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Skills Development Scotland - Careers Advice

My name is Vanessa Kokota and I am the school’s Careers Adviser. I am employed by Skills Development Scotland, which is the National Careers Service. My role is to work with pupils in group discussions, drop-in clinics and 1:1 interviews. Through such work I can help children identify and develop Career Management Skills (the ability to understand their interests, values, strengths, horizons and networks) and how these skills will help them to become successful career planners throughout their lives. Whatever stage your child is, has tools, information, articles and videos to help . On you could also find useful information about up-to-date opportunities, growing industries and job vacancies, exam and subject choices, career pathways and jobs of the future as well as stories and experiences from other parents. Should you wish to discuss your child’s career ideas and options, please contact me at: or at: 07867 353442.

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Your SDS careers adviser continue to offer career services.  Like teachers, they are returning to school premises to deliver career support and guidance. Appointments will be held following strict COVID-19 health and safety measures agreed with the school. 

Your child will speak to their adviser at points throughout the school year and will be supported by them at key times; making subject choices and preparing for moving on from school.

This year this will be delivered via one to one interviews (face covering and social distancing) and through online learning (group work via Broadcasts).


The Careers Adviser for Hyndland Secondary School is Vanessa Kokota.

She is in school Monday-Friday. 

Pupils can self refer for a careers interview via pastoral care.

Parents are also very welcome to make contact also at


If your child has left school, our local SDS advisers are also available to speak to you or your child over the phone through your local career centre. 

Visit to find your local number, or call the SDS helpline on 0800 917 8000.

And don’t forget that career information and advice is available at anytime through our careers website My World of Work.



Social Media

Our social media channels provide the latest content and careers support – ideal for pupils and parents/carers.

If your school is using any of these channels, please follow us and share.  (My Kid’s Career)

Facebook – @myworldofwork 

Twitter – @mywowscotland

Instagram – @mywowscotland

YouTube – My World of Work 

Twitter – @apprenticeships_scot

Facebook –

Instagram – @apprentice_scot

YouTube – Scottish Apprenticeships


Digital World

Facebook – @DigitalWorldHQ

Twitter – @DigitalWorldHQ

Instagram – @DigitalWorldHQ

YouTube – DigitalWorld



Work being undertaken during Session 2020-2021 to support young people move into a positive destination:


College Application Presentation - Monday 23rd November 2020 

On Monday 23rd November, Vanessa and Mr Mullin (PT World of Work) presented to students in S5 and S6 about how the college application process works for students who wish to apply in January for an August 2021 start.  Below are links to the presentation and also to some advice on writing a personal statement.  Work has also been posted on the S5 and S6 Teams to help support this process. 

College Application workshop presentation -

College Application - Personal Statement template / advice sheet -


On Tuesday 24th November, Vanessa presented at our Positive Destinations Week online to parents via Teams.  The presentation focused on college as a pathway for school leavers.  This can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

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