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

We promote placements which are designed, delivered and paid for by STEM employers, which last between 8 – 12 weeks and generally 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. The work placements we advertise aim to enable and encourage students to enter and progress in a STEM based career.

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

This programme provides a platform to specifically support women to apply for placements however these opportunities 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 encourage them to take positive action to increase the participation of women in STEM by promoting paid work placements to:

  • Improve access to STEM industry for women via work placements.
  • 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
  • Universities take positive action to increase opportunities for girls and young women considering STEM further education