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Scottish Exam Results: Don’t Panic! Careers Advisers Can Help You Plan Your Next Step

09 08.22

Tens of thousands of nervous students and their families are awaiting their grades today as this year’s exam results are published, including the National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams.

The Career Development Institute, the professional body for career development, would like to congratulate everyone who has achieved the grades they wanted and wish them all the best as they progress to the next stage of their education or career.

For those who haven’t achieved the expected grades, our first piece of advice is ‘Don’t Panic!’. It may feel like the end of the world, but your career won’t be defined by these results. As the world of work is continually changing, anyone leaving school now can expect to have multiple careers over their lifetime, and there are many routes to progressing in any chosen field.

Take the time to explore the options available – whether that is progressing into sixth-form, college, university, an apprenticeship, or other vocational routes, or even taking a year to re-sit, gain work experience and travel. While your first choice may not be possible right now, consider why you chose that route and where you hoped it would take you, then look at all the options to achieve the same goal.

Family and teachers may be able to help you work through those options, and if you need more help Careers Advisers are trained to offer impartial, expert advice. They have knowledge of a wide range of jobs and the different routes to get started or progress in them. They can coach you to explore what you want from your career and provide information and advice to help you decide the next step that is right for you.

Students can also contact the 2022 Results Helpline, provided by the national career service Skills Development Scotland, that will be staffed by expert career advisers. The number for the helpline is 0808 100 8000*. In addition to the dedicated helpline, young people and their parents or carers can also visit their local SDS centre or go to the My World of Work website:

Pete Robertson, an Associate at the Career Development Institute, and a Professor at Edinburgh Napier University says:

"It’s key to make sure this next step is right for you. Your career will be as individual as you are, depending on what you want from your working life, how you like to learn, the environment that will bring the best out of you and what your situation is. These factors also change over time as you learn and grow and as your personal circumstances change."

“That’s why it’s so helpful to access independent, informed advice from a qualified Careers Adviser, particularly at critical moments such as today when your next step may be unclear."

Regardless of the grades students receive today, they can still have successful careers by taking the time to think about what they want from the world of work and looking for the opportunities to get there. So don’t panic, take the time to explore your options, and ask your Careers Adviser for help.

*Opening hours for the 2022 Results Helpline: Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th August - 8am to 8pm: Thursday 11th and Friday 12th August – 9am to 5pm; Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th August – 9am to 5pm.




If you would like more information from the Career Development Institute, please contact David Morgan, Chief Executive, Career Development Institute by emailing

About Career Development Institute (CDI)

The Career Development Institute (CDI) is the UK’s professional body for all aspects of career development, supporting our members to work to the highest standards and championing the profession. We set standards for professional practice, including the CDI Code of Ethics, which are recognised by government and we manage the UK Register of Career Development Professionals. We award the Qualification in Career Development and deliver training through the CDI Academy for those looking to enter the sector and progress in the profession. We provide resourcestraining events and networking for our members to enable them to continually develop.

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