Welcome back to sixth year at Dunbar Grammar School. This is your last year at school so it is essential to begin to think about what you are going to do in the future. As the school’s Careers Adviser, I can give you information and advice about the options open to you.
Having a careers interview
You can contact me at any time throughout sixth year if you want to discuss your career options. Before requesting an appointment you should do some thinking and research. Contact your Guidance Teacher to request an appointment. I can also be contacted by phone at the Skills Development Scotland Centre in Musselburgh on 0131 665 3120 or by email at:
Do your own research into jobs and courses. The careers section in the school library contains up-to-date information. This includes a range of publications to help you make decisions about university and college, as well as advice on job seeking, application forms, interviews, CVs etc.
You can also make use of on-line information using these websites:
- Careers Scotland – www.myworldofwork.co.uk
- UCAS – www.ucas.com
- PlanIt – www.planitplus.net
Higher Education Open Days
Before completing your UCAS application it is vital to go to Open Days at universities whose courses interest you. You may need to book an open day place. Look at the list of Higher Education Open Days 2013 for dates and booking arrangements (copies are available in the careers library).
Higher Education Convention
The Higher Education Convention will be held at Queen Margaret University on 9 & 10 September 2013. There is an evening session on 9th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. This is a useful opportunity to meet representatives of universities whose open day you are unable to attend. Local colleges are also represented at this convention.
Going to College
Check the Edinburgh College website for information about courses and apply early (from January onwards) in 2014 for courses starting in August/September.
Remember if you are unsure about meeting the entry requirements for university you can apply for courses at college as a back up.
For help completing a college application, please click on the mindmap:
Finding a job or a training place
If you are planning to go in to a job when you leave school begin looking for work from February/March onwards. Look for job vacancies in the local press and in ‘The Scotsman’ on a Friday and the ‘Evening News’ on a Thursday. Speaking to friends and family is however one of the most effective ways to jobsearch as lots of opportunities are not advertised. You should also prepare a CV to send to employers on a speculative basis.
For help with planning the next steps please go to the Career Planning page.