Your child might be leaving school, but we've still got their back

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Leaving school is a huge moment. For your child, it’s not just about leaving their classes behind. It’s also an end to a daily routine they’ve followed for up to 13 years. That’s a big deal.

While they’re excited about their newfound freedom, you’re more worried about what happens next. The jobs landscape has transformed in recent years – so the options you had when you left school are pretty different to what they’re facing now.

So how do you make sure they get the right advice?

That’s where we can help.

You probably know Skills Development Scotland have been on hand to support your child throughout high school. They may have attended a careers event, or had one-to-one advice.

But the good news is, we’re not just a school service. Your child can still access our expert advice and support to put them on the right path. Best of all, all of our services are completely free.

What’s on offer?

We can help your child think through their options, learn more about what kind of career would suit them, and discover local opportunities. We don’t tell them what to do – we make sure they have the skills they need to take career decisions themselves, with confidence.

We do this through:

  1. My World of Work. If they sign up for an account, our tools will help them discover their strengths, understand more about themselves and find out what careers could suit them. They can also use our course, volunteering and job searches, CV builder and interview tool.
  2. Our local careers centres. Your child can drop in, or make an appointment to see an adviser. Our careers experts know your area and understand what the opportunities are for local courses, apprenticeships, industries and jobs. They can help with things like job or college applications, CV writing, interview techniques and more. And the support they give is always tailored to the person they’re helping.
  3. Our helpline – 0800 917 8000. Our careers staff can help them think through some options and put them in touch with someone locally. 

How can you help?

Give your child a friendly nudge towards My World of Work – this guide could help them. And why not sign up for your own account? That’ll give you a better idea of what they could do here.