Talking careers with your child

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My World of Work is here to help you and your child - no matter what stage they’re at.


Scotland's career service

Take a look at the support Skills Development Scotland offers both you and your child throughout school and beyond.


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. We've designed the site to make it easy for your child to explore, and find out about, careers that might suit them.

It helps them to build Career Management Skills, so that they can make the best decisions about what's right for them.

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

You can also create your own account to start exploring the different tools yourself, and bookmark your favourite pages. This will help you feel more confident about the world of work and having career conversations. 

Pupils at St Luke's High School

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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 through our careers centres across the country.

They can drop in for free and impartial advice, or book an appointment.

Find your nearest centre.