Transition careers event aims to take students to the next level

Dr Ollie Folayan
Dr Ollie Folayan

The energy sector’s next generation is to be given advice on how to make it in the industry.

Transition – a programme organised by Aberdeen social enterprise AFBE-UK Scotland – takes place at Robert Gordon University on Saturday, February 16, from 9am-5pm.

More than 100 attendees will gain an insight into the opportunities in the world of work through two talks. Lina Serpa, vice-president wells, North Sea for BP will give a presentation on her experiences in the energy sector. She has more than 25 years’ frontline and management expertise through working in a number of countries.

In addition, motivational speaker, Dr Tharaka Gunarathne – who graduated from the University of Aberdeen Medical School – will give a talk on thinking big. Dr Tharaka is a consultant clinical psychiatrist and medical educator that advises those in business and education on how to maximise performance

Previous events have helped more than 1,000 students prepare for the move from academic studies.

AFBE-UK Scotland promotes engineering as a career choice among young people from various backgrounds and under-represented groups.

The day-long event features activities geared at preparing undergraduate and postgraduate students, including mock interviews, assessments, CV reviews and networking experience.

Dr Ollie Folayan, chairman of AFBE-UK Scotland, said: “We’ve had first-rate feedback from students and graduates about previous Transition events and we expect this latest one to be another successful gathering.

“Experienced professionals will be on hand to pass on tips on what to expect when trying to land that first job. The presentations from Lina and Dr Tharaka will also provide insight on how to have a successful career.”

The event is open to students and recent graduates of the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University.

AFBE-UK Scotland was established in Aberdeen in November in 2011 and is the Scottish chapter of AFBE-UK.