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SDS Launches its First Scottish Careers Week

Graham Turner

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Scottish careers week
Launching today, SDS’ first Scottish Careers Week brings a programme of events, activities, and resources for people of all ages across Scotland.

Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) new programme aims to showcase the wide range of career support available throughout Scotland and aims to help people explore, understand, and manage their career choices.

Recognising the impact the pandemic has brought to the ways we learn, live and work and the changes new technology and climate-change will bring, the theme for the first Scottish Careers Week is ‘Shape the Future’.

Over 30 free digital and live events are scheduled, providing opportunities for people to think about and develop the skills they will require to grow, adapt and thrive.

Sharon McIntyre, Head of Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Operations at SDS, said: “Scottish Careers week offers a great opportunity to learn more about how our careers service can support people throughout their working lives.

“We hope that Scottish Careers Week will grow into an inclusive annual campaign that inspires people to learn more about the jobs and skills of the future.”

Adults of all ages can also access career support through SDS’ free, six-part webinar series beginning today. Based on the popular careers handbook ‘Positive Steps to Your Future’, the one-hour webinars start at 2pm and can be booked on My World of Work.

Hosted by expert career advisers, attendees can explore themes including how to face up to and embrace change as a first step towards progressing; identifying skills, strengths and achievements – exploring options available and putting a plan in place, where to find opportunities for a targeted approach to job searching, creating engaging content for CVs and covering letters, and how to prepare effectively for interviews.


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Skills Scotland takes place on 16 November, allowing 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to explore future skills and get work ready at Scotland’s largest skills, career and apprenticeship event.

For businesses, Scottish Chambers of Commerce hosts its Shape the Future event on Tuesday morning, providing the chance to hear about the benefits of joining the Young Person’s Guarantee, as well as the latest news on what employer support is available through the National Transition Training Fund; and details of the MCR Pathways nationwide mentoring programme.

The Scotsman Green Skills Conference takes place on Wednesday, exploring how Scotland will achieve aims set out in the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan. It will look at where opportunities and challenges are across key growth sectors in Scotland, and how green skills will contribute to sustainable economic growth.

Throughout Scottish Careers Week, Education Scotland, e-Sgoil, Founders4Schools and SDS are also working in partnership to deliver a range of inspirational talks from a wide range of industry experts.

Four 30-minute sessions are running each day, with experts sharing insights, lessons, and tips to motivate and inspire pupils to make informed decisions about their future. Pupils will find out about how they choose their careers, the skills they use in their roles and the people that have supported their career journey.

The full programme of events can be accessed on My World of Work and people of all ages can access SDS’s careers website at any time for career support throughout the week.


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