Hundreds of people across Scotland have been helped through their exam results by a group of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) careers advisers from across the South West.
The local advisers were part of a team taking calls at SDS’s Exam Results Helpline from 8am on results day. 800 calls were answered on the first day of the helpline alone.
Pauline Graham, Project Manager for the SDS Exam Results Helpline said: “The Exam Results Helpline is a vital service, supporting young people and their families at what can be one of the most stressful times of their lives.
“It’s a rewarding experience for all of those taking calls and helping young people to work out what their options are.
“Expert advice and guidance is available all year round, not just on results day.
“SDS is Scotland’s careers service, and our professionally qualified careers advisers are working in every state secondary school in Scotland and from our network of high street centres across the country.
“No matter your age or what stage you’re at in your career, you can get free advice and guidance.”
In schools, careers services are delivered one-to-one, in classrooms, at school events across all year groups, with a focus on supporting young people to develop the skills to make informed career decisions throughout their lives. There’s a focus on decision points including subject choices and what to do when moving on from school. There’s also support for parents and carers.
At SDS centres customers can get information, advice and guidance about jobs, the local labour market, training courses and apprenticeships as well as how to prepare for interviews and help with CVs and applications.