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What's your background?

I was born and raised in Glasgow, then headed east to St Andrews for university at the tender age of 17. After completing my Geography degree, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I didn’t want to live in London. With ScotGrad, I moved to the North Highlands for my placement, remained there for 3 years, and am now settled in Inverness; something I could never have predicted!

What placement project were you working on?

I was hired as a Destination Development Coordinator in 2012, working on projects working on projects designed to develop the tourism offering of the North Highlands. This included a variety of work; from researching and developing a database of historic and natural attractions across the area, to running events in the Wild North Festival.

What was your biggest achievement during your placement?

I was a nominated in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards in the Young Ambassador category, and was a finalist after a rigorous interview process. Very exciting!

What did you learn during your placement and how do you use it now?

During my placement I learned how to work closely with the third sector and communities in particular. This still helps me in my current role, where I work extensively with communities to achieve the best out of a project. Secondly, and no less importantly, I learned to balance a very varied workload which has been of definite benefit in my working life.

What was the biggest benefit of your placement?

The contacts I made during my placement year set me in good stead for my career, both in terms of teaching me how to network, and introducing me to a variety of community groups and organisations I have ended up working closer with in my new role as a Development Manager in the Community Assets Team at  Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

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