From 24 June to 19 July, six WHEC pupils undertook paid Career Ready internships, where they worked alongside mentors and under the supervision of other staff. Before their placements, pupils attended the Launch Event, and 3 master classes, as well as meeting up with their mentors on several occasions, either at the workplace or in school. All were prepared, but apprehensive for what they would be doing over the 4 weeks. Highlights for the interns included:-
Beatriz – City of Edinburgh Council
Initially worked with another Career Ready intern organising signage and forms for “Discover”, a summer family program run in various schools around Edinburgh (including WHEC), involving activities such as cooking and sports. Then worked at Active Schools summer camps, getting involved in sports, setting-up, offering guidance and help to p1 – p7 pupils at various location in Edinburgh. The experience has greatly improved her confidence, provided her with view of the world of work. She thought it would be boring (office work) but it really wasn’t, and they even took her out for lunch!
Cameron – Heriot Watt University, Business School
Supporting with the royal visit, looking after the social media and communications for the visit, working closely with the university’s Executive Dean. He was taken out for lunch, given a lovely leaving gift and asked to apply for a Graduate Apprentice opportunity. Cameron has however chosen to continue with his 6th year, but will look into Graduate Apprenticeship for next year.
Connor – Standard Life Aberdeen
Connor was taken on a business trip to London, was taken for lunch and was given great feedback on his final presentation (praising his comedy repartee). During his time he was involved in a brand identity project to change the business name. He was then offered part-time work to return and continue working on his projects from his internship.
Chris – University of Edinburgh
Chris prepared the Career Ready presentation event which involved organising catering and invitations, working together with the Head of HR. During his time, he improved his CV, formed new relationships with pupils from other schools and was offered a part-time job for remainder of summer. It has opened his eyes to new experiences and what office work is really like.
Emma – Citi
This was a great opportunity to be exposed to a real working environment. It also improved her confidence, as she had to speak to staff at all levels. She also got a chance to work with other Career Ready interns, was taken out for lunch and received a paid day off.
Melissa – People’s Postcode Lottery
Melissa worked closely with several areas of the Comms team (including Event Management, Digital, Filming and Customer Experience), with whom she attended a media conference, visited a PDSA pet wise vehicle and did some research for their Black Cat Day campaign and other charities to ensure that they represented the PPL well. This experience was a great confidence boost and she formed some great relationships with the team. She was taken for lunch in the last two days as a goodbye.
Ebrahin – Career Ready Pupil of the Year (Edinburgh)
Graduated Career Ready in 2019 after following the 2 year program. The Chief Communications Officer from Standard Life visited Ebrahin in school while he was in 6th year, as he made a very positive impression on the interview panel for the Career Ready Pupil of the Year award. He is now planning to go to work for Standard Life, and has the final part of the interview process (assessment centre) this month. He is also planning to continue learning by taking an online HNC Mechanical Engineering course. All at WHEC wish him well in his future.