Parents and carers

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is still here to support you and your child. SDS careers advisers are returning to schools to meet with pupils where health and safety measures have been agreed with schools and local authorities. We may not be available for face-to-face appointments in every area at the moment, but we’re still available online or over the phone. Contact your school office or local centre for more information.

You can also go to our parents and carers section for help on how to support your child through career decisions. With subject choices just around the corner for S2/S3 pupils, we’re looking at the different options to ensure parents can safely be involved in these conversations if you want to be.

As a parent or carer, you have a leading role when your child is making decisions about their career.

That’s why it’s important to be prepared and feel confident when they come to you for advice.

My World of Work is here to help shine a light on the key things you need to know – no matter what stage they’re at. 

Career conversations

Talking to your child about careers is important. Not only when they’re making big decisions, such as subject choices and what to do when they leave school, but also throughout their school lives and beyond.

A core part of the curriculum from age 3-18 is to learn about the world of work.

My World of Work can help. 

Go to our parents and carers section to find out more about using My World of Work with your child.

Careers advisers in schools

Career education is supported by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) – Scotland’s career service.

My World of Work is just part of the support your child can access through SDS. 

Our professionally qualified careers advisers offer career information, advice and guidance (CIAG) in every state secondary school in Scotland. 

The service can include:

  • Intensive one-to-one career guidance through a coaching approach
  • Group sessions
  • Drop-in clinics
  • Availability at school events like parents’ evening

Have a look at what we offer you and your child throughout school. 

After school

Once they've left school, your child can continue to access support from SDS advisers across the country.

To speak to an adviser please call 0800 917 8000. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

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