Cameron bags a job with the Scottish Government

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Edinburgh Orbiteer, Cameron Aitken, has secured Scotland's highest paid internship just four months after joining Orbit's accelerator programme.

Cameron has secured a position in the Asset Management department of the Scottish Government after just four months of support on Orbit's accelerator programme.

Wowza! 2019 has gotten off to a flying start over on Scotland’s east coast. Since we’re talking about the Edinburgh Programme, it’s only fair that we litter this article with the Edinburgh dialect. In other words, we’ll be saying “ken” after every sentence. Ken?

Anyway, lets get back to business. Cameron Aitken, from Bo’ness Academy, has secured a full time position in the asset management department of The Scottish Government. Cameron, aged 17, said that he was “delighted” to have secured the position. 

Cameron joined the Edinburgh Programme in January 2019 and has already made significant progress. He offered to deliver a pitch on the first session, with 30 Orbiteers (most of whom he hadn’t met before) and Edinburgh Manager Steve Ponton looking on. Cameron nailed the pitch, and has went from strength to strength since.

Mr Latimer,  Cameron’s teacher from Bo’ness Academy, hailed the “superb” news and noted that “Cameron has really enjoyed the work he has done with Orbit and it has been great to see his confidence grow so much in such a short space of time”.

Josh Sweetnam, a Champion on Orbit’s Edinburgh team, praised Cameron for his work ethic. “Cameron was the first in the group to venture out of his comfort zone, and he has sharpened his skills after just three months of joining Orbit’s programme.” Josh, a digital marketing consultant, highlighted Cameron’s willingness to embrace the opportunities that Social Media presents. “Cameron has also built up a successful Youtube channel, which has over 20,000 page views to date. His IT and Digital skills have been nurtured through our monthly mentoring sessions”.

Steve Ponton, who manages Orbit’s Edinburgh Programme, congratulated Cameron on his success and praised his work ethic, attitude, and growth mindset. “Cameron joined the Programme in January, and has already became a rising star within the accelerator programme.”

We caught up with Cameron and asked him a few questions.

Can you tell us more about your new position?

The position I have been offered is ‘Asset Management Administration Officer’ which means I will be helping a team of people manage the Scottish Governments assets as well as doing some administrative work. The apprenticeship will gain me a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship qualification.

How did you find the recruitment & selection process?

The recruitment process was a very good experience. I had been through the recruitment process before, so I knew what it would take for me to secure this position. The online questions I answered were hard questions but I felt like I was able to provide very good answers.

What advice would you give to the other Intraprenuers on Orbit’s Programme around the UK?

I would give the following advice to other intraprenuers on the programme: “Go For It“; three simple words but they carry a lot of weight. If you don’t “Go For It” then you “Won’t Get It”. Don’t worry about the opinions of other people, chances are you won’t even remember who they are in years to come but you always know who you are. Make decisions on what you want to do, and don’t take the opinions of other people too seriously.

What would you say to anyone thinking about applying to Orbit?

I would say “go for it” if you’re thinking about applying to Orbit. I have gained so much in the short time that I’ve been there. It really is an amazing programme for 15-19 year old students to kick-start their career.

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