Shannon Todd from Dunfermline High School, our 2019 Standard Life Aberdeen Student of the Year for Fife, enjoyed a paid internship and mentoring at TechnipFMC. Here, she shares how the experience has given her the skills, confidence and opportunity to kickstart a rewarding future.

My internship was a fantastic opportunity for me and it’s something I wish I was doing every day. It gave me the opportunity to develop many skills, especially my confidence. I had struggled a lot with my confidence before starting Career Ready.

During my four weeks at TechnipFMC, I chaired an HSE project which meant I had to put take myself out of my comfort zone and talk to people I did not know. Chairing this project also increased my knowledge of the engineering side of the company.

At the end of my time at TechnipFMC, I had to do a presentation on my time there and what I had learnt. I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do a presentation like that before starting my internship.

I enjoyed my whole internship, but I enjoyed meeting new people and gaining experience the most.

Having a mentor was also extremely beneficial to me as she was always there when I needed her and would always help out no matter the situation. I met with Katy every week to manage my progress and talk about the career options available to me. Katy was also very supportive in the build-up to my internship at TechnipFMC and she helped me to get over my anxiety.

My plan for the future is to get a job in HSE as I enjoyed my experience of working in that field during my internship. Thanks to Career Ready, I now know what I want to do in the future and the motivation needed to achieve it. 

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