Ella is a Chemical Engineer and loves the outdoors. She is a keen netballer and sailing and has coached netball to young Scots since moving to Edinburgh 2 years ago.
Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scots that I coached netball to really inspired me. Every week they came to training with excitement and motivation to learn, and regardless of the results in matches, it never hampered their energy and positivity.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about living in Scotland is the people – but the scenery isn’t so bad either! Everyone is so friendly and I have honestly met some of the most down to earth, like minded people that inspire me daily. I also have rediscovered my love for the outdoors, it’s pretty hard not to!
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I think older generations think younger generations are lazy. But it’s a tougher market out there today. You need to be so much more qualified to get a job, normally have to be with a partner in order to afford a house and not to mention the pressures of social media. So sometimes we are working pretty hard, but it might just take that little bit longer to come, and that’s ok!
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I gained a BP scholar at University to support me studying Chemical Engineering. Without that I probably would have struggled financially to gain the degree which got me the job I have today.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I think I’m a little unsure and that’s why I’m panicking! I don’t have a 10 year plan and I feel like I ought to. But I was to be successful in my career, have my own family which is as special as mine and see more of the world.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Personally I don’t believe in luck, I’m not very good at taking risks. But if you work hard you will see the benefits! So work hard and see where it can take you.
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