Finding pathways for your child

Parents are a key influence in their child’s career decisions. You can help by encouraging your child to think and talk about their strengths, skills, interests and be open minded and ambitious when considering career pathways.

Career management skills

Skills in a Nutshell

My World of Work

My World of Work is a website that has a range of resources and tools that will help you identify their strengths and choose courses that will match their potential pathway. Talking to your child about careers is important. Not only when they’re making big decisions, such as subject choices and what to do when they leave school, but also throughout their school lives and beyond. A core part of the curriculum from age 3-18 is to learn about the world of work. My World of Work has been designed to make it easy for you to explore and find out about careers that might suit them.

My World of Work


Introduction video

Parents and carers portal which will provide you with a range of careers planning information.

Skills for the future

Education and industry are working together to determine the skills needed to drive an innovative economy both now and in the future. Work based learning and apprenticeships will play a key role in a responsive and adaptive skills system to ensure Scottish businesses have the right individuals needed to drive innovation. Further information can be found on the impact of the changes and the new skills needed for the future can be found on Skills Development Scotland’s website.

How to map your learner journey

The profile section on My World of Work will help children evidence what they are doing as they move through school, college or university. It will also help them to record strengths and write some statements to support their career.

My Career Options

Writing personal statements tutorial

Employment options

Making choices

Subject and course choices will have an impact on the college or university courses your child will be able to select and the job pathways they go on to in the future. The following information will help you better understand the type and levels of qualifications available and discuss option choices with your child.

Career Education: A World of Possibilities

Career Conversations

Choosing my subjects

Understanding the Scottish Qualifications Framework (SCQF): A guide for parents

My Kids Career

Creativity, Enterprise and Employability