Day 211- Saoirse, 25, Edinburgh

I currently work full-time in a 6-month paid internship at British Council Scotland. I’ve been taken on to work on the organisation’s involvement in Scotland’s Year of Young People. I create content for our GlobeScotters campaign (in partnership with Young Scot) around British Council programmes and the benefit of international experience for young people. I’m also working on providing some really exciting international opportunities for young people via the GlobeScotters site. Outside the campaign, I work on British Council Scotland’s social media accounts, provide communications support for the organisation and help out on various programmes and events whenever I can.


Which young Scot inspires you?
The young scot’s who have inspired me most recently were four Communic18 members who I joined at the European Youth Event in Strasbourg. Axa, Lauren, Emma & Alyssa delivered a workshop on Scotland’s YoYP. It was clear how hard they work in their Communic18 roles. They all had such a drive to improve the lives of others, balancing full-time education and/or work with volunteering and their personal passions. Four of the busiest, most impressive young women I have met in a while.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I grew up in the Highlands so when I was younger the best thing was being in the countryside and living somewhere which felt very safe. Growing up climbing hills, camping and running around in fields was pretty perfect.As I got older, our education and healthcare are the things that make me feel most proud, that and our humour.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like older generations to know that the views and opinions of young people in Scotland must be taken seriously, especially when it comes to local communities. I hear all the time that young people feel they are not being listened to, and if you’re not being listened to where is the motivation for becoming an active, engaged citizen? It is the duty of older generations to listen to young people, for the good of local communities and for society as a whole.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date isn’t academic or work related. It’s going to sound really cheesy but it’s definitely my friends. Somehow I’ve managed to surround myself with the smartest, funniest, most driven people I’ve ever met and I’m more proud of them than anything else (although I do also really like my job, shout out British Council Scotland).

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future I want to progress in my career and eventually work within international development, although there are so many different areas that I would love to go into. Other than that, my main aim is to live abroad. I’ve spent too much time in uni and now I want to experience other countries.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
If I could tell other young people one thing it would be to not worry too much about what your next step is going to be. Plan for the future but also enjoy being in school, enjoy being in uni, enjoy the job you’re in now. I spent most of my time at uni thinking about what I was going to do when I left and it definitely stopped me enjoying it as much.

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