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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:

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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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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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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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Daniel Sherry

Daniel Sherry

Thistly Cross Cider

With amazing travel opportunities and time spent working in America, Daniel has made a huge impact during his ScotGrad placement. He tells us about his role and the projects he's involved in...

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Darroch Fisher

Darroch Fisher

Cocoa Black, Peebles

When Graduate Darroch Fisher joined an award-winning chocolatier in Peebles, his one-year placement involved him in some important steps forward for the company. He describes what happened.

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Deborah Quinn

Deborah Quinn

Strathspey Railway

A graduate in International Marketing, Deborah Quinn thought her lack of work experience might hold her back, but an opening in Aviemore's tourist industry proved otherwise. 

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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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Elizabeth Todd, picture credit Tim Winterburn / HIE

Elizabeth Todd

Isle of Eriska Hotel

After a 12-month graduate placement at the Isle of Eriska Hotel introduced her to the world of business, Elizabeth Todd has taken the plunge with her own company, as she explains.

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Emma Dinwoodie ScotGrad Associate

Emma Dinwoodie

Sunamp Limited

Emma successfully completed her 12 month ScotGrad placement and was extended for another 6 months, before moving to London to take on a new challenge. Phew! Read her story below.

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Jamie Sword, graduate training March 2011, picture credit Ewen Weatherspoon/HIE

Jamie Sword

New Start Highland

Jamie Sword's 12-month graduate placement with social enterprise, New Start Highland, as IT Support Officer, clearly worked for him. He's now working permanently, somewhere very different, as he explains.

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Kaysha Hughes

Kaysha Hughes

Torishima Service Solutions Europe Ltd

Kaysha transferred the skills she learnt at university and from previous work experience to her role, and took full advantage of her ScotGrad placement. Read about her journey below...

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Laura Fairley

Laura Fairley

R2S (Return To Scene)

Graduate Laura Fairley has some good advice for job-hunters after her placement at a forensic software company that plunged her into the real world of business.

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