruitment schemes in fields like management, finance or the civil service look favourably upon science graduates too. Are there opportunities for further study? Absolutely – there are lots of postgraduate courses available in the scientific world, allowing you to focus more on a particular area. Whether you fancy an MSc in medicinal chemistry, an MRes in marine and freshwater ecology or a PhD in astrophysics, there are tonnes of courses and areas of research open to those who just can’t get enough of the scientific stuff. What’s the earning potential? Wages vary from job to job, but starting salaries tend to be pretty good for graduates – lab technicians can expect to be earning between £19,000 and £25,000 fresh from uni, while technicians working in the nuclear industry can earn as much as £33,000 a year. Senior level pharmacologists can earn as much as £80,000! Look into different job roles to see what you could be on. How can I find out more? If you’ve got a scientific mind and have aspirations of becoming the next Professor Brian Cox or Albert Einstein, check out the UCAS site (www.ucas. com) to find out more about the different study options available. l

Sean Meechan is a graduate of Napier University, with a degree in animal biology. He now works as a zookeeper, specialising in birds, at Edinburgh Zoo. “I’ve worked with birds now for 14 years, eight years at the zoo. When the opportunity came up to work in the zoo on the bird section, it was ideal really! “I found out about work at the zoo through studying animal biology at Napier. We were told that there were weekend posts around the zoo, which is obviously ideal for students. "The first two years of the Napier course were quite general – a lot of biochemistry, microbiology, human physiology and things like that. In third and fourth year it did get a lot more specialised, and we covered a wide range of things, like conservation, ecology, behaviour, adaptations, so it was very relevant to this line of work . “A lot of people think that being a zookeeper is about feeding and cleaning out the animals, but there’s so much more to it than that. There’s all sorts of transferable skills you learn on the course, as well as things like designing enclosures, taking care of enclosures and diet for different animals. It’s massively important. “In terms of what I enjoy most about my job, I would say the breeding season – that’s when the real skills come in. It’s the most important time of year, and definitely the most interesting because that’s when you’re, in my opinion, going to learn the most. “If you want to be a zookeeper, get any experience you can, volunteering-wise or job-based at weekends. I found the course extremely helpful to this line of work too.” l For more information about working at the Zoo, or for volunteering opportunities, head to

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go on to do the Chartered Tax Adviser qualification for another year. There is formal internal training too. We have a special facility just outside of London called Bradenham Manor and we do a lot of our training there – not only technical training, but also critical skills training. They also serve up great cake!

DOESN’T NEED TO BE TAXING... Paying your taxes is a part of life – and it’s something which offers loads of job opportunities too. We spoke with Colin Park – who has a BA in journalism and politics from Strathclyde University, and a master’s in development economics and international development from Glasgow University – to find out about his role as a graduate trainee corporate tax associate with top accountancy firm Grant Thornton.

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What does your job involve? My job involves so many things! Mostly, I’m advising clients on their corporate tax needs and providing them with advice that will allow them to grow their business. What made you apply for Grant Thornton? After graduating I was looking to pursue a career in accountancy and I had heard great things about Grant Thornton. It’s renowned for its great training programmes and for creating respected business advisers.

What does the graduate training scheme involve? Right from the start, you’re interacting with clients, providing them with specific tailored advice and helping them with their tax compliance needs, so you learn a lot 'on-thejob'. Formally, you undertake external professional training through ICAS, the Institute of Chartered Accountants for Scotland, where you study towards your Chartered Accountancy qualification, which takes TOP JOB: Colin's set for a high-flying career in three years. accounts, thanks to Grant After that, you Thornton's grad scheme

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Tax is quite different to what you studied at uni. How has your education helped? I have to do a lot of research, finding out things that will help different clients on specific technical issues, so my degree gave me experience of that. My master’s was more economics-based so that’s helped more. Although I grudged doing presentations at uni, I have found the skills I developed invaluable in my career as I regularly need to present complex ideas to both clients and colleagues. What’s a typical day like for you? I can be working on multiple different clients in a day, providing bespoke advice on their individual business needs. I will go out to visit clients, be that just for a catch-up on their business or to discuss specific issues. I also have to keep up-to-date with changes in tax legislation and communicate these changes to my clients in a way that makes them easily understandable. What do you enjoy about your job? I enjoy being part of an ambitious and dynamic global organisation. It’s exciting being part of a firm that has over 4,500 UK employees and has 600 international member offices in over 100 countries. I also enjoy the fact that every day I can make a difference, be that with the people I work with or the clients that I advise. At first, the learning curve is steep, but the help on hand is great and senior staff are always willing to provide guidance. This is a great firm to work for, where as an individual, you have full control over your career and the pace at which you progress upwards. l


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PICKING UNIVERSITIES Research thoroughly into the universities you have considered applying for and the courses they have to offer. Take time in looking through each course and ask yourself: would that suit me? What are the career prospects? Do I have the right grades? What has the uni got to offer outside of class? UCAS only allow you to apply for a maximum of five courses, so choose wisely! Take your time with picking your five choices as they set up the path to your future – don’t apply for history if you aspire to be a fashion designer! Discuss your options with your parents and teachers and ask for their advice, stay calm and don’t rush it! THE PERFECT PERSONAL STATEMENT Condense your personal statement to focus on what you want to study. Many universities will overlook applicants who don’t sound fully committed to the course they are applying for. Don’t waffle – you have limited characters so make sure that every word proves to the university that you are serious about the course. Sell yourself and don’t be afraid to praise your achievements and abilities – they want the best so make them know that you are! Don’t forget to include all relevant work experience and extracurricular activities – showing that you have gone the extra mile will ultimately impress admissions officers and strengthen your chances of being accepted. SINGING YOUR PRAISES For many of you, a teacher in your school or college will write your reference. If this is the case, take time to talk to them, inform them of any extras which they could mention and let them know how passionate you are about the course you are applying for. You want them to praise you highly so make sure that they are aware of your full potential and how super you really are!

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ace your ucas application From getting the dreaded personal statement right to the nail-biting waiting game, UCAS applications can become a living nightmare for budding university students. If you’ve still to fill in your form, don’t sweat it. Student writer and current UCAS applicant Adele Russell shares some top tips on how to perfect your application and calm your nerves...

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NO MISTAKES! Take time to proofread your application. First impressions count and applying for English lit with a grammar mistake in the first sentence is not going to impress! Some universities will discard poorly written applications and will put it down to laziness. Don’t be that person – remember this is YOUR future. Get as many people to read over your application as you can – teachers, parents, or even the man at the bus stop! THE WAITING GAME After you submit your application, there is nothing you can do to change what you have written, so be sure that the application you send away is the best it can be. Once you’ve clicked send, it’s time to relax. Continuing to worry won’t achieve anything, so put it aside for the time being and wait on those replies coming through. Stay calm and good luck! l


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your education and career problems solved... My teacher thinks that my career dreams are unrealistic. I want to ignore her opinion and prove her wrong, but I look up to her so much! Should I have a rethink?


Not necessarily. Take some time to reflect. Can you handle this line of work? What do you need to do to get there? Are you prepared to put that work in? The key to achieving your dreams is to believe in yourself and work hard, so don’t let others knock your confidence. If you have access to a careers adviser, make an appointment with them and talk about your ideas and options. Check out some advice websites too, like, so you know exactly what’s required of you for your desired career path and get working! Listen to your head and your heart in equal measure, and don’t be afraid of what you decide.


I’m leaving school next year, but I still don’t know what’s next for me. Should I go on to further education or get a job instead?

You don't have to go to college or uni just because it seems like the right thing investigate all your options

There’s no simple answer to this, so take some time out and really think about what’s right for you. Think about your interests and hobbies – could you possibly make a career out of them? Don’t be afraid to explore your talents and do some soul-searching. What’s your favourite subject at school? Perhaps you could find a university or college course linked to this. Equally, furthering your education doesn't automatically mean you'll be successful – look at Richard Branson! You don’t have to go to college or uni just because it seems like the right

thing, and certainly not just because you’re friends are doing it. Investigate all your options by visiting websites like You’ll be able to take career planning quizzes which will give you a snapshot of your options. If by the time you’ve left school you still don’t have a clue, you could always take a gap year. You could do some volunteering and work experience, travel the world, and explore different types of jobs. And you might just discover your dream career along the way...




I didn’t get the grades I need to get into university. What should I do?

First of all, don’t panic! Life is all about second chances. Universities usually allow you to achieve your grades over two sittings. If you’re in fifth year, use your sixth year to knuckle down, or if you’re now out of school, find out about learning opportunities at college. Websites like will allow you to compare different institutions and find out which one is right for you. There are always other options, but the worst one is to give up. So keep trying – you can get there. l


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Drifting towards success

What’s Drifters about? Drifters is about three best mates who live in Leeds, and they are 18 months into the gap year that they’ve taken after uni. They’re going through a quarter life crisis – they’re kind of desperate for work and going through all the things you go through in your mid-20s. Getting things wrong basically! As well as starring in the show, you wrote it. How much of it is based on your own life post-uni? Quite a lot of it, tragically! There are some bits which are entirely autobiographical, I’ve just changed names. But you write about what you know, and I’ve written about desperate love lives, bad jobs, awful dates and getting scabies. The glamour! What do you think influenced you to get into writing and acting in the first place?

AWKWARD: Jessica, centre, with her Drifters co-stars try their hand at promo work

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You’d have noticed her in The Inbetweeners Movie as Neil’s lanky love interest, but these days, Jessica Knappett’s in the limelight for a different reason altogether. The writer, actress and comedian stopped by to tell us more about Drifters, her smash-hit E4 comedy about life after university...

I think it was probably an escape from school. It wasn’t that I hated school, but drama was something that was technically school – you were allowed to do it – but it was fun. I think I always liked makebelieve really. I did give up on the idea of acting when I found out how competitive it was though. I remember looking at child actors like Macaulay Culkin when I was the same age as him, and thinking, ‘He’s in Home Alone. I’m just in my little house in Bingley.’ So I gave up on the idea of acting there and then! You were one of the founding members of the Lady Garden comedy group at Manchester Uni – how much of an influence has that had on your work? Huge. Sketch-writing is an interesting form, because you have to set up your characters really quickly, you have to get to the point of the joke and then you have to finish. It definitely helped me to

write in a concise way. It was also helpful with the dynamics; I think it set me up for listening a lot and working with other people. When you’re making a sitcom, there are so many voices to contend with. Fortunately for me, a lot of them were very encouraging voices. You’ve finally had your dreams come true with Drifters – so what would your advice be for young people who are making decisions about their future now? I don’t know if I’m the best person for advice! [laughs] The hardest thing is figuring out what you want to do. Once you’ve figured out what you want to do – what you really want to do – try to stick with it. It’s all right to have that period of time where you’re figuring life out, where you’re drifting. I honestly believe that there’s a job for everyone and everyone can be happy in their work – maybe just not straight away! l

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It’s a word that can strike fear in the minds of even the most confident of people – interview. Whether you’re looking for a part-time post or your first full-time job to kick start your career, what kind of person do you become under pressure? Take our quiz to see how interviewers will view you, and check out our advice to help you pick out your strengths and ditch the less appealing qualities...

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INSTRUCTIONS: It’s easy – just tick the answer that’s best for you, count up how many As, Bs and so on that you get and check your results at the end!

1. You’ve got a job interview! What’s your first thought? a) HELP.  b) An interview? Cool. c) Eeeeeasy.  d) Huh? Did I even apply for a job?  2. What do you wear? a) You’ll purchase a proper business suit in grey so that you look super professional.  b) You go for something smart that’ll show your personality too. c) There’s only one answer – the power suit! Complete with a day-glow shirt.  d) Jeans and your best t-shirt.

4. It’s the day of the interview. How do you kick things off? a) Avoid eye contact with the interviewer, go for a weak handshake and hurry into the room without saying anything.  b) Say hello, shake hands and make some small talk about the weather.  c) Grin, go for an ultra firm handshake and start chatting like you’re old friends – making sure to get your enthusiasm for this company across too.  d) “Y’awright?” 

3. What do you do the night before your interview? a) Practise answering imaginary questions in front of the mirror to psyche yourself up.  b) Early to bed – there’s no point in panicking!  c) Complete a million personality quizzes online and research attractive attributes in interviewees.  d) Watch the telly then head to bed at your usual time. 

5. It’s the ‘think of a time when...’ round, where you have to come up with different scenarios that demonstrate your strengths. You feel... a) Panicked.  b) Totally fine – you’ve got plenty to say about yourself. You’re just glad they’re not asking you about the company...  c) Positively delighted – you sat last night and made up a million totally fictitious yet impressive answers.  d) Mostly confused. 

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6. The interviewer asks you about your hobbies and interests. You say... a) “I don’t really have any...”  b) “Reading, socialising with friends, going to the cinema and skiing!”  c) “I work so hard that I really don’t have much time for fun activities.”  d) “Sleeping mostly. And playing computer games.”  7. You’re asked about your future plans. You: a) Admit that you’re not too sure yet and leave it at that.  b) Smile and say you’re hoping to get some more qualifications that’ll leave your options open, and gain lots of work experience along the way. 

THE RESULTS Add up your answers and note down how many of each here:

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A little timid

Interviews are nerve-wracking, and nobody feels it more than you do. You’re prone to panicking, and when you panic, you clam up. While you know how much this matters to you, interviewers aren’t always going to see it. The interviewer might also worry that your shyness is a permanent state Build it up: Don’t let your nerves get in the way. A job interview is your time to shine, so leave your nerves and shyness at the door. B


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You’re a cool cucumber, friendly, open and not really phased by much. ‘Panic’ isn’t part of your vocabulary, and you’re pretty sure that people will like you. And if you don’t get the job? You can live with that – there’s always next time. You’re easy to get on with and have lots to say without being overbearing, but being too relaxed could be mistaken for lack of interest. There’s a really fine balance to strike. Build it up: Put a bit of effort in – do your research beforehand, and avoid going for clichéd answers. Let them see the real you, and show that you care. c) Say, with a completely straight face, that you see yourself with this company. Forever.  d) Shrug.  8. The interview is – finally! – over. How do you end things? a) Shake the interviewer’s hand and scuttle out the door.  b) Thank them for their time and say you look forward to hearing from them.  c) “So when do you let me know I have the job?”  d) Half nod and mumble, “See you later...”  9. You get a call a couple of days later – the job is yours! How do you react? a) Again, you panic.  b) You thank them profusely and get planning your first day.  c) “I KNEW IT!”  d) Grunt.



Super confident You’re cooler than a cucumber – there’s nothing these guys can throw at you that you can’t handle. You’ve got the chat, the knowledge and you’re not afraid to suck up either – this job is yours and you know it. Or do you? Confidence is a much sought-after quality in all fields, but it can be confused for being fake or arrogant – something that can put people off. Build it up:Reel it in a bit. There’s a way of impressing people without going over the top. D



This quiz hasn’t been your finest hour – when it comes to interviews, you’re so laid back it’s a miracle you managed to find the location. They might think you’re charming. Possibly. If you’re really, really lucky. However, going into a job interview and showing no interest is really, really unlikely to work in your favour. Build it up: You need to have a total rethink when it comes to job interviews. Do your research beforehand, smarten yourself up and do a bit of practice so you have lots to say. Remember your manners too – it goes a long way.

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Scrap T in the Park, the Brits and Glasto – there’s only one music event we care about and that’s Clyde 1 Live in Glasgow! Luckily, we’ve got two tickets to give away to Source readers...

WHY YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT CLYDE 1 LIVE 1 The line-up With Tom Odell, McFly, Little Mix, Rizzle Kicks and the godfather of pop Gary Barlow on the bill, this year’s Clyde 1 Live is going to be the best yet – and hard to top for next year. We don’t envy the organisers...


TO CLYDE 1 LIVE! his year’s Clyde 1 Live, in partnership with ROX Diamonds and Thrills, will be the biggest ever event hosted by the station with more than 12,000 music fans expected to pack out the stunning new SSE Hydro on Friday 13 December. The concert’s full line-up has now been announced with headliner Gary Barlow supported by The Saturdays, McFly, Union J, Rizzle Kicks, Little Mix, Naughty Boy, John Newman, Shane Filan, Tom Odell, Neon Jungle,


The Vamps and George Bowie. In conjunction with our friends at 102.5 Clyde 1, Source is offering one lucky reader the chance to be at one of the most anticipated Scottish music events of the year. We’ve got one pair of tickets to give away so for your chance to win and see some of the hottest A-list pop acts at Scotland’s most spectacular new venue just answer the following question…

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Send us your answer, along with your name, age, address, daytime telephone number and where you picked up your copy of Source to, with Clyde 1 Live in the subject box, or you can go old school and pop your details in the post to: Clyde 1 Live Competition, Source Magazine, DC Publishing Ltd, 2nd Floor, 1 Royal Exchange Court, Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3DB. All entries must be received by Thursday 5 December at 5pm. GOOD LUCK!

2 It’s great value for money Where else would you be getting this many amazing musical artists for as little as £22.50? Answer: nowhere. It’s the biggest musical bargain ever. 3 GBX Radio Clyde’s breakfast DJ George Bowie has got an alter ego in the form of dance DJ GBX – and he’ll be taking to the decks on the night for the biggest party The Hydro will probably ever see. 4 It’s at The SSE Hydro! Scotland’s newest music venue is also the coolest – it looks like a space ship that’s landed on the banks of the River Clyde. What MORE do you want for gig-going? ! BOOK YOUR TICKETS Clyde 1 Live, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, 13 December. Tickets priced £22.50-£50 from

TERMS AND CONDITIONS All entries must be received by 5pm GMT on Thursday 5 December. Prize is one pair of tickets for Clyde 1 Live only. Prize is non-refundable and non-transferable. Event details: Clyde 1 Live, 13 December 2013, SSE Hydro, Exhibition Way, Glasgow. Under 14s should be accompanied by an adult.

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GAP YEAR DESTI Those in their final year of study, at school or university, will be starting to think about what lies ahead. If it doesn't feel like the right time to venture into employment or continue in the academic world, getting away from it all and taking a year out to travel may be just what the career doctor ordered. With different people liking different things, we've got a destination to suit everyone's gap year needs. Whether you're a worker, learner or party animal, there's an adventure abroad for you. Laura Redpath rounds up the best options... Work abroad:


British citizens aged 18 to 30 are eligible to work and travel in and around Canada thanks to the magic Canadian working holiday visa. Costing as little as £90, the visa allows holders to explore must-see destinations like Niagara Falls, embrace the multicultural streets of Toronto and tuck into delicious Canadian dishes such as native staple poutine. Work can be found in any sector – the most popular being ski resorts, restaurants, and retail – so there’s sure to be a job to fund the exciting new lifestyle you’ll be living. Going it alone can seem daunting and to ease this feeling, STA Travel (www.statravel. offer a support package to help young adventurers get started. The package includes assistance upon arrival and finding work and accommodation – so if you’re feeling a bit lost, there will be someone to turn to. You’ll even have the option to attend a welcome orientation with fellow travellers so you’ll make friends instantly.

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Volunteer abroad:


Lying eight miles from the coast of Spain, Morocco has a plethora of prospects for those who dream of making changes in the world. Formed from a cocktail of Arab, Berber and European roots, Morocco’s culture is one of the most distinctive in the world today. Volunteering not only looks fantastic on your CV, it makes a great difference to the community you volunteer for. Volunteer programmes like Original Volunteers ( offer placements in areas such as human rights, nursing, IT, sport, teaching and childcare. Most contracts provide accommodation – sometimes food, depending on the organisation – so all that’s left to worry about is the duties. By mingling with the Moroccans you'll become very informed of Moroccan culture, but as you work with people from around the world, you'll be a fountain of knowledge when it comes to global cultures too.




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Fluency in a second language is an extremely useful skill to possess and setting off to a European country could be just what you need to acquire this valuable trait. While living in your chosen country – Austria, France and Germany are just a few you could choose from – sign up for classes in a local language school and you'll soon be speaking at native level in your chosen language. The biggest bonus of EU countries? There’s no visa required! Once the lingo has been mastered, picking up a part-time job would allow you to apply the language you spent hours honing – if you don't use it, you lose it! If Europe doesn't float your boat, there are similar programmes further afield, in countries like Japan and Brazil – the world's your oyster! Get Googling now.

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Laura volunteered as a teacher in rural Malawi with Lattitude Global Volunteering. As an aspiring teacher, I was able to gain invaluable experience working in both a primary and secondary school. Through my volunteering I became so immersed in the community, culture and the Malawian way of life. Malawi is rightfully named the 'Warm Heart of Africa' and in this relatively short space of time, I made friends for life. Being so far away from home can be a daunting

If you fancy a party during your gap year and are independently minded, consider Indonesia. Set in the heart of south-east Asian culture yet away from Thailand’s Westernised party scene, Indonesia offers a unique approach to the festivities with its blend of sightseeing and cultured club life. One night could entail drinking from a coconut in the capital city of Bali and the next you might be dancing at a beach bash. With scenic sites like Taman Fatahillah there’s plenty to look at and with nature always close to home, wherever you are in Indonesia, there are countless opportunities to surf, snorkel, and safari amongst the stunning wildlife. Inexpensive travellerfriendly hostels are key to making great friends to party through the months with. And if the partying does get a little bit much at any time, there’s always the option to take a break and sign up for one of many volunteering projects occurring in local communities.

experience. Living without the things we often take for granted is part of the African way of life; water, electricity and phones can be unreliable. It can be frustrating when you're unable to share all of the events of the day with family back home. However, of all the challenging things I did, the hardest thing was leaving. The things I learned from my voluntary work continue to influence my decisions and opinions. Learning and adapting to another culture is not something that can be easily

understood from reading a textbook. Being adopted by such an appreciative host community some 5,400 miles away was very rewarding. To get the most out of the experience, I would recommend getting fully involved, living as an active participant in the community. This experience has been the best and most valuable time of my life to date and since coming home, I have spent each day day dreaming of my return. l Find out more about volunteering abroad with Lattitude Global Volunteering at

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Being picked on, teased and having rumours spread about you is horrible – even more so when the taunts follow you everywhere through your mobile or computer. A scary 38% of young people say that they’ve been the victim of cyber bullying – so what do you do if you’re being targeted by web bullies and trolls? We got some tips from ChildLine...


Lock down your Twitter and Facebook and make sure the people you’re connected with are people that you know. “We encourage children not to speak to strangers, so why do we talk to people online if we don’t know them?” asks Elaine Chalmers, Area Manager for ChildLine Scotland. The web is awash with faceless web trolls, anonymous bullies who send nasty messages, so don’t give them the opportunity to target you. Connect with people that you know, trust and like and block or delete anyone who is being horrible. Keep your passwords private too to prevent hacking.


If going private doesn’t help, it’s time to close your accounts and start afresh, sharing the details only with the people you trust. If you do start receiving messages that you’re not happy about, block the sender or report them. All good social networking sites have a report button, so if you’re being bullied, use it.


If you are receiving bullying messages, keep track of every text, email, photo, voice message and whatever else that’s sent your way, no matter how horrible it is. “Keep copies of everything you’re receiving and have them in date order so you have evidence,” advises Elaine. You’ll need it to get this problem sorted out, whether it’s to prove what’s going on to your school or it gets to the point where you need to talk to the police.


If you receive a horrible message? Don’t read it. Just tuck it away and keep it as evidence – and definitely don’t respond. “Don’t reply to messages that you get from bullies because that’s what they want,” Elaine says. “They want you to come back at them and turn it into a game. Don’t give them that room." ChildLine - 0800 11 11


“Cyber bullying can become absolutely constant,” says Elaine. “It can be really traumatic and cause absolute misery.” If you’re receiving threats, being called names or just made to feel miserable by someone using the web, you cannot let it continue. Speak to someone and get help quickly. A parent or guardian, teachers, tutors, school or college counselling services or a trusted friend can all offer fantastic support – anyone who cares about you will want to do anything they can to make it stop. ChildLine’s trained counsellors have great advice on 0800 11 11, or if you’re at uni, look into your university’s nightline service ( If you’re concerned about your safety, take it to the police. Don’t suffer in silence. Reach out, get support and stop the bullies in their tracks. l

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It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year, full of parties, food, family, friends and fun – but it can have its stresses too. Getting through party season in one piece, saving and budgeting for gifts and goodies can all be a real headache, not to mention dealing with exams either before or after the holidays – luckily, student writer Laura Donaldson has got some top advice to help Scotland’s students get through it all.

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Christmas on a budget

There’s no denying that Christmas is expensive. With all the parties and nights out, plus buying presents for your family and friends, you are likely to be skint come the new year. However, there are ways to do it on a budget. Nights out don’t need to break the bank, especially if you have a few to go to. Set a limit for how much you can spend on each night and don’t go over it. Bars, restaurants and entertainment venues often have special student rates or set Christmas menus for food so you don’t have to spend a fortune on your school, uni or work night out. Presents can also be pocket money-friendly. You don’t have to splash the cash to impress someone – small, personal gifts will normally mean more to someone than something flashy. It sounds cheesy but it is truly the thought that counts.

Managing your studies

The downside of Christmastime? Prelims and exams generally crop up at this time of year – and there’s nothing worse than trying to concentrate on studying or finishing up the last of your coursework

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when all you really want to do is watch Home Alone or Elf while drinking hot chocolate (with marshmallows and cream – obviously). It can be really difficult to make uni or school work a priority at this time of year, but it’s important not to be too hard on yourself. You’re not going to learn anything if you sit down for eight hours at a time reading chapter after chapter of a textbook. Make up a realistic timetable and set yourself breaks so you’ll work even harder when you are at your desk. If you want to watch a film, watch a film. Just make sure you concentrate on your work afterwards.

time of year so it’s wise to pre-book a taxi, or you can always call a licensed cab from your phone. If you’re getting public transport home, sit in busy areas and have your cash or ticket ready to avoid flashing your money.

With the party season just round the corner, it’s great to let your hair down and celebrate. The majority of people will go out on the town and enjoy a fun, safe night but every now and then, something goes wrong. If you’re drinking over the festive season (and remember – you can’t buy alcohol if you’re under 18), remember your limits. Take it slow, pace yourself and always remember to eat a good meal before you start drinking. Christmas is peak time for thieves and pickpockets as there’s so many people out for them to target. Don’t leave your phone, purse or wallet out on a table and don’t leave anything unattended – even if it’s to race to the dancefloor for your favourite song. Once the party’s over, leave with other people in your group to ensure that everyone gets home safely. Taxi queues can be a nightmare at this

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Christmas time is all about one thing – family. But if you’ve moved out for college or uni, going back home for Christmas can be a shock to the system. Just remember that, as much as you may feel like a grownup, to your

family you’re just the same as when you left. Keep calm and try to get on with your family as much as possible (sibling fights are just par for the course). It will make the festive season so much more fun and relaxed. If you stay at home all year round, the busy season is likely to make everyone a bit more stressed and arguments can break out more easily than they normally would. Just try your best to breathe and remain calm. Remember that if someone’s being snappy it probably has nothing to do with you, they’re maybe just feeling the pressures of Christmas planning. Whether you’re celebrating the big day or not, make the most of what the festive season has to offer and don’t get bogged down by the stress of it all – happy holidays! l


What else - Christmas jumpers!

Whether you go for the full-on Santa Claus and reindeer embroidered number or prefer a more subdued cable knit, jumpers are without a doubt the best thing about winter.

Dealing with family

You don’t have to splash the cash to impress someone – small, personal gifts will normally mean more to someone than something flashy

Party season



Christmas movies

From classics like It’s A Wonderful Life to modern animations such as Arthur Christmas (Simon Cowell’s favourite, FYI), Christmas movies are guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. 3


Nothing beats the feeling when you know you’ve found a loved one the perfect present... And it’s not too bad unwrapping something you’ve had your eye on either! 4 How have we not mentioned Christmas dinner yet?

Nobody knows why the combination of turkey (does anyone actually eat it any other time of the year?), potatoes, veg and gravy is so magical but on 25 December it cannot be topped. There’s no limit to Christmas portions either so fill your plate! 5

Christmas tunes

Absolutely not acceptable any time before the countdown to the big day, so once that time comes, play them loud! Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day is our favourite and dad-dancing is, of course, a must.




New Year’s resolutions – about as useful as a chocolate teapot and as easy as double maths first thing on a Monday. There are, however, tonnes of things you can promise yourself for 2014 that’ll have a huge impact on different areas of your life. So break the mould – make a resolution and stick to it! We’ve got a few ideas for you to try out, and some advice on how to achieve it all...

In education...

Work harder... Boring, right? Totally, but now is the time to knuckle down and get some work done. Make a study plan that’ll kick in once the festivities of Christmas and New Year are over and stick to it. In class, make sure you’re listening and try and participate. It’s hard work to work harder, but if you get into the swing of it now, it’ll become second nature, even after your exams. Stick to deadlines... There’s an essay due tomorrow? Are you having a laugh? It’s an age-old problem that students have, but this is the year to get on top of things. Download some apps that’ll help you organise your life, buy a diary, make a wall planner and think more than two seconds in advance. Organisation is a big life skill, so get it sussed now.




Bored of the usual resolutions? Here’s a few to inspire you for the new year that are really easy to stick to...

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For the future...

Make a plan... While we’d love to figure out how to become a footballer/ pop star/superhero/Harry Styles’ wife, we know that none of these occupations are wholly realistic. Make 2014 the year that you come up with a plan – a proper plan – and start working towards it. Check out the Source site for loads of careers inspiration. Get some work experience... This one is definitely do-able and really important too. Yeah, we all know work experience has a reputation for being boring (we put Christmas cards in envelopes on one work experience slot back in the day), but it looks amazing on your CV. Contact companies in the field that interests you now and ask if they’ll take you on. Volunteer... It’s just like work experience, but you get the warm and fuzzies – win, win! Volunteer work looks amazing on job applications, and it’ll help you meet new people, learn new skills and help others. Get inspiration at www.volunteerscotland.

1 Learn a new word every day

Really achievable, and actually useful – wow your teachers with your sparkling vocabulary! To the dictionary...

2 Visit ten new places

3 Rein in the social media

Whether it’s at home in Scotland or overseas, spread your wings and see a little bit more of the world – don’t forget to Instagram your mission.

If you feel like you’re talking to your pals online more than you are in real life, it might be time to ditch Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest from your phone and arrange to hang out instead.




CELEBRITY RESOLUTIONS... Nobody’s perfect – not even our pals in Celeb Land. We’ve made a few recommendations for the new year for some of our favourite famous faces...


4 Say yes more

Within reason, obviously, but do you have any idea how many amazing opportunities you’re missing out on? Push yourself, try new things and be a yes man for the year.


Start saving

Whether you get a monthly allowance from your parents, you have a part-time job or a student grant, set up a savings account with your bank and start putting money away. Even if it’s just a fiver a month, it does add up.

Justin Bieber Resolution: Calm down, dear The year of the monkey, the gas mask and turning up late... Biebs, 2013 was definitely NOT your finest hour. For 2014, promise us you’ll take a step back, chill out, be nice to your fans and grateful for what you’ve got, à la 1D.

Taylor Swift Resolution: Date a normal We love Swifty in a big, obsessive, be-our-friend-please way, but man alive, she makes some bad romantic decisions. It’s one celebrity boyfriend disaster after the next with Taylor – so ditch the famouses and go for a normal bloke instead. Any volunteers?

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Make some new friends... A scary prospect if you’re of the shyer persuasion, but there’s plenty you can do to meet new people. Join clubs, take up new hobbies, strike up conversations with strangers – it all sounds a bit Blue Peter, but it’ll expand your social circle in no time. Try something new... When you’re with your mates, it’s so easy to go to the same places, see the same faces and fall into the same old routine. So ditch the bowling alley/ local pub/student union and try something different. Visit a local historical site, try zorbing or head to a roller disco – it’s all a lot of fun, and students usually get cheap entry. Be nicer to your parents... The oldies in your house might seem annoying when they ask what twerking is, who that was you walked home with yesterday and where that fiver’s gone that they gave you yesterday, but they do care. Set time aside in your week to hang out with your folks, talk to them about your day and find out more about them. They’re actually pretty cool under all that old age. l

Cheryl Cole Resolution: No more tatts At the end of the summer, Cheryl Cole unveiled the mother of all tattoos – and divided the nation. We know you love it, Chez, but bigger isn’t always better. Next year? Say no to the needle.

Spencer Matthews Resolution: Be nicer The Made In Chelsea bad boy has trampled all over the hearts of Louise, Lucy, Caggie and anyone else that pauses long enough to chat to him – and it’s time to put an end to it. Spenny, make this the year that you treat the ladies with a little respect. You’ll thank us for it.

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Temperatures are dropping, the weather’s becoming increasingly unpredictable, the days are getting shorter and, as a result, our enthusiasm for moving off the sofa has reached an all-time low – so what can you do to keep fit and healthy over the winter months? We found out... inter – it’s all about selection boxes, cosy reality TV-fuelled Saturday nights and just an extra five minutes in bed to avoid the darkness that lurks behind your curtains. Pounding the pavement, hitting the gym, heading to the swimming pool or attending a Zumba class is 100% the last thing from anyone’s mind. There’s a reason, after all, why certain animals choose to hibernate over the colder months.


viruses, and decreased humidity. Research has proven that moderate exercise can dramatically increase your immune system.” If you reckon that trying to get fit over winter is pointless, think again. It’s actually the best time of year to get yourself started in a fitness regime. “The majority of my clients achieve their goals more effectively in the winter,” Stuart confirms. “Mostly because there’s no more distractions like holidays, beer gardens, barbecues

It’s recommended that young people get 60 minutes of exercise every day

AVOIDING FLU SEASON For those of us who can’t take a fourmonth kip, keeping an eye on your health and fitness is more important than ever. “People tend to get sick more in the winter months,” explains personal trainer Stuart MacDonald. “November to March is usually referred to as 'flu season' – this is not due to colder temperatures, but factors such as people staying indoors more, increasing the risk of passing on and contracting


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and sunny evenings. So if getting fitter, losing weight sensibly or gaining muscle is something you've always wanted to do, winter is the ideal time to start.” SIMPLE START While icy pavements, the threat of snowfall and chilly temperatures might make the idea of heading out to keep fit totally unappealing, there are lots of simple things you can do to increase your

fitness levels. “Keep active in everyday life,” Stuart advises. “Taking the steps over the lift and walking more goes a long way.” Look into fun winter activities too, like skiing and ice skating or drag your mates along for a wintry woodland walk. If you are of the sportier persuasion, join your local gym. With lots of equipment to work different parts of your body and scheduled classes for a range of abilities, there’s going to be something there that you can take advantage of. You don’t have to join a gym, though – there are plenty of exercises you can do in your own bedroom, from leaping about with your Wii or Xbox to an exercise DVD (Davina McCall’s are brilliant), or even coming up with your own routine. “Body weight exercises such as sit ups, squats and press ups are highly underrated,” says Stuart. “A simple 10 to 20 minute indoor body weight circuit performed three to four times per week is highly effective.” Keeping active is the best way to stay healthy, and it can even be fun! So what are you waiting for? Ditch the remote and get moving... l

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...WHAT YOU EAT As a student, it’s really important that you eat well in order to keep your brain and your body ready to work. TV chef James Martin gave us some top tips for cheap, healthy, student-friendly cooking. ere’s a scary fact – more than three quarters of students don’t know how to boil an egg. So it’s no surprise really that so many people are turning to takeaway food to avoid the horrors of the hob. Research carried out by Canned Food UK, a not-for-profit association of canned food companies across the country, has shown that half of Brits are ordering at least one takeaway a week. The association is calling on the nation to bin their takeout menus and head into the kitchen instead, with some support from TV chef James Martin.

which all dispel the myth that cooking is a colossal waste of time. While ordering in a pizza or a curry might seem like the quick option, Canned Food UK’s research has found that Brits spend an average of 63 minutes from the point of trying to decide what to order through to tidying up after their takeaway, showing that socalled convenience food isn’t as handy as you might think.

SIMPLE AND NUTRITIOUS “We’ve come up with simple recipes,” the Saturday Kitchen host explains. “They’re up on YouTube where people can watch for free and hopefully create one or two different dishes themselves. It’s stuff that doesn’t have to take any more than 10, 15 minutes. Really quick, simple, nutritious dishes.” James has come up with 18 different recipes, healthy takes on takeaway classics,

at least one takeaway a week


Half of Brits are ordering “Making your own curry is very easy,” James points out. “If you take a Moroccan curry for instance, it’s just chicken, honey, tomatoes, chickpeas, sometimes fruit like apricots or peaches, then you cook it gently with a mixture of spices like cumin and coriander. A vegetarian version is the same thing. There’s no rocket science to cooking.

The difficulty is when you try and create a restaurant quality dish and you don’t quite get it right – that’s how people get put off.” HEALTHY AND CHEAP Not only is cooking for yourself quicker, it’s a money saver too. Just under half of people spent £20 on takeaway each week, which really adds up, especially on a student budget. Shop around at the supermarket, look into two-for-one deals and plan your meals and your shopping trips. Canned goods like tinned tomatoes, chickpeas and sweetcorn are all great store cupboard essentials for any student – they last ages and they’re still packed with nutrients. “You are what you eat,” James says. “As a student, you need brain food. Most students want to grab stuff and go, so things like soup are so easy. A bit of garlic and olive oil in a pan, warm it up, throw in some canned tomatoes and basil and you’re done. Simple as that! With a bit of bread, you’ve got a fantastic meal. It’s all about having a go.” l

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Take a look at James’s quick and easy recipes at

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Minutes with...

Conor Maynard Girls, girls, girls, he just can't say no

After being discovered by Ne-Yo on YouTube, Conor Maynard was billed as Britain’s answer to Bieber, but following a number one album, legions of fans and dream collaborations, the Brighton boy has proven to the public that there’s a little bit more to him than that. Conor stopped by to talk girls, fans and growing up with Source.

Your first album was pretty much about partying and girls. Will we be seeing more of that on the new record? I think the second album will dig a little bit deeper than the fun elements of life! I’ll be showing more maturity in the lyrics, and the musicality. You worked with Labrinth on the first single, R U Crazy. What’s he like to work with? He’s cool until he beats you. [laughs] No, he’s cool! He really pushes you to your limits, but he gets the best out of you, so it’s all good. Who else have you been working with for the new record? I did such amazing collaborations on my first album, I feel like the second album is going to be a let down! “Here’s Conor and... The Cheeky Girls!” [laughs] I did a song recently which has got a bit of Timbaland on it, which is cool. I

keep trying to get Emeli Sandé. There’s a few things out there, but nothing’s set in stone yet. Ahead of the album, you’ve got a book out. You’re only 20 – how can you have enough to say?! Well, it’s seven pages long. No, I suppose when you achieve something, you want to tell people how you did it. Age doesn’t really matter. What’s been your career highlight so far? I think, for me, the album going to number one in the UK was the biggest thing. Performing at Wembley Stadium was amazing as well. Your fans are a bit mad – what’s the craziest thing they’ve done?

[Laughs] My fans are called the Mayniacs, so they’ve got to live up to that! They’ve jumped down onto train tracks to get closer to me. That was bad. They’ve tried to climb in windows of rooms that I’m in, lay on the ground in the pouring rain to spell out my name... They’ve done some mad, mad things. You get quite a lot of marriage proposals on Twitter, don’t you? I kind of want to say yes to them all now to see how they react. They’re expecting a no, so they’d be like, “Oh my God!” Speaking of which, are you single at the moment? Am I single? [pauses] I would say I’m currently unavailable. But that could mean I’m dedicated to the music or I’ve got a girlfriend. You’ll never know! If you had a day off to do anything you wanted, what would you do? Easy – play Xbox in my boxers. Your first 18 months in the business have been phenomenal – what are your hopes for the next 18? I think to have a number one album worldwide would be kind of a massive goal of mine. Doing a tour worldwide would be another one. I think every time you achieve one thing, there’s another thing to achieve after that. I’m always going to be chasing different things. l

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Conor’s first book Take Off is out now. Look out for his second album in the new year.

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Radio 1’s Ally McCrae is back with his pick of the hottest new bands right now...

Hey, I’m Ally I’m 26 and so, so lucky to do what I do. I present on BBC Radio 1 and BBC TV, I DJ, I put on my own gigs, I run an online video channel and I even play records at my beloved St. Mirren FC. Here’s some new music I love, that you have to check out.



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It’s my job to find bands and artists to put on my BBC Radio 1 show and reflect what’s kicking off in the UK, hoping that important people will hear them (like Zane Lowe or Annie Mac), and promote the music I love at the same time. Here’s three tips for you to check out and fall in love with before they are megastars. (I’ve included Twitter links – tell them Ally sent you!)

A Twitter-friendly roundup of the best up-and-coming bands... Jungle SO COOL THEY HAVE NO TWITTER English duo who makes some of the smoothest pop music on the planet, only made smoother by their most recent video for The Heat. Too cool.

Leon T Pearl I try not to say it too often (although it’s kinda my job) but this guy is going to be MASSIVE next year. Maximum dance floor vibes, über-cool and if you are a fan of Disclosure you’ll love this. Heartfelt lyrics (mostly about loooooooove) to the most perfect beats, and live, it’s a full-on sweaty rave experience. This Edinburgh dude has a big future ahead of him. Check his singles so far and bag some free downloads from his Twitter - @leontpearl

Thumpers (@Thumpers) Another Duo who make a whole different kind of pop. Big indie tunes with drums everywhere on stage and shout-along tunes.

JAWS This year, popular guitar music has largely been about psychedelic, hazy, dreamy bands from Birmingham like Peace and Swim Deep. Next year, things are gonna get louder and more in-your-face if the next generation from the Birmingham scene have anything to do with it. Enter JAWS, who played our BBC Introducing stage at Reading this year and had such a big crowd they were blown away. Nobody expected it, but it happened – these guys have the tunes and the passion. Check them out on Twitter: @JAWSJAWSJAWSSS

There Will Be Fireworks (@twbf) Genuinely one of the most under-rated bands in the UK. Their debut album is a beauty, the second is coming out in November. Zaheer (@ZaheerMusic) This Essex-based rapper and producer is the centre of a massive crew of talent from his area, leading the line with sessions and festival appearances, and a man-sized rabbit.

Show N Prove This dubstep/grime producer, originally from Edinburgh, has spent the last few years in the shadows, writing killer beats and tunes for some of the biggest names like Rizzle Kicks, Wretch 32, Maxsta and Dappy (out on tour as his DJ) but this summer he stepped into the limelight himself with the summer club banger Zimma Frame, all about an old man raving – check the video! A Favourite of MistaJam from 1Xtra and Zane Lowe, I think there will be very little shadow-dwelling from this man in 2014. See why EVERYONE wants to work with him on Twitter, @SHOWNPROVEuk

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Dems (@demsmusic) The vocals that come from these three guys' mouths are almost unbelievable. They also always wear well sharp snapbacks.

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Catch Ally and co-host Jen Long with the best in new UK music live on the radio every Sunday into Monday on BBC Radio 1, 12-2am, with BBC Introducing.





Sisters are doin' it for themselves! Meet the young Scots set to take the world by storm – 15-year-old singer Tallia Storm and her 16-year-old sister and stylist Tessie Hartmann...


I’ve been singing all my life, but it properly started about three years ago. My dad’s a jazz pianist and was working on a track for a record company. They needed a demo singer to sing it and the girl didn’t turn up. I must have been around 11 at the time, but my dad was like: "Quick, come in and sing this." And it’s all gone from there! Supporting Elton John was my best gig. I was really nervous, but once I’m on that stage, I can close my eyes, start singing and pretend I’m in my bedroom! Balancing work with school is not actually that difficult. Girls in my class have swimming, tennis – they get up at six in the morning to do it. Singing is my swimming! Having my sister as my stylist is brilliant! She just knows me so well. Fashion is so fickle nowadays, so it’s very important to have your own identity, not to be a puppet. Tessie knows my mood swings so she can prepare looks based on that. For the future? I just want to be singing in front of thousands of people. I’m going to keep working on my album and get that out and just see where things go! l

Keep up to date with the girls on Twitter, @talliastorm and @tessiehartmann


I love styling Tallia. Because she’s my sister, I know what she would wear and what she wouldn’t. That’s why it works with us – as a stylist, you have to know your client. I’ve been approached already to be represented by an agency in New York, but I’m going to wait until school’s out to do that full-time. For now, I’m concentrating on styling Tallia, which takes up all of my time! I love old school glamour, like Jackie O and Katherine Hepburn, but also modern day icons like Madonna – she can pull off whatever she wants. The highlight for me has been getting to travel to all these different countries with Tallia, and go to places like the Teen Choice Awards in LA. London Fashion Week as well – we get offered tickets for all the top shows, which I would never have dreamt of at 16! It’s all about experience in this game – wherever I can get experience, I’ll take it. Because I’m still at school just now, I’m just building my portfolio. With Tallia it’s already been an incredible ride, so who knows where it’ll take me? Somewhere exciting, I hope. l

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“Joaquin Phoenix is my idol – I want to meet him one day, or work with him” There’s a lot of buzz about the movie – how does it feel being a part of that? How far it’s come in such little time, it’s a crazy thing to think about. But it’s so cool. I couldn’t be happier for everyone and I’m very happy and very lucky to be part of something so beautiful.

Kaitlyn Dever Her latest movie Short Term 12 is tipped for Oscar success, she’s a regular in Last Man Standing with Tim Allen and she’ll be appearing alongside Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz in the new year – all at the age of 16! Arizona-born Kaitlyn Dever is living the dream of her five-year-old self – and wowing film critics in the process. We sat down to talk work with the rising star... Tell us a bit about Short Term 12... Short Term 12 is a film about Brie Larson’s character Grace, who is a foster care worker in a facility called Short Term 12. She works with a lot of kids who have a bunch of problems and have really hard lives. She meets this one girl,

her name is Jayden – that’s my character – and Jayden is going through what Grace went through when she was younger. We bond that way during the film. It’s a really beautiful story – it might seem like a dark story, but it’s really uplifting in the end.

Which other actors inspire you? Sandra Bullock is a huge one. I love how she can do both comedy and drama, and she’s amazing in both of them. Joaquin Phoenix is my idol. He is so incredible – I want to meet him one day, or work with him. If you weren’t acting, what career would you be in? I’ve never really imagined myself doing anything but acting. But I’m always trying to work towards being a good person and doing good things in life. Later on, once I get more and more experienced, I think I’d like to look into directing. I’m looking at colleges just now and I’m excited about that, I think I want to major in directing. But I can’t imagine doing anything other than this because I love it so much. l

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Short Term 12 is in cinemas now

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How did you get into acting? I was very little when I started asking my parents if I could be an actress. They thought I would quit because I quit all of the other activities that I was put in! Finally they let me take an acting class when I was nine years old. After that first day, I came home and I was genuinely so happy. A year later, an agent came out and saw me in a showcase, and she wanted me to come up to California and start auditioning. My parents thought it was the craziest idea, but they wanted to let me follow my dream – and I booked the first thing I auditioned for! And then I started booking more and more TV shows, I started booking movies – I’m very happy.

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