School Leavers Toolkit
Leaving school? There’s lots of support out there, but we know it can be tricky to find information you need, at the right time.
You might find some of this useful now, and some later. Bookmark the page and explore in your own time.
You might have a clear idea of what you want to do next or you might need to think a bit more, and that's okay.
How's it going?
Make sure you look after your own mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing, as well as that of others.
Looking after your wellbeing and tips for a positive mindset.
Wellbeing assessment tool
Moods go up and down. Try this tool to assess your wellbeing.
Earning, spending, saving, bills, food, fun - there’s lots to think about when it comes to managing your money. Get clued up to make the best choices.
Money and me
Find out top tips to make the most of your money from Young Scot and the Money and Pensions Service.
National Entitlement Card
Unlock discounts and a range of benefits - including Young Person's Free Bus Travel - with the Young Scot National Entitlement Card.
Back in Control
Help to get back on top of things when unexpected costs hit with MoneyHelper.
Need more advice?
Online or by phone, contact MoneyHelper for free and impartial money guidance.
Work and pay
Starting off in the world of work can feel daunting. Get prepared for a new job
Things to know
Contracts, payslips, and your rights as an apprentice or worker explained by Young Scot and Developing the Young Workforce.
Job Start Payment
Got a job offer? Congratulations! Find out if you're eligible for financial support that could help you with the costs of starting a new job.
Preparing for work
Feel more prepared for your first job with this guide from Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF).
Moving to a new place can be exciting and stressful. We’ve got a basic overview and some practical tips to help you start out.
Private rent, social housing, student accommodation - there are lots of options. Get housing advice from Shelter Scotland.
Viewing your first flat
Found your perfect place to live? View this advice from Young Scot on viewing your first flat.
Struggling with living costs?
It's not always easy to manage, but Young Scot has some advice to help you with living costs.
No safe place to stay?
Shelter Scotland advise how to access your local council’s help with homelessness.
There are many ways to make your voice heard, gain new experiences, connect with others and follow your passions.
Vote in Scottish elections
From the age of 16, you can vote in Scottish elections. But if you can't vote, you can still make your voice heard.
If you like to help make a difference, find out more about volunteering in your local community.
Help the environment
ReRoute is Scotland's Youth Biodiversity Panel and are working with NatureScot and Young Scot to involve young people in Scotland's nature and outdoors. Find out more on Young Scot.
You're not alone. Find advice from young people like you if you're feeling lonely.
Know your rights
Everyone has human rights – including children and young people - to live a safe, healthy and happy life. Get to know your legal responsibilities too.
Activate your rights
How well do you know your rights? Find out all about them through Young Scot.
Join a trade union
Working? You have the right to join or not join a union.
Know your rights in education
You have rights when in school or college. Discover what they are at Young Scot.
Equality Advisory and Support Service
Your rights are protected. If they aren’t respected you can complain and the Equality Advisory and Support Service can help.
You might have life experience that entitles you to extra support and there are a range of organisations that can help.