Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland is Scotland’s Careers Service.  Skills Development Scotland offers careers advice, guidance and information to pupils in school, and to people of all ages in Scotland.

Skills Development Scotland can offer free and impartial advice on education, training, careers and jobs.

Caroline McBrier is the Careers Adviser for McLaren High School. She is in school for interviews on Thursdays and Fridays and holds a clinic for quick questions at lunchtime. Caroline can be contacted in the Aspire Room 004 in school, at and her mobile: 07468 719621

Our Careers Advisers offer pupils group sessions, drop-in lunchtime clinics and face-to-face coaching, where appropriate. This is supported by Scotland’s careers and information web service

My World of Work helps you with up-to-date information, advice and tools when you need it most:

  • Subject choices – understand your strengths and make better choices about your subject choices and future career
  • Leaving school – find a career that interests you and understand the skills you need to get the job you want
  • Exam results – straight into a job or onto further learning? Whatever your grades find help in planning your next steps
  • Preparing for a job – discover Scotland’s industries, search for jobs, build your CV and practice for interviews
  • Modern Apprenticeships – why not earn as you learn. Find out what apprenticeships are available in Scotland and how they work

Subject Choices?

Subject choice at school can have an impact on what you can study at college or university and what hobs you can go for in the future.  Skills Development Scotland Careers Advisers are on hand to support you at subject choice time.

My World of Work can help you prepare for the chats you’ll have with your Careers Adviser, teachers, parents and carers.

When choosing your subjects ask yourself:

  • What are my strengths?
  • What do I enjoy learning?
  • What are my interests?

You can also use the subject choice tool to start preparing to get the career you want.  Visit for more information.

Parents or carers?

When it comes to making career decisions, you’re one of the first people your child will turn to for help.  Use My World of Work to access reliable and accurate careers information and advice to help you to support the child in your life through those big career decisions. You can also meet with the school Careers Adviser at parent’s evenings.

Parents of S3 pupils are also invited to attend subject choice interviews and letters are sent home prior to the interviews to give parent’s the option of attending. 

Leaving school?

Careers Advice and support to access opportunities is also available from Skills Development Scotland for school leavers. We have a dedicated post school team to work with school leavers to help support them with their next steps. Your local Centre is at 66 Upper Craigs, Stirling, FK8 2DS.  You can drop in between 9-5 Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri and from 10:30am-5pm on a Wednesday or phone 01786 462036 for an appointment.

Our Wallace High School post school team is:

Susan Hansen, Personal Adviser and Caroline McBrier


Useful links: - for all your work, skills and learning needs - apprenticeship vacancies across Scotland. - for information and support on digital careers.

Find us on SDS Forth Valley - Facebook pages offer information on events, vacancies and careers support available.