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Transition careers event aims to take students to the next level

11/02/2019

The energy sector’s next generation is to be given advice on how to make it in the industry.

Transition – a programme organised by Aberdeen social enterprise AFBE-UK Scotland – takes place at Robert Gordon University on Saturday, February 16 (9am-5pm).

More than 100 attendees will gain an insight into the opportunities in the world of work through two talks. Lina Serpa, vice-president wells, North Sea for BP will give a presentation on her experiences in the energy sector. She has more than 25 years’ frontline and management expertise through working in a number of countries.

In addition, motivational speaker, Dr Tharaka Gunarathne – who graduated from the University of Aberdeen Medical School – will give a talk on thinking big. Dr Tharaka is a consultant clinical psychiatrist and medical educator that advises those in business and education on how to maximise performance 

Previous events have helped more than 1,000 students prepare for the move from academic studies. 

AFBE-UK Scotland promotes engineering as a career choice among young people from various backgrounds and under-represented groups.

The day-long event features activities geared at preparing undergraduate and postgraduate students, including mock interviews, assessments, CV reviews and networking experience. 

Dr Ollie Folayan, chairman of AFBE-UK Scotland, said: “We’ve had first-rate feedback from students and graduates about previous Transition events and we expect this latest one to be another successful gathering.

“Experienced professionals will be on hand to pass on tips on what to expect when trying to land that first job. The presentations from Lina and Dr Tharaka will also provide insight on how to have a successful career.”

Transition is free but pre-event registration online is essential. The event is open to students and recent graduates of the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University. In addition, identification, such as passport or driver’s licence, may be required for security reasons.

AFBE-UK Scotland was established in Aberdeen in November in 2011 and is the Scottish chapter of AFBE-UK.

AFBE-Scotland has two other engagement programmes: its schools programme, NextGen, in which industry professionals give up their time to highlight engineering as a career choice and Real Projects, which gives graduates and young engineers the opportunity to engage with seasoned industry veterans, usually with UK and international project expertise. It is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes diversity and inclusion. It encourages young people, particularly those of black and minority ethic (BME) origin, to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

The Transition event will be held in rooms N240/242 at the Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road. For more information visit: http://www.afbescotland.org/   l   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transition-tickets-54825953904

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