S2/3 Subject Choices – Help for Parents/Carers

Helping your child with S2/3 subject choices – support for parents and carers 
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is offering parents and carers an online opportunity to find out more about how they can help their child make their S2/3 subject choices for the Senior Phase. Scotland’s national skills agency has organised the virtual session on Thursday 25 February which will also give parents and carers information about accessing a wide range of SDS support. 
Careers advisers Joan Duncan and Gemma Smith will be providing expert advice for parents and carers of young people in S2 and S3.  
Joan said: “Thinking about what options to choose at school can be daunting for young people and their parents and carers. As well as this session, SDS also has a Subject Choices tool on SDS’s My World of Work website which helps pupils explore where options choices can take them.  
“It gives young people and their parents and carers the opportunity to explore job profiles, industries, Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships, refine their search by what someone is most interested in and use the tool as many times as they like to find out more about different options. There are other tools to try and the more tools you try, the better career suggestions we can give.” 
This virtual event, which is from 6.30pm until 7.15pm, will also have a question and answer session. 
To take part please register here. 

Careers Opportunities

Medic Mentor – you may recall I mentioned this for anyone interested in medicine, vet medicine or dentistry as a career.  They have useful conferences but there is a fee however here is a useful hack from SDS.  Put in the code SDS2021 and it will waive the fees :0)

Another useful snippet is Investment 20/20 for pupils / leavers interested in finance, business management and HR – it has traineeships and apprenticeships.  Those interested can register at www.investment2020.org.uk

Virtual College Open Days for Full Time Courses August 2021

Virtual College Open Days for Full Time Courses August 2021


We will be hosting online events on the dates below for anyone looking to apply for our full-time curriculum beginning in August 2021:

Friday 19 February 2021 – 10 am – 12 noon

Saturday 20 February 2021 – 10am – 2pm

These events will provide the opportunity to find out more about the programmes we offer across all curriculum areas, speak to teaching staff and find out about the application process, funding and the support services we offer.  Information on how to access the events will be available on the college website edinburghcollege.ac.uk/open days.   Further details will be sent out in the New Year.

Heriot-Watt University Virtual Open Days

At Heriot-Watt University we will be hosting Virtual Open Days on Saturday 26 September and Saturday 24 October (Edinburgh Campus). For Fashion and Textiles programmes (Galashiels Campus) the events will take place on Friday 2 October and Friday 6 November. I’d be delighted if your pupils who might be thinking about studying at university could join us.

Register through this web page: http://bit.ly/VirtualOpenDayHWU

The Virtual Open Day will take place on an App called Guidebook which can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices. There will be subject and information webinars taking place throughout the day and when you register there is an easy guide showing you how to access the event and subject webinars via the Heriot-Watt Guidebook app.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Hopefully we might be able to welcome you and your pupils to our Campuses soon!

Kind Regards,

Mari Higginbotham

Scottish and RUK Recruitment Manager

College Courses

Work for college courses continues.  See Moodle for what to do to complete qualifications.  Moodle support team contactable on: moodle@edinburghcollege.ac.uk.

Help with College Applications

If any pupils or their parents/carers require help with college applications please email Barbara.moir@sds.co.uk and I can either email them or call them to talk them through it.

I will try to contact our UCAS applicants who have not responded to their offers in case they loose them and likewise our college applicants. I have access to both track systems.

Barbara Moir Careers Adviser, Dalkeith High School

Careers Adviser

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the closure of the school, Skills Development Scotland cannot deliver careers services face to face, but they are still there to help.  Your child can contact their school Careers Adviser, Barbara Moir, for careers information, advice and guidance at barbara.moir@sds.co.uk or visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk

You can still access career service support.  Call your local centre to speak to one of our qualified advisers.  Your nearest Skills Development Scotland Centre can be contacted at 0131 663 7287.

You can also find careers service support for parents / carers online at www.myworldofwork.co.uk and www.mykidscareer.com

Many thanks

Barbara Moir

Careers Adviser