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Parents and carers are the key influencers on young peoples’ learning and career plans, says Skills Development Scotland. 

In a webinar, hosted on 27 January at 6.30pm, SDS Careers Advisers will talk about the value and benefits for both the young person and their parent or carer by having career conversations at home.

Career conversations can be held throughout a young person’s school journey. SDS provides support to young people from P5 to S6 with a variety of resources designed to help learners think about jobs and skills.

The presentation will examine how the future of work is changing and the career management skills young people need to develop. Parents and carers will find out how what this means for them as influencers on young peoples' lives and how best to start a career conversation.

As part of the webinar parents and carers will also be introduced to My World of Work (, an online careers, information and advice service from SDS, which complements the support young people get face-to-face in school.

SDS Careers Advisers, Kay Hume and Mhairi Galashan will be providing expert advice and there will be an opportunity during the session for parents and carers to ask questions.

Kay said: “Discussing careers, jobs and skills at home is an essential part of a young person’s learning journey. We recognise how important parents and carers are in influencing their young people. Having open and honest conversations helps a young person consider more fully the careers or jobs in which they are interested.

“Our online session will hopefully give parents and carers the information they need to make the most of their own career conversations at home. We’ll also have a few of our own hints and tips to help too.”

Parents and carers can join the session, which starts at 6:30pm, by registering here