Graduate Profile: Hannah Ormston

"As a member of a small team, I am responsible for coordinating and administering several differing award schemes that provide funding for academics and early career researchers across a variety of disciplines."

University - University of Edinburgh

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Qualification - MA(Hons) Social Anthropology

Job hunting experience - Trying to find a job after graduating was really tough. I wanted to find a role that matched my skills and interests but I knew that I was up against candidates who had much more experience and who were not fresh out of university. Although I did secure an internship quite early on (I graduated in July and started in September), it certainly felt much longer at the time and I remember feeling disheartened and confused by the job-hunting experience. 

Internship(s) - Care Experienced Young People Programme Assistant with Life Changes Trust & Research Awards Officer with Royal Society of Edinburgh

Roles and responsibilities - My first internship through Adopt an Intern was with the Life Changes Trust, a charity that’s working to improve the wellbeing of two vulnerable groups in Scotland: people affected by Dementia and Care Experienced Young People. Based within the CEYP team, my work focused on a pilot project that delivered individual grants to young people with care experience, including the initial assessment of grant applications and overall project evaluation. 

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The skills and experience I gained during my work with the Life Changes Trust helped me to secure a second internship with the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an educational charity and Scotland’s National Academy. As a member of a small team, I am responsible for coordinating and administering several differing award schemes that provide funding for academics and early career researchers across a variety of disciplines. From advertising the awards and processing applications through to liaising with award recipients and arranging and facilitating events, I feel fortunate to work for an organisation which supports research that contributes to Scotland’s cultural, economic and social wellbeing and for my small role in the process.

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Where are you now? - I now have a permanent position with the Royal Society of Edinburgh which is ideal as after completing the two internships, I knew that I wanted to continue to work in the third sector and I am particularly interested in social research and it’s benefits for Scottish society.

The working environment at the RSE is fantastic and the staff have all been very supportive; one of my favourite staff rituals is Scone Club which takes place every Friday and where staff gather for a chat and to put the world to rights over a cup of tea and a scone!

 

Hannah Ormston
Adopt an Intern Alumni
Care Experienced Young People Programme Assistant with Life Changes Trust &
Research Awards Officer with Royal Society of Edinburgh
Connect with Hannah on LinkedIn

 

 


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