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Graduate success stories

Since 2010, over 1000 graduates from approximately 25 different countries have successfully completed placements with businesses and social enterprises across Scotland. Here are some of the most recent examples of what they’ve learned along the way:

  • Joanna Wawrzyczek headshot

    Joanna Wawrzyczek

    Joanna Wawrzyczek talks about her project management placement with Helmsdale & District Development Trust, a community regeneration organisation based in the north of Scotland. 

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  • Rowan Paterson

    Rowan Paterson

    Read about Rowan's Gaelic graduate placement which led to Rowan being kept on. 

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  • David McGawn ICS Learn

    David McGawn

    ICS Learn

    David McGawn joined ICS Learn in 2013 on a 12 month placement through ScotGrad. Still with the company in 2016, he tells us more about his experience.

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  • Eilidh Todd

    Eilidh Todd

    North Highland Initiative

    Eilidh Todd talks about how she benefited from her graduate placement and where she is now three years on in 2016.

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  • Becca Clark case study

    Becca Clark

    Becca Clark talks about her graduate placement with ATLAS Arts, a pioneering producer and commissioner of contemporary art based in Portree, Isle of Skye.

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  • Sucessful ScotGrad Alumni Andrew Perry

    Andrew Perry

    Orb Group

    Andrew Perry applied for a ScotGrad placement as he wanted a challenging, engaging role after university. He tells us about everything he learnt over the past few months...

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  • Successful ScotGrad Alumni David Smith

    David Smith

    Impact Solutions

    David Smith was quickly promoted to project manager in his placement company, and gets to travel around the UK, Europe, and Canada! Read about his experience, and his thoughts on the benefits of smaller companies below.

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  • Rosarra Mulvey successful ScotGrad Alumna

    Rosarra Mulvey

    Caledonian Plywood Co Ltd

    Rosarra joined the team at Caledonian Plywood in 2015, quickly progressing through her ScotGrad placement and stepping up to the position of HR Manager less than a year later. She tells us about her placement experience, and has some tips for graduates.

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Other success stories

Abhishek Pawan Bhagat

Abhishek Pawan Bhagat

Don & Low

With a placement as Market Research Analyst with textile manufacturer Don & Low under his belt, engineering graduate Abhishek Pawan Bhaghat is well on the way to building a business career. He explains how it happened.

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Alan Breen

Alan Breen

HW Energy Ltd

On the lookout for experience, mechanical engineer Alan found plenty of it on offer with a placement that taught him some very valuable lessons, as he explains.

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Alistair Montgomery

Alistair Montgomery

Interactive Design Institute

For Alistair, his placement job as an interactive designer took him into a world of online learning where he had to get up to speed on some challenging new skills too.

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Amanda Matheson

Amanda Matheson

Stornoway Port Authority

Amanda Matheson graduated in journalism, but a year’s placement with Stornoway Port Authority, a not-for-profit organisation, has her thinking more about marketing roles. She tells the story.

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Amy Pierzchalo

Amy Pierzchalo

Maclay Inns

Despite graduating in Textile Design, Amy found herself in the world of pubs, but still found her skills much in demand on her graduate placement.

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Sucessful ScotGrad Alumni Andrew Perry

Andrew Perry

Orb Group

Andrew Perry applied for a ScotGrad placement as he wanted a challenging, engaging role after university. He tells us about everything he learnt over the past few months...

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Becca Clark case study

Becca Clark

Becca Clark talks about her graduate placement with ATLAS Arts, a pioneering producer and commissioner of contemporary art based in Portree, Isle of Skye.

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Calum Couston

Calum Couston

Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust

Calum Couston, a Geography graduate of University of Glasgow, talks about his graduate placement with Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust and how it helped him to develop his skills.

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Campbell Vaughn

Campbell Vaughn

Bardyke Chemicals Ltd

With a degree in Chemistry, Campbell Vaughn describes how he moved straight from university into the real world, working in his area of interest and finally bagging a permanent post in his placement company.

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Chanelle Miliani

Chanelle Miliani

Radiator

When it seemed like she might have to leave Scotland, Honours graduate Chanelle Miliani came upon a graduate placement programme that kept her close to home, as she recounts.

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Chika Ugwuanyi

Chika Ugwuanyi

Aridhia Informatics Ltd

Chika explains how the business focus of the residential course gave her a new insight into her role, and tells us some exciting news... 

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Colin Sutherland Picture Graduate Placement

Colin Sutherland

Innis & Gunn

Colin joined the team at Innis & Gunn in Edinburgh, after achieving a 2:1 degree from Dundee University. There was a lot of experience to be gained during Colin's placement working in this small Scottish craft brewery! Read more...

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