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Careers Week 2022 | Rebecca 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.

Next up is Rebecca Craig.

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

“I would say smart, talented and caring.”

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 ex-services (now minister), my mum was a nurse and I have two younger sisters. I don’t think life was that different for me growing up because my dad wasn’t in active service.”

 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’m now studying for a PhD in Physics but done a BSc (Hons) in Physics beforehand, I got a first class in my undergraduate course and I’m on track with my PhD. I’m not sure what I want to go in to after this, but I’ve really got a taste for teaching and research!”

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?

“It definitely has, because, thanks to a grant from Forces Children Scotland’s University and College Fund, I didn’t need to work alongside my studies. All of which meant I was able to focus more on my studies and graduate well. allowing me to move on to a PhD. I would certainly say to any other young people to simply go for it!”

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?

“For me, I found the atmosphere at university very difficult, I was lucky to find people from a similar background. I’d say remember that you’re just as worthy of your dreams as the next person.”

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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