Meet Kieran

Posted on October 2, 2017

Canel dredgingIf you’re a fan of spending time outdoors then Kieran’s volunteer placement at Glenmore Lodge in Aviemore will have you green with jealousy. A beautiful setting, a great project to work on and even the chance to kayak!

Kieran goes to Stirling University and this summer, between his third and final year, he decided to get some work experience. Kieran advised:

“I decided to volunteer because I wanted experience in a relevant field to my degree to help me in my future career. I know the job market is competitive so I wanted to give myself and edge.”

After spending some time doing some online research, he came across ProjectScotland and got in touch with the team. With a degree in environmental sciences, an outdoor placement at Glenmore Lodge working on a project for thirteen weeks was perfect.

Kieran explained:

“I was given a pond to work on by myself over the 13 weeks. Tasks included dredging, reducing flood risk and channelling the ponds flow. I was also involved in handling the equipment and giving it out to customers, but the pond project was my main task.

I gained new skills. I also became more confident over the 13 weeks in taking on more responsibility and working without any guidance. Also, in my time at the Lodge, I was able to do some kayaking which has allowed me to overcome my fear of water.”

ProjectScotland is more than a volunteer placement. All volunteers are offered the support of a mentor throughout their experience. Mentors can provide practical guidance and advice outside of the role. An opportunity Kieran was happy to take up:

“I had a mentor during my placement and he was a huge help. We managed to narrow down a job area for me as before I was unsure what I wanted to do when I left uni.  He also helped me with my interview skills and taught me some great ways to maximise the chance of succeeding during an interview.

I’m back at uni now in my last year. Soon I will be applying for jobs (and hopefully getting one!) in environmental consultancy or sustainability management.”

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for Kieran!

“Try as much as possible”

And what top tips does Kieran have for anyone considering volunteering with ProjectScotland?

“Make sure you get a placement that’s relevant to what you want to do in life as that will maximise what you can get out of volunteering. Also be enthusiastic and try as much as possible, having a summer of volunteering is a great experience and you should try and make the most of it!”

Now it’s your turn!

If you’re reading this before 13th October, it would be great to see you at our launch event at the very place Kieran did his placement so you can find out more about our work, chat to some volunteers and see if volunteering with ProjectScotland is for you! You can register for the event on Eventbrite – we’d love to see you there!

However, if you can’t make the 13th October – don’t worry! You can pick up the phone and dial 0131 281 7364, open your inbox to drop us an email or simply apply now at anytime!

Because whether you’re looking to gain experience, meet new people, develop new skills, have fun or all of the above – we’re sure we can find a great opportunity to suit you. We have hundreds of placements in Aviemore, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Dumfries and the surrounding areas. And don’t worry if you’re not a fan of the outdoors, we’ve got a whole variety of placements, and you can have a browse of just some of the opportunities that we have available on our volunteering page.