Activity Introduction

Aspire-Emily2-photoframeQuick summary: Students will reflect on the skills and knowledge developed throughout the Aspire Generation – Work Studies unit. They will create a personal Careers Portfolio that showcases their learning and the positive contributions they have made to the community. This assessment would be most effective if it is ongoing throughout the unit.

Latrobe Logo 150This lesson supports La Trobe University’s Aspire Generation initiative, which empowers students to drive change through community engagement, volunteerism and leadership opportunities.

Essential questions: 

  • What skills do I have?
  • Why would someone employ me?
  • How can I showcase my skills and qualities to an employer or another interested party?

21st century skills:

aspire assessment skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 9 Work Studies

  • Recognise the importance of self-awareness in career and life design (ACWSCL013

Year 10 Work Studies

  • Apply knowledge of self to career decision-making processes (ACWSCL032)
  • Use a range of tools, methods and skills for accessing work relevant to 21st century recruitment and selection processes (ACWSCL037

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students understand the importance and components of self-directed and lifelong learning. 

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: They evaluate work-related communication tools and analyse the skills and capacities needed for 21st century work including appropriate communication skills. Students explain the importance of developing a distinct profile to access and manage 21st century work opportunities and challenges.

Topic: Enterprise Learning

Unit of work: Aspire Generation – Work Studies

Time required: 60+ mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet, Career Portfolio instructions (print one per student – OR view on the Student Worksheet).

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, using ICT to create and present.

Keywords: Career portfolio, self-promotion, reflection.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Aspire-Holly-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will understand what can be included in a Career Portfolio, and some of the ways to present personal experiences, skills, knowledge and qualifications in an engaging and professional manner.

Teacher content information: This Work Studies unit has been developed in partnership with La Trobe University Aspire Generation. The Aspire Generation connects a community of young people who aspire to make a difference through community service and leadership. They are the givers, the dreamers, the doers and the leaders who passionately pursue opportunities to address the big issues of their time. They think boldly and act responsibly and strive to leave a lasting impact on the world.

Through classroom-based experiences students will learn about the world of work, as well as to trust themselves and feel confident enough to independently seek their own answers around their future pathways - just as they will have to do for the rest of thei

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: Self-promotion has nothing to do with bluster or bombast, but everything to do with facts.

A career portfolio is a personal collection of materials that document the events and achievements of your life.

Your challenge is to create your own career portfolio that outlines the skills and knowledge gained throughout your life, including the La Trobe Aspire Work Studies unit.

Your portfolio will showcase you, as well as the positive contributions that you have made to the community. The way you create a portfolio is your choice: it could be a digital presentation using Adobe Spark, a booklet, a short film or a photo book.

Your portfolio could include examples of:

  • Your community engagement
  • Your role
  • How you were involved
  • The impact did your contribution had/is having
  • Your level of commitment
  • Educational achievements
  • Work samples
  • Evidence of qualifications gained
  • Awards and acknowledgements
  • Examples of portfolio items include:
    • Your up-to-date
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