Between deciding on your future career, getting work experience to build your skills, and finding contacts to get help and advice from can be a daunting experience. You might also face particular personal challenges that make you unsure about your future.

Sometimes it can be a struggle for young people to identify career goals; some have a clear career path on leaving school, but many don't. In either case, more engagement with employers and better access to work experience while at school can really help young people better understand workplaces and personal potential.

Developing the Outer Hebrides' Young Workforce exists to support islands' young people gain the knowledge, skills, experiences and certification to required to gain employment or self-employment. 

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An apprenticeship is when someone works towards a qualification on the job. They work with experienced colleagues on real projects while putting what they learn at a college or university straight into practice. 

My World of Work will help you discover careers which match your skills, interests, education and experience. Tell them about your ambition and they’ll help you find out how you can work towards it.

Find out what your strengths are, and how they can help you pick a career that will suit you.

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We’re Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Scotland’s national skills body. It’s our job to help create a skilled workforce that’s ready to face the future.  

We have more than 1,700 colleagues across the country who work in schools, career centres and offices. Whether it’s face to face, over the phone or online support, all of us are committed to helping people find rewarding careers. 

W.O.R.K: Working, Opportunities, Rights & Knowledge is a dedicated page and resource for young people created by Young Scot. This website contains loads of information about your rights at work, whether you're an apprentice, working full-time, or have a part-time job at school.