Careers and Pathways – Post-school Planning and Opportunities

Advice and support for young people and families to support with course choice, career planning, post-school destinations and opportunities for work experience, career insight and CV building.

Skills Development Scotland


Skills Development Scotland offers careers advice, guidance and information to pupils in school, and to people of all ages in Scotland. Skills Development Scotland can offer free and impartial advice on education, training, careers and jobs.

Ms Ross – Careers Adviser

I am the Careers Adviser from Skills Development Scotland linked to Balerno High School. My work in school involves careers appointments with pupils, doing sessions in PSE time and attending consultation evenings. I also run a weekly drop in careers clinic which is open to all pupils.

If you have any questions for us you can contact me at


My World of Work

My World of Work helps you with up-to-date information, advice and tools when you need it most:

  • Subject choices – understand your strengths and make better choices about your subject choices and future career
  • Leaving school – find a career that interests you, and understand the skills you need to get the job you want
  • Exam results – straight into a job or onto further learning? Whatever your grades – find help in planning your next steps
  • Preparing for a job – discover Scotland’s industries, search for jobs, build your CV and practice for interviews

Parent or Carer

As a parent or Carer you can use My World of Work  and my kids career to access reliable and accurate careers information and advice to help you to support the child in you life through those big career decisions. You can also meet with the school Careers Adviser at Consultation Evenings.

Developing the Young Workforce

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is the Scottish Government’s Youth Employment strategy to better prepare young people for the world of work

The employer-led Developing the Young Workforce Regional Groups set up across Scotland are connecting employers with education.

Your school now has a dedicated DYW School Co-ordinator (Roxy Nicol) who will work alongside the entire school team and other partners to build strong and lasting relationships between the school and employers.

These links will provide the opportunity for young people to learn more about the world of work directly from industry experts. Their knowledge of the breadth of jobs available will increase, as will their understanding of the types of skills that are relevant to and sought-after by employers.

Roxy Nicol – DYW Co-ordinator

Leaving school?

Careers Advice and support to access opportunities is also available from Skills Development Scotland for school leavers. We have a dedicated post school team to work with school leavers to help support them with their next steps.Your local Centre is at 79 Shandwick Place Edinburgh EH2 4SD. You can drop in between 9-5 Mon-Fri or phone 0131 718 2040 for an appointment.

We also have a centre at Cairngorm House, Almondvale Boulevard, Livingston, EH54 6QN, 01506 434 249.

Our Balerno High School post-school team are based at Shandwick Place. Contact them on 0131 718 2040

Pathways and Opportunities

There are a number of pathways to get to your future jobs and careers. Please visit the other pages in this section to explore the various routes as well as look for current vacancies, work experience, insights and CV-building opportunities.

Useful links – for all your work, skills and learning needs

SDS Edinburgh and SDS West Lothian Facebook and Twitter pages offer information on events, vacancies and careers support available – job, apprenticeship and training vacancies for school leavers in the Edinburgh area