RHS- Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)

At the Royal High School, we aim to give students a huge range of opportunities to learn about the vast range of careers and explore the pathways they are interested in. We bring the school curriculum to life by learning the skills that will be required in the workplace and reaching out to employers who can have an input to the course material.

‘My Future Friday’ is one of the many initiatives that allows students to sign up and take part in a question and answer session during extended Form Time on a Friday with a guest speaker from a different sector each week. Look out for the updates on guest speakers and don’t forget to sign up.

Our Careers Event is also an exciting day, where students get the opportunity to meet a range of professionals, former pupils and take stock to think about their future.

We are always interested to hear from professionals from a range of sectors who would be willing to engage with the school. Please e-mail steven.raeburn@oyalhigh.edin.sch.uk if you can offer any of your time and expertise to our students.

More information is provided below on the following sections:

  • Careers support in school
  • My World of Work
  • Support for parents/carers
  • Apprenticeships.scot
  • Digital World

Careers support in school

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is the national skills body which delivers Scotland’s careers service.

Our careers adviser, Jen O’Neill delivers career information, advice and guidance to pupils from S1-S6.

We are here to help you understand the world of work and to develop the Career Management Skills you need as you move through school.

You can get in touch with Jen O’Neill our Careers Advisor using the following e-mail address: jennifer.oneill@sds.co.uk

You might meet her with your class at a group activity, at a careers event or at a one-to-one appointment.

Your careers adviser may speak to you about:

  • Finding out about yourself, your strengths and skills
  • Making subject choices
  • Different types of careers and how to research them
  • Developing the types of skills that are useful in a job
  • Routes into careers, including apprenticeships
  • Building and developing your networks
  • Creating CVs
  • Making applications and applying for courses

The work of SDS careers advisers is supported by My World of Work, an online service.

Beyond school, our advisers operate from a network of SDS centres and community locations nationwide, offering expert support to customers of all ages. You can find your nearest centre at myworldofwork.co.uk/centres

Find out more about our services at skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk.

My World of Work

My World of Work is your online career information and advice service and it’s packed full of activities and tools to help you confidently make the best decisions for you.

There’s lots to do and explore and the more you tell the site about yourself, the more career ideas you’ll get just for you.

  • Follow your ‘to do’ list which guides you through the site as you go through school
  • Find out about yourself with About Me, Strengths and Skills
  • Explore career suggestions matched to your personality
  • Learn about routes into careers such as courses, training and apprenticeships
  • Discover where your subject choices could take you
  • Record and understand your skills and achievements
  • Get help with CVs, applications and interviews

Register today for an account or log-in. Keep using the site as you go through school.

Discover and explore at myworldofwork.co.uk.

Support for parents/carers

Everyone wants their child to have a happy and successful future. And research shows that as a parent or carer you have the biggest influence on your child’s career decisions.

My Kid’s Career offers advice to help you give your child the support they need including:

  • Jobs in demand – find out where the biggest job opportunities are in Scotland, now and in the future
  • Routes and pathways – discover the different routes into those careers
  • Career discussions – get hints and tips on speaking to your child about opportunities at the times that matter

Smart choices, bright futures at mykidscareer.com.


Apprenticeships.scot is your one-stop shop for apprenticeships. You can find out how to build the experience and skills that employers want to see. And you can search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies across Scotland in a wide range of industries.

No matter what stage you’re at, apprenticeships can help you get set for a bright future. And now, there are more ways than ever to get involved.

  • Foundation Apprenticeships: kick start your career while you’re still at school
  • Modern Apprenticeships: work, learn and earn and get the skills you need
  • Graduate apprenticeships: get a job, get paid and get a degree at the same time

Visit apprenticeships.scot to find the right apprenticeship for you.

Digital World

Digital World promotes the skills and training needed to work in Scotland’s tech sector. Through case studies, and online learning tools, the site aims to inspire school pupils to become digital humans, people who are able to challenge convention and make a real difference in the world through technology and creativity.

Visit www.digitalworld.net to find out more!