Career Advice at St David's High School

Skills Development Scotland offers careers advice, guidance and information to pupils in school, and to people of all ages in Scotland.

Careers Coach

Throughout your time at school, you’ll have to make some big decisions about your future.

Nicola Croft, the school's Careers Adviser, will give you the careers support you need. Through a combination of group sessions, one-to-one interviews and drop-in clinics, Nicola will help you learn how your personality, interests and values are key to making the right career decisions. She can also help you understand how to develop and use your talents and skills, explore where they could take you, and identify who can help you along your career journey.

Nicola is in school on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays and is based in the librarian’s room. Appointments can be requested through Pupil Support, your Guidance Teacher or booked directly by email or phone.

07880 096689

A Lunchtime Clinic is held in the library on Thursdays between 1pm and 1.45pm, where you can drop-in without an appointment and speak to Nicola with any questions or queries.

Useful Online Career Resources

SDS East and Midlothian also have their own vacancy website where you can find information on full and part-time jobs as well as training schemes and modern apprenticeships.

Other job vacancies and training opportunities for school leavers are advertised on The Edinburgh Guarantee Website where you can also register for job alerts.

My World of Work

My World of Work is Scotland’s online careers information and advice service – offering tools to help you choose a career. You’ll also find information and advice on topics like CVs and interviews, learning and training, job vacancies and apprenticeships. If you’re a parent, there’s advice on how to support your child as they make career decisions. To find out more go to, follow @mywowscotland on Twitter or My World of Work on Facebook.

Apprenticeships have changed, with more than 80 different types covering hundreds of jobs. With a Modern Apprenticeship you get a job, get paid and get qualified – in some roles right up to degree level. No wonder more than 25,000 people choose a Modern Apprenticeship every year. Want to know more? At you can search for apprenticeships, apply for jobs and find out about the different levels of qualifications. You can also check out Foundation Apprenticeships which can help you kick-start your career before you even leave school. Follow @apprentice_scot for more information.

Digital World

Careers in digital technologies offer endless possibilities and opportunities. Scotland’s digital technologies sector needs lots more people like you right now and in the future. Digital World provides information on tech careers in Scotland, ways to get in and where to study. Be inspired … find out more by visiting, and follow @DigitalWorldHQ or Digital World on Facebook.

SDS also has offices located throughout Scotland offering appointments:

SDS Centre Musselburgh, Adam Ferguson House, Station Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7PQ.

Opening hours are Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm (Friday 10am – 5pm) Tel: 0131 665 3120.

SDS Centre Dalkeith, 29 Eskbank Road, Dalkeith, EH22 2BE.

Opening hours are Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm (Friday 10.30am – 5pm) Tel: 0131 663 7287

New Library, Penicuik – Careers Adviser is available on Thursdays from 9.30am – 4pm

For an appointment, telephone the office nearest to you. Appointments can also be set up to include parents or carers.

Careers Convention 2018