Eilidh McNaughton

About me

MA (Hons) Psychology and MSc Health Psychology graduate. I am currently working as a SEND/Assessment Administrator at The King Alfred School in London and also work as a STEAM Mentor for Richer Education when I can. I plan to pursue a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology.

Left school

June 2018

Senior Phase

In S4, I gained National 5 (SCQF level 5) in Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Modern Studies, and Spanish.

In S5, I gained Higher (SCQF level 6) in Business Management, English, Human Biology, Mathematics, and Modern Studies.

In S6, I gained Higher (SCQF level 6) in History and Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies, as well as Advanced Higher (SCQF level 7) in English and Modern Studies. I also completed a module titled ‘Understanding the Autism Spectrum’ as part of the Open University’s Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (SCQF level 7).

Choosing my Destination

I knew that university was the right path for me as I wanted to pursue a career in psychology. I spoke to Stirling High’s career advisor about the subjects I was interested in studying which made me feel more confident in this decision.

Attending university open days, where I was able to hear from current staff and explore a range of campuses, helped me to figure out where I wanted to study. I also found websites like The Student Room and YouTube very helpful for finding out about the student experience so that I could choose a course and university that aligned with my interests and personality.

Exploring different aspects of psychology during my undergraduate studies allowed me to identify which specific field I wanted to work in.

Extra Curricular & Work Experience

In S6, I took part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme which gave me the chance to work in a team on a large project unlike any group work I had been involved in prior. Through this, I was able to learn how to effectively collaborate with others which prepared me for working in teams after school.

I also completed the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh programme. In particular, this helped me to become more pro-active and resilient which has been key during my studies and in my work. As part of the programme, I volunteered at a Girlguiding Brownies unit. The experience working with children was very useful for me as I now work with kids in both of my current roles.

Skills I've developed

Critical thinking has been drilled into me a lot at university. Analysing what other’s say and understanding the strengths and pitfalls in their argument is really important, especially when studying or working in psychology and other scientific fields where you need to evaluate other people’s research and scientific findings.

Curiosity is another great skill to have. Asking questions, actively trying to understand a topic on a deeper level, and being open to listening to the perspectives of others and learning from them has helped me to perform well in my courses at university and can also help you to succeed in projects at work. Staying curious also makes studying and working a more enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

My Advice

Put yourself out there and apply for opportunities, even if you think there will be other more qualified candidates. I have been lucky to work in multiple roles which I did not think I would be successful in securing when I applied! And if you get rejected, the experience of writing a CV and cover letter, or attending an interview will help you in your next application.

Go with your gut! If you have an instinct that a certain path is or isn’t right for you, there is probably a good reason behind it.