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I can hardly believe that that’s 2016 almost over. And what a year it’s been! Brexit, Trump, the demise of Taylor and Calvin... I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely ready for a lie down after all that drama. And to cheer you up amidst all the doom and gloom we’ve had to deal with this year, we’ve put together a brilliant issue of Source. Don’t say we’re not good to you.
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It’s a truly star-studded edition of Source – the lovely Olly Murs dished the dirt on life after X Factor (spoiler – he’s loving it), YouTube sensation Louise Pentland talks politics and growing up, MIC’s Lucy Watson stopped by to tell us about her new lipstick range, and we caught up with Max from You Me At Six too. In our careers section, we’ve been looking at working in engineering (it’s the future, guys), discovering the country’s best-paid jobs for all you wannabe rich types, and finding out more about the work of a graffiti artist and a digital talent manger – aka the person who manages Zoella and co. That's an actual dream job!
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On the cover
8 Olly Murs
10 Dream job: The YouTube talent manager
19 The support network
Our favourite crooner talks life after X Factor, Married at First Sight and what’s yet to come.
12 The country's best-paid jobs
Who wants to be a millionaire? Most folk actually – and you can with these careers (or close enough).
We found out about the work of Lucy Lendrem, head of talent at Gleam Futures – the agency that manages the likes of Zoella, Tanya and Alfie.
14 The graffiti 21 The dos and Don'ts artist of exam revision Calling all prelim-ers! Get your study on with our top revision tips.
40 Louise Pentland
The artist formerly known as Sprinkle of Glitter speaks with Source ahead of her new DVD release.
44 5 of the best winter sports
Want to get active over the winter months? Check out these cool sporting options.
David Speed tells us how he turned his hobby of tagging walls into a successful business.
16 The ultimate guide to engineering
Rumour has it, engineering is the field to get into – so what’s it all about? We found out.
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Having a bit of a stress-fest? These helpful organisations can give you the support you need.
35 How to... write your personal statement
If you’re applying for uni through UCAS, we’ve got the inside scoop on writing a successful personal statement.
WHETHER YOU'RE LEAVING SCHOOL AFTER CHRISTMAS OR MAKING PLANS FOR THE FUTURE, YOUR LOCAL FE COLLEGE COULD HAVE THE ANSWER TO YOUR 'WHAT NEXT' WOES. WE'VE GOT THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT SCOTLAND'S COLLEGES HAVE TO OFFER, SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES AND WE TALK ABOUT HOW TO APPLY TOO. IT ALL KICKS OFF ON PAGE 23.
36 Confessions of a fresher
One first-year university student tells us about his first few weeks of study – and play.
43 Make your personality work for you
46 Going offline
We’re all obsessed with Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter – but what’s it doing to our mental health? We offer some tips to help you unplug and go social media-free.
Whether you’re a shy, retiring introvert or a loud-mouthed extrovert, here’s how to make the most of who you are.
39 Lucy Watson
48 The high street hit list
54 You Me at Six
50 Two weeks with turtles
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The former-MIC babe tells Source about her exciting new venture – and dreams of being the next David Attenborough.
The band’s guitarist Max reflects on ten years in the music business.
One Scots adventurer tells us about her time in Sri Lanka, volunteering at a turtle sanctuary.
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The third movie in one of horror’s creepiest franchises, The Ring, comes to us over ten years since the last one but promises to be just as terrifying as the first two. Featuring a new version of the classic videotape which kills viewers seven days after they watch it, what curse will this one bring?
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Made up of Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart, The Sisterhood are a new duo so good that Ruby’s dad Rod (yes, that Rod) actually cried when he heard them perform for the first time. Catch them before they’re HUGE.
The first Star Wars spinoff movie hits cinemas mid-December and it follows a group of Rebels as they plot to steal plans for the Death Star. Bound to be one of the year’s biggest blockbuster hits, this is not one to miss!
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After three sold-out nights at the O2 Academy earlier this year, The 1975 are back in Scotland. Their latest album was a huge success and the atmosphere when they play The Sound is unbeatable.
Sync up these gigs, releases and events w ith your iCal for a wonderful win ter season
The stars of Comedy Central’s hit prank show are coming all the way from New York for their run of UK live shows. Featuring more traditional comedy as well as improv, expect something different from the TV show, but still just as hilarious.
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Post-hardcore favourites A Day To Remember will be playing their biggest Scottish show to date in January to promote their new album, Bad Vibrations. They’ll be bringing their excellent blend of heavy breakdowns and melodic choruses to pack a huge punch in The Hydro.
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Glasgow hosts one of the UK’s best film festivals every February, with an eclectic mix of old and new films screening, as well as locally-produced short films and interviews with some of the country’s top directors.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone join forces once again in this old school musical extravaganza. It’s being tipped for Oscar success already.
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If you’ve had Closer on repeat since it was released (who hasn’t?) then catch The Chainsmokers in Edinburgh to hear it live and have a good dance.
THE BIG INTERVIEW
Murs Itâ€™s hard to believe, but Olly Murs has been a part of our lives for seven years now â€“ and after a year out from music to concentrate on his X Factor presenting gig last year, the Essex boy is back with a brand new album which has just hit the number one spot. We caught up with Olly to find out more about his return to the music biz
“IT WAS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT FOR ANYONE DOING THE JOB AFTER DERMOT. HE MADE THE SHOW HIS OWN” You’ve recently released your fifth album! Did you ever think you’d get here? No, I really didn’t. When I started off on this adventure, I never expected this to happen. I’m super, super chuffed and happy that it did. It's because I’ve got such great fans I think. They’ve bought into my music. I’ve been really lucky. You’ve been in the business seven years now. Does it feel a bit surreal that you’ve been doing this as long as you have? When people say it’s been seven years, I do go, ‘God, that’s crazy.’ I’m very lucky to have great fans. They seem to love what I do. It’s been a great adventure, and I’ve loved it. I’m still loving it. What have you learned in your time in the business? I think you just never know what’s going to come next. You’ve got to enjoy every minute. Every album, every single, every number one. Everything you do, you’ve got to enjoy it, because you don’t know when it’s going to be gone. What can people expect from the new album? It’s not too far away from previous records, but I think this one is a bit more open, a bit more honest with my feelings. I feel like there’s a bit more substance behind it. It’s still cheeky in areas, still fun. It’s the next step for me and my career, and I’m super excited about the material I’ve got and the music that I’m doing.
You had a relationship break up prior to making this record – is this your Taylor Swift-style heartbreak record or have you steared clear of that? It’s definitely got a bit of a break up element to it. It’s sort of like breaking up then moving on. It’s a little bit of both. People can relate to that. We saw you on Celebrity Gogglebox for Stand Up To Cancer, and you were considering applying for Married At First Sight – surely it hasn’t got that bad?! No! [laughs] It was just a bit of banter with Niall [Horan] – but you never know! Has being in the limelight affected your romantic life? I think it’s definitely harder. I’m not crying about it, but it’s definitely harder. People do initially know who you are. It’s not really a blind date, for instance – it’s a blind date for me but the person that I’m meeting might have seen me on TV. It’s definitely different. It’s definitely not easier. Has fame impacted on your life generally? It’s had a massive, positive impact. I don’t think it’s had any negatives really – the positives outweigh the negatives anyway. Some people don’t like being famous. Some people do. I won’t say I love being famous every day, but I love performing. I love being an artist. I love getting on stage. Going down red carpets. It’s a great thing. It has its perks! Has it been nice being able to get back to concentrating on music this year? Definitely. Last year was dedicated to concentrating on The X Factor, which I loved doing. It was a great opportunity for me to take. It was a really different environment for me to be in – I’d never done TV presenting before at that level. It was really fun, I loved it. But I’m definitely happy to be back in music again.
Are you missing The X Factor? Nah, I’m not missing it at all! It was a great thing to be a part of for one year and I enjoyed it. It was going to be difficult for anyone doing the job after Dermot. He made the show his own. Even if he makes a slight mistake, no one is going to pick him up on it because he’s so good at it. I loved the show; it was a lot of fun. But I’m an artist – that’s what I wanted to be, and that’s what I’m successful at. You did get a bit of a tough time from the press last year – how did you cope with that? I just ignored it really. I knew that I was doing a good job. I knew it wasn’t as bad as people were saying. But I really enjoyed the whole process. It was a lot of fun. Even with the negatives, it’s something to look back on and have good memories. Have you been watching the show? I haven’t, no! Being single, I’ve been out and about! If I’ve finally got weekends off, I want to enjoy them. Last year, I didn’t get a chance to. What’s the best thing about getting to be a singer for a living? I think singing for all my fans on tour. That’s the best thing. And what’s the hardest part? Being asked to take a photo while I’m eating dinner! “Can I just finish my mouthful please?” [laughs] I’m joking. There are negatives. Of course there are. The criticism and the negativity in the press sometimes, but other than that, I love my job.
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IT TOOK US TWO YEARS TO CONVINCE A PUBLISHER TO TAKE DIGITAL-FIRST TALENT SERIOUSLY
THE YOUTUBE TALENT MANAGER When it comes to cool jobs, there is no one we are more jealous of than Lucy Lendrem. Lucy went from being a Leeds history student and blogger to group talent manager at Gleam Futures, a social media talent agency that manages the likes of Zoella, Joe Sugg and Tanya Burr. Here's how she got her dream job
How would you describe what it is you do? I oversee and develop the services and roster of digitalfirst talent that we represent. What is a typical day like for you at work? Never the same. I spend most of my day in meetings and then try and squeeze in emails/calls in the gaps in between. Meetings will be about specific projects, meeting with broadcasters, agencies, brands, media owners, publishers – all sorts! Our work is very diverse.
What skills does it take to be a Team Gleam talent manager? You need to be great at communication – each talent needs handling differently – and the ability to switch communication styles for each individual is key. You need to be organised, passionate and really forward thinking. The vlogging industry is still relatively new – is it freeing to have a job that doesn’t come with traditional guidelines? Yes, very! We spent a good
few years knocking down doors. We still have to do that whenever we want to work in a new space. A perfect example of that is the publishing industry – it took us two years to convince a publisher to take this kind of talent seriously. Once they saw the success of Alfie Deyes’ The Pointless Book, which was the first publishing deal we did, it suddenly became much easier as, commercially, it was a no-brainer for publishers. How did you build up your confidence and knowledge so quickly? In this space, there aren’t many of us who have been doing it very long. There are a few more in the US but in reality, we’ve been doing it for years longer than any of our competitors. I’ve now been managing digital-first talent for four years and, because of the diversity of our roster, have had the opportunity to explore many different career paths. How do wannabe YouTube stars catch your eye – what does it take to have the digital X factor? We are a collective of YouTube/ Instagram/Twitter/Snapchatmad people who consume an awful lot of content. When someone spots someone they like, we have a group messaging system that they can put a link in and you can see really quickly who is interesting and who is not based on the response you get on there. They’ve also got to be nice – it’s a very close working relationship and it’s important to work with people who are a delight. What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned over the years? You can’t do everything all at once. Prioritising is key. Find out more about Gleam Futures’ work at www.gleamfutures.com
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Chief executive officer MEDIAN PAY: £80,871 CEOs are in charge of the day-today running of companies. Think Lord Sugar, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson. They’re the ones making decisions, hiring and firing people, dealing with the press and carrying out duties set out by the board of directors.
DO IT: You don’t necessarily need a degree to run a company – it’s all down to skills, experience and a bright business brain. Many people start small and work their way up, with some even launching their own business. If you do want to go down the education route, look into courses at college or uni in business administration.
Legal professional MEDIAN PAY: £80,578 Legal types earn good money – and they work hard to get it. Solicitors, advocates, in-house company lawyers and advisers at law centres are just some of the roles on offer. The type of work undertaken is wide and varied – lawyers can specialise in everything from family law to criminal.
You’ll need to do a fouryear LLB degree, followed by a postgraduate legal qualification. Find out more from the Law Society of Scotland (www.lawscot.org.uk).
Air traffic controller MEDIAN PAY: £73,430 Air traffic controllers are responsible for bringing planes in to land, as well as ensuring planes in flight are a safe distance apart. This role involves a lot of shift work, and it’s pretty high pressure too.
You’ll need an air traffic control licence, which you can get through an approved training course like those offered by NATS (www.nats.aero). To do a course, you must be at least 18, be eligible to work in the UK and have at least five National 5 qualifications, including English and Maths.
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Pilot MEDIAN PAY: £84,592 Jetting around the world, transporting people to far-off destinations – careers don’t come much cooler than this. Flying planes for a living is high pressure and you have a LOT of responsibility. It’s a job that takes an eye for detail, nerves of steel and good customer service skills. The best news? Experienced captains flying long-haul can earn as much as £140,000 a year. Not bad!
There’s no minimum education standard to enrol on a pilot training course, but some universities offer courses that combine pilot studies and training with a related degree. Some airlines, like Virgin and British Airways, offer training schemes too which allow you to train with the company and get your Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence.
JOBS Sales manager MEDIAN PAY: £68,338 Sales managers are responsible for a team of salespeople in various different types of business, from newspapers to retailers. Managers will be involved in recruiting and training staff, developing sales strategies and setting targets, monitoring the team’s performance and compiling sales figures.
To make it to manager level, you’ll need lots of sales experience – that means working your way up. Some employers take on sales execs right from school, while others, working with more high-tech products, look for HNDs or degrees in subjects like business, marketing or management.
Senior actuary MEDIAN PAY: £66,066 Actuaries use maths, statistics and economics to predict companies’ long-term financial costs and risks to investments. This is one for those who like numbers and problem solving.
Normally you’ll become an actuary through a graduate training programme – so that means you need a degree first. Most employers look for a degree with mathematical links, and after that you’ll go through a training programme, with training and exams delivered by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (www.actuaries.org.uk).
Medical practitioner MEDIAN PAY: £65,843
Senior police officer MEDIAN PAY: £65,843
GPs, consultants and, surgeons are diagnosing and treating medical problems and even saving lives on a day-to-day basis. It doesn’t get much more rewarding than that. Medical practitioners work really hard, often long hours with shifts involved, and there’s lots of additional training and research to do too.
In the police force, you’ll join as a police officer and there are opportunities to work your way up or to go into specialist divisions, like forensics or child protection. With hard work, you can go from police constable to sergeant, inspector, chief inspector, superintendent, right up to chief constable.
You can go straight into the police from school, but there are some tests you must sit to pass the first stage of recruitment, including certain health and fitness criteria. Find out more at www.scotland.police.uk.
To get into medicine, you’ll need to do a five-year medical degree as approved by the General Medical Council (and you generally need five As at Higher plus Advanced Highers to get into this), then undertake a two-year foundation course, followed by specialist training. Find out more at jobs.scot.nhs.uk.
ON THE JOB
THE GRAFFITI ARTIST David Speed used to create graffiti in secret; now it’s his career. He tells us all about turning his love of street art into a successful business
t 17, David Speed picked up a spray can and started painting. Inspired by the murals he saw from train windows, the aspiring artist was keen to get involved in the underground subculture of graffiti ‘writers’. Fast forward 17 years and David runs his own gallery in London’s Shoreditch, travels the world with his art, and paints for prestigious clients such as Nike, Adidas and BMW. “I didn’t know anything about the world of graffiti, but I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of,” says David of the art that sparked his interest. “Back then graffiti wasn’t fashionable or popular. It was a subculture you had to get into. It was a bit like the mafia -- you had to be invited in.”
CHANCE A chance meeting on a college trip with an artist called Bongo secured David’s induction into the graffiti scene. David began painting on legal graffiti walls across London, but as they were gradually shut down he turned to illegal sites to pursue his hobby. He lived a double life – a primary school teaching assistant by day, and by night an illegal street artist. Knowing he would eventually get into trouble, David was met with the choice – risk getting a criminal record, or try to
do something positive with his talent and graffiti skills. As the popularity of graffiti grew, David saw a gap in the market to create street art for big businesses. He started Graffiti Life in his spare time, a business that has grown into his full-time career. He now runs graffiti workshops, produces live art installations and has artists who travel the world painting.
MAKING THE MOVE “It was quite scary to make that move. There was no precedent or blueprint to follow,” says David of starting the business. “We had no start-up money – we started out in a shed in Norwood. I had no expectation it would end up like it is now. I’m speaking to you from my own gallery in Shoreditch, when the original goal was to do some painting and make a little money. It’s my career now and I absolutely love it.” Although his artistic talent has got him far, David says the key to success in street art is coupling skill with a business brain. “It’s a really hard industry to get into,” says David. “There are hundreds of great graffiti artists out there. The business side is almost more important than your ability to paint. There are lots of talented artists out there who haven’t moved on in 10 years, just because they haven’t learned to be professional.”
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Rhea Forsyth, 24, recently graduated from Glasgow University with a Master of Engineering (MEng) in civil engineering with architecture. She started her new job at engineering firm ARUP in September
What actually do engineers do? Turns out it’s a whole lot more than building bridges. From designing revolutionary robots to killing cancer cells – there are hundreds of ways to study (and excel at) engineering. We’ve broken down where to go, what to study and what kind of salary you can expect at the end
What did you study? I studied civil engineering – which deals with anything in the naturally built environment, such as buildings, bridges, roads, dams, tunnels and canals. We learnt how to design, construct and maintain all of these. What was the course like? Tough but enjoyable – and extremely time consuming!
Expect to juggle group work with individual projects and be in uni for long hours every day. Our final years included a lot fewer lectures and it was a lot more project based. This was good to help us understand what working in the construction industry in multidisciplinary groups would really be like. I’d say it was a great course though, and because my course was also partly architecture
at the Glasgow School of Art, getting to understand an architect's thinking process has become very helpful. Glasgow’s degree also included structural design, which is not taught at many unis in the UK. It was a very useful course. Do more girls need to get involved in the industry? Yes! Apparently, only 9% of the engineering workforce is female in
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Biomedical engineering is about finding engineering solutions to medical problems. Basically, your job is to use developing technology to help meet the demands of the healthcare industry – you’ll find yourself working with everything from diagnostic equipment and pharmaceutical drugs to prosthetic limbs.
Glasgow, Edinburgh or Strathclyde.
Edinburgh, Strathclyde, HeriotWatt, Aberdeen and West of Scotland. AAAB with qualifications in maths, chemistry and physics. West of Scotland’s requirements are slightly lower, requesting BBBB.
Electrical engineers are concerned with designing and developing electrical systems like circuits and computer chips. Some of the areas electrical engineers might work in include telecommunications, electronics, signal processing and control systems – looking for ways to make facilities as safe and economic as possible.
WHERE: Again, most universities in Scotland offer a course in electrical engineering.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Almost all universities are looking for As and Bs, with physics and maths considered essential. AVERAGE SALARY: £30,000
Mechanical engineering is an extremely wide discipline, with employment opportunities in the manufacturing, medical, power and energy industries. Mechanical Civil engineers design and engineers look at construct major structures IN 2013/14, 3,000 developing, testing and like bridges, roads, railways PEOPLE GRADUATED evaluating designs and and buildings. It is one of the WITH ENGINEERING AND creating new production oldest forms of engineering processes for mechanical and involves further specialist TECHNOLOGY DEGREES systems, machines and areas such as transportation, IN SCOTLAND tools. In other words, they water resources, surveying and are responsible for building construction. If you have strong everything from fridges and maths and IT skills, as well as being escalators to robots and cars. able to articulate design ideas, this might be the course for you. Most Scottish universities offer this as a degree with Strathclyde and Glasgow Most universities in Scotland offer a ranking top. course in civil engineering. AAAA or AAABB for AAAA or AAABB most. Dundee and West of Scotland are slightly PREDICTED SALARY: £29,000 lower, asking for BBBB, including maths and one science.
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the UK. Companies do now promote having STEM ambassadors who go around schools and colleges to try and promote science, technology and engineering for both boys and girls. There is still a larger percentage of men than women in both engineering degrees and in the workplace, but there are now many associations who promote
women in engineering which people can join for motivation and support. What are the best parts of engineering? Seeing the end product. Getting to say you were part of a team that built an existing structure, bridge or road feels great!
And the most challenging? The challenging (but most rewarding) part was my final year dissertation. Working on an entirely new topic which I had never previously studied meant a lot of research and trial and error to succeed. Engineering can involve creating inventive new ways to solve problems, which is
rewarding in all fields of engineering. What do you think you need to succeed in engineering? Experience. Learn from mistakes and be inquisitive! Find out more about careers in engineering from Semta, the sector skills body for engineering, at www.semta.org.uk.
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Skills Development Scotland www.skillsdevelopmentscotland. co.uk SDS is the skills agency for Scotland, and have all the information you need for planning your future career. You’ll already have a Skills Development Scotland careers adviser in your school, but you can visit their offices on the high street too – they can point you in the direction of education and training providers, give you pointers on how to get the job of your dreams and even help identify opportunities.
The Junction www.the-junction.org For people aged 12-21 in Leith and North Edinburgh, The Junction is a one-stopshop offering advice and support on a range of issues. Their support workers can help you with a range of issues, such as managing feelings like anxiety or depression, help with sleep problems, provide support to stop smoking or simply listen to whatever's going on in your life that’s worrying you.
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The Support Network Facing some life drama you could be doing without? Got a problem and no one to talk to? In a flap about your future? Chill out – there’s a host of fantastic organisations and brilliant websites out there who can help you suss out your options, get support and move on – to great things. Here’s a few worth checking out
www.princes-trust.org.uk The Prince’s Trust help thousands of young people UKwide transform their lives every year. For young people who are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems or who’ve been in trouble with the law, the Trust can dish out practical advice and financial support to help young people get back on track – and they can even help you start your own business.
SQA www.sqa.org.uk You might know SQA from the front of your exam papers – but their website is packed with info that can help you make better decisions about your future. On Facebook and Twitter, you can Ask SAM about any questions you have relating to qualifications to make sure you’re following the right path for you.
Discover Opportunities www.discoveropportunities.org.uk Discover Opportunities in Dundee is a partnership organisation working with those who want to get into work – so if you’re moving out of education soon, they’re worth contacting. They can offer advice on a range of topics, including how to go about looking for work and managing money.
Childline www.childline.org.uk 0800 11 11 Childline isn’t just for wee ones – the support line and website are open to those aged up to 18. Online, you’ll get a massive range of articles tackling all the topics that matter to young people, but if you’d like to talk to someone about what’s going on in your life, you can use the web chat function or call them up to speak with a trained counsellor.
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DO work in 25-minute bursts
DO write a done list
DO the hardest thing first
There’s a temptation to overwork and overrevise but at some point it just becomes counterproductive. Try the Pomodoro Technique – a ridiculous name for a genius premise. You break your work down into 25-minute slots, with a five-minute break at the end of each one. There’s a fantastic app that allows you to set how many 'Pomodoros' (timed intervals) you want to complete in each day – because no one can look at French vocab for eight hours straight. You can download it from iTunes.
We’re all guilty of a bit of perfectionism, and it’s easy to slip into a defeatist mindset – especially if you’re constantly comparing yourself with others. Instead, focus on all the achievements you’ve already accomplished. Write down everything you’ve already tackled, even if it’s not to the absolute best standard you wanted it to be. Taking stock of what you’ve already done will give you 100 times more motivation to take on the next task.
Get up early and use your morning to tackle your biggest task for the day – that scary project you know you won't have the energy for later. Dealing with the trickiest subject early on in the day will help reduce procrastination and make your other challenges feel like a breeze. And trust us, getting physics done by lunchtime will give you a sense of accomplishment to carry you through the day.
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It’s exam season again – how the heck did that happen? But don’t panic – we've got plenty of handy tips to make the revision process for prelims and mocks that little bit easier. From clever methods to useful apps, check out the best of our study tips below
DON'T get distracted
If most of your study time is spent refreshing your Twitter feed – you need to get some Self-Control. This life-changing app allows you to limit access to your browser for a predetermined time – and no amount of computer reboots will stop it. Before you throw your laptop out the window, remember that you can whitelist or blacklist certain sites. So, rather than disabling the entire internet, you can decide which sites are OK, or not OK, to visit during your focus period. So long Twitter. Check it out at selfcontrolapp.com – it is for Macs only, but PC users can try Freedom (freedom.to) for a similar service.
DON'T forget to give your brain (and body) a break
Sport and exercise help provide your body and brain with plenty feel good endorphins – all essential for beating the effects of stress. Don’t have time for a run? Try downloading a mindfulness app, like Headspace (www. headspace.com) to help you find balance and deal with any anxious thoughts. And it's not just about exercise. Take time out to do the things you enjoy too so that your whole life isn't consumed by studying. Promise yourself an episode of Gilmore Girls, plan a trip out with pals, organise a game of fives – whatever it is, that down time matters. Just don't get too distracted.
DON'T forget to sleep
Sleep is incredibly important – sadly even more important that watching the last three episodes of OITNB and all of a sudden it's 1am. Looking at screens late at night interferes with melatonin and stops the mind from switching off. Even worse? Not enough sleep actually stops your ability to memorise. So that late-night study sesh is in actual fact a complete waste of time. Maximise precious brainpower and shut off all screens at least an hour before bed – and save that Netflix binge until after prelims. Your grades will thank you for it.
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Uni isn’t the only option once you’ve finished school. Whether you’re packing up your pencil case after Christmas or in May, your local further education college could be the perfect destination for you to continue your studies, get qualified and bag the job of your dreams OVER
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cotland is home to 26 colleges, from Shetland College up in Lerwick down to Dumfries and Galloway College in the Borders. These places of learning offer a range of different subject areas, qualifications and opportunities – and there’s no reason for you not to get involved. More than a quarter of school leavers go on to study at college – and for good reason. Whether you want to be a beauty therapist, fancy a career in hospitality or dream of becoming a lawyer, your local FE college could act as a stepping stone to get you on the path to career success.
The qualiﬁcations Further education colleges offer a mix of vocational and academic qualifications, going from National level right up to degree if they have higher education institute status. From accountancy to veterinary nursing, there are courses to suit all abilities and career aspirations. Qualifications on offer include: • National Certificate (NC) – These are often suitable for students with no qualifications, giving practical skills that will help in the workplace. • Higher National Certificate (HNC) – HNCs take a year to complete, and can take you onto an HND (see below) in the same subject, or even first or second year of a degree. • Higher National Diploma (HND) – These qualifications follow on from HNCs and take a year to complete. Some graduates go onto second or third year of a uni degree course at an associated university.
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College can act as the perfect bridge between college and university – so whether you haven’t quite got the grades for uni, you aren’t sure if further study is for you or you’re unsure of what career to pursue, college can be a fantastic place to further your learning and grow as a person too.
Find out about ﬁnance If the money side of things is putting you off, don’t worry – the vast majority of Scots get their fees paid for by SAAS (the Student Awards Agency for Scotland – www.saas.gov.uk) and there’s funding available to help you live student life too. The Education Maintenance Allowance, or EMA, is open to those aged 16 to 19 from low income households undertaking a full-time, non-advanced course. Ask the college if you’d qualify. You might also be eligible for a bursary from your college, or a student loan. Do your homework when you’re applying. So whether you’re leaving school after Christmas or you’re just figuring out what the future holds for you, college could be the next step in your educational career. Start doing your homework now to see what’s out there for you.
Taking your next step in education can be scary but Source is here to help get you sussed. We round up all the colleges in Scotland and see what they’ve got to offer
Here you can choose the perfect full-time, parttime, distance learning, or evening class to suit you and your educational needs.
www.borderscollege.ac.uk With further and higher courses on offer in Galashiels, applications are accepted from December 1 for Borders College’s January intake – perfect for those of you thinking of leaving at Christmas.
City of Glasgow College
www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk This place holds the top spot for WorldSkills in the UK having delivered 420 modern apprenticeships and 3,162 work experience placements, as well as offering courses in everything from marine engineering to radio broadcast.
Dumfries and Galloway College
www.dumgal.ac.uk From short training and open learning to fulltime courses – this place has it all. Whether you see a career in motoring, education or hairdressing, Dumfries and Galloway is the perfect starting point.
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www.dundeeandangus.ac.uk Dundee and Angus College say their aim is to make you ‘very employable’ – you can’t go wrong there. They promise to focus beyond qualifications and technical skills and give you real life experience.
Craig Hornshaw, 18 is currently completing his certificate in sports and fitness at Dundee and Angus College. He told us about his first few months on the course
www.edinburghcollege.ac.uk With 28 subjects on offer each year, you’re spoilt for choice. When you start your college course, your learning development tutor will work with you to find the next and most appropriate step for you with one-toone tutorials.
What made you apply to Dundee and Angus College? I applied because I've heard great things from teachers and former students. They have fantastic facilities and hearing from teachers that this was an amazing college helped me decide that I wanted to go here.
www.fife.ac.uk What is the best thing about it? So far would have to be the teachers. They’re always supportive and helpful which helps make the course easier.
Over the last four years, Fife College have spent over £20 million on new facilities and offer winter leavers programmes where Christmas leavers aged over 15-and-ahalf, can apply for National Qualification and introductory programmes.
What is so special about your course? Because it could help me accomplish my dream of becoming a primary school teacher!
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www.nescol.ac.uk NEScol offers flexible and accessible courses in everything from art and photography to computing and hospitality. Expect small classes, regular tuition and a wide range of learning support options.
14 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland www.rcs.ac.uk Whether your talent lies in music, drama, dance, production or screen, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have the perfect courses to get your creative juices flowing.
Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
www.sruc.ac.uk SRUC offer excellent teaching facilities across six campuses and promise to teach all the latest technology and practical methods recognised by outdoor employers in Scotland.
South Lanarkshire College
www.glasgowclyde.ac.uk In East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire offers day, evening and full-time courses meaning you could work your studies around your schedule.
Home to over 7,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time students, GCC is one of the most exciting and dynamic colleges in Scotland. They provide a wide range of courses within the health, STEM and creative industries at every level.
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Kelvin College’s courses (from art and design to sound recording) aim to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities with introductory tasters and National Qualifications through to Higher, right up to degree level qualifications. Get online to see their course list.
This independent art college in Edinburgh focuses on providing further education in art and design. They pride themselves on keeping it small and simple, prioritising one-to-one tuition and a community spirit.
Glasgow School of Art
www.gsa.ac.uk The GSA has a track record of producing some of the world’s most influential and successful artists, designers and architects. If you reckon you’re the next big thing, get online now.
New College Lanarkshire
www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk Right in the heart of central Scotland, New College Lanarkshire offer courses in a range of qualifications from NC and NQ right through to degrees from their campuses in Coatbridge, Motherwell, Cumbernauld, Broadwood, Kirkintilloch and Hamilton.
With over 400 courses, WCS promises to get your career off to a flying start. Here you can sit your Highers, study nursing or take up sound production and DJing, dance or business. Basically, if you can dream it – they can teach it.
West Lothian College
www.west-lothian.ac.uk This award-winning Livingston-based college offers their varied curriculum to over 8000 students each year. From courses on beauty therapy and fashion to accounting and engineering, you’re sure to find a practical course that will take you to the next step in your career.
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hen I was in sixth year, I came to college two afternoons a week – a Tuesday and a Thursday, to do a Health Care course as part of the schools’ programme. The course lasted from around September time through to the summer. I was doing that, and I realised that I was quite fed up with school, so in the December I made the choice to leave school and ended up applying for an Introduction to Health Care course. Once I got the taste for it, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. In the January, I started the Introduction to Health Care course which lasted until June. The course was a bit of a taster and covered a bit of practical and theory. I started the Intermediate 2, and the Level 5, in the August after that. Through studying the course and the experience I gained I was able to apply for a job in the NHS staff bank as an auxiliary nurse. This meant that I was able to get even more valuable experience. After I finished the Level 5, I went on to Level 6 and once I had progressed through all of that, and finished my placement, I went on to the HNC. I decided to apply to do a degree in nursing and I was offered two places at university, at Caledonian and UWS. I decided to
accept UWS, which is where I am now, studying a degree in Adult Nursing. What I enjoyed most about studying at Glasgow Clyde College was the environment. It was always friendly and any help or support you needed, it was there if you wanted it. Nothing was a problem. You never felt like you were bothering anyone. All those lecturers, anything they could do for you, they’d do it. They wanted you to do well, too. They wanted to see you achieve it. They were brilliant. For all three courses at college – Levels 5, 6 and 7 – I had to do a placement, either at a care home, or in the hospital for my HNC. I studied classes which had a mix of theory and practical subjects, like Values and Principles, Sociology, Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology. There was some practical in there as well which we had to know to make sure we could go out and do personal care and so on. Once I qualify, I want to get a job as a nurse in a hospital. I think I’d like to travel as well. I’d like to go to Australia and work, doing nursing. It’s an amazing degree to have – I want to get the most out of it. I think once I finish my nursing, in the future, I’d like to do the midwifery course.
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Twenty-one year-old Caitlin Boyle from Glasgow has recently finished studying at Glasgow Clyde College, where she studied an NQ in Health Care followed by an HNC in Care and Administrative Practice. She is now studying towards a degree in Adult Nursing at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS)
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chose New College Lanarkshire because of the facilities and reputation that it has amongst graduated actors I had spoken to. The course first appealed to me as it was an opportunity to gain a firm training in acting and work with like-minded, talented actors. I most liked having the chance to perform at some level, every day. The most important lesson I have learned has been the way in which you approach character work and breaking down a script. My high point has definitely been performing my final-year show, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, at Websters Theatre in Glasgow and receiving a standing ovation from the audience of fellow actors and students on the last night. I feel extremely lucky and honoured to have been given the
Stephen Arthur, 25, who lives in Bishopbriggs, studied towards a BA (Hons) in acting at New College Lanarkshire’s Motherwell campus. He recently made his professional debut portraying a young Bay City Roller in I Ran With The Gang, which was staged at the Edinburgh Fringe and in Toronto
opportunity to take on the role of a legend, who is still celebrated and loved today by so many Bay City Rollers fans. I Ran With The Gang is a fantastically well-written and directed show with a lot of talented actors and musicians involved. The course prepared me for this in many ways, from giving me the experience of performing in a variety of shows on different stages to educating me in the works of many practitioners in order to improve myself as an actor. Working with everyone involved on the course every day was a fantastic learning curve. If anyone is thinking about doing a similar course then my advice would be to go for it, especially in acting. There's no point in sitting around wondering, ‘What if?’ In 10 years’ time, I hope to be working steadily as an actor in the industry. I am working on a few projects that I am writing and would love to see them come to fruition.
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If you’re ready to make the move to college, there’s one hurdle in your way – the application process. While submitting an application for anything is daunting and can take a bit of time and effort, don’t be put off. Here’s how to do it
Know where to apply While universities have UCAS to oversee their application process, most colleges in Scotland deal with applications themselves. So that means you have to submit your application to them directly. All of the colleges in Scotland will have information on the course pages of their websites – so head to the institution that interests you, find the course of your dreams and get moving!
Gather your information
Most courses will ask for the same information, so it’s wise to have it to hand. It’s a good idea to update your CV (or create it from scratch) so that all your relevant dates, qualifications and experience are in the one place. That way, you can copy the info into the online application.
Get in order If you’re applying for more than one course at the same institution, you’ll generally be given the option to put them in order of preference, so that the college can do what they can to help you get a place on your first choice course.
Double check The majority of colleges have two separate intake dates –
September and January – so make sure you apply for the right course at the right time. You don’t want to submit an application for the September accountancy course when you’re ready to leave school at Christmas.
Proof read Before clicking send, doublecheck your spelling and grammar. It does make a difference – and could be what makes the course coordinator choose you over someone else with sloppy spelling and no attention to detail.
The next step Some colleges will interview you before offering you a place, especially if it’s a particularly popular course – so if you’re invited in to talk to them, prepare for it. Think about why you’ve applied, what you want to do in the future and what makes you a better candidate than everyone else. Ask a family member, teacher or careers adviser to help you out with a mock interview.
Keep your options open Don’t pin all your hopes on one course at a particular institution – check out what’s on offer elsewhere or research similar courses. That way, if you don’t get a place on your first choice course, you still have options.
NEED SOME ADVICE? You’re not alone – deciding what to do with your future can be really confusing, but there is support out there. If you’re still at school, you’ll have an in-house careers adviser who can help you make decisions. You can also contact your nearest college for advice – they’ll have advisers who can help you identify courses to suit your skills and ambitions. If you’re away from school, head to your nearest branch of Skills Development Scotland (www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk). My World of Work (www.myworldofwork.co.uk) is another fantastic resource – get online and check it out.
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Break it up We don’t need to tell you what a snoozefest personal statement-writing is. But imagine reading hundreds of them a day. Nearly 700,000 students apply for university every year – that's a lot of times for uni staff to have to see "I have always been passionate about..." Make it more bearable for them by avoiding clichés and famous quotes. Oh, and try and make it pretty by breaking up text with subheadings.
Keep it personal But easy on the jokes. They want to see your personality without knowing exactly how many Jaegerbombs you plan to down in your first year. On the other end of the spectrum, don’t try and pretend to be someone you're not. Put down the thesaurus, step away from fancy four syllable words and be true to you. Ask yourself, ‘Why do I deserve to be there?’ Sounds obvious, but knowing yourself and your strengths will make writing your statement a whole lot easier. Try writing down all the real reasons why they should pick you – not just the reasons you think they want to hear. Once you have that list, edit it and then enjoy the satisfaction of ticking off all your achievements as you mention them.
The UCAS deadline for the majority of wannabe undergraduates in 2017 is 15 January – and the bit that terrifies most about the application is the muchhyped personal statement. So how do you get it right? We offer some top tips
Get a good opener Hook that admissions officer from the first sentence. Don’t stress about writing it first, you’ll end up tearing the pages (and your hair) out. Instead, write everything else and return to the big opener at the end once all the other ideas are on the page.
Dont let anyone else write it A personal statement can only be personal if you’ve written it. Parents and teachers can only give so much input before your statement will start to look like the ramblings of a 55-year-old. Not what you’re after. Neither is ripping off anyone else's ideas. A guy we know actually tried to copy and paste one from the internet. Safe to say, he did not go to uni...
Keep it relevant With your statement, 80% should be dedicated to your studies, and 20% to extracurricular activities. Unless you're off to study Advanced Frisbee, there’s no excuse to talk for seven paragraphs about your favourite hobby. Instead, use your interests to demonstrate interchangeable skills. Launch a club at school? Talk about how you learned to manage a team. Helped at a charity shop? You learned responsibility and interpersonal skills while still maintaining your As in class. See? Much better.
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mbrella? Check. Raincoat? Double check. Shorts? No, you can stay behind. Goodbye sunny Barcelona – hello not-so-sunny Glasgow! After a year of interviews and applications and another year of getting some work experience, finally moving away from Spain, my home, and coming to university here in Scotland felt like it had been a long time coming. For many, leaving their home can be a difficult choice. But for me, it’s the easiest decision I’ve ever made.
MOVING AWAY According to a 2015 article in Spanish newspaper el País, more than 100,000 Spaniards have left their homeland since 2010. Many of them, looking for a better, brighter future. And that is exactly what I have come to do here. We’ve all seen the movies about university life, the over the top parties, the glamorous dorms that all the students stay in, the enormous lecture halls with hundreds of students manically taking notes... Funny how those movies forget to include the stumbling back from these parties, with your new friend’s arm slung over your shoulder while they drunkenly ramble on about how they would kill for a Big Mac or some KFC. Or how the dorms are not really glamorous rooms with tons of space, and more like a cosy shoebox with a window. At least the part about frantic note taking is pretty accurate…
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fresher Starting your first year at uni is one of the most exciting (and nerve-wracking!) times of your life. We ask one fresher to dish the deets on their first impression of higher education
Now that I’ve mentioned drunken ramblings, according to a 2010 study carried out by the University of Northampton, 83% of their first year students considered themselves drinkers, with a third of those stating they drank around 50 alcoholic beverages a week.
RELATABLE And despite the study being five years old, I found it extremely relatable. Coming from Spain where people would have a glass of wine with their lunch or the occasional beer with their friends, to suddenly seeing a kitchen full of cheap liquor was a bit surreal, but hilarious and probably an essential part to the equally famous and infamous fresher’s week. Of course, it isn’t all parties and madness. The transition from high school classes to university lectures and seminars is a big one. It went from being a one-way discussion where you’d have to sit, listen and accept what you were told as truth, to being encouraged to explore our own conclusions, and to propose them to our classmates and professors. It’s very refreshing to feel that not only am I learning from my classmates and professor, but that they in turn are also learning from me. Coming to university is a big step for us all, and I really can't wait to see what awesome experiences and opportunities await over the next couple years.
Enzo Riley is a first year student studying multimedia journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University. To find out more about studying at GCU, head to www.gcu.ac.uk.
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think it’s punchy, which is very me as a person. I’m quite punchy.” Lucy Watson is explaining the reason behind the name of her new cosmetics line, Basic Bitch. “And I hate when people use that word in a negative way. It’s such a superior way of speaking to someone, so hopefully people will think of it as more of a compliment now.” In the past, Lucy has had her fair share of negative labels. During her four years on Made in Chelsea, Lucy had every insult in the book hurled at her, thanks to her sassy comebacks and infamous eye-rolls. “I am sure there are a lot of people out there that have a misconception of me,” explains Lucy. “Because you only really get to see certain sides of someone when you are being filmed on a reality show.”
SOFTER SIDE But now she is ready to show her softer side. Her new range of lipsticks sees her putting animals first by promoting cruelty-free products and highlighting animal rights. “I actually thought I would be a vet growing up,” admits Lucy. “Well, I dabbled between wanting to be a vet and actress. I always wanted to work with animals and I always wanted to be on TV, so I’ve kind of done the two. It’s amazing that I’ve kind of achieved what I always wanted.” Despite leaving MIC earlier this year, Lucy still has us glued to our screens. Her YouTube channel has already garnered over 20k loyal subscribers who love watching Lucy chat about everything from activism to vegan food. “I just like the idea of having a voice that isn’t altered in any way,” she says. “It’s completely within my control and I can talk about topics that I am really passionate about and hopefully raise awareness.”
LUCY WATSON Animal rights campaigner, lipstick entrepreneur, future David Attenborough – there’s more to this former Made In Chelsea starlet than cocktails on the King’s Road. Are you ready to meet the real Lucy Watson?
Lucy admits vlogging is very different from being surrounded by cameras all day. “Filming on a TV show, you maybe dramatise things, you overact – you are performing in a way,” says Lucy. “But when you're at home just filming on a camera it’s really peeled back and natural. You are literally just yourself.” Does she see herself returning to TV in the future? “My goal is to work in documentaries and to do what I do on YouTube but out in the wilderness with real animals. Talking about important topics would be cool.” But although she’s far from the drama and designer bags of MIC, Lucy still has her critics. “I'm just doing stuff I really care about,” says Lucy. “And I don’t find that scary, I find it exciting.” So long haters – she’s just saying it like it is.
Find out more about Lucy’s new cosmetics line at www.basicbitchcosmetics.com.
THE NOSY INTERVIEW
’m an open book!” Louise Pentland cackles down the phone. “Ask whatever you like, but I reserve the right to say no thank you if it’s a really, really weird question.” Fun, polite and more bubbly that Zoella’s Soak Opera Bath Soak – Louise is everything you’d expect from a YouTuber that boasts 2.58 million subscribers. Known for her infectious greetings (“aloha Sprinklerinos”) and her love of all things pink and sparkly, Louise recently shocked fans when she announced that she was “finishing with Sprinkle of Glitter”. But what would cause her to leave behind the image that made her a household name? “About six months ago I realised that I was ready to make things a bit more real for me,” explains Louise. “I knew when I was writing the tour that I was going to start changing my channel’s content. So the stuff in the live show wasn’t written for the younger teenage audience – I tried to write the show for me, for my sisters and my friends. So like my channel, the show is actually aimed at an older, more mature audience.”
GROWN UP Louise was only 24 years old when she launched the YouTube channel Sprinkle of Glitter in 2010. Now 31, with a baby and a divorce under her belt, she is ready for fans to see a more grown up Louise. But that doesn’t mean she’s leaving behind her younger followers. “I feel really comfortable knowing there is enough content on YouTube for the younger fans to go and enjoy,” says Louise. “If they want to stick around and watch my older content, then they definitely can. But if they don’t, I don’t begrudge that. I’d rather sadly see them go and have them come back when they are older than make content that I don’t really like just to please that group of people.” Her new content promises to talk openly about relationships and motherhood – but Louise is also conscious that fans don’t see her as a role model. “As Spider-Man says, ‘With great power comes great responsibility,’” laughs Louise. “But I don’t think YouTubers have to take that responsibility, which I know is a bit surprising to say. We’re not teachers, we’re not forcing anybody to watch it; you are choosing to do it. I think it is nice to have a bit of honour about you. To do the right thing and not lie and have a good ethos – something I always try to do. But you have to remember that anyone can start a YouTube channel and everybody is very different, aren’t they?”
PHENOMENON But not everybody with a channel can become a worldwide phenomenon with two bestselling books, multiple blog and vlog awards and thousands of adoring fans. And while Louise has found global success through YouTube, she says she’s not in it for the fame. “I don’t feel like a celebrity – when I think of celebrity I think of
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someone that has to wear a cap and sunglasses when they go out!” she laughs. “But that’s not my life at all.” Instead she’d much rather spend her time hanging out with daughter Darcy and best friend Zoella, or use her channel to promote important topics such as body confidence and politics. Last year she interviewed former Labour leader Ed Miliband to encourage young people to vote, and was recently named a Change Ambassador for the UN. Along with seven other female creators from across the world, Louise will be responsible for generating content to target gender inequality. “It was such an honour to asked to be part of the United Nations,” says Louise. “It’s a great platform to talk about things that really matter to me. Gender inequality isn't just for women; it matters to all genders. It’s a really great topic – I’m glad it’s becoming more and more normalised.” With lots of exciting things ahead, Louise admits she can’t wait to see what other opportunities lie in her future. “When I first started YouTube, it was just this thing that people did on their webcams and didn’t really think about too much,” says Louise. “But now it’s more like traditional media – we have higher production values and get people to help us with filming. We try and stick to schedules and we are collaborating a lot with traditional media, like the BBC who have made my DVD. It’s great to see traditional channels and modern outlets merging – it’s lovely.”
TOP TIPS But what are her tips for someone just starting out? “Use what you’ve got,” says Louise. “Phone cameras are really good quality so don’t go and buy lots of expensive equipment. It might not be a hobby you like, so don’t shell out all that money.” Finally, Louise says, the key to vlogging success is always passion. “If your goal on YouTube is just to have a huge following, then you’re not there for the right reasons. YouTube is like a passion sport – you should do it because you enjoy what you are making and you love the interaction that you get from it. Do it for you. People can always tell when you are just saying something because you think you should.” And with that she’s off, to follow her own advice – and heart – and make more videos for the real Louise. After all, she might not be Sprinkle of Glitter anymore, but Louise still knows how to brighten up our day.
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y t i l a n o s r e p Make your work for you Are you always at the centre of the party but struggling to focus? Or are you the shy and retiring type bursting with untapped potential? Whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, we’ve got all the tips to make you a success in the classroom and beyond SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT
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Go-getting, assertive and able to seize the day – who wouldn’t want to work with an extrovert? You’re great at thinking on your feet, feel comfortable with conflict and thrive in stimulating environments with lots going on. You can handle almost any task thrown at you – as long as there are lots of people to share your ideas with.
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PRACTISE your listening skills Try to focus on what the other person is saying, think before you respond and don’t assume their silence means agreement. Make sure you always give people a chance to tell you how they feel.
Know when to take the backseat Every group needs a leader but try to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to express their ideas. Try the ‘60-second rule’, or wait until at least two other people speak before voicing what’s on your mind.
Write it down You’re always bubbling with ideas, but how many do you actually complete? Start taking time to write down your thoughts. Seeing them all together will help you to realise any holes in your plans.
Use your alone time productively Extroverts often take control because they know how to make decisions quickly – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they make better ones. Don’t feel that your contribution is unimportant; try to express your ideas even if they are not fully developed.
Don't feel guilty Needing time alone isn’t selfish – in fact, it’s essential! Taking breaks to yourself, whether it’s to go for a walk or to listen to music, will make you more energetic, creative and efficient. And that’s a win-win for you and for your future career.
Lead the team You might not think it, but introverts make great leaders. You are willing to let your team be creative and be in tune with their skills, rather than relying on charisma. So next time your class are looking for a leader – raise that hand high.
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Skiing Skiing is probably the most popular winter sport, and Scotland is one of the best countries to do it in – so take advantage of that and head to the slopes. Cairngorms National Park is home to three ski resorts and has a world-class terrain, so you can’t go wrong there. If you’re more of a beginner and not yet confident enough to head up north, there’s always Snow Factor in Glasgow. Their indoor winter sports area is great for those just starting out with skiing, with a designated slope for beginners.
WINTER SPORTS We might always be moaning about the weather in Scotland, but there is one upside – we've got the perfect conditions for winter sports! There’s something for everyone, whether you want high-adrenaline or something more chilled out, indoors or outdoors, central or in the Highlands. Shannon McGarrity rounds up the best winter sports to try out this year
Ice-skating Winter sports don’t always have to be full-on and terrifying – iceskating can be done at your own pace, and you can try out advanced moves or stick to simply going round in circles. There are plenty of places to get your skate on across Scotland, like the Time Capsule in Coatbridge (www.nlleisure.co.uk), Braehead (www.braehead-arena. co.uk) and Murrayfield (www. murrayfieldicerinkltd.co.uk). Some places offer lessons for beginners and there are also events like disco ice skating at night, so round up a group of friends and see what you can do.
Snowboarding Ski resorts also offer snowboarding, so it’s a great way to try out two new activities in one day. Snow Factor has combined skiing and snowboarding lessons, while the dry slope at Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex in Ayrshire also offers beginner lessons. If you had childhood dreams of being a skateboarder, this gives you a chance to be Tony Hawke on snow, which is even cooler.
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Curling Probably not a sport you’ve considered taking up, but curling is growing rapidly in Scotland. With over 600 clubs and 13,000 members across the country, now is a great time to get involved. There’s bound to be a club near you, so get in touch to find out about joining and you could become part of a great team of talented curlers participating in competitions throughout the year. Find a club at www. royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org.
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GOING OFFLINE Social media takes up so much of our day-to-day lives. But is this really healthy? We take a look at ways in which you can sign out and beat the stress
ere at Source we love social media. Nothing beats having information right at your fingertips and connecting with the world at a click of a button. But could your daily tweets and snaps be doing more harm than good? While no one has died from getting less than ten likes on Insta, studies have found that excessive use of our phone is linked to feelings of depression and emotional issues. So the question is – are you ready for a digital detox? Taking a break from social media is nothing new. Kim Kardashian, Iggy Azalea and the Jenner sisters have all been known to cut the cord. If you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed, maybe it is time to unplug. Read our top tips
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Stay App-y Declutter your phone (and your head) by deleting all the apps that negatively impact on your mood. Use the free space to download things that make you happy – whether it’s a meditation app like Headspace, a new podcast or something silly like Dubsmash.
No Phones at the Table! We hate to sound like your mum, but texting at the table is not a good look. Pop your phone away and enjoy a real conversation with the person in front of you.
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Make Your Morning About You Instead of rolling over and reaching straight for your phone - try and keep the mornings for yourself. That means no notifications, texts or snaps before 9am. Go on, dare you.
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Switch it up, not off We’re not saying you have to go cold turkey, all we ask is that you shake up your digital routine. Be mindful of when you use your phone and try to limit it. Don’t check social media when watching TV for example – instead, stay present and keep your mind calm by focussing on one thing only.
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fter spending years working hard in the library, psychology grad Bryony Bunker couldn’t wait to get out and explore the world. But wary of tales of pashminas and dodgy tattoos, Bryony was determined to make her year out really count. “It was super important to me to give something back to the community while staying in a country with extreme poverty,” says Bryony, who spent two weeks volunteering at a turtle sanctuary in Ambalangoda, south Sri Lanka. “I had the best time. It really opened my eyes to
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SETTING OFF Before Bryony embarked on her trip, she spent hours online reading reviews and searching for the perfect place to volunteer. However, once she decided, she says the process couldn’t have been simpler. “It was very easy to book,” says Bryony. “I applied online through an agency called Projects Abroad – from their website you can research and select which type of volunteering you would like to do, with options in everything from orphanages to elephant sanctuaries.” Bryony says the help and support offered by Projects Abroad gave her the confidence she needed to travel – and helped put her anxious parents at ease. “You hear some horror stories about volunteering experiences but I couldn’t fault Projects Abroad – it was so well organised,” she explains.
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FURTHER ADVENTURES Bryony went on to work in a Sri Lankan orphanage before travelling to Australia, where she spent the rest of her gap year. But she says her trip to Sri Lanka remains a memorable experience. “The hostel in Kandy was the first hostel I had ever stayed in – on arrival, I wasn’t sure how long my backpacking days would last!” laughs Bryony. “You’re provided with the very bare essentials and no air con so if you haven’t stayed in a hostel before it is quite an adventure.” But despite being far from everyday luxuries, Bryony says she wouldn't change anything about her time there. “Every aspect of working at the turtle sanctuary was amazing – from feeding the disabled turtles to releasing baby turtles into the ocean,” remembers Bryony. “We had an amazing group of people volunteering with us who really made the experience. After our two weeks of volunteering we spent a week travelling the south coast with some of the great friends we made – now they are friends for life!”
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Source talks to You Me At Six guitarist Max Helyer about the band’s upcoming fifth album, loving Drake and why Scottish crowds are their favourite
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It’s hard to believe it's been 10 years since your debut album – how does it feel? It’s something that we as a band really didn’t expect but we’ve really tried to progress and keep up with the times. I think that’s the reason why we have lasted so long – we’ve put in the work and the time to make sure that we are doing the right thing musically and imagewise. And also our fans have stuck with us and given us the time of day to evolve and grow.
Your latest single, Night People, is a pretty different sound for you – is it a good indication of what's to come? It was one of the songs we wanted to release first because it is a bit of a departure from what we have done before. We wanted to shock people when we came back – we didn’t want to give people the same thing they expected from us. It is a heavy hitting song; it’s got a groove to it. It was a band favourite from the minute we wrote it – we
“WE WANTED TO SHOCK PEOPLE WHEN WE CAME BACK – WE DIDN’T WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE THE SAME THING THEY EXPECTED FROM US. WE JUST WANT TO KEEP PEOPLE ON THEIR TOES”
just wanted to keep people on their toes.
Was the new sound something that came naturally when writing the album? We wrote a lot of songs over a space of a year and a half and we condensed down from 50 songs to 12 songs that we then recorded. We actually made it a ten-song album because it felt like the other two songs we recorded didn’t really fit. And that was all that mattered to us – making a record from start to finish that felt like a journey but also made sense by the end of it. What are the biggest influences behind the record? It’s a real mix of old school classic kind of rock from The Who to Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath and current-day hip-hop. Really, it’s us taking influences from all the artists that we’ve been listening to over the years. With Night People, you can hear the influences of the
likes of The White Stripes as well as artists like Drake and J.Cole. We mix and match them together because that is what we listen to. We’ve got to like our own music, and really it’s the influences we bring in from that which have shaped us as a band. You’re on the road in April. Are you excited to be back out on tour again? One of the shows we’ve wanted to do for such a long time is The Hydro again, because it is such a great venue. It’s got a vibe as soon as you go in that everyone is up for it and obviously, being a Scottish crowd, they are always up for it anyway! So that will definitely be one of our highlights in our run in April – we can’t wait.
You Me at Six’s new album Night People is out on 13 January via BMG. The guys play The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, on 13 April – get tickets from www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
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