Scottish Careers Week 2021

From pupils to parents, carers, teachers, employers and career changers, there’s something for everyone during Scottish Careers Week.

Launching today (15 November), the first-ever Scottish Careers Week brings an exciting programme of events, activities, and resources for people of all ages across Scotland.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) are delivering the campaign in partnership with the Young Person’s Guarantee and Developing the Young Workforce. It 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’.

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.

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

Marking the beginning of Scottish Careers Week, Scotland’s Biggest Parent’s Events launches tonight at 7 pm, giving parents, carers and guardians the chance to hear about jobs and skills of the future and the things that matter to them right now.

Hosted by Developing the Young Workforce and available to watch on their YouTube channel, tonight’s 30-minute event will highlight how they are bringing the curriculum to life through employer experiences in schools. It will also feature important information about careers, jobs, pathways, skills and Scotland’s Young Person’s Guarantee.

Minister for Higher/Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, Jamie Hepburn is speaking at tonight’s event and said

With many people in Scotland facing disruption to their learning or employment over the last eighteen months, it’s never been more important that our career services support people to thrive and reach their full potential.

Campaigns like Scottish Careers Week are vital to help people of all ages understand the fantastic support that’s available through a wide range of local and national partners.

Partners of the event include Enable Scotland, which will provide a focus on young people with additional support needs, and SDS will offer information on Scotland’s career service.

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Following the launch event, parents can access other local events and activities throughout Scottish Careers Week.

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

Skills Scotland, a key feature in the school calendar, takes place tomorrow (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; 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 chose 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 and beyond.

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