Welcome to our very first DYW virtual event. We hope you find it of great benefit when considering your subject choices and career paths.

The S6 Digital Ambassadors have collated all the information, including talks from professionals in varying careers, CV help sheets, and links to several websites aimed to help you make informed choices about your future.

Note: Navigate through the Sway presentation by using the horizontal slide bar at the bottom of the page.

Click here for the Sway presentation

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to making this event possible in current circumstances. This includes all professionals who have created video inputs, and signposted us to valuable information. We would also like to thank the S6 Digital Ambassadors for putting all of this together.

Please take a few minutes to complete the feedback form at the end of the digital programme (linked above).

Skills Development Scotland

Careers Advice in Mearns Castle  High School 2020-2021

Careers help in school

 Skills Development Scotland is Scotland’s careers service.

Our qualified Careers Advisers are working in schools and careers centres across the whole of Scotland.

Your SDS Careers Adviser is Chris Doyle and you can get in touch with them through the school.

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.

You can speak to Chris or book appointments during the following times.

08.15 – 08.45, 12.40 – 13.00
Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays only

At the Mearns Castle High School Careers Room, Health Suite.

Chris can be contacted at or  Tel: 0141 577 2300

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.

Applying for College and University

Use the course choice tool on My World of Work to search for options. It offers information on the latest college, university and training places in Scotland.

 Ready to apply for college?

 There’s a lot of competition for college courses, but My World of Work can help. You can find out how and when to apply, then follow the tips to make your application stand out from the crowd. Here are some pointers to get you started:

  1. Have a look at the five important things to find out here before you apply.
  2. Take a look at the tutorial for writing a personal statement.
  3. When completing your application form, take a look at mistakes to avoid.
  • If you have a college interview lined up, find out what to expect and how to impress

It’s also worth checking with the college (or colleges) you’re applying to and find out what their process is.

Visit for more information.

Remember your Skills Development Scotland Careers Adviser is on hand at school to talk to you about your options.

Ready to apply for university?

 From finding the right course to perfecting a UCAS personal statement, My World of Work can help you create a winning UCAS application.

If you’re filling in your UCAS application form, here are five things you need to double check:

  1. Your personal statement
  2. Spelling and grammar
  3. Your referee
  4. Your details
  5. Course choices

Visit for more information.

Remember your Skills Development Scotland Careers Adviser is on hand at school to talk to you about your options.

School leavers

Leaving school? So what’s next?

It may feel like a tough decision, but there are lots of options available to you:

Remember you don’t have to be at school to get help from a Skills Development Scotland Careers Adviser.

Drop in to our local centre  to get support and information on what to do next. Or go to to find a local career centres near you.

Skills Development Scotland Centre Barrhead Barrhead Foundry, Main Street, Barrhead, G78 1SW

Open Monday to Friday:

Tel: 0141 488 1519

Monday: 9:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00; Tuesday: 9:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00

Wednesday: 13:00-17:00

Thursday: 9:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00;  Friday: 9:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00

You can also visit us on

Parents and carers

When it comes to making career decisions, you’re one of the first people your child will turn to for help.

Skills Development Scotland is Scotland’s careers service and our Careers Advisers are available to support you and your child throughout their time at school.

You can get in touch with your Careers Adviser through the school.

Scotland’s careers website My World of Work is also packed with information to help you explore the routes your child could take for their career.

Pupils will use My World of Work with their SDS Careers Adviser at school as they build their Career Management Skills

You can find more information on how to support them in making important career decisions.

Visit for more information or contact your child’s school Careers Adviser.

Exam results – what next?

Whether you are waiting for your exam results to arrive or you already have them, Scotland’s careers service Skills Development Scotland is there to help you

My World of Work is packed with information to help you with your next steps.

There’s also loads of advice for parents and carers, including practical steps to support your child in the run up to results day and in the days after.

SDS’ Exam Results Helpline opens on results day on 0808 100 8000. Qualified SDS Careers Advisers will be there to discuss what’s right for you.

You can get information on UCAS Clearing, resits and appeals. You can also talk to us about other options, such as doing an Apprenticeship.

Visit for more information.

Remember your Skills Development Scotland Careers Adviser is on hand at school to talk to you about your options or drop in to one of our careers centres to get support and information on what to do next.

Social media

Here is a list of our social media channels which provides the latest content and related services from My World of Work and – ideal for pupils and parents.

If your school is using any of these channels, please follow us and share.

Facebook @myworldofwork

Twitter @mywowscotland


YouTubeMy World of Work


Instagram @apprentice_scot

YouTubeScottish Apprenticeships


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