Fiona is a high-flyer graduate

For high-flying student Fiona Dunbar the sky was truly the limit when she graduated from Aberdeen University on Monday.

The 21-year-old’s feet will barely touch the ground following the ceremony – as she is set to jet off to London to pursue a career with one of the UK’s leading airlines.

Fiona – who is originally from Muchalls and graduated with an MA (Hons) Geography and Spatial Planning – has secured a place on the British Airways Leaders for Business Graduate Programme.

She was selected from around 6,000 applicants to become one of only 10 candidates chosen for the coveted scheme.

She said: “The opportunity to apply for the graduate programme came via one of the careers alerts I had set up on my emails.

“The application process entailed four stages of interview and I obtained really valuable support from the Careers Service at the University who helped me prepare for each stage.

“The aim will be to become a general manager working for British Airways, and I’m so excited to be working for a company that is recognised as one of the great, traditional British organisations.

“The three year graduate programme will involve a number of placements so I’ll get to experience all aspects of behind the scenes at British Airways – from cabin crew to check-in.”

For Fiona departing for the Big Smoke will mark a real change in lifestyle having grown up in a small coastal village.

She adds: “Before I left home for University I had lived in the same house in Muchalls my entire life.

“I’ve only visited London a couple of times as a tourist so I don’t know the city that well. I’m scared but excited at the prospect of embarking on the next chapter of my life there, and know I’ve been given such a great opportunity to start on my career path.”

Fiona’s is the first of her family to graduate. Her mum and dad joined her at Monday’s ceremony.