The challenges of the 21st-century energy transition

How do we produce reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy for our societies? The energy transition we are currently experiencing is one of the most complex challenges faced by our industrialised societies today. It requires a collective…

The impact of the pandemic on early careers

How to address the issues faced in the student labour market and encourage early career options? Internship and placement opportunities are a common way for both students and graduates to gain work experience, discover the professional world,…

‘My life in tech – from the Micro to the Metaverse’

by Anne Widdop. I was first inspired to start a career in technology when personal computers were in their infancy, the first ‘Apple Mackintosh’ was a few years away and the internet was decades away. My dad had been given a BBC Micro and…

What are STEM employers looking for in 2022?

Last February, we hosted a Meetup on employability skills with STEM Industry experts from Diageo, IBM and, SSEN Transmission. We talked about the top employability skills in the job market, how to best stand out, the dos and don’ts of CV building,…

Building a career in manufacturing

An insight into the journey of a self-made woman. The Food and Drink industry is one of the largest sectors in Scotland. It employs 47,000 people (26% of the Scottish manufacturing workforce) and it is estimated that the industry will need…

Gender equality: from industry to politics

Interview with Lorna Slater MSP, Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity This January, we spoke with Lorna Slater who was appointed in August 2021 as Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity. We were…

How to gain in-demand skills?

Upskilling and reskilling opportunities with The Open University The Open University's annual Business Barometer 2021 report reveals that there is a skills shortage in nearly two thirds (62%) of businesses in Scotland and 59% of Scottish…

Free CV support for women in STEM

Helping women in STEM prepare for that next career move. We recognise that writing a CV can be difficult for several reasons. It requires a great deal of self-reflection and can be overwhelming even when you have been through the process…

Emma’s journey into Tech

The importance of role models for women in STEM The Dell Technologies STEMAspire Program is back in Scotland this November. Established by Dell Technologies it aims to connect women STEM students to women professionals to give them role models…

4 reasons to consider diversity job boards

Recruiting in STEM: the benefits of targeting specific groups as part of your recruitment strategy Skill shortages mean that employers must now look at different talent pools to attract people to their organisation. We know that the process…