Activity Introduction

Aspire-Emily-girl2-photoframeQuick summary: This lesson encourages students to think about what makes work meaningful and fulfilling through two short online clips. They will then consider how to identify the pathways that they will personally find meaningful and fulfilling. Students will develop skills that will give them the confidence to manage their own career development. They research ways that different pathways can be explored, experienced and assessed in relation to personal preference. Students will then collaborate to create a “20 ways to find your meaningful, fulfilling career” list, which will be publicly displayed for the benefit of other students in the school.  

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 is involved in career development?
  • How do I manage my career?
  • How can I start to do these things now?

21st century skills: 

aspire setting your path skills v2

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 9 Work Studies

  • Recognise the importance of self-awareness in career and life design (ACWSCL013
  • Source career information and resources (ACWSCL014

Year 10 Work Studies

  • Apply knowledge of self to career decision-making processes (ACWSCL032
  • Use career decision-making processes to filter career scenarios (ACWSCL033

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

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students explain the relationships between self-awareness and career planning resources. They investigate the changes occurring in work, workplaces and work-related relationships and the factors contributing to the changes. They identify opportunities associated with these changes. Students create career scenarios and identify the skills to manage career transitions.

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: Students understand the importance of growing self-awareness in improving learning, accessing work opportunities and developing appropriate skills and making more-informed subject and career choices. 

Topic: Enterprise Learning

Unit of work: Aspire Generation – Work Studies

Time required: 120 mins (or 2x 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. Device capable of presenting a video to the class, enough laptops/tablets for one per student or in pairs, research guide (print enough for one guide per student). A3 paper (optional), printer (optional), glue (optional), Blu-Tack.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, internet research.

Keywords: Career management, experience, volunteering, community service.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Aspire-Holly3-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will learn about what it means for work to be meaningful and fulfilling and will understand that they need to seek and experience a range of different opportunities that will inform their future decisions. Students will learn about: different careers information sources; the information, details and connections they provide and how they can use each of the sources to find jobs, volunteering, community service opportunities and information.

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.


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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: "It's a blessing to have work that feels fulfilling." - Al Gore

1. Choose one of the clips featured below to watch with a partner:

How to find fulfilling work: (

How to find meaningful work: (

2. Summarise what you understand by noting:

Three main points (or three 'somethings'):



Two controversial ideas (or two things you disagree with):




One question related to the key concept or learning:



3. In relation to the concepts of 'Fulfilling Work' and 'Meaningful Work':

On a scale of 1 - 10 (1 = I’ve never heard it before; 10 = This is nothing new), how new is this information for you?



Imagine you are explaining ‘Fulfilling Work’ to your friend. What would you say?



If you had to explain ‘Meaningful Work’ to a grandparent, what would you say?



4. Watch the following video that features Rebecca, a La Trobe University Aspire student and her

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