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Guest Blog: Career Ready Internship with Vattenfall and Aberdeen Science Centre
02 August 2019

Guest blog – Rachel McDade

I have just finished an amazing four-week internship at Aberdeen Science Centre (ASC), where I worked as a STEM communicator.

I did the internship as part of the Career Ready programme, a two-year programme designed to give young people the experience and mentoring required to enhance their skills to make a positive start to their chosen career.

I was matched with ASC for my internship after expressing an interest in a career in science.

During the four weeks I was given a range of opportunities, making for a unique internship experience. I spent much of my time out on the floor at ASC, which is currently located in temporary accommodation at 107 George Street while the original building on Constitution Street is being completely refurbished.

My main responsibilities were engaging with visitors at exhibits and challenges, such as the Subsea ROV Challenge and Marble Run.

I also helped my colleagues with the delivery of shows and workshops, even doing a few of my own! This greatly helped me develop my communication skills, which I wanted to improve.

As part of the centre’s ongoing partnership with Vattenfall, the company behind the Aberdeen Bay wind farm, I also spent some time at their offices and facilities to enhance my experience as an intern.

A highlight of my time there was going down to Blackdog beach to see the wind farm up close, the turbines looked great on such a sunny day and I got some terrific pictures to show my colleagues.

My internship was publicised in a local newspaper - for this I was interviewed, allowing me to see how the media works, as well as improving my interview skills.

As part of the internship, I had to do a presentation which reflected on my time at the science centre, preparing for this enabled me to strengthen my organisational skills.

My presentation went extremely well, I felt confident in communicating to my audience, which included my mentor and the Career Ready regional manager. I received amazing feedback, this made me feel accomplished in improving my presenting skills.

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Aberdeen Science Centre, it has been both enjoyable and beneficial and has certainly given me the skills I need to be ready for the workplace.

I will now carry on with sixth year at school, where my studies include AH Biology and Chemistry. I hope to then go to university to study zoology and pursue a career in that area of work.

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