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Careers Hive

What is Careers Hive?

Launched in February 2016, Careers Hive is an immersive careers education event designed to give students in S1-S3 a new way to think about their futures. It highlights the opportunities available to those who study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), as well as the cross-disciplinary skills and subjects that can support and enhance STEM careers.

Careers Hive receives a large volume of interest every year from schools across the country. As it is a guided and immersive experience, capacity is limited during the week. In addition, a number of our funders have specific criteria attached to their support, often around tackling inclusion and promoting access across a range of geographic areas and socio-economic groups. For this reason we work closely with a number of local authorities and schools that are targeted by some of these partners which can mean a delay in confirming spaces. 

Read more about Careers Hive

Careers Hive was developed with support from the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo fund.

Venue and Programming Partner


Careers Hive was supported this year by



EDF Energy logo
Institute of Acoustics logoLeidos 

RBS Graduates and Interns

Shin-Etsu Handotai Europe Limited

Thank you to Arup and Shin-Etsu Handotai Europe Limited and for supporting travel subsidies for schools who required help to get to Careers Hive, and to Skyscanner for donating to the subsidies. 

Thank you to Digital XTra Fund for supporting the redevelopment of Grand Gallery activity App Inventor.




































Careers Hive 2019 took place Monday 25 February – Friday 1 March 2019 at the National Museum of Scotland.

We would like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers, speakers, staff, supporters and, of course, all the schools who attended. We hope you enjoyed it!

Throughout the week we saw thousands of students from schools all across Scotland engage STEM activities and discussions.  

Within the auditorium, supported by Faraday Grid, students heard from inspirational speakers, and contributed to an informal chat about the world of work.

  • Douglas Martin – Founder of Mialgae start-up company
  • Sarah Stenhouse – CEO and founder of social media imaging company Oodls
  • Dave Bell – Founder of MadChallenges organisation
  • Naziyah Mahmood – Aerospace Engineer 
  • Christina Mackail – Doctor for the NHS
  • Richard Wall – Drug researcher with the University of Dundee
  • Russ Peterson – Founder of web design company Bad Dinosaur
  • Catherine Gemmell – Marine conservation campaigner
  • Vicki Allen – Female referee for the Scottish FA
  • Gill Murray-Dickson – Building a frozen zoo at National Museum of Scotland

Careers Hive Futures

Click the link below to head over to our Careers Hive Futures webpage to browse content from the Experience STEM exhibition and find links to other useful careers information.

Careers Hive Futures