My World of Work for parents and carers

When it comes to making career decisions, you're one of the first people your child will turn to.

When it comes to making career decisions, you're one of the first people your child will turn to.

How My World of Work can help your child

We've designed My World of Work to make it easy for your child to explore and discover careers that might suit them.

We'll support you both to use the site to spark ideas for their career and explore the routes they could take to the job that they want.

Registering for an account will help your child make the most of My World of Work. 

Support them as they complete the tools and sections in their account. 

By working through these tools, they’ll be directed to jobs, Modern Apprenticeships and industries that might suit them.

Through this, they’ll build career management skills, and be better able to make decisions about what's right for them.

Our tools

We’ve designed three ‘core’ tools to help your child learn more about themselves and map out their future:

  • About me: Relates their interests to different jobs, to help them discover careers they’ll enjoy
  • Strengths: Helps your child recognise what they have a natural flair for. It highlights the importance of their skills and how it ultimately helps them to choose a fulfilling career that they’ll excel in
  • Skills explorer: Lets your child identify their skills and find out how they relate to different jobs

Providing detailed results, these tools recommend jobs that might suit your child. And these results will help provide insight that'll help your child fill out job applications, or form the basis of a personal statement. 

You can access these tools through their account - why not try them together?

Explore careers

We have over 600 job profiles, covering everything from air traffic controller to biomedical scientist.

Each profile details the skills needed for the job, with salary information, vacancies, volunteer opportunities and related careers.

Want to know what qualifications they need to get in? You can explore and create qualification route maps.

S1 parents webinar

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) offers a range of in-school services to support your child from first year onward.

Watch this webinar to find out more about SDS and what our careers advisers can do to support your child's career development and planning.

Effective career conversations with your child

It's important to talk to your child about their career options.

Did you know we have a new site dedicated to supporting parents and carers have conversations?

Take a look at My Kids Career. 

You'll find:

  • Up-to-date job opportunities, showing number of Scottish vacancies, alongside average salary
  • Information on jobs of the future and growing industries
  • Career paths to explore the ways your child can reach jobs
  • Discussion guidelines around exams, option choices and possible jobs
  • Stories and experiences from other parents 

Is your child in S2 to S3?

Tips and insight to support them make some of their key decisions

Option choices

Between October and March, your child will pick subjects for their Nationals or Highers.

Subjects they choose can have an impact on what they can study at college or university and what career paths are open to them.

We have some option choices top tips for you and your child at this time. 

To help your child prepare for their choice, you could try our Option Choices tool, which helps them work out which jobs their subjects could lead to.

One-to-one career support in schools

We’re just part of the support your child can access through Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Our professionally-qualified careers advisers offer information, advice and guidance (CIAG) in every state secondary school in Scotland. They can include group sessions or intensive one-to-one coaching.Talk to the school’s careers adviser at parents night or school events or ask to attend a option choice one-to-one with your child and their careers adviser.

Is your child in S4 to S6?

Whether they’re preparing to leave school or preparing for their exams, we’ll give you the advice you need to support them.

Results support

Supporting your child through their results? It can be difficult to know what to say.

The advisers on our Results Helpline, which runs each year on Results Day, can help.

If your child does not get the results they need, here's some practical steps you can take to support them.

Leaving school – what next?

Take a look at the options and support they can get after school

School leavers webinar

Our careers advisers Fiona and Pamela hosted a school leavers information session full of advice to help you feel more confident supporting your child.

The webinar is a general overview of the options open to young people after they leave school. It covers:

  • who Skills Development Scotland are
  • the options open to young people
  • the support that's available to you both 

Need a bit more help? Take a look at these useful contacts and websites to support you and your child through every step. 


If your child is keen to gain workplace experience while earning a qualification, an apprenticeship is the perfect next step. 

Apprenticeships help young people develop the skills that employers want to see – and now there are more ways than ever to get involved. 

A Foundation Apprenticeship can give school pupils a head start as they work on projects supported by employers. 

A Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship can help young people gain a qualification while working and earning a wage. 

Find out if an apprenticeship is right for your child. 

Rabiya Engineering Foundation Apprentice


If your child is starting a course, or another form of learning, they could be entitled to funding to help them. 

We've brought together information on the funding available in Scotland, including details on  Individual Training Accounts.

Check out the SAAS website for helpful guides on what is available, and when.

If they’re planning on attending college or university, it might help to contact the institution directly.

You could also attend an open days/information evenings held by colleges and universities throughout the year.​​​​​​​

Applying for courses

Whatever they decide to do after school, it helps if you understand the application process.

We've developed a guide to applying for college and university -  information on UCAS, personal statements, application forms and college interviews.

Applying for university? This UCAS guide for parents and guardians might help.

If they’re applying to study law, medicine or dentistry, they'll have to sit aptitude tests beforehand.

Find out more at:

  • UKCAT – the UK Clinical Aptitude Test
  • LNAT – the Law National Aptitude Test

Additional reading

Here's some more information to help you guide and support your child during and after school: