Careers advice from our staff


Careers Hive graphic

Some of our staff are helping out at the Edinburgh Careers Hive this week, talking about their working lives and how they found employment. You’ll find us in the ‘Build and Connect’ area if you are visiting this week.

We asked them to share their advice for getting employment in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths with us and you. A new piece of advice will be posted daily.

Friday 4 March

Pauline Lang, Freshwater Ecologist  – “Career-wise do something you’re interested in and could see yourself jumping out of bed in the morning because you can’t wait to find out more or make a real difference to the environment through the type of work you do.”

Careers Hub - Pauline

Pauline Lang, Freshwater Ecologist and Linda Gallagher, Technical Author, at the Careers Hive on Friday.

Thursday 3 March

Emma Waddell, Assistant Scientist (Organic Chemistry) – “Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do, just do what you enjoy and it will all work out.”

Joanna Gardiner, Communications Officer – “Play to your strenghts but also challenge yourself.”

Careers hive - Paul and Emma

Emma Waddell, Assistant Scientist, and Paul Ryles, Hydrologist, had fun sharing advice with students at the Careers Hive this morning.

Wednesday 2 March

  • Paul Ryles, Hydrologist – “If you’re not certain what you want to do, try as much as you can to keep your options open and speak to as many different people about careers as you can.”
  • Eleanor Pratt, Air Quality Policy Officer – “Pick an area you are passionate about and work from there.”

Eleanor Pratt, Naomi Ross and Helen Sweeney

Eleanor Pratt, Policy Officer; Naomi Ross, Scottish Landfill Tax Officer and Helen Sweeney, Environment Protection Officer shared their experiences with pupils at the Career Hive on Wednesday.


Tuesday 1 March

  • Katie Berry, Scientist (Environmental Quality) – “Think outside the box, there are more careers choices out there than you expect. Use careers websites (such as to explore the different opportunities. Voluntary work is a great way to experience different types of jobs, network with organisations and gain valuable work experience.”
  • Helen Sweeny, Environment Protection Officer – “Do something that YOU want to do and something that you enjoy or have an interest in. If you like what you are doing you are more likely to apply yourself and succeed”.

Careers Hive 2016

Katie Berry, Environmental Quality Scientist and Iris Krammer, Flood Risk Policy Officer were at the Hive on Tuesday morning.

Monday 29 February

  • Iris Krammer, Flood Risk Policy Officer – “Don’t be put off by people telling you that a career path is unsuitable or won’t lead anywhere. You just need to work hard to overcome any difficulties and you will succeed.”


 On Monday 29 February (left to right), Naomi Ross, Scottish Landfill Tax Officer and Alison Maxwell, Communications Officer worked with pupils at the event.



Comments are closed.