Adopted Jade is first in birth family to get a degree

Date posted

11 July 2022


Jade Lindsay has graduated with a degree in Business Studies with Human Resources Management this summer at Edinburgh Napier University. Jade was adopted at the age of three and is the first person from her birth family to complete school and go into higher education.Jade Lindsay wearing graduation gown, standing next to large Edinburgh Napier University scroll prop and holding an Edinburgh Napier University scroll holder.

After completing her SQA Highers and unfortunately not getting the results she needed to pursue her dreams of becoming a vet, she had to rethink her choices. Jade decided to go on my world of work, a website that helps people discover a career that matches their skills. After completing the different skill and personality tests, Jade said she was given a new purpose as she was recommended to pursue a career in Human Resources. Jade applied to Edinburgh Napier for their business and HRM degree and got an unconditional offer.

Jade said: “I was adopted at the age of three with a very difficult start to life and was the first person in my birth family to complete all of school and enter into higher education, which was a huge achievement.”

She added: “During my years at Napier University I have experienced lots of support and made lifelong friends. Over Christmas 2021, I applied to many graduate jobs and recorded many interviews as I looked forward to life after university. After completing my last lot of exams in May, I received the news that I was invited down to Bristol for an assessment centre for GKN Aerospace, a global organisation which leads the aerospace technology industry. 

“I was one of only three business students out of over 400 applicants to get to the final stage of recruitment. I was successful in my endeavour and I have now accepted an offer of a position in the 27 month HR graduate programme which includes 2 global placements and specialisation in one of the HR departments at the end of the programme. I will be starting my new chapter in September and I look forward to graduation.”