School leavers in summer 2020

Health and wellbeing

Making the transition from high school to your chosen pathway is a milestone for every young person. It’s normal to feel nervous and excited. This year things are even more challenging because of COVID19. You may feel safe and happy or times or overwhelmed, anxious or low. Feelings can change from day to day, hour to hour, or minute to minute. However, what you are feeling right now is valid!

When things feel difficult it can help to speak to someone. This could be friends, family or someone at school. With the right help and support we can get through this.

Read our guide to staying connected and emotionally healthy.

Pathways to a positive destination

It’s important to have the right information to support you with finding the right route to the right course or right job.

If you intend to move into

  • employment
  • training
  • further or higher education,

the following guidance will help.

Download our senior transition flowchart (PDF).

Your pathway may have twists and turn and bumps along the way, but obstacles present opportunities. For some young people, choosing a gap year to consider pathways may be the right option. 

Get support

Contact your pupil support leader or Skills Development Scotland (SDS) careers adviser for help. SDS advisers can provide one-to-one support, including advice on:

  • finances and employment rights
  • wellbeing
  • employment opportunities and career development.

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S4 and S5 pupils

If you’re in S4 or S5, deciding to stay on at school is still an option.

Contact school as soon as possible to discuss. 

Care-experienced young people

Access support at, floor 6, 249 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PN

Helpful links

Employment and training

Further and higher education