Careerwise is a ground breaking annual work placement promotion gateway targeted at women studying STEM subjects at Scottish Universities and Colleges.

We promote placements that are designed, delivered and paid for by STEM employers.  Employers are invited to advertise their STEM opportunities via Careerwise free of charge.  Each advert will contain a link back to the employer’s website so applicants can apply direct to the organisation, meaning the employer has complete control over the application system.

Only opportunities aimed at under graduate level, 1st to 4th year students and HNC/HND level college students are promoted by the gateway.  The placements advertised should be between 8-12 weeks and 6 months long, in industry or academia, that take place between June and August each year.

These placements are not job opportunities or access to future permanent jobs. We specifically promote these opportunities to women as they are significantly under-represented and disadvantaged in STEM fields and roles across Scotland.  The opportunity to explore the particular type of role they are considering, enables women to make an informed decision as to whether to continue a career in STEM.

Additionally, the high quality work placements enable students to develop both the technical and soft skills desired by recruiting employers such as self-management, organisational and communication skills.

Careerwise also specifically supports women to apply for placements via CV and Interview workshops.  However, opportunities advertised via the Careerwise gateway can be applied for, or discussed further, directly with the employer (or on other placement advertising websites) by any student who is interested.

Careerwise works with industry and academia to help increase the participation of women in STEM fields.  The main objectives of Careerwise are to:

  • Improve access to STEM industry for women
  • Increase women’s awareness of STEM occupations as viable career options.
  • Increase women’s employability skills in preparation for future entry for actual STEM employment.
  • Support STEM employers to take positive action to increase opportunities for women considering STEM careers
  • Support Universities to take positive action to increase opportunities for girls and young women considering STEM further education