Higher Education Exhibitions

Higher Education Exhibitions

October 21, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Since I joined SDS four years ago I volunteered
for it every single year, helping with SDS stands. I also helped organise it a couple
of years ago and I would say through that I have realised the benefit of it. It’s
really important because it gives them a chance to actually meet providers, so colleges, universities,
other providers like the RAF, the army, people who are offering graduate apprenticeships
as well, people who are offering degrees, people who are offering HNC’s, HND’s.
And it gives them a chance to actually meet these providers and find out more about them
from them. Because as a careers adviser you’re giving a lot of advice about these things,
but it gives the kids a chance to actually meet with them and hear it from them. It brings
it to life basically. As a career adviser we do have a lot of knowledge,
and obviously online, but it allows them to ask maybe direct questions. Like I heard some
kids today ask about the University of Glasgow, maybe their personal statements, and what
they were looking for. It allows them to gather information, find out more actually from the
contacts. Networking it’s really important, and Skills Development Scotland we’re all about
helping kids developing their career management skills and today is a chance to develop their
networks and become more aware of their horizons. There’s a lot of opportunities for young
people, basically they can go into a whole variety of pathways. Higher education, further
education, apprenticeships which are very varied now, we’ve got over 80 different
types of apprenticeships now in Scotland and we also have a whole host of graduate apprenticeships,
which are really good because it allows you to get a degree while you’re working which
is a really good opportunity, it wasn’t available when I was younger, and it allows
them to move into higher education while working. They can also move into employment, maybe
take a gap year, maybe go a bit of travelling, and also work experience through their gap
years as well.