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Get experience & skills

Although your qualifications will be important when you are looking for work, many employers also expect you to have relevant experience. This section is all about how you can gain relevant experience, and use this experience to your advantage.

In this section we look at what employers want from students and graduates, before looking at different opportunities for gaining experience including:

We also look at how you can:

Further resources are available on these topics in our Resource Library, you may find it particularly useful to look at our learning resources on Preparing for Employment and Career Development and Management.

Students and graduates (within two years) can also arrange to speak to an adviser for further more personalised information and advice about developing experience and skills.

Grab a placement at the 2018 Belladrum Music Festival!

How would you like the opportunity to get involved backstage at the biggest music festival in the Highlands? Find out more about how the team at Belladrum produce one of the most exciting events in the summer festival calendar. This year the Belladrum team are offering 5 voluntary placement opportunities to UHI students.

Voluntary Opportunities Belladrum 2018

Box Office Assistant

Predominately shadowing the Box Office Manager you will be based between the box offices and accounts office. Assisting the box office manager you will be responsible for stock counts, wristband distribution and management as well as covering box office shifts.

Artist Liaison

Working with the Artist Liaison manager you can expect to be involved in everything from artist transport to organising riders and dressing room facilities.  This role will provide you with hands on experience of managing and organising performing artists and how to cater for their various needs.


Working with the Production Manager you can expect to be working alongside stage managers working on a range of technical issues such as lighting and music engineering, this role will also involve working in partnership with the artist liaison team.

You will gain an insight into the inner workings of sound engineering at a major festival along with gaining skills in the technical techniques regularly used by professionals working within this area.

Press Assistant

Shadowing the PR Manager you will be predominately based at the Press area although there may be a requirement for you to have a presence at The Ironworks music venue in Inverness.  Tasks will involve liaising with media and photographers, organising interviews and connecting with the Artist Liaison team

Entertainment Assistant 2 x roles available

The successful candidate will be working with the Entertainments Team where they will be managing some of the remote stages at the festival.  This role will also involve looking after street theatre performers from within the Entertainment Office.

Contact Stacey.Toner@uhi.ac.uk for further information.  All applicants must be 18 years and above. 

Must be available between 1 - 6 August 2018