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Careers Week 2022 | Abigail Craig

Gary Seath 2 years ago

Education Support Family Support

Forces Children Scotland is working in partnership with Skills Development Scotland for Scottish Careers Week (07-11 November 2022), which is about helping people of all ages explore, understand, and manage their career choices, and the services and resources available to support them.

We have reached out to young people from armed forces and veteran families to put a series of case studies together to learn more about how their unique experiences can impact their pathway toward positive futures, compared to civilian peers.

Better still, we find out what they feel should be done to help peers overcome challenges, and how getting involved with Forces Children Scotland has helped to develop new skills and build confidence in order to dream big when it comes to career choices.

Our final case study for the week focuses on Abigail Craig – we have used a stock image in support of the piece, at Abigail’s request.

If you had to choose three words to describe yourself, what would they be?

“The three words which I feel would best describe me are determined, enthusiastic, and introverted.”

Can you tell us a little about your family background – are you from an armed forces or veteran family? How is life different, compared to your civilian friends?

“My dad is a veteran, and I also have two older sisters. Our childhood was always very disciplined, regimented, and organised with our education and the church is central to our lives. I think that my friends’ fathers are generally much more emotionally available than my own.”

We’re doing case studies to celebrate Careers Week – can you tell us a little about your university, college, or apprenticeship course? Where and what are you studying & how are things going?

“I have recently started my second year of a three-year degree in History with the Open University. Studying at the Open University offers greater flexibility about when, where, and how I study which is very beneficial to me. I feel very confident about my studies, and I have enjoyed my time at university so far.

“When I finish my degree, I plan to do a Masters in Dress History and Textile Conservation. This would provide me with the experience necessary to work with fashion and textiles in a museum which is what I want to do in the future.”

Has Forces Children Scotland helped you to shape your positive future? What would you say to other young people from armed forces and veteran families who could benefit from our support to shape their own positive future?

“The bursary I receive from Forces Children Scotland means that I don’t have to work while I am doing my degree. The money helps me buy books and stationery as well as personal items. I am able to dedicate more of my time to working toward the future. I would encourage others to ask for help if they are struggling, and to continue working towards their goals.”

What are some of the things which prevent young people from armed forces and veteran families from dreaming big & shaping a positive future right now? Better still, how do we make things better?

“As the daughter of a veteran, I think it can be difficult to “dream big” when our parents are struggling with their mental health. It can feel like our parents aren’t empathetic to us, or don’t care about our accomplishments when they are struggling.

“Better care for people who have served or are serving would probably improve relationships in our families and help us feel more supported. I think this would help forces’ and veterans children feel more confident about their futures.”


Want to know more about how Forces Children Scotland can support children and young people from armed forces and veteran families to overcome unique challenges to education and learning?
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