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SUCCEEDS 

Placements - Summer 2001
 

Would you like to gain Work Experience this Summer? 

Why not participate in the SUCCEEDS Project? 

SUCCEEDS is designed to provide work experience placements for students with disabilities. It lets employers benefit from the students' skills and raise awareness of disability issues within their own organisations. 

Last year's success stories 

SUCCEEDS organised many successful placements last year including THE INLAND REVENUE, BANK OF SCOTLAND, DEEP SEA WORLD, JOHN LEWIS, BT, GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, CHIVAS and THE GREENOCK TELEGRAPH. 

Students had the following to say about their SUCCEEDS experience. 
 
Interview with Adrian Erb 

Adrian is now in his final year at Paisley University. He had a 6 week placement with CHIVAS. We asked the following questions about his experience. 

Adrian Erb
Why did you apply for SUCCEEDS? 

Adrian: I wanted to assess myself and see how my dyslexia could affect me in the workplace. 

What was your placement like? 

Adrian: Excellent, full support if needed. I was given various projects to work on of an HR nature which is relevant to my degree and long term career plans. 

How do you feel it has helped you develop new skills and experience? 

Adrian: It was a great learning opportunity. I learned about my weaknesses and how to counteract them. It also helped me see what software would be very useful to me in the workplace. 

What would you say to students who have a disability in relation to this project? 

Adrian: SUCCEEDS gave me confidence for the future. It was an excellent experience and made me realise that dyslexia is not as big an issue as I thought it was. My placement was also a learning experience for the employer. It dispelled many myths about disability. I would strongly encourage students with disabilities to go on a SUCCEEDS placement.


 
Interview with Kelly Curran

Kelly completed a SUCCEEDS placement with the INLAND REVENUE. We asked her the following questions about her experience. 

Kelly Curran
Why did you apply for the SUCCEEDS placement project? 

Kelly: I needed more relevant work experience which would help my long term career plans. 

What was your placement like? 

Kelly: Really good. I learned a lot from it. The Inland Revenue asked me to complete a project for them on stress management which was very useful. 

How would you say SUCCEEDS has benefited you? 

Kelly: I gained in confidence during this placement and developed a much more confident attitude to work. SUCCEEDS was a great experience. My placement was very enjoyable and I made some really good friends. I would recommend any student to participate in the project.

Bursaries Available for 

Unpaid Placements

This year SUCCEEDS have introduced bursaries for up to 5 WEEKS for students completing unpaid placements. There are 10 bursaries available, so if you want to apply, get in touch with SUCCEEDS.

What can SUCCEEDS do for you? 

A SUCCEEDS placement gives you the chance to: 
 
bullet Develop new skills 
bullet Gain confidence and experience 
bullet Build up a strong CV 
bullet Explore your career plans

What are the Next Steps? 

If you would like to explore the SUCCEEDS placement option contact Lis Brown, the SUCCEEDS Project Manager at:
Email: succeeds@stir.ac.uk
Address: Careers Advisory Service
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA 
Tel: 01786 466683 
Fax: 01786 466684