Quick 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.
This lesson supports La Trobe University’s Aspire Generation initiative, which empowers students to drive change through community engagement, volunteerism and leadership opportunities.
- What is involved in career development?
- How do I manage my career?
- How can I start to do these things now?
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
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.