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Failing one of his modules at college gave Cameron the push he needed to access support from Skills Development Scotland's (SDS) Next Steps programme.  

Having met with his school’s careers adviser during his last year of school, Cameron was already aware of the type of support that SDS could offer. After leaving school, he went to SRUC to study Animal Care. 

When he failed one of his modules, Cameron wasn’t sure of what to do next. He headed to his local centre and met with careers adviser Sam. 

Cameron was unsure of his own skills and strengths and confused about the range of options open to him – whether he should go ahead and drop out of college, ask to go back to resit his module or look for work. Sam worked with Cameron helping him to begin to identify evidence of his own strengths and agreeing actions to help Cameron move forward. 

Through Next Steps – a programme of intensive careers information, advice and guidance support for unemployed young people aged 16 to 18-and-a-half – Cameron was supported to identify his skills, strengths and decide what he wanted to do next. 

Cameron used My World of Work to build his awareness of his skills and to start to look for some of the options that he had discussed with Sam. 

With his confidence growing, Cameron decided that he wanted to re-sit his failed module at college and discussed possible progression to HNC courses. In the meantime, he was keen to enter employment but was concerned that he had already been unsuccessful with four job interviews. Sam helped Cameron to update his CV and discussed the interview process. 

At their regular meetings, Cameron started to further develop his career management skills. He started to gain a better understanding of what was available to him and grew in confidence too. 

Cameron has successfully gained a role working in retail, and he now feels more positive about his future. He now feels more confident, assured and better prepared for the world of work. 

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