Parents and carers

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.

Our career centres are now open by appointment only. You can call your local centre to make an appointment with an adviser. 

You can also speak to an adviser by calling 0800 917 8000. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

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