The support we offer you and your child as the school year begins

It’s the beginning of the school year and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is here to support you and your child throughout the months ahead.

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

There are also key tools and information on My World of Work, no matter what stage your child is at. 

Check out our parents and carers content for help on how to support your child through career decisions.

We’ve outlined some of the key information below. And there's our school services table which provides an overview of the help on offer at each stage.

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Starting secondary school

  • Your child will have a group session with their school careers adviser to touch on some of the big decisions they’ll face in the years ahead. Look out for our S1 magazine which introduces careers help in school
  • The About Me tool on My World of Work will give your child the chance to see which jobs are suited to their interests

Making subject choices in S2/S3

  • Your child will have a group session with their careers adviser around making informed subject choices
  • They will have the chance to have a one-to-one session with their careers adviser in the year that they’re making their significant subject choice. You can go along to this meeting too or can have a separate one-to-one with the careers adviser
  • Look out for the subject choices magazine which includes an action plan to help make decisions
  • The strengths tool on My World of Work gives your child the chance to see how what they’re good at relates to different jobs
  • There is a subject choices tool on My World of Work. Your child can type in up to six subjects. The tool finds what career these subjects would be useful. We also have advice to help you support your child

Are you aware of Foundation Apprenticeships? If your child is making their S4 subject choices, it could be a good option for them. They’ll get real work experience with an employer and spend some time learning at college too. And it’s the same level as a Higher.  

Leaving school

  • There will be a series of interactive group activities with their careers adviser to help think about their future career and options
  • Careers advisers are available for drop-in appointments throughout the year. If your child is regularly seeing a careers adviser they will make sure SDS support continues as long as it’s needed after school
  • There are a variety of careers events including HE Exhibitions, Skills Scotland and the Scottish Apprenticeship Show
  • The Learn and Train and Getting a Job sections of My World of Work have both course and job searches. There also lots of advice articles depending on the route your child chooses to take and a CV builder tool too. Have a look at the parents and carers section for more information on how to support your child

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

Is your child in primary school?

There are three tools specifically for primary 5-7 pupils. Your child can explore their personality, skills and interests and see how these relate to different jobs. The tools are an introduction to career education and your child may use them with their teacher in class.