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Doctors at Work Scheme

Doctors at Work Scheme

NHS Grampian has developed this programme for S5 students who are intending to make a UCAS application for Medicine for 2023 entry.

The virtual sessions have been designed to give experience and understanding of the realities of the working life & experiences of a doctor/specialists within a major UK Hospital Trust.

Given that applicants should have undertaken personal research into a career in Medicine prior to submission of their UCAS forms, the virtual ‘Doctors at Work’ opportunities are offered to current S5 students who are intending to apply for September 2023 entry.

See your Guidance Teacher for an application form which needs to be completed and returned to your Guidance Teacher by 12th May,

Royal Navy Catering Services Visit

Royal Navy Catering Services Visit

On Tuesday 19th April, The Royal Navy visited the school to deliver an interactive Master Chef style lesson to a S2 Home Economics class.  The class was divided into teams and they had to work together to create a main course which was Lasagne and a dessert course which was Chocolate Brownie.  The class had a set time to complete their dishes and the Royal Navy Team then did a taste test to select the winning team.  The winners were Tyler, Alex, Ethan, Tom and Cameron.

The pupils really enjoyed the lesson and worked really well together in their teams.  The Royal Navy team commented that they class did really well and although the task was to create these 2 dishes in their teams, the pupils had to utilise communication, leadership and team working skills throughout the task in order to complete it.  The Royal Navy Catering Services Team also provided some career insight to their roles in the Navy and their own personal pathway since leaving school which provided some good discussion points.

Well done to the class and the overall winners of the cooking competition, the smell of chocolate brownies from the Home Economics kitchen was delightful.









So you want to be a Doctor – Aberdeen Medical School Online Events for S4 and S5 pupils interested in Medicine

So you want to be a Doctor – Aberdeen Medical School Online Events for S4 and S5 pupils interested in Medicine

The University of Aberdeen Medical School would like to invite S4 and S5 pupils to their upcoming ‘So you want to be a Doctor’ online events. These will be of interest to pupils thinking about a career in Medicine. The events will run over two sessions on Wednesday 9th March and Thursday 17th March 2021 at 4.30pm-6.30pm.

We have a range of exciting speakers lined up from different medical specialities, alongside current medical students. You will also hear about entry requirements for the course, the admissions process, UCAT and widening access. We would recommend that students attend both sessions. The sessions will take place virtually using Blackboard Collaborate. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions to our panel of experts.

Places for the event are limited and must be booked in advance using the online booking form.

How to have meaningful career conversations with young people – Thursday 27 January 2022

How to have meaningful career conversations with young people – Thursday 27 January 2022

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is delivering a nationwide webinar to parents and carers on ‘How to have meaningful career conversations with your young person’.  The webinar is on Thursday the 27th of January at 6.30pm

Parents and carers can hear from SDS careers advisers about the value and benefits of having career conversations and get some practical hints and tips on how to approach these.  There will also be opportunities for parents and carers to ask questions during the session.

Careers Advisers, Kay Hume and Mhairi Galashan, from Skills Development Scotland will talk about the key things to remember in steering career conversations. They will offer hints and tips as well as introduce parents and carers to My World of Work.

Parents and carers can register for our session here:

S5 Mock Interviews with Employers

S5 Mock Interviews with Employers

On Tuesday 14th December S5 pupils had the opportunity to engage with real employers from various companies to participate in a mock interview. Employers from Mackie’s of Scotland, Neptune Energy, Subsea 7 and Serica Energy took time out of their busy schedules to interview our pupils.

After the interview process, the employers provided valuable feedback to our students on how they came across and how to improve for the “real” interview which will happen in the future.

Initial feedback from the employers was how polite our students came across and how well they managed to answer the questions, especially as this may have been their first virtual interview.

It was clear to see that students saw the value in this activity and there was a real “buzz” when they came out of the interview.

Some pupils said:

“I think it was a worthwhile experience and the feedback was really helpful. I feel I would know better what to do and not do. The interviewer was really nice and it has definitely given me confidence that I could do a real interview”.

“It was a really useful experience to help prepare me for the future. The person who interviewed me was very polite and reassuring”.

“The interviewer was very nice and helpful. I feel a lot more confident about any interviews that that may come up in the near future.”

The employer engagement event was very successful and we would like to thank all employers for giving us their time to help prepare our students for their future. We will look forward to repeating this event in the future too.

Virtual Career Fair – Make Engineering Hot – Careers in Engineering and STEM – virtual Career Fairs Event – Thursday, 11th Nov. 2021 from 5:00 – 7:30PM

Virtual Career Fair – Make Engineering Hot – Careers in Engineering and STEM – virtual Career Fairs Event – Thursday, 11th Nov. 2021 from 5:00 – 7:30PM

If you are interested in a potential career in Engineering or STEM, you are invited to attend a virtual career fair to find out more information. The Fair is entitled “Making Engineering Hot – Stand out from the crowd” and will include a keynote speaker – Sir Lewis Hamilton – Motorsport Formula 1. He will be sharing his career, life choices and giving some success and career tips to young people.

If this is of interest, you can register for free to attend using the links below.

Date: Thursday, 11th Nov 2021

Time: 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Ages: 12 – 18 years (The event might also be helpful to stimulate the career curiosity of P6 and P7 pupils)

Key Speaker: Sir Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1 / Motorsports Champion)


About the event:–a-careers-event-evening


  1. Presentations by guest engineering, energy, motorsports, and finance companies;
  2. Work placements
  3. Prizes
  4. Networking with companies (Mercedes, Bloomberg, Enquest, Amazon, and more)



Alford Alumni – Reaching out to ex Alford Academy pupils – Career Education

Alford Alumni – Reaching out to ex Alford Academy pupils – Career Education

At Alford Academy we are actively trying to improve our career education to inspire young people about their future careers. With so many new opportunities and pathways available to our young people, we are continually looking at ways to educate our pupils about jobs and careers throughout a variety of sectors.

We would like to use the expertise of our Parents and Carers to share their experiences, pathways and skills they use everyday in their careers to inspire the next generation.

At Alford Academy pupils have created a working group called “Alford Alumni”. They would be very interested in hearing the stories and pathways from ex Alford Academy students, to find out where they are today, what job they are currently doing and how they got there.

If you are an ex Alford Academy pupil and would like to take part, please complete the google form questionnaire which can be accessed via the link below.

We would really appreciate a short video clip, if willing, to share your pathways and perhaps talk about the following themes:

  • Your name, year you left Alford Academy – What House were you in at school.
  • What was your favourite subject and activities / clubs you enjoyed or attended at school?
  • What is your job title, what do you do and what skills do you use.
  • What was your career pathway that took you to this job.
  • What subjects and qualifications did you get at school.
  • How do you go about getting into this line of work.
  • What do you enjoy about your work.

We would share these with our pupils during Horizons – A new programme designed to enhance career education and future pathways.

If you are willing to create a video, please upload these via WeTransfer and send these to the following email address:

Instructions to upload to We Transfer can be found  here.

Many thanks for taking the time to be part of our Alford Alumni, we look forward to hearing about the career pathways of ex Alford pupils.

Alford Academy Pupils – 2021

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