Stephanie Hartley from St David’s High School, our 2019 Standard Life Aberdeen Student of the Year for Midlothian, enjoyed a paid internship and mentoring at the University of Edinburgh. Here, she shares how the experience has given her the skills, confidence and opportunity to kickstart a rewarding future.

The Career Ready programme and the support of my mentor have made me more confident about myself and my future.

The support of Dr David Brown has been life-changing for me. He took the time to get to know me which was really helpful given that I was quite introverted at the time. He also introduced me to other people who could help me, and he challenged me and my abilities throughout the two years of the programme.

The best advice he gave me was to use my gift for science in my future choices, also he told me never to wing it and always work hard!

Thank you David for accepting me just as I am and investing in me through the highs and lows.

My paid internship at the University of Edinburgh was also a life-changing experience for me. It let me see what the world of work and university looks like, it also opened up access places like The Roslin Institute which is an amazing place. I also enjoyed meeting new people with similar interests, especially those from other countries. My favourite moment was when I got through my end of internship presentation and received positive feedback from my mentor and audience.

My internship at the University of Edinburgh has helped me start thinking about the possible career paths available to me. And now that I’ve finished school my plan is to attend university with the plan to pursue a career in the science sector. 

Learn more about the impact we have on young people such as Stephanie.