Exploring Scotland's Career Ecosystem: Evidence to Support the Career Review

Tristram Hooley, Chris Percy, Rosie Alexander

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This report explores career services for young people (up to the age of 25) in Scotland. It describes the overall organisation of career services in the country (what we describe as an ‘ecosystem’), compares it with six other countries and considers options for the development of these services.

This research feeds into the Career Review which is working to ensure that Scotland’s careers services are fit for purpose and to move forward the agenda for the future of career services set out in Scotland's Careers Strategy. While this report is working at the system level, seeking to understand the organisation of policy, strategy, funding and organisations, other work is being undertaken to collate what is understood about the motivations, aspirations and perceptions of current users of careers services. The findings will be used to help assist the Career Review board to develop an ecosystem that is fit for the future.

The Career Review takes place amidst a series of major changes to Scotland’s labour market, resulting from automation, digitisation, other forms of technological change, globalisation, migration and wider political and economic changes. Recent changes associated with Covid‐19 have interacted with longer term trends to produce increased uncertainty about what the future of work and career looks like. Whatever the future of work looks like, individuals will have to deal with some aspects of work that stay the same, with long‐term transformational trends and with sudden and unexpected periods of realignment. In such a situation providing people with forms of support to aim them in managing their career is highly valuable.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSkills Development Scotland
Commissioning bodySkills Development Scotland
Number of pages105
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • career guidance
  • career education
  • Scotland


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