Simron Kandola is a My Stirling Award Gold completer. Simron came to the University of Stirling on a four year Honours degree to study Human Resource Management and Law. After hearing about the My Stirling Award through social media and the Careers and Employability Service, Simron went on to carry out volunteering and extra-curricular activities in excess of the required amount for the Gold Award completion. As an active member of the Student’s Union and campus community, Simron found the My Stirling Award invaluable for preparing him for the world of work.
'My journey on the My Stirling Award started in October 2016 during my third year at the University of Stirling. I then spent the next two years in third and fourth year proactively participating in as many extra-curricular activities as possible, not only for the My Stirling Award, but also to enhance my skills, CV and employability prospects. My extra-curricular activities included the following:
I continued to take part in as many extra-curricular activities as possible until I finally reached my personal target of 125 hours, beyond the 100 hours required for the Gold Award. I then submitted an e-portfolio, participated in a video interview and produced a graduate-level CV and LinkedIn profile.
I received recognition from the Careers and Employability Service that I had successfully completed the Gold Award, and was invited to attend the first STAR Awards in April 2017, which awards everyone who participates in the scheme and recognises exceptional students. It was an honour to receive the Gold Award. It has helped me to identify my competencies and develop new skills from the opportunities I took part in. Through the Award I was able to enhance my leadership, communication, organisational and public speaking skills prior to graduation.
I would highly recommend students to take part in the My Stirling Award, and to select the right Award for them depending on their availability and commitment to extra-curricular activities, either Bronze, Silver or Gold. Make the most of this opportunity and it will greatly enhance your employment prospects once added to your degree transcript.'