Getting involved

There are many ways in which you can get involved in being a careers ambassador.

Alumni mentoring project

Over the last few years, alumni have supported Stirling's students across all Faculties to identify their skills, abilities and qualities; prepare them for interviews and give an insight into the world of work.

Students and alumni are matched based on career interests of the student, course of study and gender as far as possible. With guidance from the School and the Careers and Employability Service, mentors help the students with the following:

  • Career options and choices
  • Advice on graduate recruitment schemes
  • Preparing for interviews and writing CVs
  • And for some, introductions to their business networks for future opportunities.

Karen Hendry and Martin GallagherKaren Hendry, a fourth year Law student was delighted to take part in the project. Karen expressed an interest in joining the police force. She said: "The alumni mentoring project is a great opportunity to explore future career paths in more detail. Through taking part I have gained a valuable insight into the career I would like to pursue. I am now much more informed about the real life aspects of what the job entails."

Karen was matched with Martin Gallagher, a Philosophy graduate from 1994 who is an Inspector at Police Scotland Headquarters, Tulliallan Castle. Martin said: "When I was contacted by the University I didn't hesitate to offer my services. It was great to be able to provide advice to a fellow Stirling student with their move into the workplace."

Want to find out more?
Read these case studies from students Emily Bell and Stephen Bewsher on their experiences from taking part in the project in 2015-16.

Faculty of Natural Sciences Autumn 2017 project
If you'd like to take part as an alumni volunteer, download this: NS Mentor Application 2017. If you'd like to take part as a student, here is the application form: NS Mentee Application 2017. Here also are guidance notes for mentors and mentees - Guidance for mentors and Guidance for mentees so please download and send in your applications.

Applications close on 9 October for mentors (alumni).
Applications close on 16 October for mentees (students).

If you have any questions on the project email Eunice Atkins, Employability Manager on fnsmentoring@stir.ac.uk 

Stirling Management School Autumn 2017 project
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Work experience and work shadowing

In an ideal world, work experience would be directly related to students’ degree programme and/or future career choice. Often this is unfeasible, so we are keen to encourage Stirling students to get maximum value from a diverse range of experiences. Develop opportunities for students to gain work experience and work shadowing with alumni is one of these. Our Job Shop at the University can help with setting up these projects.

Projects and dissertations

The University runs a programme aimed at building links between universities and employers. We bring together organisations and Masters students to undertake collaborative projects across a range of sectors, particularly those linked to energy, life sciences, environmental issues, financial services and tourism. 

If you have a research proposal but lack the expertise or staff time, or if you’re willing to support a Masters student with their dissertation, this scheme might be of interest to you. The benefits to employers taking part include cost effective access to expertise and efficient resourcing.

Internships

The internship programme offers the opportunity to recruit some of our most motivated undergraduate students during holiday periods to concentrate on a particular project.

Our internships are extremely flexible and last between three and 12 weeks starting in January or June. Previous projects include database design, feasibility studies, social media projects, and customer research and event organisation.

The Job Shop offers support through the whole process including assistance in writing the initial project brief, advice on salary levels, advertising your internship opportunity and providing facilities for interviewing if required.

For more information contact Jennifer Forman, Alumni Relations Manager on alumni@stir.ac.uk 

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