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Leaving schooL

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Are you feeling uncertain about your future and what to do after leaving school?

It is normal to feel a mix of emotions during big changes and transitions.

You may not know what you want to do, or you might be struggling to understand certain things.

Even with support from others, it can be challenging to navigate these changes.

That’s why some young people created COMPASS, a free online tool to help guide you through these transitions and make things a little easier.

So, what exactly is COMPASS?

COMPASS is an online tool helping you figure out what is important to you when making big changes like starting college or getting a job.

You can access it for free by hitting the button below or scanning the QR code:

What other things can COMPASS do?

COMPASS can do more than just help you figure out what’s important.

It can also help you create a list of priorities to share with people you trust, connect you with important information, and even allow you to anonymously share your experiences with others.

With COMPASS you don’t have to navigate these transitions alone.

if you are leaving school

there are organisations to support you

These organisations can help you to figure out your next steps after leaving school.

We’ve listed some of them below and explained how they can help:

Skills Development Scotland

Who are they?

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s national skills body. If you are planning to leave school, they can offer career guidance and advice as well as information about apprenticeships.

How can they help you?

SDS can provide you with information, advice and guidance on everything to do with careers and what you want to do after school. They have Career Advisors who are there to listen to you and help provide information about what next steps you can take.

How can you find out more?

Call the Skills Development Scotland helpline on: 0800 917 8000

My World of Work

Who are they?

My World of Work is Scotland’s career information and advice website for people leaving school and entering work. It is part of Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

They also have advice and tools to help you find out more about yourself and the career opportunities open to you.

How can they help you?

The My World of Work website has advice and tools to help you find out more about yourself and the opportunities open to you. You can set up an personal account and use these tools to help you discover careers that match your skills, strengths and interests.

My World of Work is part of the careers service offered by SDS. They have careers advisers who can help you identify what you’d like to do and develop the skills you need to make choices and manage your future career.

If you prefer, you can speak to an adviser on the phone by calling 0800 917 8000 on Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. 

How can you find out more?

Call the My World of Work helpline on: 0800 917 8000

Lead Scotland

Who are they?

Lead Scotland is a charity that supports disabled people and carers. They work across Scotland to provide information and advice on post-school learning and training opportunities for pupils leaving school.

How can they help you?

Lead Scotland also have a helpline and information service. You can speak to someone on the freephone helpline by calling 0800 999 2568 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm and on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 12pm.

How can you find out more?

Call the Lead Scotland helpline on: 0800 999 2568

Enable Works

Who are they?

Enable Works supports young people with learning disabilities to find employment opportunities.

How can they help you?

Enable Works has a number of different projects that young people with disabilities can benefit from.

Their Stepping Up programme operates in schools across Scotland. It supports young people aged 14-19 to develop skills and confidence. It also helps them to identify which things they’d like to do and thei next steps that they can take.

How can you find out more?

Call the Enable Works helpline on: 0300 0200 101

These organisations are there to help you work out what your next step is if you’re leaving school.

An image of the Skills Development Scotland logo, which consists of a dark turquoise rectangle shape that has the left and right edges serrated. Inside the shape white text reads 'Skills Development Scotland' with 'Scotland' in bold.
An image of the 'My World of Work' logo which consists of a symbol of a monitor in the centre with multiple other symbols surrounding it like petals, such as a pound sign, a microscope, a camera, a microphone, a beaker, an airplane, a hard hat, mechanical cogs and a plant. To the right of this is the text 'My World of Work' with the words 'My World' in bold. All of the symbols and text are a dark turquoise colour.
An image of a blue version of the Lead Scotland logo which consists of the word 'Lead' with the word 'Scotland' below it. To the right there is a graphic of a tree. The leaves of the tree consist of lots of circles that are different sizes. Below this text reads 'Linking education and disability'.
An image of the Enable Works logo which consists of the work 'ENABLE' in pink. Below this is the word 'WORKS' in purple. Inside the 'O' is a straight edge stylised map of Scotland in pink.

But, it’s important to remember that your school is also there to help offer advice and support as you take this next step.

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