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The pilot Discover! Creative Careers Scotland programme kicked off with a week of online activities that saw creative and cultural sector employers from across the country sharing insight into the job roles that exist across their workforce.

Taking place from 29th November - 3rd December 2021, Discover! Creative Careers Week Scotland was delivered in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and supported in-kind by industry leaders who created and shared careers resources, took part in a series of panel discussions, celebrated their own career journeys and advice and got involved in an extensive social media campaign which reached over 900,000 people on Twitter alone!

Activities and resources were hosted on the Developing the Young Workforce website and included:

Discover! Creative Careers Scotland: In Conversation

Three prerecorded panel discussions featuring a range of industry partners and employees, including apprentices, that provided students with an opportunity to hear directly from those working across the creative and cultural industries in Scotland. The discussions focused on three core areas:

Unique roles, myths and skills Chaired by Rachael Dorman, Programme Coordinator at DYW Forth Valley and featuring Andy Menzies, Guide/Driver at The Travelling Gallery; Sophie Robertson, Founder at Sophie Gets Social; Sean McNamara, Chief Executive at Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland; Cara Jones, Senior Professional Development & Practice Coordinator (Scotland) at Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

Apprentices, trainees and other entry routes Chaired by Markus Offer, Skills Development Manager at Museums Galleries Scotland and featuring Daisy Charles & Izzy Hanby, Customer Service Modern Apprentices at Scottish Crannog Centre; Megan Stamper, Interpretation & Engagement at Falkirk Community Trust; Glen Cruickshank, Digital Marketing Modern Apprentice at Glasgow Life; Leah Sibindi, Events Traineeship at Glasgow Life.

Climate change in the creative and cultural industries Chaired by Rachael Dorman, Programme Coordinator at DYW Forth Valley and featuring Lucy Neville, Learning Enabler at National Museums Scotland; Alex Smith, Climate Officer at Museums Galleries Scotland; Robyn Haggard, Zoology Curator at Glasgow Life; Nicole Manley, Artist & Hydrologist at British Geological Survey; Katie Carter, Circular Economy Project Officer at Historic Environment Scotland.

Discover! Creative Careers Scotland: Profiles

Industry partners across Scotland shared insight, experiences and advice based on their own career pathways to create a resource pack featuring 30 job profiles full of information and top tips. Advice included:

'Focus on transferable skills - they go a long way. Be open to trying things and learning from people where you can - try not to be too specific about where you want to end up.' Susie Ironside, Visitor Studies Curator at Glasgow Life

'There isn’t one ‘right’ path to follow. Make sure that whatever you’re doing, you love it and find it interesting.' Emma Smith, Project Development Officer at Dance Base Scotland

'I do not have a career path, I have crazy paving. I did not always get to study what I wanted at school but took what I got and made it work for me.' Andy Menzies, Driver/Guide at Travelling Gallery

'Take opportunities within the sector that can help you learn. You can gain new and transferable skills and perhaps in a few years you might find a dream job you hadn’t ever thought of before.' Michael Bauld, Insights Manager at National Trust for Scotland

'There are jobs you haven’t heard of yet, there are jobs that don’t exist yet, it’s OK if you don’t know what job you want at 15, there is plenty of time.' Sally Chalmers, Learning Officer at Historic Environment Scotland

View the full Job Profiles Pack

Discover! Creative Careers Scotland: Cultural Heritage Careers

Tool and resources developed by our partners at Historic Environment Scotland and other heritage sector organisations to support careers education, including films, lesson plans, information about specific apprenticeships and training opportunities and more.

Discover! Creative Careers Scotland resources will remain available for students, educators, careers professionals and parents to use, head to to explore the full programme.

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