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Careers help in school

Skills Development Scotland is Scotland’s careers service.

Our qualified Careers Advisers work in schools and our careers centres across the whole of Scotland.

Your SDS Careers Adviser is David Johnstone and you can get in touch with him through the school. David is in school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be found in the Music Department and offers a drop- in session at lunch-time on those days.

Your SDS Careers Adviser will be there for you all through school, helping you get ready for what you’ll do when you leave.

Some people think Careers Advisers are here to tell you what to do. Not true! And they won’t say ‘no’ or ‘you can’t’ either.

They will help you to think about what’s best for your future. And they will be there when you need them to back you up while you figure it out.

One of the main things your Careers Adviser will help you do is develop your Career Management Skills, which are the skills you’ll need to make your career a success.

You’ll take part in groupwork sessions with your Careers Adviser, as well as having the chance of one-to-one time. They’re also available for drop-in sessions.

SDS Careers Advisers will also be able to support your parents, carers and teachers when it comes to talking about careers.

The work of SDS Careers Advisers is supported by our careers website My World of Work.

You can use it to explore your career, skills and learning opportunities right through your school and working life.

My World of Work

My World of Work is Scotland’s careers website.

It helps you explore your career, skills and learning opportunities from school right through your working life.

My World of Work helps you personalise your career journey and offers career information, advice and tools such as:

My career options – A great place to get started on the website by learning more about yourself, exploring your options and finding the career that’s right for you

Learn and train – Your guide to training and studying – from college, uni and apprenticeships to volunteering, picking the right course and funding

Getting a job – This helps you find and apply for jobs. There’s also a tool to help you create the perfect CV and advice on how to have a great interview

Parents – Support to help parents and carers spark ideas for your child’s career, and explore the routes they could take.

Use the site regularly as you go through school. The more you tell it about yourself, the more great careers ideas you’ll get for you.

Remember your Skills Development Scotland Careers Adviser is available at school to talk to you about your options. Or drop into one of our careers centres to get support and information on what to do next. Go to myworldofwork.co.uk/centres to find your local careers centre.

Careers Advisers

Throughout your time at school you’ll have to make some big decisions about your future, and that’s where Skills Development Scotland’s Careers Advisers come in.

David Johnstone is based right here in the school to give you the careers support you need throughout your time with us.

Through a combination of group sessions, one-to-one interviews and drop in clinics David will help you understand how your personality, interests and values are key to making the right career decisions.  Careers Advisers can also help you understand how to develop and use your talents and skills, explore where they could take you, and identify who can help you with your career journey. All to help you plan for and manage your career.

To find out more about the support on offer please contact David who is in school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be found in the Music Department and offers a drop - in session at lunch-time on those days.

You can also visit https://en-gb.facebook.com/SDSDumfriesandGalloway/ for information on local training and job opportunities, job search hints and tips, or to drop in to our careers centre at Unit 2, Loreburn Shopping Centre, High Street, Dumfries.

Apprenticeships.scot

Apprenticeships have changed, with more than 80 different types covering hundreds of jobs. With a Modern Apprenticeship you get a job, get paid and get qualified - in some roles right up to degree level. No wonder more than 25,000 people choose a Modern Apprenticeship every year.

Want to know more? At apprenticeships.scot you can search for apprenticeships, apply for apprenticeship jobs and find out more about the different levels of qualifications.

You can also check out Foundation Apprenticeships which help you kick-start your career before you even leave school. Go to apprenticeships.scot and follow @apprentice_scot.

Digital World

Careers in digital technologies offer endless possibilities and opportunities. With over 12,000 job opportunities every year, Scotland’s digital technologies sector needs lots more people like you right now and in the future.

Digital World provides information on tech careers in Scotland, ways to get in and where to study. Find out more by visiting digitalworld.net, and follow @DigitalWorldHQ or DigitalWorldHQ on Facebook.