IDEAS Conference Preview

Sometimes after a particularly pointless lecture or a failed internship application, I feel terribly unprepared for the real world after university. I may be able to string together 2000 words about international relations theory, but I lack knowledge about acing interviews or networking efficiently. Luckily for me and anyone else out there that feel like we need a few tips about preparing for the future, The Carnegie Club of St. Andrews is hosting an IDEAS Conference on Friday, October 17th from 9:30-4pm in Upper and Lower College Hall. For only £18, the conference aims to help students learn how to innovate their future, getting advice from leaders in education, business, and charity like Per Hillström from Morgan Stanley and Lauren Currie from Hyper Island. The conference will be composed of three panels: Education, Business, and Charity; the inspiration for the three panels comes from the dictum of the club’s namesake businessman, philanthropist, and Lord Rector of the University in 1901, Andrew Carnegie. His advice was:

“To spend the first third of one’s life getting all the education one can 

To spend the next third making all the money one can 

To spend the last third giving it all away for worthwhile causes”


To guide you through all three stages of a successful future, guest panelists from influential educational programs will advise you on transferring your training and educational skills into employability and value in a company. Speakers from successful businesses like KPMG will help you understand what the inner workings of a corporation look like and finally, innovators like Debbie Forster from Apps for Good will help you see first-hand how leaders of today can pass on wisdom and experience to the leaders of tomorrow. The wide range of topics will ensure a valuable learning experience for everyone in attendance and the coffee breaks between speakers will allow for networking and a chance to seek out individual panelists for some tips, advice, and the possibility of building connections for future opportunities. After a break for lunch, the afternoon session will feature a workshop on interviewing skills, an interactive experience that I’m looking forward to so I can walk into my next interview with an arsenal of tricks and the confidence that I can competently represent myself and the skills I have to offer. The future is what you make of it and for all of us students who are a bit unsure of how to innovate for a better future, the IDEAS conference is the perfect source of inspiration and information from a wealth of experience. So get your ticket and come along to discover what amazing possibilities the future can hold.

Intrigued? For more more info visit the event’s Facebook page, or buy tickets here