Support for you and your child as the school year begins

18/08/2019 16:00

It’s the beginning of the school year and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is here to support you and your child in the months ahead. We offer tools and information on My World of Work, no matter what stage your child is at.

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

You can also 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 but our school services table also provides information about the help on offer at each stage.

Careers adviser talking to pupils

Starting secondary school

  • Careers adviser - 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
  • My World of Work - The About Me tool  will give your child the chance to see which jobs are suited to their interests

Making subject choices 

  • Careers adviser - Your child will have both group sessions and a one-to-one session. 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
  • My World of Work - The Strengths Tool gives your child the chance to see how what they’re good at relates to different jobs. Using the Subject Choices tool, your child can type in up to six subjects and the tool will find career these subjects would be useful for
  • Advice for parents - Read our advice to help you support your child
  • Foundation Apprenticeships - If your child is making their S4 subject choices, Foundation Apprenticeships could be a good option for them. It's the same level as a Higher plus they’ll get real work experience with an employer and spend some time learning at college too

Leaving school

  • Careers adviser - 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 also available for drop-in appointments throughout the year
  • Careers events - There's a variety of careers events including HE Exhibitions, Skills Scotland and the Scottish Apprenticeship Show
  • My World of Work - The Learn and Train and Getting a Job sections have both course and job searches. There's a helpful CV builder tool too.
  • Advice for parents - Have a look at the parents and carers section for more information on how to support your child

After school

  • Careers adviser - Once they've left school, your child can continue to access support from SDS advisers through our careers centres across the country.
  • Book an appointment - They can drop in for free and impartial advice, or book an appointment. Find your nearest centre

Is your child in primary school?

  • We have three tools specifically for primary 5-7 pupils. You can access the tools through their account - why not try them together?
  • Animal Me - Find out what animal suits your child’s personality with this fun tool. They'll get ideas about jobs that might suit them too
  • My interests - Explore your child’s likes and interests and find out how they can help when making important decisions
  • Profile - After using the other tools, your child can write statements about their personality, interests and skills to share with other people

Need more support?

Guide your child through those all-important careers conversations with My Kid's Career, our new site specially designed to support parents.