Traditional pathways to employment are changing. The following will help you feel informed of the options, inspired to help your child become work ready and help them to get hired.
Discovering their career options
When supporting your child to make decisions about their career, it is important that you are confident and well informed in order to guide them in the right direction.
The first step is understanding what local opportunities exist for young people. What sectors do these opportunities exist in, what jobs are available, and what are the different routes into these jobs?
You can also find out about Jobs of the Future in Scotland at My Kids Career
You can also find out more about what is happening in schools in EDINBURGH, MIDLOTHIAN and EAST LOTHIAN. Or find out what offers are available from employers to schools in your area, this will take you off to the Marketplace website.
Nowadays young people have a wide range of career options available to them, with pathways which start in school. For example subject choice in secondary schools can include vocational courses which may be delivered in colleges and workplaces. Foundation Apprenticeships are a great example of how young people are gaining valuable workplace skills whilst completing a relevant qualification. Find out more on our young people's pages.
Making sure your child has the best chance possible at succeeding in their future is something that is important to every parent. Employers regularly tell us that being work ready is much more than qualifications. It is about skills, attitude and behaviours, and these can be developed in many ways.
Find out how local employers support work readiness
Taking the first step into the world of work can be overwhelming. However parents are in the best position to help their child to get their foot on the career ladder. What should they include on their CV? What skills are employer looking for? How do you find jobs? What is the best way of applying for a job? How do they stand out from the crowd? What do they do if they are invited to interview?
Click below for practical tips and advice on everything from applications to job interviews:
For additional information about the careers service provided within schools, career education or subject choices, visit the Help for Parents and Carers site, provided by Skills Development Scotland.
As a parent or carer, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) can help you to understand and compare Scottish Qualifications and enable you to make decisions about future learning and progression routes.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) provides useful information and resources to help parents and carers to support their children with exams and coursework.
Education Scotland's Parentzone allows you to be at the heart of your child's learning. Find out ways to get involved and keep up to date with the latest news.