A careers event was held at Stronsay Junior High earlier this week to help pupils think about their career options and understand the range of opportunities that are available to them on Stronsay, elsewhere in Orkney and further afield.
Titled Stronsay Destinations and using the theme of No Wrong Path, the event was organised by school teachers Mrs Groat and Mrs Barber, Developing the Young Workforce Orkney and Skills Development Scotland. We were joined at the event by Cooke Aquaculture and Papdale Halls of Residence.
Exam results will be published on Tuesday 6 August 2019, and if your results are not what you expected, don’t panic you still have options – and there are experts on hand to help you navigate the next part of your journey.
From 8am on Tuesday 6 August, a dedicated Exam Results Helpline from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will be running with Careers Advisers waiting to answer calls and offer advice, information and support to young people and their parents.
You can call the helpline on 0808 100 8000. It will be open from 8am-8pm on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August, then 9am-5pm on weekdays from Thursday 8 to Wednesday 14 August 2019.
If you’d rather speak to a familiar face, on Tuesday 6 August, Findlay will be holding an exam results drop-in session at Stromness Academy between 10am and 3pm while Karen will be in the KGS between 9am-3pm.
You can also speak to Careers Advisers at the SDS Careers Centre in Kirkwall. You can either drop into the centre or give them a call on 01856 872 460 to make an appointment.
You can find further advice on My World of Work.
Next week, pupils across Scotland will receive their exam results. For many their next step will depend on the results they achieve and it can be disheartening if the outcome is not what they had hoped for.
When you’re young, it can seem that those older than you had an easy journey from school to their current job. However, this is not always (if ever) the case. Many people leave school with no clear idea about what they want to do next, and if they do they may not necessarily end up in that job.
The 'No Wrong Path' campaign was started by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow in 2017. The campaign runs on the day the Scottish exam results are released and aims to highlight that many people in interesting jobs didn't necessarily take a straight, obvious or traditional path to get there.