Dear Attendee,

Thank you for attending the joint University of Aberdeen Careers Service/Aberdeen City Council Business Booster: 'Opportunities to ‘Explore, Develop, Connect’ with the University of Aberdeen Careers Service'.

The Careers Service does much more than checking CVs and advertising jobs.  We run numerous activities and initiatives that are reliant upon external input, and we are increasingly working with SME and start-up organisations to provide vital experiences for our students and graduates as well as providing opportunities and benefits for you. This evening's session aims to raise awareness of some of these opportunities and benefits, hear experiences of other organisations and students that have taken part in placements/internships and work-based projects, and develop and strengthen relationships.  The break-out sessions are designed for us to also learn from you about what is important and relevant to organisations in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

We hope you enjoy the evening, and that we both leave here with some ideas for future collaboration. Please browse the other tabs on this webpage to find out more about this evening, and about the initiatives and opportunities on offer.

For full information about advertising and promoting jobs, raising your profile on campus, guest lectures, and much more, please visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/employers

Yours sincerely

Peter Fantom

Peter Fantom, Head of Careers Service


17:00 - 17:40:     Welcome and introductory session

  • Aberdeen City Council and University of Aberdeen Careers Service
  • Opportunites for SMEs, start-ups and other organisations
  • Case study: EC-OG
  • Case study: Transition Extreme 


17:40 – 17:50:     Short break


17:50 – 18:30:     Breakout sessions (2 sessions running in parallel, please attend just 1)

  • Exploring opportunities within your organisation
  • Changing times: Challenges and opportunities facing SMEs in 2017 and beyond


18:30 – 19:00:     Networking and refreshments


19:00:                 Wrap-up and final feedback

Speakers and staff

Below is information about this evening's speakers, and University of Aberdeen Careers Service staff.


Richard Knox: Managing Director, EC-OG

Richard Knox

EC-OG provides expertise to the global oil and gas industry, giving clients access to leading experts who specialise in the wide spectrum of subsea intervention and production equipment. Richard is the Founder of EC-OG and has provided the technology focus, customer service & value based ethos which have served as the cornerstone to EC-OG’s achievements. EC-OG recently offered a 12 week internship through the Santander SME Internship scheme (Marketing Intern), and also offered a 12 week Work-based Project (Subsea Wireless Production Controls).

Grahame Paterson: CEO, Transition Extreme

Grahame Paterson

Transition Extreme is one of the most innovative social enterprises in the country, operating an international-class extreme sports complex and are a leading youth work in sport organisation. Grahame has been CEO and Executive Director of Transition Extreme since 2011.  Transiton Extreme recently offered a 4 week internship through the Santander SME Internship scheme (Business Planning Internship), and also offered a 10 week Work-based Project (TX Community Reach).



Peter Fantom: Head of Careers Service

Speak to me about: startegic partnerships, the labour market, and all things career related.

Peter Fantom


Joy Perkins: Employability Development Adviser

Speak to me about: Employability, work-related learning, working with academic staff.

Joy Perkins


Zachary Hickman: Employer Engagement Coordinator

Speak to me about: All aspects of working with students and graduates, internships, work-related learning

Zachary Hickman


Wendy Rudland: Career Mentoring and Work-based Project Coordinator

Speak to me about: Work-related learning, work-based projects, career mentoring.

Wendy Rudland


Rhona Gibson: Work Placement Officer and Careers Adviser

Speak to me about: Placements & internships, recruitment needs and the labour market, student skills development.

Rhona Gibson

Placements & Internships

Introductory information


The University Careers Service can help you arrange and support a range of paid placements/internships from 1 or 2 week micro-internships, through to 12 week summer placements.

Offering these valuable types of opportunities to our students will allow them to further develop the types of skills that are sought once they graduate and enter the working world. You can take advantage of the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm of our students whilst bringing many benefits to your own organisation. As with all of these, we look for opportunities from organisations of all sizes and from all sectors.

  • Micro-internships: 1 or 2 week opportunities with the possibility of funding towards the salary costs for SMEs (limited finances available).
  • Santander SME Internships: 3-10 week opportunities provided by SMEs and start-ups. Intern must be paid £300 p/w and we will provide £150 p/w towards the salary cost (limited finances available).
  • Exclusive at Aberdeen: Paid Summer placement opportunities solely for University of Aberdeen students that do not come under the above. Advertised for free, to hundreds of students on our CareerConnect jobs portal.

Further Information

Work-based Projects

Introductory information

Work-based Projects are suggested by an organisation and undertaken by students as part of their degree studies. These are part of the students’ degree, there is therefore no requirement to pay a salary. 

This might a project on your 'to do' list that you dont have the time, resource or expertise to undertake. You may need a new business plan or a piece of equipment developing, or a series of surveys undertaken.  The projects are 10 -12 weeks long and can cover a range of industry sectors and topics.

Supporting work-based projects provides many benefits to your organisation:

  • Develop greater links with the University: sharing knowledge and expertise beyond the project.
  • Fresh insights into your business area: enthusiastic students who can provide new perspective.
  • Address a business need: propose a project topic which meets a requirement within your organisation.
  • Enhanced employability: providing a project allows students to develop valuable employability skills.

Further Information