You will need to carry out a careful conversation and only when it is hinted at, may you ask someone what they do or openly try to guess.
[: I saw Gerard Butler walking down Byres Road a couple weekends ago with this current-model girlfriend, and although my heart was a flutter at the idea of Gerard Butler, in reality it was a bit of a let down as he looked pretty hung-over].
As a Canadian dating in Scotland, I initially found it quite difficult as there isn't the same culture/ tradition of dating as there is in North America.
Back in Toronto, it wasn't considered strange/ too forward for a guy to approach you and either: (a) just start talking to you SOBER and/or (b) offer to buy you a drink.
The same cannot be said about Scottish men, I'm afraid.
Which brings me to my first point: This takes some getting used to.
For example, it's not really polite to directly ask someone what they do for a living.Sure, that is the second thing we ask each other in North America, right after "What's your name? So instead, you need to find these sort of details out in a roundabout way.I get a surprising amount of emails from women - mainly American and Canadian - about dating Scottish men: e.g. North American dude; what does it mean when a Scottish guy asks them out for a drink with all his friends and so on and so forth.Most of the time I respond because they're just looking for advice/ perspective and as everyone knows, I have publicly lamented about dating in this country so I am more than happy to pass on what I have learned, if anything.Nevertheless, I thought I should try and attempt to offer up my advice once and for all - albeit, at the risk of repeating myself.Please note, however, that I am approaching the dangerous and controversial territory of dating in Scotland, from a North American perspective, and you may run the risk of being misinterpreted as "too forth right".